With a few hours to burn one hot afternoon I grabbed my jig rod and a few tubs of crawlers and went exploring. We had a tip of a few walleye being caught so I figured I’d check that out. My plan was to find some deep holes and jig.
Not really ever seeing this stretch of river, it took a little scouting and driving the roads to find what i was looking for. This particular section isn’t know for it’s deep holes but if you can find rock outcroppings you could usually find a decent pool. Having fished other sections of the river from shore in the spring, I knew that I wanted to fish the eddies, and slow jig my crawler working just along the current break.
My first stop looked just perfect, I made a cast and within a few seconds, I hooked up. Whatever I had it felt big, not keeping in mind I was fishing a little bit faster water then normal. I managed to land the fish and was not surprised when I saw that it was a nice keeper walleye. I re-rigged a crawler and made an identical cast, this cast ended in a lost jig, but I knew that whatever I lost that jig on (probably the rock outcropping) was holding fish. I re-tied and made another cast, hooked up again with another nice fish. Well know I had some kind of pattern going so I decided to get in the truck and keep looking. My next stop was very similar to the first. After wading out to the rocks I could see fish laying just out of the current along a slab of ledge in about 6 feet of water. Thinking that they were walleye my hunting background kicked in and I for some reason went into stealth mode. I crouched down, put on a crawler and pitched the jig just past the fish. After taking a closer look and not believing that they hadn’t hit my jig I realized that those fish weren’t walleye after all, they were fallfish. Back to the eddies and current breaks. I managed to catch two smaller walleye at this spot and moved on.
Days later I went back with the intention of finding more spots, not keeping in mind it was a weekend. Well most of the spots I wanted to fish were crowded with people swimming and tubing so I decided that was enough for that day.
It’s always nice to get out and find some new waters, and it’s even better when you find something not expected. I will being putting more miles on for sure looking for more spots.