With summer coming to and end we decided to hit the river to check on the walleye bite. We have had a productive summer vertical jigging timber and decided to head out early in search of some action.
The weather in the Northeast lately has brought us cool mornings with fog, hardly any rain and warm to hot afternoons; we knew the fish should be on structure. As you may have read in earlier posts, our preferred method is jigging, nothing more than a 1/4 to 1/2 once jig tipped with a half of crawler, jigged between the timber in 16 feet of water.
We pulled up to our first spot with high hopes since we hadn’t touched this spots in a few weeks. The water temp had dropped down to 70, a ten degree difference from three weeks ago. My second drop of the morning scored me a nice 21″ walleye, a “chunky feller”. The bar was set high now, with the anticipation that this first fish was only the beginning of a great day of walleye fishing.
We managed to pull a few more decent sized walleye of this first spot but nothing to write home about. The timber was full of giant rock bass, perch, and the occasional smallmouth. We made a move to our second spot about a mile up river and into the fog. First drop, Dylan hooks up but the fish was quicker than him and it wrapped him around some branches pulling the hook. Fish 1 Dylan 0! This spot in particular had changed a lot since the previous summer when I first found it. There was a lot of brush that was on the bottom making it difficult to precisely drop your jig into a potential strike zone. Our only way of know what was down there was the Humminbird 998c SI unit mounted on the boat which gave us a clear view of what we were working with. Come to find out that fish on the first drop was the only taker at this location.
As we approached the next spot we found some new timber as the water was clear and the sun was bright. We fished around but the bite was slow. In the end, this spot only produced a nice keeper walleye and a mixed bag of rockbass and perch.
The time had come to try something new. We have been pretty regularly catching deep water jumbo perch with a bottom bouncing rig. We decided to fish some of the deep holes on the bends of the river using this method. The rig is nothing more than a three-way swivel, with a 1/2 once bell sinker 18′ below, then a small tall of line off the other three-way with a number 6 octopus hook tipped with a crawler. Now that I write that it seems like a lot more but it’s really simple. The presentation is to slowly troll the boat around the edges of the deep holes dragging the rig on the bottom. Much to our surprise it wasn’t more than five minutes before I hooked into a nice eater walleye, and right after that Dylan hooked into a couple himself. Now we know that we can catch fish in deep holes with a different presentation on the river, D&B 1, Fish Look out!
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After the walleye fishing slowed big time we decided to go jack up some jumbo perch. With a mid day window we thought the fishing would be slow. We were right… We fished for a little over two hours but we kept a few for a dinner!