Luck of the draw. That’s the best way to describe the way our trips went this past week. On the days that the lake wasn’t rough, we killed the fish with some limit catches. Then we had days like Tuesday and Saturday that were terrible. The lake was very rough and immediately muddied up which made for some very tough fishing for everyone. And so it’s been most all of April, up and down, depending on the day. Even the pros from all over the country, the best of the best learned this during the 3 day PWT.
The action on the reefs seems to be slowing up. You can still pull some fish but it is not as fast as it was. The best action I seen all week was on “the beach” in front of Turtle Creek. Monday we had 7 limits of Walleyes by 1:00 p.m. These fish were caught in 13 ft. of water and we were still jigging. I’m hearing more and more reports of Walleyes being caught on bottom bouncers and nightcrawlers. In fact we took a couple of really big Walleyes aboard “The Trophy” over the weekend up by North Bass in 30 ft. of water on Northland crawler harnesses and nightcrawlers. This should get better with each passing day as these big spawned out females start using the passages between the islands on their trek towards the big open waters to the east.
The best trolling action that I am aware of has been north of Gull Island Shoals, up towards the U.S. - Canadian line. This area has managed to remain mud free even after some of the big blows. Most of the better trollers have been getting anywhere from 3 or 4 to a high of a dozen or so. The size has been impressive though. Nice fish. We have yet to troll aboard “The Trophy” this spring. Maybe one day this week.
Some Perch are being caught between Rattle Snake and Green Island. Not very many Bass were caught this week. Water temps are in the upper 40’s. A few more degrees and the Bass will go big time.