Fishing report for the week of August 4, 2013.: , ,
Fishing Report Posted: August 04, 2013

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Posted by Capt. Walt Ermansons on August 04, 2013 at 09:02:00:

Exhausting... Simply exhausting. You can certainly tell itís August. It usually gets bad this time of the year with all the junk fish but what is happening at the moment is totally unbelievable. Every frigging crap fish in the lake seems to be fired up big time right now. And OMG the White Bass ! I have never seen it this bad with them. I am non stop in the back of the boat everyday from the moment we start fishing till the last line is pulled. White Bass after White Bass after White Bass. Everywhere we go, everywhere we try. I went out even further this past week right up to the Canadian line to try and get away from them, and they only got bigger! Just non stop clearing and re-setting of the lines and fixing the non stop tangles that theses little creeps are costing us every day. Exhausting.

And the weather has not made it real easy either. Seems like forever now since we had a really nice lake. It just blows and blows. We fished in some big water this past week. It was either that or just loose all of my trips. God knows Iíve lost enough already here as of late. And once again more bone jarring, body beating rides everyday for me. I feel bad for the guys that waited all year for their annual outing. But they get roughed up a little and then go home, done till next year again. I get up, see itís still windy, still rough and know that I have to go and do it all over again again and that Iím going to get my butt handed to me yet once again. Day after day. Beat our way out and then deal with all the trash fish and tangles on top of all of that. Yeah, I have everyone's dream job as I am so often told.

But through all of the mayhem, chaos, and carnage we are still getting Walleyes. Big Walleyes and that is what everyone comes for. Central basin summer hog Walleyes. It just happens that they are way offshore right now, way deep and that the fishing grounds that everyone is fishing right now is totally inundated with these pesky White Bass and Sheephead and other junk fish. We are even getting lots of suspended Jumbo Perch while trying to troll up these Walleyes and thatís not all bad but this time of year but when you are targeting Walleyes, they are as much a nuisance as any White Bass or Sheephead is. It takes so long to run your lines out, only to see the little shaker taping away on the rod, then have to drag them all the way back in, hopefully without tangling everything up and then back out again. All wasted time. You canít be catching Walleyes when your stuff is all tied up with junk fish. And thatís what even the Perch are too me this time of year. Just plain junk. And itís even worst when you donít realize that they are even on there like on the Dipseys Divers. All wasted time, wasted opportunities.

So we did indeed flip the page on the calendar to August here this past week. Boy the summer is flying by! Only the days are long to me. If things donít change though, this is going to be one long ass month. We have seen bouts of White Bass flare ups before in past years and it usually does ease. Thatís the hopeful good news. The dreaded bad news, the Sheephead, especially the colossal, behemoth ones usually get unbearable sometime this month always and are yet to fire to the unbearable level like the White Bass presently are. Lol ! You have to laugh, because if you donít laugh, you end up crying. Thatís what I feel like doing when Iím out there and I see 6 out of 8 board lines all limp and twitching away. ďYou have my dream job, Capt.Ē Yup, Iím even starting to see those little bastards in my sleep now! See you guys all next week, providing Iím not locked up in a nice padded room where there are no sharp items near by ! Lol

Capt. Walt

*We are still in the part of the season now where it is imperative that we get out very early in the morning. With the very clear water out there, we usually get a strong morning bite before the sun gets up too high and then the action drops off significantly. WE DO NOT WANT TO MISS OUT ON THIS OPPORTUNITY! Plus, we have a lot of travel time now to the fishing grounds. Until further notice, we are still departing from the dock everyday at 5am sharp. Please if you have a trip scheduled, be here early and be ready to roll at such time ! Also, MAKE SURE YOU HAVE YOUR FISHING LICENSE ahead of time. There are no license sales at the marina. If you are getting just a 1 day license, make sure to get the 1 day ďcharter licenseĒ which only goes into effect if you actually get out and use it. Links on my website for online sales. Any questions, call me.

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