Fishing report for the week of July 6, 2007: , ,
Fishing Report Posted: July 06, 2007

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Posted by Capt. Walt Ermansons on July 06, 2007 at 19:42:38:

Things are changing. Well just as I knew they would, the Walleyes are starting to move out and drop deeper in the water column. Aboard "The Trophy" we've made the necessary adjustments and it's been pretty much limit catches as usual. Lots of the other charters are still pounding the shallow waters using the high running lines and guess what? They are really struggling. It surprises me how many captains around here get into a rut and are not willing to experiment.

Our best water depths the past few days have been in the 60 to 70 foot range. The Walleyes that we have been catching aboard "The Trophy" are coming from around the 40 to 45 foot mark below the surface, or right before the thermocline. We have now switched to our usual summer trolling program and we are pulling deep diving crankbaits on the wire fishing line. This has always worked well for us. Most all of my regular July and August groups know this for a fact.

Wow, what a wonderful summer weather wise we are having! I can not remember being this comfortable everyday out on the big pond doing my job. Most mornings have been starting out on the cool side and then have warmed up nicely but not to the point you can't stand it like some of the other summers we've had around here. The waves (knock on wood!) have not been terribly bad either the last couple of weeks. I hope things stay just the way they are the rest of the summer (wishful thinking!).

As I mentioned in my last report, it has been an extreme early morning bite. The fish have been on fire the first couple of hours of daylight and then the action drops off dramatically. I've been urging everyone that has a trip booked with us to be at the dock and ready to roll no later then 5:30 a.m. I get to the boat at 5:00 a.m. everyday and it only takes me a few minutes to load up my ice and warm the engines and we're off. Plus with the heat of the afternoon it's nice for everyone to have a bit of a earlier quit rather then drag lures around when it's not happening any longer and the sun is way high. So, again please be early so we can take advantage of the early morning feeding frenzy.

Capt. Walt

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