11-16-1999, 08:10 AM
Was up to LBDN this past weekend. The way we started out the first two hours of friday night, I thought that this was going to be a trip of a life time. Within those first two hours we caught five fish with the biggest going 9 1/2 pounds. But as fate would have, the winded shifted 180 degrees and the fish shut off with nothing being caught even though we continued to try until 1:30am.
Things got worst. For the first time in four years we went walleyeless all of saturday and sunday. Only fish being caught those two days were 2 northerns and 2 perch. (One perch went over a pound). We worked hard during those two days fishing 1st and 2nd reefs, the east shoreline North of Kipling and South in front of Terrace Bay and ther Black bottom. It sounded like like boats did better in the far North bay area but they didn't sound like they were killing them either. I'll be back up again the day after Thanksgiving. Does anyone have any sugestions. We did all trolling, anywhwere from 6-46 feet of water and used a variety of cranks.
11-16-1999, 05:44 PM
How fast were you going? Sometimes you have to slow down so the lure barely gets its action. You can try the opposite also and speed up to get a reaction strike. Go to a completly different color, NOT THE "HOT" color. Try jigging if you see them on your graph. See you up there on the same weekend. Good Luck
11-17-1999, 07:18 PM
I was up last weekend also. Was going to saty until Wednesday but gave up Tuesday morning. I caught more fish jigging the deep breaks than trollling. the green can in front of the power plant and the sand point south of that is where I spent most of my time. There is a rock reef just to the west of the can that I was working behind going from deep to shallow.
I also marked a lot of fish and caught one small eye right out of the east shore of the narrows. 27' to 29' feet seem to hold the most fish. I was marking a lot of baitfish also.
11-18-1999, 07:50 AM
Thanks for the replies. Sounds like some success is being had by fishing deeper at night than where we have been. I guess we will have to adapt. I will be out again for three days Nov. 26-28. If anyone is there please give me a call on channel 10 or 69. My handle is Sunshine. Our historic game plan for this annual trip is to fish deep and to the south during the day and fish shallow and North during the evening. Any other suggestions?
I still need a picture of me releasing a 10. We keep getting 8's and 9's there. Is it a matter of time or are we fishing the wrong areas. We pump, we slow down to a crawl, we change and check lures often. What's next besides explosives.
11-22-1999, 01:44 AM
Friday eve my wife and I started out jigging near center reef. I marked a lot of nice fish in 15 feet and started trolling there when the lake went flat. I was pretty excited over the idea of trolling in the calm. But as almost expected the winds picked up out of the north and changed that idea real quick; as you are aware. What boat were you in? We were out in the white Yar Craft. I noticed one other Yar Craft out there when the driver waved. Too dark to see the other boat types by then though. We picked up nothing near center reef, but hit one just shy of ten pounds while trolling south along the west dropoff (it's a tight one to follow; about 25 feet then 4 like right now):( We caught most fish on the bottom hugging rods though the action was slow for us also. We had 2 rods up high and out that got one fish. Silver size 18 rapala has been my bread and butter lure with many fish hitting while I am setting the rod. I love it when that happens. I usually run an array of colors to see if one is preffered. Silver, blue, and fire tiger always get fish up there for us. I have not had any luck with purple!?!?!?! I'm a speed freak in that I constantly monitor my speed. I also like to run just fast enough to make the lures wobble when the water is this cold. Occasionally you can trigger a hit by popping the motor in neutral and letting the lures float up a little then back in gear. This might trigger a walleye that's interested enough to follow, but hasn't decide to strike yet. Try it if you haven't already. It's kind of cool when it works. If the weather cooperates we'll be back the first week of December. Good luck.