The bite has been just too good to describe lately. Walleyes and crappies are eating aggressively. Friday through Sunday the boat watched clients land over 50-70 fish each day while only fishing 4 hours. The kinds of days that I really don't even have a chance to wet my line between netting fish and rigging rods. One interesting tidbit from the weekend is the fall pattern and difference between crappies and other game species. While the crappies are sliding deeper and deeper daily, the walleyes and pike are sliding shallower and shallower chasing that last remaining weed line.
It was a great summer full of solid fish for both Johns and I. It looks like our redesign on the reports here is going to lose all of our old data, but it will be for the best long term. As far as smallie fishing went this summer we certainly found numbers of big solid fish. The topwater fishing was second to none with fish coming on poppers and deer hair frogs whenever we hit the lower section of river. As always, those top water eaters were certainly bigger fish, which is always nice. As the fall rolls on things slow down a bit for us as full time teachers, but we certainly still find time on the water. Check back for updates and we will make sure to post things on social media as well!
Below is a sweet early July hopper eater!
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