Another beautiful day out on the river. Had a couple of clients out today Brian and young Ben (age 5). We spent a half day chasing Walleye's and Saugers. The day was a little rainy but over all it wasn't to bad. Young Ben was on a fire he put four 17" Saugers in the boat and one 14.5 Sauger was released. The water temp on the St. Croix is 79 degrees and really starting to warm up. The water is the clearest I have ever seen for this time of season. This is strange because normally in the summer the water would be a lot more stained and the fish would be found in deeper water. The fish being caught are found anywhere from 3 to 24ft. Most being caught in the shallows. Also the fish caught in the shallows are the bigger fish. We are still using jig's with Minnow's or Crawler's, Rigs with Crawler, Leeches and Minnows. The Smallmouth fishing is outstanding early morning it is tough to keep them off your line. Finding them using tubes and poppers and even catching them while dragging a Rig with a Crawler in 8 to 12 feet of water. The Catfish are really starting to come on strong. It is not unusual to catch a Channel cat 5+lbs or even a Flathead catfish weighing upwards of the mid 20lbs. Starting now I will be sharing some time on the Mississippi pool 2 for some catch and release fun. This is were you can catch a nice trophy Walleye. Last season out on the Mississippi the avg. fish weighed 4.5lbs with a lot of 8,9,10 lb fish being caught. Great Pictures with great stories.
Have a great fishing day and thanks for Playing Hooky !!!
On the St. Croix today, after not having one of my best day's the previous day, the winds just rocked the boat at 25 plus mph from the north with some high wind gust. I brought in one legal fish with many short fish that were returned back in the water. I wasn't feeling overly confident about today's trip out with new clients on the river due to the weather forecast calling for south winds at 25 plus mph mixed with thunderstorms. But I will do my best to beat the worst possible winds. South winds. If you know the river there is no hiding from a south wind. Started out the day with winds at 8 mph out of the south. No rain, clear sky's, smooth water and water temperatures between 64 to 67 degree's. This looks good, but I know the winds are coming. I meet the clients at the dock at 6:30 am. We do a run to the first spot and the fishing is on. We pop 2 fish right away. We move a couple of more times before the wind picks up and hit 3 more fish. About 8:30 am the winds are now blowing in the mid teens with some serious wind gust. Now it's time to work for the fish. We move a few more times and take 2 more fish and lost 2 others right at the boat. Overall this turned into a pretty good day of fishing with 7 legal fish in the boat. Most of the fish caught today were found in 17 to 24 feet of water. I had a great time on the water with some great company.
Thanks again for playinghookymn