Mark Fisher and I (Larry Bollig) are proud to announce that "Bear Facts and Fish Tails" is back on the air as of Sunday, June 20, 2010 from 7:00-9:00 pm. It can be heard on KBOB, 106.1 FM. We welcome back all of our listeners and we are very pleased to be back.
The fishing around here has been a little spotty due to fluctuating water temperatures. The water will warm up and then we will have rain and the water temperatures drop--just like a yoyo. All species seem to be equally spotty. We need stable weather. The smallmouth bass, for the most part, are done spawning.
The other day I was out on Rainy Lake and decided to check out some of my summer walleye spots. The first spot I checked is an outer island with a long rock point jutting out with deep water very close. I tossed a jig out on the end into about five feet of water and hooked a pike close to 40 inches. However, after a couple of minutes, it bit me off.
I then spent the rest of the day fishing for pike on similar structure--in fact, my next stop was a large rock out on the end of a point where I threw a spinner bait up near the rock and it was inhaled immediately by a large fish. When I got it up near the boat, I got real excited because it was huge. My excitement was short lived. It got away. I caught a bunch of pike that day as well as two good walleyes all on spinner baits, well away from weed beds.
Yesterday my friend, Kelly and I spent six hours out on Rainy Lake and had, what I would call a typical late spring day on the water. We caught nine nice walleyes from 18 to 26 inches long, 17 smallmouth from 12-18 inches and lost count of the number of small pike. We did have a near miss from a large one right at the boat. Not a bad day. I have had some much worse and yes, some even better days on the water.
We were casting crank baits, spinner baits, and jigs up into rocky shorelines, shallow humps, and points. All the fish came from less than 10 feet--some as shallow as one or two feet. There was very little wind and it was mostly sunny and still. The fish were shallow. The water on that portion of the lake is stained, however.
Lesson learned: Always check out the shallows especially on these stained, Canadian shield lakes any time you are fishing.
Monday evening a severe storm passed through the area--heavy rain and some hail covered much of Rainy Lake.
Tuesday morning I checked out a bay in which I had spotted a bunch of smallmouth up on beds. The water temperature at that time was 65 degrees just two days prior to the storm. I was shocked to see that the water temperature was now at 55 degrees--a 10 degree drop just because of all the cold rain.
As far as I could tell, the bass had gone off the beds. Spawning success depends on stable weather conditions. Will they try again? I think they will--simply because it is still early. Had this happened later in the year, they probably would not.
The fishing up here, for all species, still seems to be good on an every-other-day basis.
This past week has been very warm and calm. Within a two-day period, some of the bays warmed from 52 degrees all the way up to 65 degrees.
Last Tuesday I checked an area that the smallmouth bass use for their spawning beds every year and there wasn't any activity. The water temperature was 52 degrees.
Thursday found me back in the area and amazingly, the bass were already on beds. The water temperature had risen to 67 degrees. I take great pleasure in just roaming around the shallows looking for fish on sunny, calm days that allow for good visibilit.y. This past week I have seen big walleyes in two or three feet of water--some big pike and lots of smallmouth bass. It is almost as much fun just watching the fish as it is to catch them.