Im staying at Arrowwood July 2-5 and looking to catch some 'eyes for a fish fry or 2. Never been to the area before so I dont have much to go by other than my overall knowledge of Walleye fishing elsewhere. Ill probably be fishing early mornings and dusk for obvious reasons, but also because my boat will be used for the majority of the days for entertaining the girlfriends family. Im open to fishing not only Darling, but Carlos and Le Homme Dieu as well.
From what ive read and can see on Google Earth, the lakes are pretty clear, and from experience, usually means tough walleye fishing for this time of year. -I grew up fishing Woman Lake in the Longville/Hackensack area and that lake is as clear as they come. The only way we can snag some 'eyes in the summer is to fish the deep weed lines. Is that the approach I should be taking on these lakes? Does dragging rapalas across mid-lake flats produce? Any help would be greatly appreciated!
Ha, I've read stories about that lake being filthy. And I know about those warnings on the link you posted I just wonder if this stuff is blown out of proportion. Reason being I can't find any confirmed cases of people having mercury poisoning from eating freshwater fish. I know mercury poisoning does exist but can we really get it from fish? You'd think if we could then there would be cases down south where folks are eating catfish from the Mississippi.
We ate a few 30+" Pike during the ice season, I ate more than my wife, and I only did that from lakes that are safer according to DNR and MDH fish tissue surveys. I kept it to once a week for her and I ate the rest. I went over the one meal a week rule several times for myself, but then went a while without taking home fish while the season was closed. I'm not glowing yet haha.
I also don't understand why walleye are always the riskiest fish to eat per those surveys when Pike are above them on the food chain.
Fishing awful this morning. Launched at 8:30. By 12:30 had exactly two small pike. Finally found some walleyes and ended up with 22 fish - NO BASS! bummer. Water cold - only 61-64 degrees. Weather man blew it again. Walleyes in about 20 FOW, best lure Lunker City Fin-S-Fish.
New camera worked well but had troubles with new sonar/GPS. Think I got it fixed once home.
Here is today's video:
June 26 video
We took our annual trip to Rainy Lake in mid-June staying at Taylor's Cove along Bear's Pass. My dad started going there back in the late 70's and now brings me and my son. Every year provides great memories, new and old. Anyhow, fishing was very good, particularly for bass and walleye. Water temps ranged from 62-72 degrees. Most days were about 75 degrees, overcast and breezy. Our biggest smallmouth was 22" and biggest walleye was 30". In fact we boated ten walleye 25" or larger. We caught pike up to 37". We found walleyes in weedy bays around 6-10' deep. Bass were in 5-8'. Most of the fish were spitting up perch so I imagine that's what kept them shallow. A few pics to share. Wish I could be there more often...