Fished Whitefish both Sunday and Monday from about 6AM until 10AM each day. Used only artificial lures. Trolled weed edges some of the time with Shad Raps #8 size, and then a little deeper with the #9 size Flicker Minnow. Only caught one 29 inch Northern trolling. Spent about 1/2 of the time casting a jig and soft plastic into about 12 ft to 18 ft where there were decent, but not great weeds. Caught several small Northerns plus 2 more that were 27" and 28". The bonus was a 17.5" Largemouth. No Walleyes either day.
Monday had several "bite offs" on the soft plastics. That is kinda the problem with using them where there are Pike.
Launched out of Copas today. Water is really low. And the wind was really blowing upstream (what else is new? 🙄) I had to run my outboard in reverse just to drift downstream in some stretches. Fishing was really slow. Caught 2 little smallies and 32” and 29” pike. Pike are sitting right on the bottom where cold springs are entering. Tried trolling the main channel, but didn’t catch anything.
So I figured I'd leave a report. I got up Saturday night. Problem is..... not much of a report other than in 10 years fishing this lake its the worst 2 days fishing ive ever had. I did get 2 16"last evening. But both mornings? Ive never fished so many thick pods of fish that would not go on anything. This afternoon I even tied walleye flies to try on a wolf river rig in the hopes of imitating bugs. Picture enclosed. I'll be up through the weekend so hopefully we get far enough away from the hatches that the bite gets going again.
If I were Moosebirds, I would move the ice cream cart outside like the beer carts at a nightclub. 80% of their traffic has to be ice cream related so they could sell it outside. If they have to keep it inside they could have someone outside taking orders/collecting cash and another worker bringing it out so that you don't have to crowd everyone inside. Heck, they could have a dockside ice cream cart filled with icecream sandwiches for grab and go!
I honestly have not even attempted to fish the chain in the recent weeks. This past week my FIL did go on Tuesday to Trout and found a few willing whitefish for the smoker again but he said it got too hot to fish. On Thursday and Saturday we went to lake further north and found a few willing crappies to keep us active but could not find any walleyes.
I've only fished Birch a couple of times so I'm no expert. My best walleye on Birch is this 28"er caught on the west end of the lake in mid September . Caught this one and several eaters trolling Rapala deep taildancers in about 25 FOW. Since you are new to the lake I recommend hiring a guide for a half day. If you want the name of a good one you can pm me.