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One of the main issues that we are currently working on is the reliability of our webcams to stay active. We know that they are not working all of the time and we have some options that we believe will help resolve this. The cameras take up alot of bandwidth to be able to upload live streaming video so we are working on an entire new system dedicated solely for the webcams. We know they are a big hit as we see alot of hits everyday so we appreciate your patience.
We cannot believe that we are already into our 4th week of the fishing season. As most of you have read from our previous blog post the winter and spring periods were very warm and dry. The lake levels were considerably lower than normal for this time of year which warmed our lake temps up higher than normal. The weather the past couple of weeks have really been quite opposite in terms of temps and humidity. Last week was very hot, dry and calm where as this week it is very cool, wet and windy. Fishing also was very different the past couple of weeks. Last week Walleyes were active very early in the morning and then again in the evening but were almost none existent during the day. This week they are on a more normal pattern and are biting all day long. In fact, Walleye fishing has been very good this week with size of Eyes being on the larger size. Our secret lure continues to dominate for Walleyes. Each week we are converting more guests over to our new lure for Walleyes and they are convinced they stand out. Even our guides are warming up to our new secret even though I am fairly confident they can catch Walleyes with a piece of a Walmart shopping bag tied to a jig.
Most of the Walleyes have been in 6-14 feet and are still on most rock points. Our reefs are starting to kick in with alot of the larger ones being taken there. Crank baits have been very popular but live bait is definitely outfishing artificial which is no surprise. Many guests have heard me say that I would rather eat a real apple compared to a wax apple anytime. Walleyes are the same way, they like live bait over artificial most of the time.
Bass & Pike have been absolutely fantastic right from the start of the season. Bass came up from the deep very early this year which allowed our fisherman to crank for them with rattle traps and the like. Flukes, Tubes, & Bass Assassins are also killin'em on the rocks. It has been common to hear guests talk about catching 25-40 Bass in one particular outing. They have been on the beds the past few days and we beleive they are just done spawning. Many Bass in the 16-19 inch range are being caught on a regular basis. Topwater is in full force also which personally I think is some of the most fun fishing you can experience. We are very lucky to not only have incredible Wallaye fishing but also have some of the best Smallmouth Bass fishing in North America.
Pike have really been on the larger size this year so far. Live suckers have been the most effective method for the big critters but trolling or casting Rattle Traps or larger type stick baits has also produced some great fish. We have seem thousands of small Perch Fry at our dock so we know Pike are on a feeding binge and we are taking advantage of it.
We have seen more Muskies caught this year at this time than any other season. The largest caught was 48 inches and was caught on 6 pound test line. The season is not officially open so all of the Muskie caught were by accident and on light tackle. This makes for all the more fun when a big monster grabs your small bait and takes you for a ride.
I think I better stop writing for now and get back to the dock.
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Dave @ Manotak
Wed, June 13, 2012
by Dave Becker