Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Mid August Bite

After numerous phone calls and emails I went to the "Walleye Central" web site.Thank you all for the input, it makes our job that much more fun and says we must be doing something right! So to answer a few questions. The fires are no longer a threat and we have not had any smoke for several days. We did get some good soaking rain yesterday. The weather link on the Forrest Lodge home page is sort of close. Currently 78f, mostly sunny, wind from the W/SW at 20-gusting to 25 with 2 foot cappers out front, no doubt 3 foot+ at the Narrows. Last week the bite on this end of Caribou was astonishing. Walleye swimming past the main dock in the mornings looking for a free meal, thats is whats left after the Gators get their fill. I had one group that never went past the narrows and commented that there are so many places that hold fish that they never had to venture out of site of Forrest Lodge. The bite remains solid at Cove and the Beave and all points in between. Some Heavies have been hooked up with C&R and pictures. Lakers on the smoker today and fish fry on Thursday. The Blu Cheese Cole slaw is made and with any luck we'll have some of MaryJo's smoked trout spread. I made some walleye cerviche, always great with a chilly Blue! Speaking of Capt. MaryJo, the big Blues have moved to MaryJo's Island, all C&R as nobody keeps any over 18". No report on Gators cause I dont fish for them this time of year and nobody has any to brag about. No reports of them grabbing walleye either. The nights are beginning to cool off and as the water temp begins to drop the feed bag goes on. By the early to mid part of September the big heavies are on the move eating anything that gets in the way. Its time to change gear a bit and keep a meat stick in the boat to snag the big Gators that are feeding on everything. Jig and live bait are still my favorite. I cant get excited about trolling cause I dont like to sit still for to long. Same holds for fishing, if you dont pick up a bite in 10-15 minute then move, change location and look for the break in the chop along the edge of the reefs and points. Throw out a Buzz bait and get ready to hear the drag squeal. Often I cant even get my jig to the zone before a Gator grabs on. Lake Trout are fall spawners and come into the shallow rocks to take care of business. Casting count down stick baits and spoons will get these guys. Caribou has 2 variety of Lake Trout, one being the soft white oily meat and the other is the firm pink/orange meat that is almost like Salmon. Vertical jigging for them this time of year is productive as is trolling with down riggers. I have used the Dipsy Divers in the past and didn't care for it as it is trolling and I need constant action. Long lining for them is about the best I can do to slow down. Anything blue and white or blue and silver seems to work the best. I use blue and white Buzz Bomb for them and sometimes tip it with some of that articial stinky stuff. 18lbs has been the biggest so far. Just remember that when you hoist a Laker up from 100+ feet it's not going to be a C&R, so if you fish for them be ready to keep and eat what you hook up. And speaking of catch and release, I need to mention Bill F. from Ohio that hooked up with a heavy last year. 32", 12 lb walleye, the picture will be posted of the actual fish and the replica mount. Now thats what its all about. Remember.......THINK WALLEYE!

Thursday, 11 August 2011

Mid Summer Bite

The heat is on here in the North Country, but not as bad as some folks have it. We did top out at 100f a few weeks ago but for the most part we have had seasonal temps. Holding steady at 84f right now. The forest fires burning in the area have created some spectacular sunsets. The bottom picture was taken from the fire pit area by cabin 3 looking north towards Gibson and the Outlet, you can just see the end of the Sisters to the right. Helicopters have been passing overhead daily even with the few rain showers that have blown through. We have had many days of heavy smoke and the other day as I passed by the north end of The Beave Green Island was not visible. I fished at Beer Can and could not see anything towards Cactus/Tractor.  Water level in Caribou Lake is down so far that we have a clear shot under the main dock. Many rock piles and reefs are now exposed and passing through some tight areas is challenging. For up to date fire situation go to the MNR website. The bite did slow a bit the last few hot spells but always rebounds in the evenings. When the sun heats up the walleye move into cold dark water. Just remember this when you hunt for them. Look for the drop offs and the really big boulders and you will find the fish. I still like the slow jig and live bait approach, either on a vertical or doing a slow retrieve. Mary Jo's Island is turning on with some of the Blue Walleye coming out of 20 feet. No report for Lakers, nobody is hunting for them. The big Gators are always in the Walleye zone and ready to grab your dinner. Just remember that you can not use game fish for bait so any Gator hook up on a Walleye MUST be released. Minnows have been scarce and difficult to keep so I have been using leeches with very good results. My fishing buddy isn't so fond of them but manages to get them on her rig. I have equally good success with the artificial scented baits that come in a bucket of really stinky stuff. I just use a small piece and periodically dunk it back in the bucket of stink to refresh the scent. I have caught several fish on one piece. I think the same would hold true if a person dipped a crank bait in it and trolled. It's hard to think of right now but just around the corner is hunting season. I have seen a few moose moving around but with the warm weather they are deep in the bush and only move in the cooler hours of night and early morning.  Remember......THINK WALLEYE!

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