DAY 3: As we
rolled out of bed, we were pleasantly surprised to see the wind had settled
down and switched over to the south finally. It promised to be beautiful day
with temperatures slowly rising to five Celsius. Boat control
was not going to be a problem which meant we had all kinds of options
open to us. We decided to start at the mouth of the river, fishing in
water from 16 to 24 feet. Watching the depth finder, we noticed that the bait
and fish we had seen on Day One, were really not there in any numbers. This was
reflected in our success as we caught only a few fish on our first drift. After
a couple of hours we decided to head up river to try the White Rock were we had
caught our big fish the previous day.
After one fish on our first pass with few fish
marking, we headed back down to the last stretch of river before the mouth.
Here we started catching a few fish in a bit deeper water, in the 23 to 27 foot
range on jigs and shiners. Unfortunately since it was Saturday, there were a
few other boats around making the drift a bit tricky. We decided to move back
further out towards to the lake and were quickly rewarded with some fast
action. There were a few double headers and a lot of fish in the eight pound
range. Later in the afternoon, we talked to a group of anglers from Montana who
had been coming to Tobin Lake for 17 years. We started comparing notes on the
crankbait bite and these hardcore anglers had tried it all.
The last two
evening we had fished the same general area as these Montana anglers and they
had intrigued us with some of the equipment they were using. They
weren’t hard to miss since they had rod tip lights to see the bites at night.
It was the first time I had seen any and with a little research I see that
there are quite a few different kinds available. I would recommend these if you
do any amount of trolling or still fishing at night. Another application would
be night fishing for those summer time catfish. One model goes from green to
red when a fish bites! Another invaluable tool is the headlamp which goes on
your cap or fur hat. It keeps you on top of everything that is going on. Well,
almost! The second night I was reeling my lure in to check on my bait when I
noticed two bright eyes staring at me. A small walleye had grabbed on to my
crankbait on the way in but I hadn’t even realized. Our fishing ended the
second night in a bit of a disaster because we got some lines crossed which is
easy to do especially when there is weed or debris on the bottom. My fishing
came to an end because I didn’t but my extra rods away so when I dropped my
crankbait back in the boat to help land a fish it wrapped around my other three
rods, a rookie mistake. Keep your free of clutter at night and things will go a
lot smoother. Finally work together as a team with boat control and netting
fish and you will succeed.
THE FINAL EVENING-
After talking to the guys from Montana we decided to finish off the day
trolling. They had been having good success on the Fire Tiger Storm
Thunderstick so Boyd put one on. This bait produced the first fish but Jim
started catching some real nice fish on a Berkely #7 Flicker Shad in the Golden
Shiner colour. I had discovered this pattern on the Red River and bought up all
I could find in Winnipeg before I came on the trip. It worked extremely well for me the whole trip
and now Jim was getting down to these deep fish with leadcore line.
Meantime I used bottom bounder and five foot snell
to get the same result. We ended up the trip catching a number of solid seven
to nine pound walleye until seven in the evening, a great way to finish!