It was a cold west wind blowing, a continuation of
the trend for the last week. The only difference that it wasn't
|Friend Bryan Gray with a nice walleye|
from the north
and temperatures were slightly higher than the two Celsius we had been getting.
After launching at Selkirk Park, we headed south to see if any fish had moved
down river closer to Lockport. While we saw a lot of catfish busting the
surface chasing bait, we did not get a bite in the three hours we tried in that
section. I marked quite a few fish in 16 feet of water, but not takers, not
even a sauger. The water was real dirty, full of leaves and debris and the
current was reasonably strong, but not out of control. I believe water quality was the difference here.
Which meant the boat went on the trailer and we headed down to launch at the
End of Main. While the road is full of potholes and muddy in spots, as long as
you take your time all is good. Use the right side, or east side of the launch.
This side is a little steeper on the drop. We tried a few different spots in
the four hours we fished this end, but the only action we saw was in a section
known as the cut, about a five minute boat ride north. About ten boats were anchored on the edge of the
| Anchoring properly was the key...here this American angler has two anchors down and his troll motor to control swing!|
drop from about 12 to 16 feet and fish were being caught by almost all of them.
Small jigs and shiner minnows were the ticket but boat anchoring was the key. A
straight sideways anchor with no swing was the key. I had two anchors and my
troll motor on the back of the boat down to prevent any swing. This allowed a
real precise sweep and drop of the jig, which was the key in triggering the
bites this day. Some big fish in the 8 to 10 pound range were landed…but
patience is the key. You have to remember, most
times the Red is not about
numbers, but real big walleye!