I am spending the week up on winni with my parents and brother at my mothers friends cottage. We got up Friday/Saturday and will be here until next Saturday. I had my blinders on last week and somehow missed the forecasted weather as I brought a lot of fall clothes and no shorts. The weather so far has called for swimming more so than fall fishing, but so far we have had great fishing, and nice sunny days. I’ll keep adding reports as the week goes and some photos.
Saturday afternoon we went out for a few hours, and caught a few. I lost a nice salmon after a leap a ways behind the boat, but my friend landed a nice 17” salmon which got released. Finished the night after dark, and started brining in lines, and my dad felt some heavy pressure on one of the lines. He reeled it in, and about 70ft behind the boat something big broke the surface, and all the pressure went off and he reeled in a 5” rock bass. The line was on an otter boat and had 7 colors of lead so we think maybe something big grabbed the rock bass and went for a ride before popping off.
Sunday morning we had lines in just before six, and I lost another salmon right off the bat behind the boat. An hour of chaos ensued with around ten fish in the boat and a few more lost, and then the bite died hard at 7:25am. We got 4 salmon, 2 lakers, and 2 rock bass and smallmouths. Two salmon were over 20”, and we kept them for dinner. One had an RV fin clip and was probably a five year old.
That afternoon we went out again, and caught some diesel white perch, and some more Rockies and smallmouth, but no trout.
My father and I went out again this morning, and had a great morning other than the fog. I am glad the boat traffic disappeared with the weekend, because it was sketchy for a half hour or so with how thick the fog was. Caught 4 salmon, and 4 lakers with 2 smallmouth and a rock bass/eagle food, and lost a few more before we got a look. I caught one real nice male salmon, which again looked to have an RV clip and was over 20”, and fat. My dad got the fish of the day with what we are guessing was the boats PB rainbow. Probably 22”, and close to 5lbs. He fought hard in the top of the water column so we released it quickly, but the fish had massive girth.
The best fish have all come on single flies. I need to go to AJs and get some more. Base colors have been mostly brown, blue, and red/orange.
What VHF channel are most guys running out there? Might also pick up one of those after seeing the fog roll in today, and feeling helpless knowing another guy was trolling close by, but not being able to see more then 20 ft. I was about to start yelling “hey bear”, or something along those lines.
Looking forward to more reports from you. Thanks.
good reports !!!! I won't be otw until Saturday. Capt. Bobby
Went out this morning, and got 1 salmon, a giant white perch (14.5”), a few bass, and four lakers. Lost a big lake trout in the prop wash when I hit it with the net and snapped it off. 7 colors of lead with flys, and 35 on the rigger with a horizontal flasher and dbs today. Lost a few other good fish on the way in.
The salmon my dad got was 20” ish, and healthy looking. He did two or three great aerials before he came to the net. Another great morning for us.
The fishing has been great this week, but the weather has done a full 180. Cooler, windy, and I think it may scatter th fish. We had water temps over 75 in the surface in some spots before the front moved in, and I would suspect that to dramatically change.
We got salmon pretty much each morning and afternoon. We have landed a few nice males over 20”, and one of them had a gnarly kype, and beautiful colors. They have mostly come on lead core 4-7 colors down with about half the salmon on the riggers. The rainbows have been elusive with only two in the boat, and we have gotten lakers in their usual haunts this time of year.
Leadcore has been exclusively catching with small single flies. Hardware has only produced on the riggers, and mostly at 52’ down, but it has been scattered for the dr’s. All the dr action early was accompanied by an in line or horizontal flasher, but with the weather change they flashers/blades seems to be less effective.
Hopefully this helps some of you who are going out tomorrow/tonight. It’s been an awesome week for us. We have caught a lot of quality fish, and have had awesome weather. I may post some pics when i get back home and can use my pc.
Good luck for those who go out tomorrow!