While the perch anglers are starting to congregate between Stoney Pointe and the River Raisin channel buoys, there are still lots of walleye in Michigan waters. Saturday marked the second weeks where it took three passes to get our two-man limit of walleye. Would have been just two passes, but for the first time all season we actually lost more than one fish at the boat, three actually. Like last weekend, the neighbor and I cleaned up using #6 blades from Big Eye Custom Lures, with a mix of purples, pinks and light greens on copper.
We had a bit of a late start, and didn’t start fishing until about 11 am, at the same spot where we cleaned up on the three passes the weekend before. Nothing at 27 fow, not even a mark on the screen, 14 waypoints produced nothing but a small white perch. We stayed on the original track, and passed through 26 and 25 fow without a single pullback on the Church Tackle Walleye Boards. The Walleye Boards are my favorite this time of the year, due to the combination of the board’s sliding keel weight and my employing the heavier 2 and 3 oz Bass Pro and Rednek weights when fishing deeper water. Right or wrong, I don’t like a lot of line behind my boards, and the design of these keels allow the weight to slash through the water at a deeper dive curve, making it easier to determine the depth to run the 7′ft harnesses I tie up with the Big Eye Blades.
The weather was threatening all morning and into early afternoon with the clouds looking pretty ominous. We had two to three-foot rollers pushing the old Crestliner along. Once we hit 24 fow, the flags starting to pull back on my side of the boat, and the port side start get in on the action too. The action slowed down in 22 fow and we picked up the gear, having caught 5 fish, while losing one on the first drift. Following the first track, we hooked eight walleye and lost two more at the boat. We should have been done, but that is why they don’t call it catching. With six more in the cooler, we only had to get one more fish to have our 12 for the day.
On the third and final pass, the action was of the boom, boom out go the lights type. If you get that reference, you know a little old school Pat Traverse is always a good thing. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U4XbV3gCm2Y
We knocked off the 12th and final fish at the first waypoint, and while enjoying a cold beverage we had three more fish hammer the boards. Threw those back in the lake for another day, picked up the gear, wrapped up the St. Croix and headed back in to Sterling. Had some company so threw some ice on the eyes and had a great dinner, then got up on Sunday and cleaned the catch.
And of course the best part of cleaning the fish was harvesting the crown jewel of the walleye, the cheeks!