It is not uncommon to catch big Bass while Musky fishing and I have even caught a few big Walleye on our lake. But I have never caught two big Walleye on the same day, a half hour apart, using different baits, in different parts of the lake before.
We were back on the water on Sunday morning of Sept. 4th around 9am. A thunderstorm hit in the wee hours of the morning & dumped about 2 inches of rain. The temperature dropped from 31C (88F) to 23C (73F) & there were more thunderstorms in the forecast for the afternoon. The wind was also up to about 15-20km from the southwest; talk about a total change from the day before!
While I think the the fishing will be more difficult under these weather conditions, there is the added bonus of minimal pleasure boaters on the water disrupting our hunt. Also, it is Sunday morning of a long weekend & the lake doesn’t seem to wake up until around 11 am.
We got out around 9 am and headed for one of our typical Musky spots & started casting. I decided that today I was going to throw my biggest lures all day & try and catch BIG fish. With the conditions we were facing I wanted to slow my retrieve down and also try some glider type baits. I started out using a 9″ Sledge, (pearl tiger color pictured here) and it is the weighted model which allows it to stay down longer between jerks.
While drifting with the wind along a weed edge over a drop off into 20 -25 feet, I cast over the top of the weeds & gave it a couple of cranks of the reel when a fish slammed the lure! It gave a few head shakes & stayed down in the weeds & felt like a small Musky. However once I pulled it threw all the cabbage weeds I saw it was a decent Walleye! It had the back treble hook imbedded in its back & was the reason it felt like a bigger fish at first. Too big to keep as it was over the 20″ maximum slot size for our lake so we did the CPR thing (Catch, Photograph & Release) & went back fishing.
A half hour later, we had moved on to a different location and I was using my 10″ inch Jake Bait that was successful yesterday when I boated a 42″ x 18″ Musky. This time I saw the Walleye hit my lure right at boat side; this was an aggressive fish! It was only 24″ long & it is hitting a 10″ lure for heaven sakes!
The two fish were almost identical in size & weight and would have made a nice meal but they had to be released. We did not even see a Musky on this day but the Walleye sure were active and aggressive. Maybe we should have switched species & target them? Nah! We are Musky addicts & only fish for walleye for the 3 weeks before the start of Musky season. If we do go for walleye, we have to leave the musky gear at home because ‘sure as shit’, I’m not going to fish walleye for long while my Musky rod is with me. LOL.
Remember…..TIGHT LINES & SHARP HOOKS!