Fish Predicting Early Fall
River bottom maples are turning color several weeks earlier than we’ve seen in recent years, with both pike and largemouth bass predicting we might have an early fall.
Fishing has been phenomenal recently on Pool 9 with a couple of hundred fish days and “slow” days of 60 fish, 55 fish and 25 fish–the latter being just a 4 hr trip over the past week. A major draw has been quality pike which have been active both just off the main channel and back in the running sloughs. Last Tuesday I had super sticks Ron Barefield of MinnKota/Humminbird and John Stone of Shimano/Gloomis out on a multi-species adventure in which they caught 12 pike over 32″, plus a pile of smallmouth, largemouth and a half-dozen non-targeted walleyes. It was a good day to catch 100 fish!
My nephew Darrin Marcure came up a couple days ago, ripped lips on pike and smallies then chased largemouth the next day, averaging a bass every 90 seconds for 2.5 hrs.
The pike wanted primarily Custom Carter shaker chatterbaits, spinnerbaits and Rat-L-Traps. the LMB ate these baits and Bomber A’s.
With a surface temp of 62 degrees it doesn’t surprise me the LMB are schooling tightly off of early autumn structure like breaks out from main channel rocks. Pike are following the bass–which are following the panfish.
Will try to blog again real soon. Right now the fish are screaming my name. gotta go, gotta guide.