On the 23rd I spent a few hours fishing at the hydroelectric dam in Royalton, MN. It was partly cloudy most of the time I was there and lightly rained for a short time. After dark the mosquitos became almost unbearable, but I stuck it out a little longer. I drifted cut sucker on a 6/0 circle hook on a slip sinker rig with a 2 oz. bank weight. I ended upwith 6 catfish mostly in 1-5# range. I have never fished this spot before and was pretty happy with the results.
Recently I spent the weekend at Snake Creek Recreation Area near Platte, SD. Originally our plan was to fish for walleyes over flooded tree tops with dowriggers, but as this proved to be unproductive my focus soon changed.
Day 1: After unpacking and scouting for a good shore fishing spot I set up on shore fishing the edge of a sandbar. I fished slip sinker rigs with a 3/0 circle hook baited with worm. I fished until about an hour after sunset and caught several small channel catfish and a carp.
Day 2: We started the day by fishing spinner rigs on bottom bouncers to see if we could find the walleyes, 5 hours and one small catfish later we gave this up and went in for dinner. Later I set up in the same spot as the day before and caught 8 channel catfish on worms and dipbait and kept 5 of the smaller ones.
Day 3: We fished shad raps on downriggers all day with no success aside from a few smallmouth bass and mooneyes. I kept one of the mooneyes to use as cutbait later on for catfish. After dinner I set up to fish the sandbar again, this time with cutbait instead of worms. I used the same rig as before, but swapped the 3/0 hook for a 6/0. I fished from 8pm-2am and caught about 22 channel catfish with a few blues mixed in. The largest was around 12 pounds and I kept 8 from 2 to 5 pounds.
Day 4: After packing up I managed to fit in another 45 minutes of fish during which I was able to get 2 more catfish before starting the 7 hour trip home.
I know this post is rather late, but I figured I should probably put something up being that this was one of my biggest trips of the year. The fishing was a little slow by Lake of the Woods standards, but was still phenomenal compared to most places. I didn’t take as many pictures as past years. The pictures below are some of the highlights, details in the captions.
26.5″ walleye, this was the biggest walleye of the trip
38″ pike, this was the biggest pike of the trip
One day’s limit