The river was at 3.6 at the beginning of the week and at the end of the week we had 3.7 with 10,800CF of flow and 68 degrees.
1. Trip #1 – Guide Scouting Trip – This was on Monday and we fished from 4:00 to 6:30 PM and we caught 4 Bass. The largest was 16” and we caught them on Tubes and Crankbaits. The river stage was 3.7 – 11,000CF – Clear – Steady and 66 degrees. We had a BP of 29.75 and steady.
2. Trip #2 – Guide Scouting Trip – This was on Monday and we fished from 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM and we fished from two different locations. We caught 25 Bass and 8 Walleye. The largest bass was 19” and the largest Walleye was 20”. All the Walleye were legal length. We caught them on Spinnerbaits, Stickbaits and jigs. The river stage was 3.7 – 11,000CF – Clear – Steady and 66 degrees. We had a BP of 29.75 and steady.
3. Trip #3 – Guide Scouting Trip – This was on Tuesday evening and we fished from 3:30 to 6:30 PM and we caught 18 Bass. The largest Bass was 18” and we caught them on Stickbaits and Spinnerbaits. We had 3.6 – 9,200CF – Clear – Steady and 68 degrees. We had a BP of 29.95 and rising.
4. Trip #4 – Guide Trip – This was a Wednesday PM Catfish Trip and we caught 7 Flatheads and 1 Channel Cat. The largest Flathead was 31.01#. This fish was 41” long and had a girth of 23”. We caught them all on live bait. We lost our first two fish then Tim caught a 19.5#, a 25.2# and then his 31.01# consectutively. We had 3.7 – Steady – 11,200CF – Stained and 68 degrees. We had a BP of 29.95 and steady.
5. Trip #5 – Guide Trip – This was a Full Day Trip on Thursday and we caught 20 Bass and the largest was 19”. We caught them on Top Water, Spinnerbaits and Jigs. We had to pull the boat and fish two different areas to salvage the day. We had 3.6 – Steady – 9.300CF – Clear and 67 degrees.
6. Trip #6 – Guide Trip – This was a Half Day Tip on Friday afternoon and we boated 8 Bass. The largest was 17.75” and we caught them on Spinnerbaits, Crankbaits and Stickbaits. We had 3.7 – Steady – 11,000 CF – Clear and 68 degrees. We had a BP of 30.00 and falling.
7. Trip #7 – Making Bait – This was on Saturday morning and we fished from 7:30 to 8:30 AM and we caught 40+ Sunfish, 5 Largemouth, 2 Smallmouth and 1 Fallfish. We caught them all on jig/worm combo. We had 3.7 – Steady -10,800CF – Clear and 68 degrees. We had a BP of 29.70 and rising.
8. The Catfish Gold continues to be our best bait for Channel Cats. A large Channel Cat on this bait is about 24” but we use smaller rods when we go for these so it is still a great battle. The cost is $6.95 per container and I have it is stock. On a half day trip one container usually last the entire trip when we are fishing 4 rods but it depends on how many bites you are getting and how fast the current is that you are fishing.
The cooler temperatures should soon get the larger Flatheads active as well as make the bass fishing more consistent.