All Seasons Wild

Reports and conditions on the Queen, May 21 2017

With May remaining cooler overall, water temperatures have been holding strong in the mid to low fifties in most parts of that lake. The red hot ice-out salmon bite has slowed down although a few are still being caught here and there. Capt. Steve Yaw, who runs one of our boats up in the North basin, landed a dandy 26 inch landlocked last week. We look forward to a promising salmon bite later on in the summer as fish concentrate around the thermocline.

Lake trout have been producing consistent action, still all over the water column, however the shallow bite seems to be dwindling. The bass being pre-spawn have swarmed the shallows and are staged-up feeding heavily which can make for a busy day if you are going to target shoreline fish. This is a transitional time period which can be tricky as fish are starting to relocate to their summer locations but still can be found shallow as well.

We are fortunate to have a three boat fleet which means lots of time spent comparing notes day to day and fine-tuning our trolling programs. We rarely fish the same locations which is a beautiful thing, as with three boats out searching we can pinpoint locations holding fish and help each other out. Although I don’t fish nearly as much as they do and I fish the South Basin, there are still patterns that emerge annually lake-wide. Dad can usually point me in the right direction as to a potential location based on what’s been happening up North, even though I’m fishing twenty miles south. We are also constantly trying new patterns and sharing new ideas to keep our customers on the hottest bite possible. New baits, colors, speeds, terminal tackle and locations are just some of the factors that can be experimented with and finely tuned to keep us on top of our game.

My last trip was a gorgeous day, there was just a light chop out on the lake and dark clouds filled the skies. I love fishing on dark cloudy days! Sunshine is fine, but when there’s low pressure around and overcast skies prevail the fish just seem to want to eat all day. Add a nice chop to the scenario and you have the perfect day, in my opinion. This day was no different and in just a few hours I had eight nice lakers in the net and lost three, one being a nice ten pounder loaded with baby smelt. All fished were released to fight another day and with the tremendous water clarity it’s always so cool to watch a tired fish head back to the depths after a long battle on light tackle.

A happy customer with a nice Landlocked Salmon.
Capt. Joe with a nice laker caught on a shallow running stick-bait.

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