Wednesday, June 10, 2015
Mega Bass and Micro Walleye
Some hard core kayak fly fishing went down today. I pounded the ledges with clousers and pike flies today in hopes of big bass and walleye. Some of the day was spent using a sinking tip, something I rarely do. At first all I was able to do was get some dinky but very colorful smallmouth bass.
Then I noticed a fish swimming just bellow the waters surface, very slowly. Clearly something was wrong with it. I was actually able to grab it's tail. A little walleye, probably released by a fisherman who did not take the proper measures to ensure it's survival. I was a little more helpful, and after some careful resuscitation the fish got it's strength back. Hopefully he'll make it to be the 26 inch fish I am trying to get on a fly rod now.
Then, with wind increasing, I drifted and cast a pike fly to the shore and docks. Suddenly the bright fly, clearly visible under the water's surface, just disappeared. I set the hook and a big largemouth sky rocketed. After a spirited battle I brought the well fed bass to hand. She had inhaled that big fly, it was deep in the mouth but loosely hooked. With an unceremonious tail splash the fish returned to the depths. I spent the next few hours tolling around not having much luck.