Still slow but slowly improving

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Still slow but slowly improving

Postby catchafew » May Sat 25, 2019 10:20 pm

We hit three different rivers today. We were pretty much just targeting smallies but a few small musky and northerns showed up. All river produced fish but nothing too exciting for numbers or quality of smallies. Guessing we got 6 smallies, two skis and two northerns

Most fish were caught on either a 1/8oz jig and 4" tube or 1/16"oz jig and 3" white grub. Side pools off of strong currents were productive. Another outing where dead slow retrieve was the ticket, almost like working a Texas rigged worm with a bullet weight.

Things are still slow for smallies on these rivers but reports of walleye are being told lately from all these rivers. Hopefully rivers come down a little and we get more heat for a few days. A few skeeters and butterflies were out and about but nothing too obnoxious. Tag alders leaves are about the size of a quarter and fiddle sticks about 6" high.

Camera lens protector on phone is cracked, sorry for poor pictures.

I let her reel in her first ski, not much of a ski but she was excited. Again after doing a room sweep with a musky rod with a 6" silver black Jake.
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Same spot with this kid but then she'd only catch smallies. Some day she'll be too cool for fishing so we're enjoying it while we can.
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Smallie on tube
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Musky on tube.
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