Been fishing quite a lot. The river continues to give up 2-5 keeper walleye every evening that I continue to throw back...
Two very different patterns, but first a comment of the operation of the dam:
The fish ladder is open. And that is the only water moving on the east side of the river. There is still no water coming through the powerhouse.
The east most floodgate is open. And is continually being adjusted. Open. Close. Open. Close. I have heard that stupid siren more in the last two weeks than all the other sirens of all types (including police fire ambulance and dams) I have heard in my entire life. One minute I can walk halfway across the river without getting wet, the next that same rocky point is under waist deep water. This is doing two things:
1) When It comes up, movement of the water is generated under the coffer dam which seems to change the bite.
2) Tons of debris moving around, but the water is still surprisingly clear. Mostly algae and weeds being washed off the apron. Which brings me to a side note:
If you are the guys or know the guys walking out on the stupid apron under the floodgates, I will not cry if you or your friends drown. Especially if you stay out there when that siren goes off. Seems a pretty big gamble considering Iíve not seen any fish being caught by those folks... But I digress...
Pike have been hammering white Shadow Raps and Perch Shadow Rap Shads after dark. They are taking the floating shad ones when the bait breaks the surface as It rises back up after a twitch. They are taking the sinking ones about three cranks after the bait lands.
I have been getting walleye in Halloween colored (silver / dark green / orange) Shadow Rap Shads off the surface. Casting up by the coffer in about six inches of water and just twitching It over the rocks. Only lure I am able to do this with because everything else dives down and grabs weeds on the hooks if I cast that close to the coffer dam.
I have also been getting walleye on regular Shadow Raps in silver or albino shiner (white / orange belly) if the pike donít grab them first. I am throwing these out and cranking three times VERY SLOW and then dead sticking It. I am letting It sit on the bottom up to a minute at a time and then just barely twitching It. I do this for 6-10 twitches and then slow crawl it back along the bottom - as slow as I can reel and get action. This is incredibly slow. Very slow.
The point is i am working these crankbaits incredibly slowly.
Only thing I am getting bit on at all. As far as I can tell I am consistently out fishing even the guys using live minnows.
Have not seen any salmon. Always have the long pole just in case...
Thereís a few pics...
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