I haven’t been able to spend as much time on the Wisconsin River this summer as I normally do do to some physical problems and work. but, I plan to spend a lot more as fall gets closer. The days are getting shorter and though the temperature today was in the upper 80′s it cools down soon after sunset. Katie the Lab and I went out around six o’clock for a little fishing and hopefully a fresh meal of walleye or sauger.
I was long lining Flicker Shads in shad color (black/white) while I zigged and zagged down the river. The river is now at a summer low with a slow flow and current barely enough to drift, so I slowly trolled at about 1.5 m.p.h. to 2.0 m.p.h. This morning and afternoon there was many canoes, kayaks, and tubes as people got in one of the last weekends of the summer before the kids go back to school. It’s always good to see people enjoying the beauty of the Lower Wisconsin River and valley while enjoying the outdoors. Today, there were plenty of families and young adults having a great time floating by my house!
But, there weren’t many people fishing and by the time I got on the water there wasn’t a sole fishing in the couple mile stretch that I was planning on fishing. The low water might have scared some people from fishing because when the flow is so slow and the water this low props and lower units can get easily damaged. I’ve ended up on the odd rock or sand bar more times than I like to admit.
I had a decent time fishing, catching a couple of legal saugers for dinner, a short walleye, and a couple of smallmouth bass that I released. Saugers have to be 15 inches below the Prairie du Sac Dam and walleyes must be 18 inches or larger. Some days, you’ll catch many walleyes in the 16 to 17 1/2 ” which would be a good eating size fish most places. I’m looking forward tonight to a couple saugers fillets panfried with Gary Roach batter, some fresh green beans, and a salad from the garden that will make a great meal! I better start the stove and peanut oil…. have a great Sunday. Happy, Happy, Happy……..