I caught my largest bluegill ever - at least 11 inches - off Ol’ Tom’s boathouse on Wednesday afternoon.
The bad news? I forgot the camera in my Jeep and it was one of only three “keeper” fish I caught. I released all of them, but will most certainly return later this week for another try.
Despite the sub, 5-foot Mississippi River stage, and being in a small inlet off the backwaters of the Black River, fishing has been pretty good ever since Saturday. In less than a half hour, I caught 3 large sunfish, 1 jumbo perch and 1 super-sized crappie. It was enough to lure me back Sunday when I caught 12 sunfish for the frypan.
However, Tuesday was poor.
Big fish - bass and northern pike - are also active in the small bay, rolling their dorsal fins and splatting the water near shore.
Bass are extremely active in local waters and just in time for Sunday’s 3 Rivers Bass Fall Frenzy Open on pools 7-8-9.
Raccoon are also active. I dodged a few young road-killed raccoon on my drive to West Salem and back on Wednesday.
Bucks are in their pre-rut phase with gentle sparring with other males. Look for bolder activity to pick up quickly within the next several days.
Meanwhile, across the Mississippi River, Minnesota DNR conservation officer Tyler Ramaker, in La Crescent, reports seeing good numbers of local ducks in advance of the upcoming waterfowl season. Small-game and archery hunters were contacted during this past weekend’s opener. Enforcement action was taken after a deer baiting/attractant investigation was completed.
DNR conservation officer Mitch Boyum, in Rushford, reports a very busy small-game and archery deer opener. High numbers of hunters were seen. Success was good. Bowhunters reported seeing multiple deer. Time was also spent checking small-game hunters. Success was spotty. Squirrel hunters reported a poor walnut season and squirrel numbers seemed low. Violations encountered were no deer license, borrowing/lending a license, no blaze orange while small-game hunting and failure to validate a deer tag.
Until we meet, have a great day outdoors.