It has only been a few days since our opening fishing report, but we are pretty excited to be back at it and wanted to share the information. The weather did not make it easy this past week. With several days of strong winds, we focused most of our efforts away from the main lake. The large weather system did bring some much-needed rain to the region and made the mornings feel like fall. Last night’s lows fell into the 40s.
Despite the tougher conditions, the Roach group had an excellent fishing trip. Their overall volume was high with guide boats averaging 40 – 50 walleyes over 18 in. each day. Along with really good numbers of fish, the guys landed multiple 25s and 26s along with 4 – 27s, 1 – 28, and Bill Roach caught a monster 31.25 in. walleye.
The weather did scatter walleyes into a wider variety of depths. By the end of the week, we caught walleyes anywhere between 12 – 35 ft. of water. Most were still in that 18 – 25 ft. zone, but it did pay to check out a little deeper for bigger fish. With the waves, we bumped up to 3/8 oz. jigs with minnows, but we were still catching at least 1/3 of our walleyes on 6.5 in. Gulp Nemesis on ¾ oz. jigs pulled at speed.
After the day one delays at the border, we are seeing very short wait times to get across the border. Our groups report that the only difference in crossing from previous years, were questions about your health, documentation of your negative PCR test, and your ArrivCan app receipt. There has been some discussion on websites concerning the random PCR test that may be handed out at the border. Do not be concerned about this issue. We have logged on to the Switch Health website and conducted these tests multiple times as part of our border crossing process. If you get a random test, then we will have everything set up for you and will make arrangements to have your sample shipped. You just go fishing.
All guide boats are currently scheduled on the water for the next few weeks, but we have had some cancellations for September. If you are interested in squeezing in a fishing trip this fall, do not hesitate to call or email.
We do know that the preparation to cross the border is a bit of a pain. Specifically, we have heard that PCR tests are difficult to schedule in some areas. For those that are willing to put up with the hassle required to get across the border, we promise that the Silver Water Wheel experience will be as good or better than ever.