Week 16, 2018 September 1st – 7th

September greetings from Jim and Julies Wabaskang Camp. Week 16 of the 2018 season has come and gone so let’s talk about what was happening. The walleye bite seems to be slowing down some now, most fish are in a transition mode and are tougher to catch. Depths are ranging from 15’ to 30’ with the bigger fish coming from the deeper water. A jig and minnow were the best bait to use with a Lindy Rig and giant minnow being a close second. Larry Dorenkamp started things off this week when he landed and released a chunky 23 1/2” walleye, Tim Wuethrich was making his third trip to camp this season and usually has the biggest walleye of the week but this time his best was a measly 24”, Tim was ok with that though because his son-in-law Kyle McNeil ended up with a nice 24 1/2” walleye he released which ended up being the biggest fish of the week in camp, great job for a “city boy”. The northern fishing was decent this week as well, the biggest fish were caught on stick baits and tube baits. The big brutes are working some deep weed edges close to deep water and timing is everything. The fish move into the weeds to feed if there is plenty of wind and the bait fish are active otherwise most of the trophy sized northern are moving into deep water and feeding on small walleyes and large bait fish. Kyle McNeil released a chunky 33” northern, Tim Wuethrich released a 37” northern, small by his standards. Ben Finfrock was the real champ this week, he was fishing with Tim and Kyle and released a 34” and a 38” northern, he was the big winner of the week and made sure Tim knew it! Bass fishing seems to be slowing some now as well but fish could be found deep and shallow. Some of my guests fished rock piles early in the morning or late in the evening with top water baits and did very well, other guests picked their bass up while fishing deep water for walleyes. Tim Wuethrich started things off when he released a 16” bass but who cares, Craig Mericle always catches a “stinkin” bass and his biggest this week was a whopping 18 3/4”, Craig hates bass fishing but always seems to catch a big fish. Ben Finfrock released a 19” brute which is usually big enough to win the top bass of the week but hold on there Ben, seems your buddy Kyle McNeil put the rug out from under you when he caught and released a giant 19 3/8 bass, another win for the “city slicker”. Next week looks like a week of storms and rain so we will see how our guests handle the changing conditions. For now, this is Jim from Wabaskang.

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