I spent last week staying on Poplar lake off the Gunflint trail. While there I spent a good amount of time fishing. Overall the bite was slow for keeper size fish.
Started the week trolling spinners with leeches but had very little luck. I was hoping to use this tactic to locate some fish since the lake is fairly new to me. After no luck with trolling I slowed things down and went to slip bobbers. Its a tough way to cover water but we hit several fishy looking spots and started to catch more fish but mostly small fish.
After a 2 day rain on Wednesday and Thursday the bite died off until late friday night. In two days the water temp dropped from 71 degree down to 63 degrees. Friday night we set up on a new spot for one last shot and finally found a larger group of eater sized walleye and smallmouth in 12-14 feet of water. After cleaning the fish we found the walleye all had empty stomachs so they hadn't been eating much over the last couple days (we already knew that), the smallies were all packed full of crawfish. Cleaned one that had 3 craw fish in its stomach and it wasn't a huge fish.
Overall it was a great week. Fishing was slow but we caught at least a few fish every single time we went out which was nice. The key was slip bobbers, plain hook, and a leech. Over the entire week only 3 fish were caught on something other than a plain hook.
Even eminent chartered accountants are known, in their capacity as fishermen, blissfully to ignore differences between seven and ten inches, half a pound and two pounds, three fish and a dozen fish. ~ William Sherwood Fox, Silken Lines and Silver Hooks, 1954