Spent last night trolling the weed lines on the east side. Caught a 26" within the first couple of minutes. I swear the line wasn't even wet yet. Caught another five minutes later. Moved off the weeds a bit and caught a few more keepers in the rocks and gravel. All of these were in the 25" to 27" inch range. Fished mostly 6 to 12 feet in the dark. Used mostly a #14 Super Shad Rap 5 1/2" 1 5/8oz Firetiger Lure. Green. Also used a #9 Shallow Shad Rap 3 1/2" 3/8oz Perch.
Between me and a pal, we caught well over 20 fish and kept 6. Of those, we had 7 over 24".
The night fishing has been great folks. I would recommend you getting out here and trying the weedlines in the shallower water. There were some lulls, but they never lasted more then a half an hour. Sure was a lot of fun. Not too many boats either. We were pretty much left to oursleves.
Oh... caught a few pike too, but I ain't proud of it.
Kind of hard to determine how fast we were going. We were backtrolling as slow as the boat would go (150 hs Merc). Trust me, it isn't that slow. The raps would occasionally touch bottom if that is an indication. Too much line out and we would bounce off the bottom. Not enough line out, we weren't getting it down far enough. I would estimate that we were getting the raps down about 10 feet. A little shallower on the weedlines. Hope this helps!
Ted Great job, wish I was up there, dang on call always seems to get in the way, no more for the rest of the year.. YEAH. I am going to attempt to get up there Thursday night before the cold (Snow) front comes through, I wonder how Quinndog di up there. Oh backtrolling with your boat my guestimates around 1.5 to 2 Just my guess..
If you've got short, stubby fingers and wear reading glasses, any relaxation you would normally derive from fly fishing is completely eliminated when you try to tie on a fly. ~ Jack Ohman, Fear of Fly Fishing, 1988