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7/7 BUST
Hit Willard this morning from 7:00-11:30 with two others. I caught the only fish, a small SMB. Decided to call it a day. Stopped in Ogden for lunch, and made the decision to hit the river while we were fairly close. Tried three different stretches, and nothing. Not a great day of catching for us by any means.

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Re: [bowhunter3] 7/7 BUST In reply to
Ugh. That blows. Sorry.

In the big scheme of things, though, days like this will help you enjoy the successful ones that much more.

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Re: [bowhunter3] 7/7 BUST In reply to
Its been really slow for me as well the past couple of days

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(This post was edited by CoyoteSpinner on Jul 10, 2012, 5:08 PM)

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Re: [bowhunter3] 7/7 BUST In reply to
CoolYou didn't say whether you were fishing from a boat or banking. I'm guessing that whatever you were doing you were probably fishing close to the rocks rather than out in the lake.

I fished out of the south marina on Friday and I worked everything from right next to the rocks out to over 16' deep. I could not find fish on sonar or get any hits in water less than about 10' deep. Most of the fish I saw on my sonar display were in 11 to 13 feet...with some out in the deeper water...but suspended at mid depth. Almost all of the hits I got were on either side of 12'...well off the shoreline.

I watched a lot of boats trolling back and forth along the dikes on Friday...and a few that were casting various lures as they moved slowly down the rocks. I did not see anybody catch anything near shore.

The water levels are dropping and the water temps are getting higher. That combination definitely moves the walleyes out away from the rocks and into deeper water. The other species seem to be following. There are still cats to be caught out of the rocks because some are still spawning in them. And some guys reported catching walleyes on worm rigs in water shallower than 12 feet. It's all a matter of finding the small areas that the fish find attractive...for their own reasons.

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Re: [TubeDude] 7/7 BUST In reply to
We launched at Pelican Bay Marina Sunday and trolled north past a private marina before fighting the wind back. I never moved into water deeper than 7 feet and saw nothing on the fish finder. Lot's of Carp jumping and acting stupid, but nothing else.

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Re: [TubeDude] 7/7 BUST In reply to
I was out in my boat, trolling around (crankbaits and worm harnesses). I tried from 8-16', just weren't where they were the weekend before.

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Re: [bowhunter3] 7/7 BUST In reply to
CoolThe only thing consistent about Willard is that it is consistently inconsistent.

There are some guys who have fished it for years and hit it at least a couple of times a week almost all year long. Even the best Willardologist doesn't load up on every trip. Anybody who claims to be able to catch a lot of fish on Willard every trip out will lie about other things too.

But...and a big but (not butt)...like most lakes Willard can almost always produce fish if you can find them...and if they are active. It is no different than most waters. On any given "bad" day for most anglers there will be SOMEBODY who finds the fish and finds what they want and catches a bunch. If you find fish but they won't bite, you have to keep looking for active fish or come up with some way to create a reaction bite.

Most of the downers at Willard are weather related. It has been hot and windy recently. Water temps are climbing and water levels are dropping. All of that combines to move the food (baby shad) around the lake where they concentrate in different areas...and the predators follow. When wind directions change it can totally relocate the best fishing zones quickly. Where you were catching fish yesterday...or earlier the same day...can suddenly go fishless.

We all have our favorite spots on the lake and can usually figure on finding at least something at one of them. But that ain't always the case. Ditto for the lures we use and way we fish them. Anybody that fishes the same areas the same way on every trip is setting themselves up for some disappointment.

One of the best examples is lure size. Once the wipers and walleyes start patterning on the little 1" shad they seem to not be as susceptible to the larger cranks being trolled at mach 6 by most anglers. There are several lure manufacturers that make "bitty bite" cranks that work very well at this time of year. Trolling them slower and nearer the surface sometimes draw the only strikes you will get in a day of fishing. I usually do pretty well through the summer tossing small tube jigs in white or in blue/clear sparkle. And I know guys that catch quite a few large wipers by trolling small plastics too.

On any given day you can probably find a dozen different reasons (excuses) why you didn't catch a lot of fish on Willard. It can be a tough one and no excuses should be necessary. Just saying "I fished Willard today and didn't catch much." is self explanatory. On the days when it all comes together and you catch fish on your favorite lures and in your favorite areas...you are golden. Enjoy it when you can.

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Re: [TubeDude] 7/7 BUST In reply to
What's the earliest time you can get in the north gate? Plan on hitting it tomorrow.

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Re: [Paddler] 7/7 BUST In reply to
6am

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Re: [Paddler] 7/7 BUST In reply to
CoolWhen they close both sides of the gate it does not open until 6 am...automatically. Nobody shows up to open it. But, there are times when both gates are left open all night and other times the exit gate is open even if the entrance gate is closed. You can just go around through the out side.

I like to get there early. On the days when I show up between 5 and 5:30, both gates are closed. If I get there a few minutes before 6...to wait for the opening...one or both gates are open and there are already several boats launched before I get to the ramp. In other words, it is hard to know what you are going to find. As a general rule you are more likely to find an open gate during the week than on a weekend.

Good luck.

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Re: [wiperhunter2] 7/7 BUST In reply to
Thanks! I'll post up on how we do.

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Re: [Paddler] 7/7 BUST In reply to
FYI, CVFisher and I launched from the South marina on Monday, we were fishing in 8 to 17 ft of water, shallow early, deeper later, we were there a little after 6:30 am and stayed until 1pm. The catching was ok for walleye using KCT spinner harnesses on bottom bouncers. When it slowed we moved deeper and switched to the 50/50 method of trolling with the same harnesses. We ended up with 8 eyes and 3 wipers. Hope that helps you.
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Re: [wiperhunter2] 7/7 BUST In reply to
Thanks! I can't bottom bounce in my boat, as I have no electric motor. My minimum speed is 2.8MPH, so we'll be trolling cranks behind planer boards. We'll probably launch around 7:30 and see how it goes. I haven't seen any reports so far from guys trolling crankbaits, but have had good success in the past.

I have caught 20 wipers before noon, and 14 walleye in two hours in the evening before, but that was a while ago. Only fished it once so far this year, but it was too early for trolling.

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Re: [Paddler] 7/7 BUST In reply to
Good luck! looking forward to your report



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Re: [Paddler] 7/7 BUST In reply to
It will be interesting to hear how you do, cranks have not been working very well this year, slow it down a little and you might have better luck. 1- 1.8 mph have worked a lot better so far this year for the wipers but their number are down, so catching two or three is a good day this year. That could change as the shad get bigger. There is a good crop of smaller wipers that are 11 to 14 inches that will be good sized by next year, and another crop that are 15 to 18 inches but they are fewer in number, the 19 to 22 inch wipers are the in the lowest numbers. The smaller wipers are already chasing the shad and you might see them on the surface before noon, if it isn't too windy. At the speed you will be trolling, walleye will likely be what you will catch. Good luck.