I don't claim to be an expert fisherman ... just a guy who loves to fish and has been blessed for his efforts. I learned a long time ago that in fishing, and in much of life, you get out of it what you put into it. I work hard when fishing, I study a lot, and always try to learn something on every outing. I hope you can use the information I post on this blog to learn something as well. Thanks for following along!
Monday, July 30, 2012
Quite the weekend on Mendota. I fished the morning and afternoon on Saturday and the evening on Sunday. My Buddy Matt Folz picked up a beautiful smallie and an 11" gill on Saturday ... And I picked up two nice walleyes, a 20" smallie, and a 21" - 5.5 lb smallie on Sunday. It was a different pattern for me on Sunday as I found the fish on a rock hump that came out of 50' of water and topped off at about 15'.
Posted by Todd Wendorf at 11:00 AM
Friday, July 27, 2012
Spent last evening on Mendota again, but the wind kept me from my normal spot. I was forced to fish the west shore and I'd never been over there before. I looked for deep weed edges and started drop-shotting and floating leeches. I didn't take long to figure out that I was on to something. Ended the night with about 20 smallies to 18", 3 walleyes to 23" and a 32" cat. There was nobody else fishing within 1/4 mile of me. This lake is absolutely LOADED with fish!
Posted by Todd Wendorf at 9:27 AM
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Can anyone tell me what killed this muskie?
Posted by Todd Wendorf at 1:10 PM
Monday, July 23, 2012
The smallie bite has been incredibly consistent for me. I just have to put up with rough water and wait out the ever moving smallies. I found out Saturday that my boat can take on decent wind but it's really hard to chase fish in those conditions. So ... sit tight and wait for them to move around. Picked up a bonus 10" gill. She's in the freezer waiting to see if I get one bigger yet this year. If I do ... she becomes cat bait. If I don't she goes on the wall with the 11" from May.
Posted by Todd Wendorf at 1:33 PM
Friday, July 20, 2012
It got a bit breezy out on Mendota last night ... but it was well worth the bouncing in the boat. Smallies were eating live leeches and Gulp leeches like they were candy! Got them under float and on drop shots ... on the rock flats adjoining the weed beds.
Posted by Todd Wendorf at 12:09 PM
Monday, July 16, 2012
Got out for the afternoon and evening Saturday. It took a while, but eventually found some smallies and walleyes on the weed edges. Got this guy drop-shotting live leeches.
Posted by Todd Wendorf at 9:35 AM
Monday, July 9, 2012
Sunday, July 8, 2012
Took my wife out fishing smallies on Mendota for a couple of hours this afternoon. She completely out-fished me ... including this 31" and 13 lb cat. Fought like a beast. I had vison of a 30" walleye coming up but this was pretty cool too. An hour later I caught this 20" smallie. Amazing fish, amazing fight!
Posted by Todd Wendorf at 10:21 PM
Thursday, July 5, 2012
Here I am nearing the end of vacation and ... sitting at home n the air conditioning. Not by choice, have you, but because of boat issues. First I almost sank her on Saturday when the live well pump broke off about 3 miles from the launch. She took on water VERY quickly! Got my daughter and her boy friend out of the boat and into my buddies ... then baled and drove her as fast as she'd go. All ended up OK. Then I fixed her up and took her out again last night only to have her stall out about 2.5 miles from the launch. Yup, this sucks! So now she's in for repairs and I'm planning an early morning venture old school style ... bassin' the docks in my waders! Anyways, here's a few fish from the past week when things were going well:
Posted by Todd Wendorf at 5:30 PM