Walleye By Big Slough

All those house and cabins along big slough, and some on the Iowa side, the ones who watch other fisherman with spy glasses, then race to the spot after they leave, seem to struggle to catch Walleye, so this is for them. The walleye are there in all those wingdams you’re fishing but they are hard to catch. The rest of us struggle too. Sometimes catch 2 fish is a good day, some times we get skunked, sometimes when they’re biting we might get a limit. I have watched Iowa DNR shock those wingdams just outside of the main cut to the main river on the north end of big slough and dozens of big walleyes surface. Just look at their website and see all the 27-28″ walleye they hold up for photos. Sometimes they put tracking devices in them. But here’s the secret, they don’t always bite or there wouldn’t be anymore fish.

When the water is high, which seems to be the norm any more, the fish hang out in big slough, sometimes in the slough feeding, most of the time in the stumps and weed beds.

I like to fish that area by cooks island up to Savanna but it’s just too far for me being a on retirement budget. That is where most of the big fish are. If I could fish it everyday I would be looking for new spots besides wingdams. There are many side sloughs that are deep with decent current and full of bait fish. From lower lake all the way to Bulger hollow it has been dredged out for the rail road tracks. There is so many place for fish to hang out and no one fishes there, because no one looks for fish in those spots. All along Subula is a magnet for bait fish and walleye, but again, no one fishes there. All those wingdams around the railroad bridge, hardly anyone fishes. All you have to do is figure out the secrets to the spots. Those secrets could be where fish move through, or where they sit all the time. Most of the wingdams above savana never get hit, it’s a no man’s zone because it’s too far for everyone.

I mostly take photos anymore, I don’t catch many fish, I just like to get away from everyone and look for photo opportunities. I also like to look for new spots, which is what fishing is all about and I don’t like it when people follow me around. I figure they can do their own work and consider it stealing. I lose any desire to look around if people are just going to steal everything I find. If you think it’s harmless to fish where you saw me, well other people see you and then they fish there. Pretty soon I can’t even fish in spots I found on my own. It makes fishing not worth the trouble, and why I am getting away from fishing and getting more and more into photography.

The other day I was watching 2 eagles, hoping they would catch a fish in front of me and there was mink around I was watching. Then someone saw me, changed course, cut me off and scared everything away. This is so irritating and it happens all the time. There are plenty of places where fish where no one fishes, waiting for you to find. I have spots so secret I don’t even fish them unless I’m sure there are no boats on the river and people run right by them all the time without trying. They just run “to the spot” where they saw someone, heard someone was fishing or where they caught fish once before where they saw someone fishing. People think they aren’t good enough to find fish. Well there is no better satisfaction than finding fish and figuring out how to catch them. We are all amateurs doing that. I also do a lot of bass fishing just to get off the beaten path and fish where I might see some wildlife because walleye fishing is so tough for me. I can’t afford nor do I want to chase fish. Like I know the best place top fish right now is mid pool, but I stay away to save money.

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New Canon Pro 100 Printer

I bought a new Canon Pro 100 printer and love it so far. I printed about 50 8×10″ and a few 11×14″ before I needed to refill a cartridge and that all went ok. The printing sure is different from the epson. I have to edit all my photos differently to get them to come out because now I have black and grays and the picture seems a little dark. The epson was a lemon from the start and the black never did work properly and it was very user unfriendly, fighting me the whole way. The difference is quality is great, while the colors aren’t as vibrant as the pigment ink, the canon prints look outstanding.

Edit: This printer is lacking in bright blues or vivid colors. Otherwise it is printing good. It specializes in blacks and grays, there is 3 black & grey cartridges, 5 colored. It takes some special editing to make the pictures with more vivid colors.

Refilling the first grey cartridge after 50/60 prints, the cartridge holder went back to the side before I finished and had a hard time getting it back top center to put the cartridge back in.

I paid $107 for refillable ink kit, wish I had ordered the re-used OEM blank cartridges for an additional $54 so I wouldn’t have had to pay extra $6 shipping. I now know I can’t leave cartridge holder in center for very long.

When you refill one cartridge, it bleeds all the cartridges so it’s best to just refill them all at once. All this excess wasted ink goes in a pit and they are very hard to change, so shouldn’t change cartridges more than necessary, definitely not one at a time.

All in all it is much cheaper to print your own, buying from a print shop is outrages when you have as many photos as I do.

One other note, expect to print out at lease one copy to adjust edit for a large print. That is why I am printing out 8.5×11″. I will keep the good ones in plastic sleeves which are on order.

Be sure to read instructions closely. You cannot refill yellow, have to use a flushed or new cartridge because the refillable inks don’t mix for some reason. So this requires changing the chip which doesn’t look too hard.

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Shimano Caenan 150 6.3:1 Right Hand Baitcast Fishing Reel – CAE-150A Review

This reel is junk, don’t believe the reviews you get from sponsored bass fisherman. The reel is expensive, it doesn’t have any magnetic brakes. If you want to know what that’s like, try casting your baitcasters with magnetic brake turned off and see what that’s like. It gets backlashes every cast. Some are so deep you can’t get them out. It isn’t very smooth either because you have to tighten the brake up so much. I wasted $120 on this reel because I believed the reviews from pro bass fisherman, they were lying. It only works for heavy lures casted short distances with the wind at your back.

The garcia revo is a much better reel for the same price. The lews casts all day with no backlashes for half the price. The garcia black max casts great and is smooth, but not sure how long they last, the silver max only last a couple years. The shishamo (not shimono) is junk, it is good for a few days, then throw it away.

Update: I put 17# test monofilament line on this reel and it doesn’t backlash. The reason is because it runs out of line and so it can’t backlash. It doesn’t hold very much 17# line. I had to disconnect 2 of the braking mechanisms so it would cast further. Now it doesn’t seem so bad, until I pick up the lews or garcia and they cast the same lure much further.

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July Photos

I have been spending a lot of time getting photos in July with all the high water. So it’s been a very good year for photos and continues on. I am getting so many good photos I am overwhelmed with what to do with them.


Mississippi river

Blue heron

Green heron

Mink

Mink

Mink

Deer

Deer

Mississippi river

Killdeer

Sandhill Cranes

Woody

Eagle

Yellow billed cuckou bird

Water lillie

Mink

Mink

Mink

Eagle

Rock river

Rock river

Rock river

King bird

Green heron

Green heron

Green heron

Deer

Deer

Storm Sterling Il

Storm Sterling Il

Storm Sterling Il

Storm Sterling Il

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High Water Year Again, Fisherman, Are You Enjoying this Global Warming Now?

High Water Year Again, Are You Enjoying this Global Warming Now? I was hoping for a normal river level year but its worse. It didn’t use top be that way, we would get an occasional high water couple of years, but now all we get is high water every year. In 2011 we had record low, but that followed two years of extremely high water, and it’s been high ever since.

Meanwhile Trump and his dept of interior, Zink, a fisherman & hunter, is getting rid of workers who try to protect the environment and the changes global warming is causing. All fisherman should be in favor of clean environment and clean waters. Unfortunately they have been convinced by the NRA and tournament organizations (and beneficiaries) that democratic regulations are bad for their sport. It’s the opposite. So while your sitting out in the heat and humidity because all the bass are still in the backwater weeds, or your fishing in backwater lakes for walleye with hundreds of other boats because the rivers are too high, or your not fishing Lake Erie because of the algae, or your getting eaten up by the bugs, or fishing and hunting in the rain, remember that next time you vote republican, they gave it to you.

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