Was hiding/working in my office one day last week when my wife came in and said we needed to talk…. My reaction was something like this only with a lot less hair:
Said she was sick of seeing all the big-fish pics pouring in from the Rainy River and wanted to sneak up there in the morning to get one of her own.
Luckily I had (finally) just switched to a cell provider (rhymes with “Horizon”) that actually has usable service outside the city limits.
After cramming in 4-ish more hours of work from the car — thanks to my wife driving! — we made it to the Frontier access. Hit our first traffic jam…but zero complaints about this kind of morning commute. #TillerLife
And you’ll never guess who took big-fish honors of the day with the fattest 29-incher I’ve ever seen….
Shout-out to my buddy Christian Hoffman for the quality pics!
She stuck that behemoth pitching a 1/4-oz VMC Neon Moon Eye Jig paired with a Juice Baits 3.8 HD Swimmer (green perch) in just 6-7′. Water temps were just 34 degrees, so sloooowly dragging the bait along bottom was the key for us until things warmed up later in the afternoon.
Amanda was nice enough to let Christian and I stick a few slaunches of our own during the 50-ish fish day. All released to get even more bigger-er:
My top producers were 1/4- to 3/8-oz VMC Neon Moon Eye Jigs paired with “chartreuse orange core” AuthentX Moxis or “great white” AuthentX Pulse-Rs…’til I burned through the packs. Time to restock:
Spent more time behind the windshield than fishing, but no doubt it was worth it!
Heads up: River conditions can worsen right quick out there when the Little Fork and Big Fork Rivers “break loose” and dump in dirty water from upstream.
Heard the water clarity has dropped and debris has upped in the last 24 hours — @kkellywalleyes‘ video of the Little Fork letting lose last night might explain why:
Of course you can still catch fish, it’s just not nearly as easy. Make sure you’re giving off as much vibration and/or scent as possible to help ’em find the bait.
Always a good backup plan to throw in a couple sturgeon sticks too just in case…