May 15, 2011

Willard Bay

I met up with one of my friends to hit Willard Bay for the first time this year. As always, my main goal fishing Willard is to catch a wiper so I can knock it off my fish list. A Wiper is a hybrid bewteen a striped bass and a white bass. We were on the water at about 9:30 and started trolling various cranks and spoons in the hopes of having some fast action. Well, Like the two other times I've fished here, I got a giant goose egg! I swear, Willard Bay is my kryptonite! I have never caught a fish on this body of water and I'm starting to take it personally. I really think the fishing gods just sit back and start laughing when I launch my boat! It was slow fishing the whole time we were there and my friend landed the only fish of the day; a 21" walleye.

At least we had nice weather....Wait, HOLD UP!

The day actually started out great! It was a little overcast with no wind and the water was like glass for the first 3 hours. Then, in a matter of less than 2 minutes, we were in a mini version of deadlest catch! I could not believe how fast the wind and waves came! We were in my 14 foot bass tracker and we had 5-6 foot waves we had to get through. The pucker factor was in full-force the whole way back to the marina. I've never been that nervious in a boat in my life! I had several waves crashing over the bow of the boat and my boat came almost completely out of the water a few times as we crashed over them and into the next wave. By the time we made it back to the marina, my friend and I were drenched and happy to be out of harms way. Once we were in the marina, all I seemed to be able to do was laugh. I hope I never have an experience like that again. You may have beat me this time Willard Bay, but I will return and catch my wiper before the year is over and how sweet that feeling will be! until next time....

A nice 21" male Walleye


  1. Glad to hear you made it to shore o.k., even if you were drenched. Could have been worse, but, I am sure you know that already. Sometimes the fish and Mother Nature combine to win the game of fishing.

  2. It could have been a lot worse. I'll take being wet, alive and having my boat in one piece over the alternative any day! Thanks for stopping in Mel.