Made it out to the Platte Creek area of Lake Francis Case this past weekend. Sure was a cooker out there. Even though the ramp, and this State Park were closed, we made the best of it. The first pic is where the ramp usually is at, starts right there next to the street light. The next is the truck & trailer parking area, just back in to the regular parking area and push your boat off. This whole area was about 5 feet deeper just two-three weeks ago. Going around the lake you can see high water lines on the trees and shore line…amazing, and the water continues to drop daily.
We figured fishing was changing every day, not only was the water warming up fast, it was going down. What worked 2 weeks ago, might not work this week. Started out along a favorite point with sunken trees on both Saturday and Sunday. Both days we started out rigging a bottom bouncer, 5 foot snell and half a crawler in 12-20 fow, then when things slowed down we tied on cranks and trolled back.
Saturday was hot and pretty breezy, we had no trouble getting our limit of 12 (3 of us) and we didn’t catch one walleye over 20 inches, almost all were 14 1/2 to 16 inches chubby and hit hard. We did catch one about 17 and one 18 1/2 on our last swing though a bay before heading in for a cool shower. No camera this day.
Sunday was bright and hot with a slight breeze, we went another mile or two past our original favorite point, every point has sunken willows or cottonwoods and we figured out quick that baitfish were using this as a hide out and prey fish were on the prowl.
So began an amazing day. We caught just about everything. Gills, perch, mooneye, smallmouth, walleye, sauger, skipjack, white bass. We went through 2 1/2 dozen crawlers pretty quick and had too many caught to count. We had about 6 in the box, and I had a large walleye break my mono leader right at the net, we guessed about 22 inches or better. We then put the motor in gear and started pulling cranks, we had a bunch of doubles, many one after anothers, and the net never got dry. We experienced a couple pretty cool things in a couple of the bays. If you hear what sounds like a bunch of kids splashing at the beach, look around, the white bass would school a bunch of baitfish and push them to the surface. If you were close, cast your rap into the white water and hang on. These guys would scream a bunch of line out quick and if one got unbuttoned you had another before you knew what happened. There were a few we netted about 18 inches or more. The 3rd pic is a tripple, we could have done this a few more times, but decided to keep moving. 4th pic is my buddy Randy holding one of the nicer smallies caught, we had a couple nice ones. The last pic is the end of the day boxed fish. All were 16 1/2 or better, the largest just a hair over 20. So almost all were dream sized eaters between 17-18 inches and chubby! Planning one more trip here in the next week or two.