There are times when being a fisheries biologist has its advantages. Walleye fishing is one of them. My colleagues are some of the best walleye fishermen around. You may not see them entering the tournaments, or posting their pictures on the fishing forums, but they get it done, and they catch BIG fish. One of my buddies caught an 18 pounder last year (and a 7 1/2 pound smallmouth from the same spot...), and they've all caught fish up to 15 or 16 lbs. Here's a 16 pound fish that I got permission to post because the background is safe and no secret spots can be gleaned from the picture!
|No "long-arming" necessary on a fish of that caliber!|
|I know what you're thinking... The fish in the last picture would eat this little thing!|
|The sun sets on a day of Columbia River walleye fishing.|
About the middle of march, one of my wisdom teeth started hurting pretty badly. They had done this in the past and nothing ever came of it. But this time the pain just kept getting worse. I was going to have to go in to the dentist. What does this have to do with fishing you ask? Some of you may not know this, but dental procedures can bring some very good fishing luck. I'll refer you to the post Give Thanks for Chrome where my brother had an emergency root canal then joined me on the river for one of my favorite steelhead fishing trips ever. Needless to say I jumped at the chance to fish with a toothache when the opportunity arose this time.
This was the trip I had been hoping for. It didn't take long until both of us were catching fish and my toothache disappeared. The first one I brought in added another pound to my personal best.
|Four pounds of delicious fish fillets!|
|You can't see it, but the scale has a 6 on it!|
I missed my shot at the monster, but about two minutes later I hooked another fish and my grief subsided. As consolation prizes go, this was a pretty good one! I landed my biggest walleye ever at 8 lbs. It's still not a big one for the Columbia River, but I'm not complaining. It's definitely a big one for me!
|No more toothache!|
|I like the angle of the fish in this picture better, but it turned out blurry...|
|Was this worth catching a big walleye? I think so!|
|Disclaimer: Do not look at this picture if you think you might get squeamish... although if you're reading this, you've probably already seen the picture. Sorry about that!|