We had this one day, yesterday, before the snow flies and as I look outside today, it is snowing and the wind in blowing. The day was nearly picture perfect. Overcast and +10 with an occasional sun peeking through.
I've been in my canoe that last few trips as the ST is around +43F: way too cold for my feet in the float tube.
There were some rises close to shore so I sneaked up to see about 8 mulling around. Sent a leech in with the intermediate and got an instant hookup, then I tried a dry (orange phentex humpy). Being in a social/mating mood, not many of them were interested in food, sort of like salmon fishing.
I went to another area and there were about a hundred of them swimming around in about 5 FOW. It was like shooting apples in a barrel. Not much skill needed to catch them. They didn't seem to mind me and my awkward movements in the canoe.
I hope no-one else goes after these fish as they could be cleaned out pretty fast. We will have ice on our lakes pretty soon and then of course the slaughter will start on Jan 1. Too bad.