Wally Finn

Can you believe it’s mid-August already? The days are getting shorter, and the nights are getting cooler. A welcome relief for all you fishermen’s air conditioning units that have been running overtime. It should also begin the cooling process of the lake – which will be a welcome relief as well. There have been quite a few dead tullibees floating about that couldn’t take the warm surface temps. Sometimes when they’re feeding, they get a little too high in the water column and then don’t have the strength to get back down to the cooler water. That’s why you’ll see them struggling on the surface until they die.

I think a lot of people see the white bellies and automatically think they’re dead walleyes. But on closer inspection you’ll clearly see they are very silvery and shaped different. Now I’ve seen the tullibee die off a lot worse, so don’t get me wrong. It’s very normal for this time of year and actually points towards a decent population, which is good news considering there was talk just a few years ago about the population declining. I can tell you one thing: when those fish are little, they sure are tasty! Why I’d take a juvie tully over just about anything else that swims in the lake. As far as a fishing update goes, it’s same old, same old on the big lake. Get out there and enjoy it before summer’s gone!

Loose lines and tight lips,

Wally

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