Our fishing team headed up to Houghton Lake on Thursday and Friday night to work our early walleye hot spots.
Thursday night we headed out planning to fish the south point in 6 FOW. On our fist troll we picked up a 14-inch walleye on a blue / silver tail dancer running 45 foot back. Thirty minutes later the wind shut us down and we were forced to move inside the point. We moved in to troll the Elks run in 6 FOW around the wed masses but found a slow bit. We had water temperatures from 55 to 51 which contributed to our slow night of fishing. We fished for three hours and boated three walleyes, nine pike, and one bass.
Friday night we worked our south east point and again got pounded by the wind. The wind was blowing out of the NE and made trolling a serious challenge. We fished four hours and ended up boating five legal walleyes and three 14-inchers.
The early season weather patterns have made Houghton Lake walleye fishing a lot more challenging, but we are continuing to focused on the areas and techniques we know. We will report new way points to try as soon as the weather cooperates.
I'll be in South Caroline for normal work the week of 5-12, so our next report will come from the Crestliner team this Thursday. We will also be taking the week of 5-19 off to fish on our annual UP Walleye Trip on Autrain, Forest Lake, Big and Little Man, and any other walleye lakes that we can find. We'll report soon.