For me a good day of fishing is catching anything as long as I am enjoying the surroundings, the peace and quiet, my partner if I am with someone, the breeze on my face, the sun, the loons and wildlife.
In other words a bad day fishing beats a good day at work hands down.
"When a man is part of his canoe, he is part of all that canoes have ever known."
Sigurd F. Olson
id have to agree with bogwalker on the surroundings part
but as far as the catch goes, i throw most of what i catch back. but i will keep a few eyes or a smallie or two for dinner but usually the smaller ones of both spieces.
now what i consider a really good day is when i get fish to hit fly patterns i came up with myself or when the smallies are feeling rather greedy. size is not really important but there is nothing like hooking a 20+ inch smallie on a 5 weight or that stray 30+ inch pike that only get hooked in thed corner of the mouth on my 5 weight.
hell i guess it dont really matter cause after all any time on the water with my dogs and friends is a good day.
hmmm.... enough for lunch and dinner.
Variety is the spice of life... a good day would include eater size walleye and lakers, with a couple bronzebacks and a decent pike (30+ incher).
A great day is the day everyone else is skunked, not catching as many fish, or I get the biggest fish. I do well with numbers, now if I can just get the biggest but every time I turn around the group raises the bar.
I think I have had pretty good numbers in the past but I was not sure what a good day was to everyone. Of course just being in the BWCAW is beautiful but that is a given. I fish mostly for smallies and have caught 15 a day. Throw in a a bunch of pike and it makes for a lot of fun.
I would say most of the fish I have caught are small though. I guess I would like to hear that people are catching numbers of smallies bigger than 17 inches and pike bigger than 25.
I have caught plenty of smaller fish in my life, I would like to get into a bunch of fatties for pictures. I also release all but a couple for dinner. Some days I keep nothing.
Anyone get larger fish or bigger numbers in the middle of june?
Generally, just catching enough to keep it interesting and enjoying the scenery and wildlife. Best day I had was the last week in June last year. We went in on a Saturday caught fish Saturday, Sunday, a few on Monday, none on Tuesday, a few on Wednesday, could not fish Thursday because of cold, wind and rain... But Friday made up for it all my partner and I caught and released over 100 smallmouth and largemouth that day... but we had to leave Saturday... but, I am going back there this year, same time, same place, and hopefully the same results.
Good Paddling, Great Fishing, and God Bless All...
Okay, here is the story. Like I said in the above post, we had a fair week of fishing because of storms, wind, and rain. That Friday dawned clear with a little wind and we decided to make the most of it fishing since we had to leave the next day. We started around 7:30 and fished until about 6:30, or until we were tired! We caught the fish on leeches under slip corks, gitzits (3 inch tubes... smoke/red flake) and topwater (jitterbug and chugger) biggest was a spawned out 20 inch smallmouth, and a largemouth around 2 1/2 to 3 pounds. But, was it a day to remember!!! And yes I am going back to that lake for a day or two of fishing this year. I guess you want to know what lake it was now... right? It was a lake inappropriately named Disappointment. Most of the smallies came from ledges, and drop-offs in the southwest area of the lake, and the largemouths came from the same area around fallen trees and brush. I do not know more to tell you other than if you go there... have fun and release a few... I will be back the last week in June. Have fun and God Bless.
Here's a picture of one of the largemouth.
Good Paddling, Great Fishing, and God Bless All...
No, not tip over the canoe. However, I was trolling for northern in Quetico once when my rod just about got torn from between my legs. It seriously felt like I had hooked a rock. My partner and I actually had to paddle backwords because I couldn't make any headway on it. As we got close to it I started bringing it up off the bottom, I was sure it was a log. Then, bam zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz. There went my drag. Apparently logs can swim, and quite quickly at that. It took probably a good 10-15 minutes to get the fish tired out. However, it was too big to land by hand and we didn't have a net. I have caught several 40+ in pike. This fish was by far bigger than any other I had caught. It was just that big, there is nothing I can compare it to. Nor can I even begin to estimate how big this fish was. About 20 yards away there was a rock that was stuck out of the water. We rowed over to it, I handed my brother in law the rod. As i was getting myself out of the canoe, the northern decided to take one last attempt at freedom. My leader said enough is enough, and the snap tore open. Damn shame to have such a nice fishing swimming around with a lure in its mouth. I know w/o a pick it's just a fish story, but it is a fish story I won't soon forget.
Now to the subject of a good day. Four years ago I took a trip with my Dad, Uncle, and a buddy from school. Between the four of us we caught 15 10+ pound pike in the span of about 6 hours. Not to mention the countless walleyes we caught. I consider that the platinum of all fishing days. However, if I'm out on the water it's a good fishing day. The photo submitted was taken durring that trip. I was sixteen years old and it was my first trip into quetico.
On a week long per day average for myself and my friends, we catch
about 10-12 smallies (per person) most in the 2.5 lb range with enough in the 19"-21" range to keep it very interesting. We always come away with at least a few walleys apiece and have every year landed some trophy Pike, 35+ inches.
One thing you may factor in is length of time on the water. when we fish we fish all day, dawn to dark.
Catch and release keeps it good for everyone.