Scott & Tom joined me today for their annual fall fishing trip, in anticipation of a repeat of last year’s success. We hooked up shortly after 8:30 and were on the water looking for giant smallies soon after. The weather was an overcast one with winds out of the NE at 10 to 20 knots making the drift & drag almost impossible. Temps were in the mid 30’s to start and I don’t think they even made it to 40 by the end. The only good thing was that we weren’t getting rained on! Water temps remained low at about 48 degrees and never really changed throughout the day. Although we tried spinnerbaits, they just weren’t active without the aid of sunshine and had to focus on the jigs petty much all day long. Fishing was tough but the rewards were good when they bit, as most of the fish were at least 3.5 pounds with many over four as well. I think Scott had a couple that surpassed the 5 pound mark but nothing like last year’s 6.5 behemoth. Both Tom & Scott caught their fair share of fish in a variety of depths but the 15 to 25 range proved to be the best and we decided to stay focused there. Tom even managed a good walleye over 3 pounds that ended up going home with them for the following night’s dinner! We all thought that we might get a break in the weather with sunshine seen in the distance but it never seemed to arrive where we were. By 4:00 we were getting a drizzle instead and decided to call it a day. Foul weather always seems to plague them in the late fall and this year was no exception. Fortunately, they always seem to have good fishing though and that’s all that matters!!