Archive for September, 2011

Thunder Lake Fishing Report (9-19-11)

Monday, September 19th, 2011

Ten days ago the surface temps had dropped to 68 degrees.  Then we had the warmup last week that raised the water temps to 73 degrees.  In the last 7 days with the recent cool down, the surface temps have dropped 12 degrees and as of yesterday, I had 61.  Had a chance to get out in the boat to see if the walleyes are grouping up in their fall spots yet, but didn’t see a whole lot.  Still need another week or two I think before the walleye bite gets going, depending on the weather obviously.

I decided to try the smallmouth bite last night right before dark with the calm water and had a blast with it.  I was throwing topwater surface lures in 6-12 feet of water and the smallies were smashing it very aggresively, sometimes taking multiple swipes at it.  I boated 4 fish in about 30 minutes with the biggest being the first fish of the evening, which was a 19.5″ football.  I also caught a couple 17 inchers and a 15 incher.  I must have missed 5-6 other fish who flat-out missed the lure.  It was great action and a great reminder how fun the trophy smallie fishing can be on Thunder Lake.

Crappies have moved off their shallow holding spots and have probably moved to deeper water with the cool down.  We haven’t had many people fishing for them lately, but I imagine if someone wanted to, they could have some good success with crappie minnows and slip bobber setups.

Start making your reservations to catch the good fall bite for walleyes, smallies, largemouth and crappies!

“See You At The Lake”

Kids Fishing Contest Results (9-2-11)

Friday, September 9th, 2011

Nine contestants rallied at the TLL docks for the September 2nd Kids Fishing Contest, which was the 11th and final contest of the 2011 summer.  89 total fish were caught on the day and the superlatives were as follows:

  • Cottage #10’s Andrew Marquette caught the smallest fish on the day, which was a sunfish measuring 4 1/8 inches.
  • The most fish of the day was 25!  Lyndsey Anderson from Cottage #7 put up that great number for the day.
  • The biggest fish of the final Kids Fishing Contest of 2011 was caught by Riley “Boo” Diekmann in Cottage #8, who caught a monstrous 9 1/2 inch rock bass!

Congrats to all the participants!

“See You At The Lake”

Kids Fishing Contest Results (8-25-11)

Friday, September 9th, 2011

Nine contestants competed in the weekly Kids Fishing Contest on August 25th at TLL with a total of 68 fish being caught for the day!  Here are the notables from the day:

  • Small fish of the day went to Paige Manguson in The McCleary Cabin, who caught a 3 3/4 inch sunfish.
  • Santino Diottaviano and Jerah Comer, both from Cottage #12, caught the most fish on the day, which was 12.
  • The big fish of the week was caught by Ashley Clements in A-Frame #2, who caught a big, beautiful bluegill that measured in at 8 3/8 inches.

Congrats to all the participants!


“See You At The Lake”