Slayerfish is probably right? The Eye's might still be in post spawn at Big Mac when you get there? The trout fishing would be incredible at Seminole.
I was at the Miracle Mile about seven years ago on April 5th. The Bows were in the inlet just starting to nose their way into the river from Pathfinder. The Eye's were already there in the pools spawning. Every year is different of course?
I caught my first wally in the mile 4 yrs ago and wished that I had fished for them many years ago!Guys actually used to snag them and they had buckets of huge wallys.Back 10-20 yrs ago I couldnt of cared less about wallys-now I could kick myself!The mile is now about 10 miles long(really)so who knows how the wally spawn will go.
Been fishing the Mile hard for 20 years and the Walleyes don't go up river very far. Many years back guys would wait there turn to go snag a hole, and once they hit there limit the next group would move in. some of the Wildlife guys that work the river said there where to many years of guys snagging all those walleyes and really hurt the eyes that would move up river to spawn. I always thought all Eyes would try to move up river to spawn, but the division guy said there are sub- species some head up river and others find rip rap.in ther lake.
I agree that the over-fishing definately hurt the wallys and with it the double whammy of severe drawdown of pathfinder.Theres still some there.Im gonna try and hit it in april with the wife-its neat to catch big trout and wallys at the same time!
Slayer only hit the wally's a few times in the river there. Both in fall up in the canyon close to the dam, just got lucky and hit a pod in a big hole. both times though using orange rapalas and caught around 8 all clones 20" ers Never messed with them much in the spring near the lake, to many peolple down there.
Are you talking the north platte or the medicine bow inlet?The north platte inlet is prolly the best,hope you can make it there-its a long ways by boat or land.I tried it by land and couldnt make it cause of mud and private land.Cant wait for the report!
The Biologist who runs the North Platte system writes a yearly news letter about all the resevoirs he manages. Two years ago he stated that there was a two year old year class of walleye's that was the biggest he had ever seen in Pathfinder. Those fish are four years old now and are 13-16 inchs.
The walleye's at Pathfinder and Seminole grow only half as fast as at Glendo, because of cold water and lack of forage.
Got a report years back from a guy who made it to the N. Platte inlet and said the fishing was marginal, but maybe he was trying to keep something a secret. Give it a try and let me know, me and a buddy are heading up there in late april to fish the lake from a boat.
The inlet is either hit or miss? If you time it right it can be great! If you are in a boat the best way to fish Pathfinder is to troll the canyon section below the inlet. Just put out some #7 Shad Raps and adjust your deph with line counters. I bet the jointed Shad Raps we have now would even be better?
We use to murder the big trout and lots of small walleye just trolling close to the walls and rock slides on the shady side of the canyon. You might luck out and hook a big Orhid also