As we launched at Bertrand on Thursday morning, some bank fishermen warned us that the bite was very slow.  That proved to be the case from one anchorage to the next all morning.  Other guides we encountered echoed the same thing.  Hoping to encourage the fish some, we tried various colors and configurations of power bait paste and power balls.  Although the bite was slow, we did pull in some nice-sized fish.  It broke our hearts to toss back two that fell into that unkeepable slot range.  A problem today that kept the guide busy was the number of snags that required replacing leaders.  Where did those come from?

A slow bite has the advantage of allowing some sightseeing.  Today that included a herd of deer and a family of river otters enjoying a swim.  The day was cool and damp, a great day for father and son to celebrate a birthday.  Happy Birthday to Sam the football player from Sam the fishing guide!