Launched out of Porcupine with my buddy Jay at 0715. The air temp was about 24; so yes it felt like December not the end of October. We started off fishing the flat near the red house at Lapham's (turn right after launching and look for the big red house on the hill). There is a weed bed there that has produced throughout most of the summer. Jay started off throwing a blade bait and I was throwing a jigging spoon. After about 10 minutes Jay hooked a 6 lb. smallie, she jumped out of the water 3 or 4 times. Pretty impressive for a fish that size. A few minutes later I caught 2 eyes on successive casts using a Kastmaster silver jigging spoon. That was all the action we saw so we headed up the Arm.
We targeted weed beds with jigs and picked up a couple more keeper eyes including one about 20 inches. After that died down we hit some of the traditional winter time holes and caught a bunch more eyes; we had to weigh through a lot of dinks to find any keepers. We also found a bunch of Burbot; mostly smaller males that are moving up river to get ready for the spawn.
Total catch for the day was 67 eyes, kept 7, 10 Burbot, and 1 smallie. Water temp was about 53 and visibility was 10 feet.