It was plenty windy when we got to the water this morning and the speed went uphill as we fished. I finally put a 3/32 head cast on a #6 hook on the line, hung a paddletail and cast into the wind and had some success. Northerns moved into the area where I was casting and spoiled things so after 5 bite-offs I quit. I think it was a sustained wind speed somewhere between 25 and 30 mph. I was rigged on a rod spooled with #4 Frost braid which is thinner than a hair and the wind still carried the line so bad the 3/32 head/plastic would skip across the water!
"I wonder if Lake Pepin influences them or the big bluffs there?"....Andrew I think it could be a combination of both big guy, but then the whole Mississippi valley around these parts is bluff country. I think some wild thermals can develop around the bluffs and much of that activity goes pretty much up. The river is still warmer than usual for right now too and how that can affect a storm's track can be pretty interesting in its own right..