Got a chance to fish prime walleye and muskie waters (Rideau River and Dow's Lake) in the heart of downtown Ottawa next to Carleton University. Felt kinda funny walking around the busy streets of O-town carrying a muskie rod and big bucktail.
Anywho, it wasn't until the evening (6/21) that things started getting interesting. My buddy and I were walking up to a culvert we fished earlier without any luck looking to bring home a few eater-sized walleye and maybe release a bonus muskie. I crept upon it cuz you never know what could be lurking in the shallows. Low and behold there sat a very large muskie. I cast to it with a JMac jig (oversized bass jig) and she spooked. 10 minutes later she slammed the bait only to promptly come unpinned. She was a solid 46-47".
Action slowed after that with one more follow from a 40"er. I've been a little under the weather (how do you get a cold in the middle of summer?) and was getting tired when 9:30 rolled around. I sat down on the culvert, cast out mindlessly, and was rocked by something. I set the hook and the fish started headshaking, I immediately thought muskie. It rolled under the city lights and flashed gold so it had to be a muskie, right? Wrong.
Big friggin walleye!!!! 29" and 8.25 pounds! Now, I normally don't get excited over anything other than 5+ pound bass and big muskies, but this big girl was a thrill and a half!!! Attached is a pic of it and some modified "Mike Ike" poses.