Most likely you mainly recall those "best days", but the fishing was usually pretty good compared to what we have seen (well, you guys up Nawth, anyhow) last several years. I expect - thinking back to bay fishing as well as off-shore on the Texas Gulf Coast (Galveston area).A nice catch for these days. Fishing and catching fish trumps fishing and catching nothing every time. Looks like things are picking up on the Lake pretty good and the bait fish populations are far more numerous. That’s a really good thing!
Back in the seventies I would crew on charter salmon boats out of the Kenosha harbor on the weekends for the free fishing that a guy could get sometimes and be paid to do it. Setting hooks properly and handing the rod over to the inexperienced rubes to try to bring the fish in was a big part. Back then the Cohos were huge and plentiful and crossed lines was an everyday problem. Multiple large fish at one time was crazy days for sure. Seems like fishing was always good but maybe I’m just recalling the best days.