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Chuck's Sport Shop
630 N. 4th Street
Tomahawk, WI 54487
Phone: 715-453-3101

January 17, 2017

Mid-January Freeze & Thaw

Recently a lot of changes have occurred on the lakes and more changes are on the way with milder weather coming. Last week I put the skirting on the shack and measured the ice before the big snow. The ice thickness was 15” with a new blanket of snow on top at 9 + inches and hard drifts. Time to chain up the wheelers at this point if you are going off the trail.

Over the weekend clients and I headed out fishing on a beautiful sunny afternoon at 19 degrees and high pressure weather. We put out set lines in 5 to 12’ of water using medium suckers, shiners, and fathead minnows. We had a couple of pan fish bites early in the deeper water but no hook ups. We had an afternoon run of northern pike pretty much in 9 to 10’ of water with just about everybody catching a pike. The walleyes were stubborn and short grabbing the minnows. Randy and Steve got us started with a nice little walleye, then two flags just before dark and both were dropped; this is not a good sign. This bite does not surprise me having more bites than catching fish during high pressure, and not to mention the fishing was better last week during the moon phase and the start of the snow before the last big cool down! Congrats to my new friends Randy, Julie, Steve, and Jamie! We had a great time and caught some fish on a tough fishing day!!

On Monday afternoon Isaac and I headed out for a little fishing. The weather was fairly overcast and no wind. There was an approaching front heading our way, but did not do us any good because the front came through during the night. Isaac had some luck and caught a fat pike shallow on a golden shiner! I caught and released a small walleye. Pretty slow but that’s fishing for you. This week the badger state will be getting a little January thaw which will help knock down the snow and let more light penetrate through the ice for late afternoon and evening bites. The current ice thickness is 16”. Good luck fishermen!

If you are looking for a day out on the ice, give me a call at 715-966-1821. Remember to check out my Facebook page at Buck’s Taxidermy and Guide Service. Well, that wraps it up for this time. This is Roman Derleth reminding you, “Don’t slack off and always keep your line tight!”Last updated: January 18, 2017


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