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June 13, 2018

Weather Wreaks Havoc on the Musky Fishing!

Last week I searched for walleye and crappie. The water temp was down to 65 degrees with the recent cool weather. I casted jigs and tails looking for active fish, but could hardly set a bite. Next, I found “May flies” on the locator. I picked up the beetle spin pole and started catching legal walleyes up to 17 inches. I ended up catching my limit and releasing all fish. I was able to catch crappie and pike. They were feeding right in with the walleye. That was good to see a decent bite after all that cold front weather conditions.

Over the weekend my dad and I fished the 2018 Spring Classic of Champions Musky Tournament held on the Eagle River chain of lakes. The weather conditions were tough with cool temps at times, gusty East to SE winds, water temps were 63 to 65 degrees which made the bite tough, and to top that off, 139 teams entered! Mid-morning a team caught our target fish right next to us. A beautiful 43 inch musky, which took first place earning them $13,500, plus around $1,200 for big fish of the day. There were no team doubles, but nice fish were caught. 13 fish Saturday and 3 Sunday, with one big fish 42 ½ inches. Dad caught a nice chunky, undersize musky, Congrats to Flea! We also had nice board fish muskies up to the boat, but no takers. Congrats to all the winners!

This week I took a client out musky fishing. Surface baits and buck tails were casted along the cabbage weeds. Our first drift Dave, from Texas, had a good size musky follow deep. We tried around, but no action. Our window was very short. Next, we caught legal walleyes, medium crappies, and nice pike on the rubber. Our best bite was right during the middle of the fish feeding window. Congrats to Dave on a good day of catch and release.

If you are looking for a day on the water, give me a call at 715-966-1821. Well that wraps it up for this time. This is Roman Derleth reminding you: don’t slack off, and always keep your line tight!



May 31, 2018

Buck and Flea Pre-Fished Eagle River Chain

Last week my dad and I pre-fished with hook less musky baits on the Eagle River chain for our up-coming musky tournament. Weather was sun to clouds and light winds. Water temp at 75 degrees surface.

We drove around the chain looking for bait fish and good weed growth. The areas we liked we took some casts for musky. Our second spot I had a good strike, then that fish followed to the boat. I looked into the water and saw white tipped fins. It was a beautiful walleye, 23 to 24 inches! That was pretty cool to see, and not to mention when you find walleyes, the muskies are not far behind.

We fished some cabbage bed areas while the rain started to fall. I had a decent musky come up and take a swipe near the boat side and dad got a good hit later.

Northern pike were active too. Throw just about anything along the shallow weeds and you will get a bite.

Just before the weekend I wasn’t able to get the boat out, but did some fishing from shore. With the recent cold fronts pouring in and Northwest winds, I casted out some jigs. Northern pikes were “gobbling” up the jigs along the weed beds. Not just one or two, but several fish in a short amount of time. They were biting so good I was catching them on a twister tail with no tail because it fell off from the previous fish!

I also caught small mouth bass. The first bite was on the first cast a nice 16 incher inhaled the jigs on the drop. That’s fun when they are biting like this.

The recent cool weather and winds have most likely made the bite slow in general, but don’t worry warmer weather and better fishing winds are coming. Remember having a few cold fronts are important, this helps cool the water down, otherwise the water would set so warm that fishing would be tough all the time.

If you are looking for a day on the water, give me a call at 715-966-1821. Well that wraps it up for this time. This is Roman Derleth reminding you: don’t slack off, and always keep your line tight!



May 24, 2018

The Heat is ON…and so is the Pan Fishing!

Last week toward the end of the week, clients and I were fishing the shallows for tasty panfish. We marched right up into the “back country of the shallows” and casted slip-bobber rigs and plain hooks tipped with lively minnows and leaf worms for bluegill and crappie. We actually did some “sight fishing” for crappie. Simply spot them in the shallows and underhand “flip” the minnow over them and set the hook! We kept enough slabs for a nice meal, then Zack hauled in a hefty 13” crappie! Way to go! Pike and bass were being caught on the bobber poles too. These bonus fish are fun fighters on light line and tackle! You can’t just horse them in; you have to play them out if you want your hook and bobber back! During the last drift the boys threw tails in the shallows and Jeff was slamming the pike! Great job!

The next day out brought more fantastic weather. Catch and release today. Panfish, pike, large mouth, and small mouth bass were sucking down the minnows on the bobber poles. That was pretty cool watching the bobbers going down! Later we made another pike run and Zack was ripping lips on some nice pike! Congrats to Jeff and his son Zack! We had a fun two days of good fishing!

Over the weekend my daughter Halle and I did some fishing. We caught pike on bobbers. Halle caught lots of bluegills just about every cast using worms. Great job! The gills were feeding like “piranhas” just before the cold front. We then made a few cast for walleye. Our timing was off because the wind had already shifted to the north. We got the tail end of the bite and caught walleyes and jumbo perch. Great job Halle! Recently the walleyes have been somewhat active in the evenings and certain wind situations midday. This week my daughter Faith and I did some casting from shore. Faith landed nice pike on bobber and minnow. Great job! Then we caught and released some dandy gills very shallow on bobber and worms. It was nice to get the girls out fishing over the last few days. This was their first time this open water season, and they did a great job!

If you are looking for a day out on the water, 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: June 16, 2018


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