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Chuck's Sport Shop|
630 N. 4th Street
Tomahawk, WI 54487
February 15, 2018
I have been busy over the last two weeks. Clients and I set up for walleye and pike in the am a week ago. Weather conditions were around -5 below zero at day break with a high temperature of 17 at midday with winds out of the east to northeast at 5 to 10 mph, and 3 to 4” of snow during the day. Set up fishing in 5 to 11’ of water using set lines with large fathead, sucker, and shiner minnows. In the am Dennis’ son Paul got us started with two keeper walleyes which was fantastic! Then light snow was falling and the fish had a little feed bag going during midmorning. The boys caught two smaller pike and Dennis released a beautiful jumbo perch! Great job! We also had a run of bites where there was no minnow, or lines were spooled out and no fish, or even snagged on the bottom.
After all this excitement, we took a break. Dennis cooked up brats, Italian sausage, pork chops on the grill! Awesome stuff Dennis!! The afternoon snow was more intense at times and the fishing was slow. A few more bites with line run out or the bottom of the lake was about it. Then we decided to pick up lines and as we picked up, Dennis landed a beautiful 17” walleye! A great way to finish the day off! Congrats to the boys; we had a great day on the ice!
Last weekend clients and I tried our luck again. The weather was mostly sunny with high temperatures in the upper teens and a light west wind. During set up it was cold… -10 below zero, but no wind which helped. During the 8 o’clock hour, Dennis caught a beautiful keeper walleye! Great job! Later Dennis and I popped in some more holes and his friend Johnny caught an 11.5” jumbo perch jigging then a nice eating pike on set line! Great job! In the midmorning with sun getting warmer, Dennis had a run of perch, with one jumbo measuring 11”! He also caught nice eating pike in this period too! Fantastic! We also released sub walleyes during the day.
After our midday feeding, the fish were feeding too, except we had troubles getting them out on the ice. Snagged lines, broken lines, and beat up minnows was our luck. Later Johnny caught a nice walleye that was close to the mark, but was not kept. We were hoping for the classic “just before dark” magic bite, but it did not happen again. Most likely because we are in the middle of a winter fishing period, and the fish are feeding less until it starts warming up more consistently. After supper the fish were not active. We decided to wrap things up and fish another day. Congrats to Dennis and Johnny! We had a great time! Currently the ice thickness is 21 to 22” thick, and snow depth is 4 to 12” deep. These measurements will vary depending where you are. Good luck fisherman!
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: February 16, 2018
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