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August 26, 2015

“Take the Time to Transition to Fall Fishing”

Recently over the last few days we have been experiencing October-like weather in August, with strong cool winds out of the northwest, and daytime highs in the mid to upper 50’s. This has been quite a change to the fish and us too. As far as the fishing goes, use jig and minnows for walleye – casting in mud bottom areas. Slipbobbers rigs with lively minnows work well too, once you locate a biting school. Cast jigs and twisters midday when the water temperature increases.

With crappies cast beetle spins, jig and twisters. If fish are being stubborn, use slipbobbers with crappie minnows and you will be setting the hook. Look for crappies to be located with schools of walleye or not too far away. It is getting to be that time of the year to start fishing smallmouth bass. Use crankbaits in the cool mornings casting lures along shallow rocks with steeper breaks nearby. During the midday, cast tube jigs and power bait on the edges of deeper structures.

When fishing northern pike, cast jigs and plastic, stick baits, crankbaits, spinners, or pretty much anything. Find shallow cabbage in the back bays; the active weed beds should be full of bait fish. When you find active weed areas, this is a sure bet for fun action. It’s also time to start thinking musky. These large toothy creatures are starting to bulk up. Find the good healthy cabbage where deep water is near and you will find the fish. Cast top water with a slow retrieve or even a slow moving bucktail. Don’t forget about Frank “Suick”. This is my bait of choice as the water cools down.

This coming week look for better weather and warmer temperatures to jump start the fishing. Use live bait when conditions are slow and stay with artificial as it warms up. And remember, it is not fall yet!

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!”



August 19, 2015

The Buzz Bait Does It Again

My report starts out last week I took out clients’ bass fishing in the am. Conditions were sunny and warm with light winds. Crank baits were casted along rocks, Berkley power worms were fished along the weeds deep and shallow, and buzz baits were casted over the heavy weed cover. On this day the largemouth bass had other plans, but the larger toothy predators surprisingly were active in the warm sun.

Our morning started out with Kathy having a 6 inch wave pushing behind her buzz bait, but no bite. Then Heather hooked a 38” to 40” musky, but shook loose. Carmen had a nice pike come up and chomp a boss moss, but did not get stuck. Then it was congrats to Heather she did a great job and caught a dandy 31” northern pike, great job and good release! The last fish to come up was another musky about 42” or larger. Kathy said the musky rolled over the lure, but did not bite. That was exciting to see the water turn yellow because of a big fish rolling. Congrats to Kathy, Heather, and Carmen! They brought up about 60 lbs. of fish!

Recently clients and I were out in the heat. 88 degrees to be exact! Water temp in the am was 74.5 to 79 degrees afternoon. Walleyes and crappies were fished in the am casting jigs. By midmorning the fish were getting a little more active in the mud giving the boys some opportunities. Kevin started things off with a nice keeper walleye, and his 10 year old son Connor got a nice crappie. Great job! Next buzz baits and twisters were casted along shallow cabbage weed. Largemouth bass and pike were caught. Yong Connor caught a dandy 18” largemouth bass, and Kevin scored a nice 24” pike, great job! The afternoon bite was slower at times with the water temp “spiking”, but we still were able to find some active fish. We had nice crappies bite, but came off at boat side. More pike action, couple of walleye bites, and Connor almost stuck another 18” largemouth bass! Congrats to Kevin and Connor! And especially 10 year old Connor he casted as good as some adults!

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!”




August 13, 2015

“The Fishing Smorgasbord!”

The water temp has been 69 degrees in the a.m. and 74 degrees in the afternoon recently; that`s quite a difference from 82 degrees near the end of July. You could say some fish are a little shocked by this drastic water temperature change. This is causing other fish to bite, like pike, bass, and gills, and other fish to be slow at times like, walleyes and crappies. During the week, I took Alex and Dan who were from Alabama out on a trip. We fished break lines and caught a few walleyes. Dan got the first legal fish; great job and good release. Next wood edges were fished using jigs and tails. A couple pike were caught and released the largest of which was 26”. The clouds were starting to build and I had the boys tossing buzz baits. Then Alex got his first explosive hit on the top water bait. A pike came up and smashed his lure! Great job and good release! After a few more hits, Dan got hooked up and caught a pike. Then we decided to call it a day. Congrats to Alex and Dan! They did a great job fishing!
Next, clients and I were fishing in the afternoon rain. Walleyes, crappies, and jumbo perch were on the bite today. Even though we caught the tail end of the bite because of heavier rain, we managed to jig up a nice meal of walleye, crappie, and perch. Next, buzz baits were cast over shallow weeds. The boys had lots of hits catching pike and bass. The big fish of the night was landed by Remy… a 17” large mouth and good release!

The next day we were back out in the a.m. Walleye and crappie had lock jaw, so we went back to top water. Larger fish were active, but missing behind the lure. Dominic got a larger fish to eat, but the pike in the mid 30’s had other plans and rolled off! Later more pike were caught by the boys and Remy stuck another good bass, 17” smallmouth to be exact and good release! Congrats to David, Dominic, and Remy!

That afternoon new clients and I hit the crappies, tossing jigs and soaking minnows. We caught most of our 11” crappies on jigs and tails. Electronics played a key role in finding fish. Later Jennifer caught and released her first walleye ever. Congrats! The next day buzz baits ruled again, catching largemouth bass. Todd had the hot fishing pole and got ‘er done! Then Jennifer showed Dad how to catch northern pike. Great job Todd and Jennifer on a day with lots of action.

On Monday we fished the back side of a cold front. We had sun and northwest to north wind. Fishing was a little slow, but quality fish were caught on the edges of breaks tossing jigs. Jim was showing everybody up catching walleye, crappie, and jumbo fish. Then John caught the biggest walleye at 18”; good job and good release into the live well! We then decided we had enough quality fish for a meal and headed in for the day. Congrats to John, Jim, and Dale for a great day on the water!

The moral of the story is fishing is good at certain times, and this past week buzz baits ruled!
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!”




August 6, 2015

“Even the Weather Couldn’t Hold Back the Fishing!”

Last week clients and I searched for walleyes and crappies on my home lake, Lake Nokomis. Conditions were sun and clouds and windy with 22 to 36 mph wind! You could say that’s a land hurricane, and that’s what it felt like! We fished windy shorelines tossing jigs and plastics. The boys got a few bites, but the problem was the wind. The pontoon boat was drifting just as fast as you could make a cast.

Next we fished cabbage weeds. With the wind getting more intense, I kept the outboard motor running and tried to control the boat. This helped the boys get their lures along the weeds. Young Beau got things started off with a couple of nice crappies and then Chad scored a beautiful 18 inch walleye! A couple of small mouth bass and a perch were caught and then we decided to head back. On our journey back, we hit 3 ½’ white caps! The waves were coming over the front of the pontoon and the boys were reaching for their life vests and I said, “Don’t worry, we are not going to sink this ship, no way!”

We made it back safely! Congrats to David, Chad, Trey, Beau, and Gavin! We had a great time and survived mother-nature’s tough weather!

Recently I have been casting a buzz bait from shore just checking to see what’s biting. Largemouth bass and pike cannot resist this lure when conditions are good. I highly recommend this, especially if you don’t have time to launch your boat. The action can be explosive!

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!”



July 29, 2015

“The Musky Game…Musky – 1, Fisherman – 2”

Last week, my good friend Jerrod from Illy and I scouted for musky. Conditions were very hot and sunny with some light wind. These conditions are very poor for musky, but that didn’t stop us. We started out casting bucktails, suicks, and top-water baits. We fished cabbage beds deep and shallow in places where we don’t normally fish. Even though the fish appeared to not be active, we moved a good sized pike on a bucktail and had a decent musky “bump” a suick from behind. Not much action on this day, but hopefully we have some good musky spots figured out for the good autumn bite!

This week I took clients out on a musky hunt. There was sun to clouds in the morning with a good south wind and an approaching weather front. We cast mainly top-water and bucktails in and along the cabbage weed. Once the cloud deck took over the sky, the muskies started to get active. Then thirteen year old Justin began his musky career with a good fish taking a “swing” and missing the top water lure. I told Justin we were going to give this fish a break for about an hour and come back. While trying a new spot, Justin’s dad, Eric, got some bites. A good large-mouth bass was caught and released along with a nice pike. Both fish came up and “smashed” a medium size bucktail. Great job Eric and good releases. Then it was back to the previous musky spot. A south wind was picking up and so was the bite. A few casts into the drift and “BANG”…Justin was fighting a beast. After a good battle Justin could hardly believe his eyes and me too. The fat meaty beast was a beautiful 40 inch tiger musky! What a trophy! Fantastic job Justin! The best was that it was a good release.

A few minutes passed and I said, “Let’s get one more.” Eric told me not to be greedy, but I told him it would not be greedy as we would release it as well. Wouldn’t you know it, with about the last cast, the kid stuck another fish! Congrats again! Another musky measuring 38 inches. We definitely had luck on our side. Later we fished for some multi-species and had success, but then decided to head in as Justin was exhausted from reeling in all those big fish!!

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!”




July 22, 2015

“The Muskies, They are a Calling!”

Just before the weekend clients and I searched for musky on Lake Alice. Conditions were sun to clouds with approaching rain, and water temps at 73 to 77 degrees. The first drift I had the boys throwing a bucktail and a suick along a weed line on a channel edge, but no action. We then worked mainly cabbage beds and stumpy areas, casting bucktails and slop masters. The first fish came up and took a swing at the bucktail in the lily pads. There was excitement for a moment until this good size beast decided to miss the bait instead of eating it. Next fishing more weeds we tried the really shallow stuff. I then noticed slime on the weeds. Immediately I said time to get out, it’s no good, and at the same time, Brian was reeling in his slop master “bang” at the boat side…another musky came off! Just goes to show you that muskies are unpredictable! Later more lily pads, and on the first cast, Al had a good musky on, but came off. I was wondering at this point in the day if a fish was going to get stuck or not. The problem was the muskies were interested, but were not inhaling the lures. At the next spot the weather was starting to get ‘’juicy”. Then Al got a bite and I reached for the landing net and was surprised to see a big ‘ol dogfish in the bottom of the net. Then almost the next cast, “crack” Brian was fighting a beast! I got the net out and the same thing happened…”Yup” you guessed it…Another big dogfish! How amazing that we caught two river monsters in two minutes! This was turning out to be a day where you can catch everything in the lake except what you are trying for. That’s fishing for you!

During the rain, Brian was casting a suick and “pow” at the boat, a good fish and no hook up! “Unbelievable,” I thought to myself. Later, Al stuck a decent pike on a bucktail and soon after we decided to call it a day. The result of the day was a handful of pike, two river monsters, two muskies on the line, two nice “skies” that bit short, and one porpoise. Not a bad day. Congratulations to the boys!

On another outing, clients and I searched for walleye and crappies. We fished after the a.m. storm and the bite was good early. A 19 ½” golden beauty was the first fish that bit on a jig near the weeds; then a few sub-legals were caught also. Then it was getting bit off time. A large musky bit through the powerpro like butter and then a good pike did the same. Our good bite was fading. There was a lots of hot sun and wind and the afternoon storms that never surfaced. We then fished pretty much everywhere deep and shallow and Bill got her going with a slab crappie. Later a beautiful 18” walleye was caught in the weeds. Then Maggie had the hot fishing pole; she started catching nice walleyes in our last couple of fishing holes. Superb job Maggie and congrats to Bill. They did a great job of fishing on a hot day!

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: August 28, 2015


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