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Chuck's Sport Shop|
630 N. 4th Street
Tomahawk, WI 54487
Feb. 27, 2014
Winter Hangs On and So Do the Fish!
I went out recently with my son to do some scouting of the ice conditions and what a beautiful day! The temperatures were in the mid 30’s. We got stuck in the deep snow just off of the snowmobile trail. After about 10 minutes of shoveling, I was able to get the ATV free. We pounded a trail out to the shack and around the area where we were going to fish. With the warmer temperatures, this made the snow perfect to make a firm trail. We marked our trail with big sticks so that we will be able to find our prime fishing spots due to the huge amounts of snow we have received this winter.
A couple of days later, my son and I took advantage of the nice weather and headed out to do some fishing. The conditions were overcast with temperatures in the low 30’s during the middle of the day. The winds were out of the South to Southeast and the storm was approaching. We set our tip-ups out mid-morning in hopes of using up our walleye bait. The bite was slow early, due to the timing of the storm. Around lunch time, my son caught a beautiful walleye and then a nice little “piker”. The look on his face after he pulled the fish out was PRICELESS! I will never forget that moment! I am so proud of my 2 ½ year old! In the late afternoon, the wind was crankin’ and the snow started. During that time, five out of the six holes had bites. You could say the fish were “going”. We started off with a nice keeper walleye and then some nice average-sized pike. At the last hole, there was not a lot of line out, but then I felt up and set the hook. The weight was like a brick! The fish made a few runs and then I was able to grab the fish by the head and yank him out. It was a nice 34” Musky! What a monster coming out of the hole and then I was able to have a good release! After fighting all of those fish in the white out conditions, I decided to pull the pin and head home. Unfortunately the weather prevented me from getting some nice pictures of our adventure, but feel blessed to have had the opportunity to spend the afternoon fishing with my son.
This weekend I will have a booth set up at the Musky Expo in Wausau at the Patriot Center. The show hours are: Friday, Feb 28th from 2 – 9 pm, Saturday, March 1st from 9 am – 6 pm and Sunday, March 2nd from 9 am – 3:30 pm. Hope to see you there!
If you would like to contact me to experience a day out on the ice in the beautiful northwoods, call me at 715-966-1821. Also, like my facebook page at Buck’s Taxidermy & Guide Service to keep up on all of my updates and pics.
Well, that raps it up for this time. REMEMBER: Don’t slack off; always keep your line tight!
Feb. 13, 2014
Current snow depths: 12 inches with 2 foot drifts. Shorelines with exposure to wind 24 inches or more.
Current ice thickness: 24+ inches
“Fish Respond even with the Cold Temperatures”
The family and I headed out to the “Alice in Winterland” tournament the first weekend in February. We arrived just before noon. The skies were overcast with the temperatures in the lower teens. The winds were light out of the south. There was a lot of snow out on the ice, which made it difficult to maneuver. I put pike sets around the shoreline and the snow was knee deep! I definitely got my workout setting those up! We were limited to our movements as we needed to stay on the plowed roads with our vehicles. The only other way to get off-road was by snowmobile. The ice was about 20+ inches thick. As far as the fishing goes, we did not have much luck, but what a wonderful day to be out on the ice with the family and our great friends! We used mainly larger minnows for the bigger fish, but didn’t expect much for the limited time we were out. Our friends caught some medium-sized perch on small minnows, fishing in the stumps and using crappie minnows and tip down poles. A couple of walleyes were also caught.
A couple of days later, my son Isaac and I buried the ATV trying to get out to the ice shack. We later drove down the snowmobile trail to get there. There were several big drifts that we had to pick our way through. Two days later, we made another trek out to the shack, but this time via the truck. As we got closer to the shack, we realized that the truck may have not been the best decision as there was a lot of powder snow above the crust later, which made it difficult to get any traction. In this situation, we needed to “chain up”!
Over the weekend, I got an early start in preparation for clients. I drove the ATV out to the shack to get set up. The temperature was -18! It was so cold that I struggled to even get the matches lit to start the fire in the shack. After I got the lantern and the fire going, I began the hole drilling and set up, which took close to two hours! It is amazing what the cold can do! I was able to pick up my clients about 8 am. They were excited as it was a first time outing for my client’s wife and daughter. Dennis caught the first walleye which was a nice eater! Then Ashley, Dennis’ daughter, got her chance and she connected on a beautiful 15 ½” male walleye! Congratulations Ashley on your first walleye ever! The next bite produced a nice pike, which painted the picture of how the rest of the day was going to go for her. By 11:00 am the sun was warm for being in the low teens with south to southwest winds at 5-10 mph and some hazy cloud cover. The bite picked up again and Ashley strikes again…another fat legal walleye! Kudos! Then it was Dennis’ turn, catching another pike and releasing a sub-legal walleye. We got a chuckle out of the women warming in the fish house while we were out catching the fish!
Just after lunch, TIP-UP! Nancy caught her first pike while ice fishing! Another round of applause goes out to Nancy! On a set line, Dennis caught a pike with two lines hanging out of the pike’s mouth. Two lines, you ask? The hungry pike at a shiner on one hole and then a fathead minnow from our perch hole! This fish was hooked!
The skies started to clear a bit, but the fish were still active and Ashley caught a nice jumbo perch at about 2:00 pm. We decided to pull the lines at 2:30 as my new friends needed to head home. During pick-up, I called out, “Who wants this?” All the line was run out on the shallow hole, set up in water 6’ deep. Ashley came over and finished the day with a beautiful 24” pike that came out of the hole like an angry alligator! What a great finish to the day! Thank you to the family for sharing a fun suntastic day in the beautiful Northwoods and remember, catching fish is just a bonus!
If you are looking for a great day of ice fishing, contact me at 715-966-1821. We’ll head to Chuck’s Sport Shop to get some bait and off we will head on a fishing expedition. The shack is always warm! You can also keep up-to-date with the fishing and the photos on Buck’s facebook page at Buck’s Taxidermy & Guide Service.
Well, that wraps it up for this time. This is Roman Derleth, from Buck’s Taxidermy & Guide Service, reminding you, “Don’t slack off and always keep your line tight!”Last updated: February 28, 2014
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