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Chuck's Sport Shop|
630 N. 4th Street
Tomahawk, WI 54487
November 6, 2014
“The Weather Might be Frightful, but the Fishing is Delightful!”
This past week clients and I searched for mainly walleyes high and low. Conditions were south winds 10-18 mph and overcast, with air temperatures in the mid 30’s during the mid-morning, which made it a little chilly. The surface water temperature was 46-47 degrees. We started fishing deeper water structures using jigs and lively minnows. My clients had bites but did not catch fish because they were biting short. I tried casting a jig and twister and caught a nice sub legal. The bite didn’t even feel like a bite because the fish were not quite active yet. I thought about using slipbobber rigs, but with the gusty winds, that would have been very difficult to handle. Next we looked for spots out of the wind. We switched over to jigs and plastics and cast in bays out of the wind; this would be our pattern for the afternoon.
During the mid afternoon, we had a change of weather. The sun came out a little and warmed things up, but then we got more clouds and light rain showers. This made fishing good for about 45 minutes. Lots of walleye were caught, along with a couple of pike and even a slab crappie. The depths were four to eight feet during the bite. Later we tried rock areas and had some good action tossing some jigs. A larger walleye in the 20’s came off halfway to the boat. It was tough to watch a large set of eyes swim away without at least a picture, but that’s fishing for you!
We caught a few more sub-legals and then headed for the landing. Congratulations to Amy & Ed…we had a great afternoon of catching and releasing fish while braving the elements of nature!
A couple of days later, clients and I started off fishing walters mid-morning, hoping for a warmer day. Conditions were sunny skies, winds out of the southeast 5-16 mph and the water temperatures were about 47 degrees. Just like last time, during the midday bite, the fish preferred the artificial bait. Lots of 14-14 ½” walleyes were caught. Later we fished out of the wind. We anchored up on the edge of a break and threw out the bobber pole with a 1/16 ounce jig and minnow combo. Immediately the bobber went down and Tom caught a legal walleye and subs and nice slab crappies. During this period, Amy and I caught walleyes on Twisters. The last cast on the bobber, Tom began to fight with a fish. I grabbed the net and scooped, realizing a little too late that the net was a little too small, but I was able to bring up a fat 32” pike! What a great fish to catch on a bobber pole, with light line and a very small hook. Congratulations! Great release! Just before dark and the last hour of fishing, we went casting again. We ended up with more sub-legals and then a couple of nice golden beauties. Congratulations to Amy as she caught the biggest…a beautiful 18 incher.
Recently, my son Isaac and I have fished a little from shore. We are catching a variety of walleye and pike. With the weather becoming colder, the fish will be putting on the “feed bag”. The choice of bait will be mainly minnows to casting Rapalas and Husky Jerks. Soon after it will be all minnows, such as medium suckers, large fatheads and shiners. This transition of bait will bring us into the Ice fishing season, which isn’t far away. I will keep you posted. Good luck and good fishin’.
If you are looking for a day of fishing (either on the water or 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: November 06, 2014
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