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Chuck's Sport Shop
630 N. 4th Street
Tomahawk, WI 54487
Phone: 715-453-3101

October 12, 2016

“Fall Front Fishing”

I recently got back from a hunting trip for elk in Idaho. Hunting was really tough with almost no elk to be found. Near the end of our hunt I was really blessed and was able to take a nice 5 point bull. Now that I’m back and fishing again here are my fishing reports.

Before last weekend’s big cold front Isaac and I did some casting from shore. We found some fun action with northern pike casting out jigs and tails. We also could see lots of baitfish shallow in areas were the sun rays warmed up the water.

On Friday evening clients and I went out for mostly walleye and crappie. Air temps was in the upper 60’s water was 64.5 degrees wind light out of the southeast. It was the perfect evening with the sun and beautiful fall colors then turning to clouds. We found walleyes biting in the 6’ stuff. Bait of choice was casting jigs and soft plastics. John got us started with a nice legal walleye great job! We picked up a nice little pike and got into a feeding frenzy of bites missing and catching sub walleyes, then Tom almost landed a big crappie. We harvested a couple more nice eating walleyes and moved on. Our last stop of the night we fished a channel edge, and got bites, but ran out of daylight with the days being short now. Congrats to Tom and John we had a great time on a short trip!

Day 2. Big changes cold front went through the night before with rain and dropped the air temp into the low 40’s with west to northwest wind at 10 to 15 mph. Even though we had sunshine the air was cool and the water temp dropped to 54 am to 56 degrees afternoon. Quite a change from almost 70 the day before! Clients and I started fishing around 10:45 am and still cold! We found some walleyes deep and had some good early action on jigs and minnows. Craig got the first keeper! Midday we hit mud bottom areas fairly shallow. It went from a minnow bite to a soft plastic bite. Then Craig and his dad Floyd cashed in on some beautiful 16.5 inch walleyes. We also caught some big and hefty 12.5 inch slab crappies. These babies were really solid! We moved around and watched for baitfish on the electronics. Once good areas were located we capitalized on our opportunities and caught more walleye and slab crappie. Our last spot we fished a windy shoreline and harvested couple more big crappies and a jumbo perch. We had a good day of fishing. I was surprised with the big weather change we were able to catch quality fish, but sometimes in the fishing world a little luck is needed. Congrats to Craig and Floyd!

Day 3. High pressure weather, sunny light southeast wind not as cold as the day before highs in the upper 50’s water 55 to almost 60 degrees. Midmorning, Tom was catching walleyes and crappies on jigs and minnows! We even anchored the boat and bobber fished a little getting pike and crappie on the bobber poles fishing a channel area. With the sun warming we looked for active fish in mud areas. Keeper walleyes were being stubborn today. Tom got into a run of 14.5 inchers on jigs and plastics that was really cool. We then started to pick up crappies casting and also dragging a bobber behind the boat using large fat head minnows! Our last fishing hole we went to one nice keeper walleye and jumbo perch was caught. There were more keeper walleyes around, but were biting light. What a difference a day makes from wind direction to baitfish and how fish position themselves to feed! We decided to wrap things up and head in. We caught plenty of tasty fish! Congrats to Tom! We enjoyed a great day of fishing in the beautiful Northwood’s, and I’m looking forward to fishing with Tom again next year hopefully during the beautiful fall colors!

If you are looking for a day out fishing, 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: October 14, 2016

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