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630 N. 4th Street
Tomahawk, WI 54487
January 26, 2015
“Patience is a Virtue Even in Fishing”
Finally nice weather! My daughters and I went out to the fish house. Weather was just above freezing, overcast, and light wind. We had some bites in the 12’ range on smaller minnows, but came up short with the fish plucking off the minnows. The perch were biting lite today, but we caught one aggressive jumbo on a medium sucker minnow.
A couple of days later, clients and I decided to brave the elements. Skies were overcast, and temps not too bad in the 20’s except for the wind was around 15 to 20 mph west to northwest. The front from the night before was bringing in cool air. During set up, the wind was really strong, and I was wondering what we were getting ourselves in especially getting out after the major fish feeding window. Later the wind backed off a little, and Alex got things going. He caught a medium size northern pike on a fat head minnow. Great job! Good release! Jumbo perch were moving through, and Alex pulled in a nice jumbo. Then it was little brother’s turn. Luke caught a dandy jumbo perch, and his first walleye ice fishing! Fantastic job! Just before dark the blowing and drifting started again. The bite was tough, but we managed to catch a couple of sub legal walleyes on sucker minnows in the 10’ range. We picked up our lines and headed in on a good note after catching a couple more fish. Congrats to Alex and Luke, and the rest of the family; we had a great time!
At the start of this past weekend a client and a good friend was coming up to fish with me. On Friday I got an interesting call. My good buddy Jerrod was calling me on the phone while trying to land a big fish on the ice. With a little coaching things worked out, and he landed a really fat pike. Estimated length was 34 to 35” long. Great job! Great release! The next morning Jerrod and I set up tip- ups in a clear water lake. Depths fished were 12 to 30’ deep, using sucker and shiner minnows. Even though we had an overcast day our first bite didn’t come until three pm… a nice little pike on a shiner minnow. We jigged up six small perch in the shack while waiting for our flags to go up. Finally at dark Jerrod scored a nice 16’’ walleye! A good hour went by, and we decided to pull our lines, until we got to our last tip- up. The flag was up, and I said to Jerrod, “Did you trip this flag up? Or is there a fish on?”
He said there must be a fish. There was a joke about this because I tripped off the flag earlier in the day just for a laugh in the slow period. Next we checked the tip- up, and I said give the fish some line, and he said, “I can’t; the line is all run out! and I think it’s snagged.”
I immediately said no way that’s a nice fish. He then started to bring in the fish, and it made several runs, and I knew it was a good walleye. After ten minutes of fighting the fish, we saw a large head stuck under the hole. Jerrod was a little worried that the hook was caught on the bottom of the ice. It seemed like five minutes, but was more like one minute. Later Mr. Walleye started to come up through the hole, and I reached down with my fingerless gloves on, and pulled the beast onto the ice! We high fived, and quickly measured, and took pictures, and made a great release. A fat 26’’ inch female was the official measurement! Congrats to Jerrod you paid your dues!
During all this, the wind changed directions to the Northeast bringing in colder air which caused the fish to bite. The neighbor down the shore caught a 24’’ inch walleye at the same time. We put a couple of tip- ups back out, and gave it one hour more. We ended up catching one more legal walleye in the shack, and decided to call it a day, and what a day it was! Congratulations again to Jerrod for catching and releasing a trophy walleye, and catching his limit of legal fish. It just goes to show you that you have to put your time in to be successful in the great outdoors.
Current ice conditions: snow cover on lakes are 8 to 12’’ deep; ice is 16’’ thick on clear lakes. Flowages are around 19’’ thick of solid ice.
If you are looking for a day of ice 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: January 28, 2015
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