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Chuck's Sport Shop|
630 N. 4th Street
Tomahawk, WI 54487
September 25-29, 2013
“A Musky Hunting We Will Go”
A client and I searched for musky on a local river. Conditions brought in a high pressure weather system with temperatures in the lower 70’s. With water temperatures at 60-63 degrees surface, we fished stumpy weedy bays, deep stump areas, and channel edges. Bucktails, suicks, top water and large minnow baits were cast, but no musky. We found many nice looking weed beds full of bait fish, but the only bite was pike. It was around 26” and hit on a suick. Better luck next time!
The next day we went back to the river and we searched for walleyes. The high pressure system was back with strong south winds. In the morning we fished a weed bed with several thousand minnows fluttering on the surface. Small walleyes were caught on the deep side of the weeds and a pike was nabbed on the shallow end. Next we fished some deep stump areas with bobber poles using lively minnows and leaf worms. A medium sized crappie and some gills were caught. The depth finder was marking lots of suspended fish, but the bite was slow. In the mid-morning, we decided to trailer up and head to the local flowages. The bite was good. We caught our limits of legal walleyes and some nice crappies, along with a decent small mouth bass that was released. The stronger south winds made it a little harder to fish, but the fish we caught in the sun, along with the beautiful scenery, really made our day. Six to twelve foot depths were the magic number, using jigs and plastic.
To end the week, I took more clients on a musky hunt. There was a cold front approaching, sun to clouds, winds 10-20 mph and gusts over 30 mph! During the first 15 minutes, my clients had a nice musky on probably in the lower 40’s, but it took a nasty roll and came off the suick. After this the wind really got cranking and this made fishing difficult. The next good bite came in the early evening during the rain. The clients cast mainly suicks in the shallow healthy weeds, and found an explosive pike bite. The average fish was 25” with the biggest being 28”. Congratulations to Ryan with his 28 incher. This was his first time out musky fishing and learning how to pull a suick. This was not an easy day of fishing in the elements and not to mention, we had at least 100 backlashes in the wind!
On our second day of the musky hunt, we had a better day with south to southwest winds around 10 mph, the sun was shining, and water temperatures up to 64 degrees. The first musky came during the am major around 9 am. A nice musky hit on a suick and became airborne like an airplane! Unfortunately, we had bad beginner’s luck and the fish sailed to the left and the hookset was to the left…no hook up! The line was too tight and the powerful mid 40’s musky bent the hook right out!
During the early afternoon the northern pike were really aggressive, fishing in the healthy weeds. 25-26 inches were common and one fish that came unhooked was in the lower 30’s. A nice largemouth was also caught in the mix also. During the last drift of the day, another nice musky hit, but unfortunately Mr. Musky did not stay hooked. A lapse in concentration can happen when you have been throwing lures for over 12 hours. Congratulations to the whole group; they fished hard and caught some awesome fish throughout their two day adventure, braving the elements and learning some great fishing techniques.
If you are looking for a day out on the water, contact me at 715-966-1821. There is still plenty of good fall fishing to come! We’ll head to Chuck’s Sport Shop to get some bait and off we will head on a fishing expedition.
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!”
September 18, 2013
“Fall Fishing Frenzy”
During the first part of September, we had clear skies and winds out of the southeast 5-10 mph with surface water temperatures at about 68-70 degrees. Clients and I set our sights on mainly walleyes and crappie. We fished shallow in the morning in 4-5’ depths using jigs and soft plastics. We caught nice keeper walleyes and crappies, along with some pike. During the mid-morning hours we looked for areas with some wind and fished deeper water because of the high skies and warmer air temperatures. Using the same lures, we caught some nice golden beauties up to 19” and many nice slab crappies in depths from 7-12’.
Congratulations to Jeff from Indiana with his first nice walleye at 19”. The guys practiced selective harvest and nabbed some great eating northwoods fish and then it was catch and release time. We released several walleyes up to 18” and a good number of nice crappies. During the afternoon warm sun, with almost no wind, the pike and largemouth were rolling in the shallow, weedy areas. We observed tons of small minnows shallow, which was a feeding frenzy for predator fish! What an awesome way to finish up the day!
Last week with a cold night, the air temperature got down to about the freezing point. Clients and I started fishing around 9 am the following day. Surprisingly, the water temperature bounced back up to 68 degrees and the fish were biting, as there was a northwest wind. We caught lots of walleyes and crappies in 6-12’ depths, using soft plastics. We had minnows along for the trip, but did not even need to use them. By around 11 am, we had sore arms from reeling in so many fish. During the midday, we checked out the shallow weed areas and found chunky northerns that were aggressive and a few sub-legal walleyes. Despite the north wind that day, it was very successful.
During the earlier part of this week, clients and I tried fishing the ‘River’. Another cold start to the day in the 30’s, which pushed the surface temperature down to 63 degrees. The wind was south to southeast and blowing 10-15 mph. This is not what you want to see first thing in the morning, especially when the air is cool and weathermen predicted 3-8’ instead! We caught fish in 12’ of water using minnows and worms. Bluegills were taking the live bait as well. Small walleyes and nice crappies were caught on plastics, jigging off the bottom.
During the mid-morning, the sun started to warm things up a little. Congratulations to Russ as he caught his first musky on a beetlespin, fishing for walleye and crappie. After this, we picked up and headed to the flowage and caught the tail end of the bite. We harvested six nice crappie and caught and released some 14 1/2” walleyes and had other fish encounters as well. Fishing was a little tough, but we ended up with a nice mess of panfish! We are definitely seeing the signs of fall approaching!
Well, that wraps it up for this time. Remember if you are looking for a day out on the water, don’t hesitate to call me at 715-966-1821. Like my Facebook page at Buck’s Taxidermy & Guide Service to receive weekly updates and pictures. This is Roman Derleth from Buck’s Taxidermy & Guide Service, reminding you: “Don’t slack off and always keep your line tight!”Last updated: October 04, 2013
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