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630 N. 4th Street
Tomahawk, WI 54487
January 29, 2016
“Bam, Bam, Thank-you Ma’m – Fishing Turns UP the Heat!”
This past weekend clients and I were excited to get out on the ice. Ice conditions were good with low snow depths on top and ice measuring around 14”. The weather was good with temperatures in the 20’s to 30’s with sun to clouds and winds from the south, switching to the northeast by Monday evening. We also had a good moon phase to help the bite along.
Saturday morning, however, the air temperatures were below zero! That was pretty cold, but that didn’t stop me from getting the holes drilled and most importantly, getting the fire started in the shack! I put out set lines in 6-14’ depths, using medium suckers, shiners, and fathead minnows. By 8:15 am, Nancy scored a beautiful 16” walleye on a sucker minnow with a good release into the bucket! Mid-morning we had a run of pike and a bunch of bites we did not catch.
After a nice lunch out on the ice, Dennis started out the afternoon bite with a good sized fish that he almost caught, but the toothy critter had other plans and bit through the line. Later, another client came out to join us. Tim was ready to go with his jig pole and flasher. I had Tim start fishing the 13’ stuff. After jigging a couple of holes, he scored a nice perch. While this was going on, Dennis caught a hog 12” jumbo perch on a set line with a sucker minnow! Great job buddy!
About a good half hour before dark, Dennis had a “lucky horseshoe” in his back pocket and caught back-to-back-to-back three nice legal walleyes! Later Tim pumped in a couple of legals on tip-ups. What a great day of fishing with friends, food, full moon, and most importantly, fish! Congratulations to Nancy, Dennis, and Tim.
The next day, it was a warmer start with temperatures in the teens in the morning and overcast skies. Mid-morning, there were lots of bites, but only a few hook-ups with the fish biting light. Tim caught two under-sized walleyes, just a little short, but he had some good releases. Great job! At lunch thirty, the larger pike decided to bite. First, two bites with all of the line strung out and Tim caught two really nice pike back to back. A fat 28”er and a fat 26 ½” pike. Fantastic job! Next a daytime legal walleye was caught on a set line and soon after, Tim got his jumbo perch on his Hali bait jigging! At dark, the bite got slow. Only one more walleye, but it was a keeper. We decided to grill out and fish a little longer and then head in to clean his fish.
On Monday, the morning started overcast and warmer with temperatures in the 20’s. The bite picked up mid-morning, but the fish were picking off the minnows and some were pulling out a few feet of line and dropping it. Just before lunch, we had lots of small pike biting shallow and deep. This was definitely a sign the late afternoon bite was going to be good. The only problem was we had to pack up and get ready to head in. During pick-up, I heard yelling from the shack! Tim got a nice little pike jigging and he saw the bite on his flasher. What a good way to end our fishing adventure.
This weekend will be a good time to do some ice fishing. Conditions are good now with the heavier snow expected early next week. Best of luck!
If you are looking for a day out on the 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: January 30, 2016
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