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August 20, 2014

“Fishing Sometimes is a Game of Quantity”

The day after the recent cold front, clients and I searched for walleye and crappie. Conditions were cloudy and cool with winds east to northeast at around 10 mph and water temperatures at 68-72 degrees. We started in the channel areas using electronics to locate bait fish and fish in 10-12 feet depths. We found good activity using jigs and plastics and we were able to catch some slab crappies. Active fish were caught on the bottom and in the middle of the water column. Next we moved to channel areas to fish, which had underwater structure nearby. Lots of walleyes were caught and released. The sizes were running a little short on this day, most likely due to the wind direction and air temperature. When you are fishing under water structures, it is important to watch your locator constantly to put your boat in the right position at all times! Islands were fished too. The key is finding the good structure shallow with deeper water nearby.

We also caught smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, crappie, walleye, and pike fishing this pattern and casting jigs. Later the sun was trying to burn through; this felt good after a cool morning. Then it was mud time! We fished in 10-12 foot stuff. Walleyes were on the bite, catching them back to back. We ended up with around 25 walters, but again the sizes were a little short. Larger sizes were present, but they were biting soft or came off near the boat. More slab crappies were also caught. These tasty fish have been the best bites recently during the inconsistent weather patterns. Slab jumbo perch have been harvested too. These beautiful fish are being caught in shallow weeds, edges of breaks, and deep mud. Use jigs and plastic to find them. Once you find them, a bobber and a worm is a good way to fish them. You may have to move around a little to get numbers of fish.
Congratulations to Sam and his wife Erika. They had a great day of harvesting some of Wisconsin’s finest fish! This week look for approaching warm fronts to give the fishing a “jump start” on all species.

If you are looking for a day out on the water, 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!”




August 13, 2014

“Variety is the Spice of Life (and Fishing) for Good Friends!”

This past week I was out fishing with clients and we were searching for smallmouth bass, walleye, and northern pike on Lake Mohawksin. Conditions were mostly sunny and warm, with light variable winds. Channel areas were fished early in the morning casting crank baits over “hard bottom areas” along the shore. Using the electronics, we marked lots of fish on the edge or in fisherman terms, they were “stacked”. Then it was up to my good friends Dennis and his daughter Ashley. Soon after, congratulations to Ashley as she caught and released a nice hearty smallmouth bass using an open-faced reel and crankbait for her first time ever! We had other fish encounters, but they did not make it to the boat, but that’s all part of learning.

Next shallow rocks and cabbage beds were fished. The buzz bait got things going at the start. Smallmouth bass were biting really shallow in the “shade line”. This bite did not last long because of the conditions which included high skies and a warm sun, but it is a fun way to fish because you can get lots of action. More cabbage areas were fished, but this time jigs and twisters were used. Smallmouth bass were biting left and right, up along the weeds and off the edge in the little bit deeper stumpy areas. Dennis and Ashley were banging up the bronze backs. The fish were really clamping down on the jigs. Nice healthy walleyes were caught fishing for bass, half a dozen to be exact. The walleyes were cruising the weed edges and deeper because of the swarms of bait fish packed along the weeds.

Northern pike were on the bite once the wind started to blow a little and the clouds started to form. Dennis scored some nice pike on the jig, fishing the weeds. His largest was a nice 24 incher…Good job and great release! The really shallow weeds or “slop” was fished too because of all the bait fish activity. The buzz bait was used to pull out the explosive hitting pike. Nice hearty and fat pike were caught in areas where most people don’t even think about fishing. Again congratulations to Dennis and Ashley for having a great day of catch and release!

By the end of the week, look for improving weather which will be good for fishing conditions. Make every attempt to get out and enjoy the weather and the fishing.

If you are looking for a day out on the water, 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!”



August 6, 2014

“Shore Fishing at Its Finest”

Last week I mentioned about how the changing weather would bring about better fishing. This happened for my son and me on Monday. An approaching cold front was moving in causing darker skies. The winds were light and southerly along with some daytime heat. Since our time was limited, we fished from the shore, casting out at the nice shallow cabbage weeds and lily pads. Our choice of baits were the “explosive buzz bait” and the “Carolina Rig” using Berkley Power Bait. A lightweight buzz bait was used the most because you can cover a lot of water fast and the surface bite is probably the most exciting bite there is. A 17-18” largemouth bass gobbled up the buzz bait in the weeds and lilies. Nice smallmouth bass ranging in the same class, believe it or not, were taking down the buzz bait too. These bronze backs were coming in and out of the cabbage weed. Nice northern pike up to almost 30” were inhaling the surface lure and Isaac had fun reeling in those toothy critters. A helpful tool when pike fishing is a “jaw spreaders”. Since I forgot to bring one this time, I ended up having to unhook a large pike with the lure gobbled down which was no picnic because the pike clamp down like a musky and do not let go!

Next we pitched out a Carolina rig with power bait. A smallmouth bass was caught immediately! This was fun but not as exciting as the surface bait so the next time you are thinking about fishing and there isn’t enough time to grab the boat and head to the landing, take your kids shore fishing. Grab a few lures, keeping it simple. I recommend a 20 pound test no stretch line for getting a good hook set and having the horsepower to land your fish. If you choose the buzz bait, here is a tip for beginners. Cast the lure out and get the lure moving quickly on the surface, then slow down the retrieve while maintaining lure control. Keep your eye on the lure at all times, then set the hook hard when you feel the fish strike and you will be a sure winner!

If you are looking for a day out on the water, 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!”



July 30, 2014

“Short, Sweet, and to the Point or ‘Mud Bottom’!”

During the last weekend of July, my son Isaac, Jake by the Lake, and I went out scouting for fish. The conditions were warm with mild temperatures midday, mostly sunny skies and northwest winds at 15 mph. This type of weather was not ideal for fishing, but we had two things going for us…the water was almost 75 degrees and we fished during the major feeding window. Beetle spins and twisters were pitched in the cabbage weeds that dumped into deeper mud bottom areas. This was pretty much right in the transition line where the deeper meets the shallow and was the best place to get strikes. Nice healthy walleyes were caught and released, slab crappies were caught in the deeper weeds, along with northern pike. Since our first drift was productive. We stuck to this pattern and looked for mud bottom areas that we did not fish yet this year.

Electronics were used to find bait fish and larger fish. This was definitely the key for the success of the last drift. We caught walleyes off the bottom and Isaac had fun reeling them in during the bright sunshine. Larger pike were present, but we only came up with one nice fish. We were bit off by another as well. The nicest prizes were the beautiful thick crappies in the 11-12” range; these are the good eaters. We harvested enough for a nice little meal and decided to leave on a good note. By the end of the week, look for warmer air temperatures and a possible rain front to move in. This should be better for fishing and especially if we can get rid of that same old northwest wind.

If you are looking for a day out on the water, 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!”


July 23, 2014

“Preparation, Presentation, and Persistence Produce the Prize(s)!”

Recently, we had quite the change in weather with temperatures as low as 37 degrees in the morning during the first part of the week. Then along came the north winds and temperatures in the mid 80’s and humidity the second half of the weekend. The weather has been like a rollercoaster and so has the bite. Clients and I searched for walleyes and crappies on a cold morning with temperatures in the mid 30’s. We used minnow heads and crawlers on our jigs and tails for ‘scent’ to help catch the fish that were biting slow. This technique helped improve our situation, but the bite really didn’t get going until things warmed up. Then “POW” … just like that during the minor feeding window, the boys were catching some quality fish on the plastic. Nice healthy sub-legal walleyes, legal walleyes, slab crappies, and pike were caught. Congratulations to my new friends, Larry, Steve, and Scott with the biggest walter of the day…a beautiful 18 inched!

The warm front over the weekend got things going again, once the front started to warm up the water a little. Clients and I were out early in the a.m. Water temperatures were only around 68 degrees on the surface. We started out fishing mud bottom areas and young Dalton got things going with a nice 17-½ inch walleye with a good release. His prize was caught on a ‘twister tail sandwich’. Then Howard and Scotty joined in on the fun catching more legal walleyes and slab crappies. With darker skies and south winds, the crappies seemed to be on the bite. Pretty much wherever we went, the crappies were caught and released, fishing relatively shallow. Later deep and shallow weeds were fished. Walleyes and more crappies, along with a handful of pike and a couple of descent small mouth bass came out of the weeds. Just ask Dalton and Scott, they will tell you, and especially Scotty as his pole was on fire, catching fish in the boys’ “stale water”. Congratulations to the boys for an excellent day of catch and release! A 20” ‘Golden Beauty’ was the big walleye of the trip!
With the warmer air the muskies are on the move. A friend and I went out and made two drifts for them. We fished a channel edge near shallow weeds. I got a bump on a suick and then at the boat, a big head came out of the black water, but it did not strike. The fish looked like it was at least 46” long, and even though it did not eat, it was still exciting! I want to send a big shout-out to my friend, “Bob-O” as he stuck a beautiful musky on the same day, measuring in at 49” and weighing 33 pounds, with a great release. Great job, Mr. Bob!

If you are looking for a day out on the water, 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!”




July 15, 2014

“Walleyes: Ready or Not Here We Come!”

Over the weekend, clients and I searched for walleyes and crappies. Conditions were overcast with a warm front coming in and the winds were out of the west 5-10 mph. The water temperatures were around 70-74 degrees on the surface. We started fishing an underwater hump, throwing jigs and plastic, and we snagged a few small walleyes. Then we concentrated our efforts fishing the shallower mud, because of the dark skies. It did not take long and everybody was “ripping lips”! We caught plenty of sublegal and legal golden beauties, along with some slab crappies too. Congratulations to Joel and Brian for catching and excellent batch of some of Wisconsin’s finest.

Later we switched to the weedy areas. Walleyes were caught on the weed edges. A nice keeper was harvested in the shallow cabbage. You have to fish in and out to find the fish that are willing to eat. Northern pike were also caught in the weeds in 6-9 foot depths. Not great numbers of the pike, but most were a decent size to get some nice filets. Pike are good eating fish and it is always a good thing to thin out the population, as most local panfishermen will tell you, because the pike eat a lot of panfish and walleye.

This week the major cold front will affect the bite. Look for the warmer weather towards the weekend to get things going again

If you are looking for a day out on the water, 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!”



July 8, 2014

“Weiders Win Out Over the Wind & the Walleyes!”

Over the holiday weekend, clients and I searched for walleyes and crappies. Conditions were partly cloudy and the wind was out of the southwest 10-20 mph plus. The water temperature was 70-75 degrees. We started fishing the mud bottom areas in the morning. We concentrated our efforts in and around eight foot depths throwing jigs and plastic and the old reliable beetlespins. The bite started off a little slow, then the a.m. major got things going and along with the wind picking up, we managed to reel in some sub-legal walleyes. During the peak of the major, we snagged many nice keeper walters as they sucked down the jigs and the slab crappies joined the party too! Congratulations to Amy as she showed her dad how to get “R” done! She scored two nice keeper golden beauties and a couple slab crappies in about half an hour! Way to go!

Later that day, I took out group 2. We banged more walleyes and crappies. By this time the wind was really gusty and making it very difficult to fish. Weed lines were fished in the tough wind. Crappies were biting in the weed beds, but were hard to catch because they were deep in the cover. The pike action was slower on this day due to the white caps and the time of the day. We caught smaller pike in the shallow weeds. We had one larger pike on in the deep weeds, but it threw the 20 pound test line and got away! That’s fishin’ for you!

After getting beat up by the wind for hours, we decided to call it a day. Congratulations to the entire Weider family as we had an outstanding outing!

If you are looking for a day out on the water, 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!”



June 25, 2014

Winter Hangs On and So Do the Fish!

This past week, clients and I searched for a variety of fish. We first searched for musky on a northern Wisconsin boundary lake. The water was 65-72 degrees with the wind northwest to north. The weather did not cooperate on this day, but the effort was good. We used mainly bucktails and jerk baits. Seven muskies were spotted and three fish followed the bucktails. The active “skis” were all around the panfish. Smallmouth bass were everywhere in the shallows. This would be a bass fishermen’s dream if you were fishing for bass!

Congratulations to David as he caught a 19” smallmouth on a Rizzo tail and congratulations to Dewey as he caught a nice largemouth on a crankbait.

During the middle of the week, skies were dark and the wind was southeast. Nice keeper walleyes were caught on plastic, fishing the mud in 6-8’ depths. Crappies were pretty aggressive at times hitting the big jigs…that’s my kind of bite! These slabs are great fighters and are pretty tasty in the old frying pan too!

The northern pike action was pretty good as well. The boys caught plenty of pike on their jigs in 6-10’ depths. Some good pike were kept for eating. Thanks to my good buddy, Jerrod, for showing me how to get the “Y” bone out. Congratulations to Peyton, Jackson, and Bob; we had two great days of fishing.

Over the weekend, we fished the Wisconsin River. Our main target was walleye and northern pike. With a dark afternoon, the pattern was finding the good healthy weeds shallow near a deeper edge. Jigs and beetlespins were cast in the weeds and next to the stumps. The result was a lot of walleyes (a few keepers), jumbo perch, nice hearty pike, and some smallmouth bass. Congratulations to Tim and Matt as they were ripping lips!
This weekend look for a warm front and changing weather conditions which should equal some good fishing.

If you would like to contact me to experience a wonderful day out on the water in the beautiful Northwoods, call me at 715-966-1821. Also, like my Facebook page at Buck’s Taxidermy & Guide Service to keep up on all of my updates and pics.
Well, that raps it up for this time. REMEMBER: Don’t slack off; always keep your line tight!Last updated: August 21, 2014


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