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Tomahawk, WI 54487
Phone: 715-453-3101

October 8, 2014

Fall Fishing 2014

This autumn the weather has been up and down with cool mornings and colder days and warm periods with pleasant days. The fishing has been decent on and off with many weather fronts blowing through.

My son Isaac and I have been checking out the fishing from shore periodically. We cast large floating Rapalas from shore and caught walleyes, pike, small mouth bass, and even large mouth bass. During warm fronts and approaching weak fronts has been the best success for this lure. During warm overcast situations the buzz bait for pike is still effective on the right days.

Our largest pike was a nice 30’’ northern pike caught in about one foot of water during midday. The fish missed the bait twice, then the next cast would be third time's a charm. The aggressive pike followed like a musky, moving a lot of water for a medium-sized fish, pushing a double wave. I increased the lure speed and POW fish on! What a great fight in shallow water on light tackle!

Northerns are fun in cool water because they fight a lot more when the water is cool. On sunny mornings we noticed lots of bait fish shallow, and tight to any cover visible. This is a recipe for pike! Isaac and I took advantage of these situations catching pike throwing jigs, and plastics swimming the lures high. Not big fish, but fun medium size toothy critters.

Switching gears, last weekend the family and friends from our church went backpacking to the Porcupine Mountains in Michigan. The weather was great, and the color of the hillsides were glowing with beautiful maple leafs! This is a trip I recommend. We hiked about six miles in the back country on a marked trail, then we stayed at a rustic cabin on Lake Superior. There are many streams and waterfalls that are breathtaking, and the trees in the forest are very large! I packed in a spinning reel and rod, and some small Meps spinners. I had some good fishing experiences catching nice stream trout in deeper pools and along waterfalls. These are tasty fish and fun fishing. We look forward to going again next year with family and friends and next time finding the brook trout streams!

This week one evening the family and I went fishing from shore. It was a back and forth thing between fishing and playing. Faith caught some small walleyes using her Spiderman pole with a slip bobber. Isaac reeled in some walleye and pike on jigs and tails. One northern or musky was a good size fish that I fought for a couple of seconds then the sharp teeth cut my 20-pound braid line. On the next cast with a new jig, I got bit off again! Talk about tough luck! Maybe next time I will get the musky pole out and see what is there.

At the next location, Isaac had enough and went off to play and I stayed for another ten minutes or so. I finally caught a walleye on a jig again and then another sublegal. Soon after, back to back keeper walleyes on the artificial that were nice healthy fish that I quickly released. I caught another and missed another. Just goes to show you that you can catch nice fish on plastic even though the water is cool. However, going out in the boat, I would always recommend taking live minnows and a nice arsenal of good working fall lures.

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!”Last updated: October 09, 2014


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