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August 2015

Episode 31
Bass and Walleye on the Bay
Show Date: August 1st & 2nd, 2014
Location: Sand Bay Beach Resort - Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin
Guide: Pro Guide Dale Stroschein [ 920-743-5731 | wackywalleye.com]

I love the bay of Green Bay. I’ve caught the largest of many species on this body of water, which is why I wanted to bring a few guests across 2 days of fishing.

On day 1, we head out with Dale Stroschein to chase bass on the #1 bass fishery in the world.  We’re trying out some new presentations, and some new water.  Dale like to experiment, it’s how he keeps his guide service fresh.  

On day 2, we welcome Ron Johnson, a Pro Bass angler; and Matt Bichanich, our local bass expert. Since we’ve got two bass pros, we are going walleye fishing!  These fish are uncharacteristically tight-lipped during our visit, so we’re trying many different lures & baits to get them to bite. 

Episode 32
Old Friends and New Friends
Show Date: August 8th & 9th, 2015
Location: Eagle Lake, Ontario, Canada - Near Vermilion Bay, Ontario
Guide: Andy Myers Lodge [888-727-5865 - www.andymyerslodge.com]

This week we are back to Andy Myers Lodge on Beautiful Eagle Lake. We’ve only got 2 days to fish this gigantic body of water, and we want to make our trip worth it.  I’ll get to fish with my old friends, and former owners of the lodge, Steve and Danny Herbeck; whom I haven’t seen in quite a while. I’ll also get the new owner in the boat, Julian Kalka, and chat with him about fishing.  Also joining us is Gerry Cariou, of the Sunset Country visitors bureau. Gerry will be educating me on what makes Eagle Lake, and the surrounding area such a great place to visit.  

Danny tells me that it’s easy to catch 200 walleyes a day on Eagle, and I can’t wait to see this action.  On the first spot, we catch around 30 fish in 15 minutes.  We move once, and catch another 60 or so fish on the next spot. This is hot fishing, and we only hit the walleyes for about an hour and a half.

After the busy walleye fishing, we head out to muskie fish the next day and and a half.  Catching the fish of 10,000 casts requires a lot of time, so we’re hoping for an esox or 2 in that time.  

It is all worth it after our time in the beautiful Sunset Country, and is over too fast.  

Episode 33
Early Day on the Big Lake
Show Date: August 15th & 16th, 2015
Location: Lake Michigan, Milwaukee, WI
Guide: Charter Captain Brian Settele [414-559-9238 | fishchaserguideservice.com]

It was an early Monday morning meeting at the boat ramp that started our day jigging for King Salmon on Lake Michigan. Charter captain Brian Settele has been catching huge fish, but he says you have to get up early. “The first light or last light is the best” he tells us adding, “These fish are ambushing baitfish in the low-light conditions, where you find bait, you’ll find fish.”

The host and the captain each brought a friend, John brought Henry Abbott, and Brian brought his buddy David.  As we stated earlier, we are jigging, so the more lines we have wet, the better. 

 

Episode 34
Big Dave’s River Float Trip
Show Date: August 22nd & 23rd, 2015
Location: Wisconsin River, Wisconsin Dells
Guide:  Pro Guide Big Dave Ehardt [414-803-7160]

It’s August, and during the hot periods, the rivers can be the best place to fish.  Rivers aren’t as affected by temperature swings as lakes can be.

As is customary in the Wisconsin Dells, Big Dave Ehardt is our guide. Dave has been fishing this river for over 30 years, and he knows more than anybody the ebbs and flows of the bite, and the fish population in general.  He tells us that we’re not always going to set the world on fire as far as fish size goes, but a day on the river is always filled with action.  Being that it’s a river, the current makes these fish fight a lot harder than their size would make you think. Speaking of fish, as we demonstrate in this show, there are just about every species you’d want (and a few you don’t) to catch.  We catch walleye and bass, as well as northern pike and whitebass.  Getting to try different kinds of tackle is another fun part of the river.  Spinnerbaits, plastics, and live nightcrawlers are what we mostly use in this show, but you can throw just about anything that you like, and will likely find a bite. 

 

Episode 35
The Fish of 10,000 Casts
Show Date: August 29th & 30th, 2015
Location: Leech Lake, Minnesota
Accommodations: Sugar Point Resort [800-733-3150 | sugarpoint.com]

If you’re a muskie angler, you know all too well what it’s like to be on the lake all day, only to catch a fish you’ll release.  You also know what it feels like to fish all day, only to have your only opportunity spit the hook and swim away.  Muskie fishing has great rewards, but it can come at a cost….

If you’re not a muskie angler, then this show perfectly illustrates a typical muskie trip.  The ups and downs, the weather changes that we fish through, and the exciting fight when a fish finally decides your bait is the one.  

We are fishing Leech Lake, one of our favorite fall muskie destinations.  We’ve been coming here for many years, and the anticipation of each cast creating a memory that will last forever is exhilarating.  We’ve got Pete Maina manning the bow mount, Rustly Lilyquist telling us about the latest lake properties between casts, and Mike Pitts snuck along too.