January 2016

Episode 1
Lots of Browns
Show Date: January 2nd & 3rd, 2016
Location: Oak Creek; Lake Michigan, Milwaukee, WI
Guide: Charter Captain Brian Settele [414-559-9238 | fishchaserguideservice.com]

It’s a new year, and we start it out with a fun but soggy day of fishing out in front of the Oak Creek power plant on Lake Michigan. Our guide Brian Settele says that the warmer than normal temps have kept the ice away, and that open water fishing on this great lake will be possible all winter long. 

We are mainly casting, with a bit of trolling mixed in, in front of he power plant - close to shore, where the warm water is exiting the plant.  Baitfish school here, and the brown trout are here to eat to prep for the colder temperatures to come. 

Jordan Gustman from MW Marine joins us as our first guest in the new year, and he’s listening to the captain, and throwing a 3” white Kalin’s grub, and catching a bunch of fish. Along with the grub, we throw Strike King lures, and the Jerk Minnow.  It’s loads of fun, and a great way to ring in the new year!


Episode 2
The Mills Fleet Farm Highlights Show
Show Date: January 8th & 10th, 2016
Location: Mills Fleet Farm

This week is our annual Mills Fleet Farm Highlights show. The show where we showcase our best fish of the year, as well as YOUR best fish of the year. 
We sit down with Mike Sidders at the Mills Fleet Farm in Appleton Wisconsin, and take a look back at 2015.  We also pike the grand prize winners of our year-long fishing contest, and award some great prizes. 
Huge thanks to Jiffy Ice Drills, Humminbird, Pure Fishing, and Mills Fleet Farm for the great grand prize packages that some lucky winners will end up with. 
If you’ve won our weekly contest in 2015, you may have won a grand prize - tune in!

Episode 3
Vilas County Ice Fishing Party
Show Date: January 16th & 17th, 2016
Location: Vilas County, Wisconsin
Guide: Pro Guide Rob Manthei [715-477-2042 | robmanthei.com]

The ice has finally arrived in Wisconsin, and a lot of friends wanted to join us for the inaugural walk on Wisconsin hard water.

That what this show is all about, getting together for some good ‘ol outdoors fun.  We’ve got a bunch of great people, and a bunch of Johnsonville Brats, and lots of Beaver Dams dangling fresh bait to attract the walleyes.

We also bring you the highlights of this years Tundra Plunge, which benefits the Lombardi Cancer Clinics.  A cold dip in the water for a good cause for sure!

The best part of our walleye & pike setups, was seeing the younger kids excitedly run for the flags.  Seeing huge smiles when they pull the fish from the hole and identify the species, was the best part of the whole trip.

We can’t wait to get back out next year, and make this an annual event!

Episode 4
Way Below Zero in South Dakota
January 23 & 24th, 2016
Location: Glacial Lakes of Northeast South Dakota

The ice is SOLID during our trip to Northeast South Dakota, and having lots of ice affords us the opportunity to drive our pickup trucks onto the lake. Having our truck with the heat on is a blessing on a day that starts out at -15°F, and doesn't get above -5°F all day.

It's a major cold of front, we actually saw it called a "polar vortex", so we expected a bit of a slower fishing day. The fishing really picked up at times, and the quality of fish was outstanding.

This trip was all jigging, targeting mostly perch, and some walleye. The major draw for us was the jumbo perch. Most of the fish couldn't resist the Kastmaster!


Episode 5
Petenwell Crappies on Ice
Show Date: January 30th & 31st, 2016
Location: Petenwell Flowage; Adams County, Wisconsin
Guide: Matt Johannes - Petenwell Sport Shop [608-564-7707]

We’re excited to be on the Petenwell Flowage this week with Matt Johannes, and a big gang of great anglers.  We’re targeting crappies & walleyes, mostly jigging using Kastmasters. 

Jigging around 5 feet off the bottom gives us our best chance at these beautiful flowage crappies. We also catch walleye, whitebass, and catfish - that’s why we love the Petenwell, it’s a fertile fishery with a grab bag of species.

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