This week we’re pleased to have a winner of a recent contest with us in the boat. Matt Schlehlein was the winner, congratulations Matt! Matt entered at Yamaha of Port Washington, and was able to bring one guest, his buddy Kyle is joining us as well.
We are guided by Door County fishing guru Dale Stroschein, and the walleye bite is on in the bay. We start out trolling to catch fish, and mark spots on our Humminbird to come back to later to cast. Trolling is a science, where a few tenths of a mile and hour can mean the difference between catching your limit, and getting skunked. We are mostly fishing structure, trolling over humps to locate where these fish are hanging out post-spawn. We get lots of activity of the eater-sized fish, which is a great thing seeing as the Wisconsin fishing season opens soon. Once we have a few spots marked we return to cast and jig, for this we’ll mostly be using jigs with gulp.
Wisconsin Opening Weekend
Show Date: May 12th & 13th, 2012
Location: Hayward, Wisconsin
Guide: Pete Maina [PeteMaina.com]
It’s opening weekend in Wisconsin, and we’re headed north for a true Wisconsin north-woods fishing experience. We are up in the Hayward area with our Musky guru buddy Pete Maina, and his Dad, Tex. Pete is taking us out for a fun filled day on the water. The weather is perfect, and the fish are biting - a lot!
We set up to pan-fish, and find ourselves on a school of crappies right away. Bobbers and plastics are the key, with the depth set a few feet off of the bottom. Pete tells us that when the plastics are working, they are much more efficient, because you aren’t grabbing a new minnow every time. He also adds that you’ll effectively cover more water and catch more fish as well, unless you’re getting cut off by pike every third fish...
Turtle Flambeau Flowage
Show Date: May 19th & 20th, 2012
Location; Turtle Flambeau Flowage; Mercer, Wisconsin
Guide: Pro Guide Jeff Winters [715-385-9313 | jeffsguideservice.com]
We have a lot of beautiful scenery in the northern part of the state of Wisconsin, and this week we’re seeing one of the best. We are fishing the Turtle Flambeau Flowage, a massive body of water in Iron County. The Flowage encompasses 16 natural lakes, three rivers and several creeks, and lots of fish. The great thing about the flowage is that 90% is state owned, and undeveloped. It is a protected wilderness area, so the beautiful scenery and great fishing will be around for a long time to come.
For our trip, and many with our guide Jeff Winters, we’ll target a species; but won’t mind if something else ends up on the line. We set up for walleye, using live bait and a light jig. The minnows are attracting Perch, Bass, Walleye, and small Pike - keeping us busy for as long as we wanted to fish.
Northern Wisconsin Bonanza
Location: Vilas County, Wisconsin
Guide: Pro Guide Rob Manthei [715-477-2042 | robmanthei.com]
Northern Wisconsin in the spring can (and is!) a lot of fun, and thats no more apparent than in this show. This week Rob Manthei takes us out with the raffle ticket winners from this years Angel on my Shoulder event that was held on Big St. Germain Lake. Angel on my Shoulder raises money for families that have children with cancer, it’s a great organization, and we have some great people with us for this show. With us we have Shawn and his two kids, Madison and Harrison.
We start out on an experimental DNR lake thats well known for it’s numbers of walleyes. Escanaba Lake is part of 5 lakes that have special regulations, and are used for study. This lake has a 1-walleye limit over 28”, and no size limit on any other species. It is a great lake to take kids, because of the amount of action that usually comes with a day of angling here. We are using casting gulp, and also using live bait with a bobber, our day is pretty non-stop.
Day two, we head out on our own, looking for smallmouth bass. We use Gulp, Powerbait, and spinnerbaits.