Fishing Reports

Is fishing over?

 11/29/17

I sure do hope not especially for the die- hard Ice anglers who enjoy fishing in our lakes through the ice all winter. For me it is over except for a couple of ice fishing trips with some friends this winter. My boat is put away for winter and all winterized and the battery charger plugged in the keep the batteries charged all winter.

Now I must start thinking about next season and the things I need to order for next year. This is a good time for me to get some good deals on Mepp’s, Mister Twister and Jacks Jigs etc. The price usually is increased every year so I try to buy my needs now and be ready for next year. This column is published pre- Christmas in December, so it gets me thinking about ordering extras for friends and families for the Christmas presents and stocking stuffers. Every year we all struggle (I say we because I know I do) with what to buy for our friends and family.

If you have folks on your gift list who are avid anglers, Young and old alike, then consider buying some fishing gear for them.  It almost always will bring and big smile and a great big thank you even for the smallest stocking stuffer item.

I always talk about Mepps and Mister Twister, Rapala, and now Jacks Jigs because I use them all a lot and they catch fish. I love using Mepps for Northern Pike and after I doctor them up a bit with a yellow 4 inch Mister Twister tail on one of the treble hooks Northern cannot resist them. Rapala, I use a lot for Bass and Walleye which at the right time and place can be deadly for both fish species. I now use almost always Jacks Jigs for jig fishing in weeds for Walleye. I use a weed less 1/8 ounce jig of many colors but a lot of orange, yellow and chartreuse for walleyes. All of my clients love the way the weed less jig comes thru the grass and very seldom gets stuck in heavy weed and still gets you down in the weeds where the fish live.

All of the above listed lures are inexpensive to buy and are great Christmas stocking stuffers. All of them are under $15.00 or so in most sports shops.

I just gave away some of my secrets but they all work for me and they will for you. Good Luck fishing and have a great Christmas.

Get Hooked on Fishing                       Bob

The week’s Tip:  Ice fishing now begins but be careful. The ice as I write this is not safe at all. Please remember to check the ice carefully before you venture out on the ice. Remember to wear warm clothing and even an inflatable life preserver in case you break thru. Good Luck Fishing.

 


Are we dumb or what?

11/1/17

 

Those exact words my clients and I said several times as we fished on Friday the 27th of October. For those that were outside that day it was rain and sleet most of the morning and solid snow after about 2 PM. We actually ended up the day with almost an inch of snow in the boat. It rained very hard several times in the morning and we were wet and cold almost from the very start. To make it even more special and cold we had a brisk 8 to 12 mile an hour NNE wind which made feeling the bite almost impossible.

So did we quit? No way! They wanted to stick it out and fish because it was their 5th wedding anniversary and the wife wanted to go fishing on their anniversary. How many men can say no to his wife if she wants to go fishing? I am pretty sure the number is very small.

The wind was a little strong on Wildcat Lake out in the middle and cold and we had only a couple bites so I decided to go into Little Kitten in the deep hole and get out of the wind. It was much better out of the wind. We did manage to catch 1 Pike, 2 walleyes and 4 Crappies in about 3 hours of fishing. That was not too bad but the bites came very slow. It was now a little after noon so I asked if they wanted to take a break and warm our hands and have a rest room break. We all agreed that was a good idea and pulled out of wildcat and made our pit stop. Then on to another lake for the afternoon try to catch some more fish. The afternoon was better even though it was still pretty cold. We did catch some more pike and perch and left the lake around 4 pm and Headed to Northern Highland Sports to clean the fish.

I really dreaded the idea of fishing on this cold day and I did not think any of us would enjoy the day. But I was wrong. I really enjoyed fishing with this couple and was impressed with their resolve to stay out and fish.  I was happy to hand them a nice bag of fish fillets for their trip home later that weekend. I think I made some new friends because they kept saying they enjoyed themselves and could not thank me enough for taking them fishing on this awful day. Maybe we were dumb but it was still fun.

It is now the month of November and this is the last month for Musky fishing and still some good crappie and walleye fishing so get out to fish one more time before it gets to cold. Good luck fishing.

 

Get Hooked on Fishing                                    Bob

 

This week’s Tip:   Make sure when you out in the cold to fish, dress in layers and even take along your good raingear to help stop the wind. Also buy some of those hand warmers packages at the sports store before you go. It sure helped me keep my fingers warm when I could stick them in my pockets. You can also slip them into your boots to help keep your feet warm.  Good Luck and be safe.


The Right Decision

10/18/17

In my column a few weeks ago I wrote about taking my 97 year old father fishing as I promised. It is a day that I will always remember because it was special to him. It was also very special to me and I will proudly show his picture of him holding up his fish to the family and friends. My two brothers were excited about getting his photo of Dad having fun fishing. Dad has always loved to fish and I grew up fishing with Dad in Indiana and Ohio. The point of all of this above is that it was the right decision for me for a lot of reasons. The most important reason was that a week after the fishing trip Dad was rushed to the hospital for what turned out to be a bladder infection and dehydration. He was very weak and it took a few days in the hospital for him to be released to a rehab facility. He is now in Avanti in Minocqua, trying to get stronger again. He is doing a lot better but still weak. His goal, according to him, is to get stronger so he can go fishing again soon. He also wants to go bowling or a least go along with me to watch me bowl with my team. I really hope that both of those can be accomplished in the near future.

It is so important for all of us to make the right decision and take a time or two off of our busy schedules and take a family member or friend fishing. The smiles and fun you will have will always be remembered by them and you.

I was able to take a friend fishing on Tuesday from Marshfield that I had promised to do for a while. I know he had a great time and he drove home with some fish that he was planning to have for supper. I got a nice text from him last night and he said the fish were great and he thanked me for the day of fishing. He had a great time and was excited about the beautiful colors in Boulder Junction and on the lakes.

I plan to take some friends fishing in the next few days before it gets to cold.  So get out there and join me and take some family or friends with you. You will be glad you did and that you made the “Right Decision.”

 

Get Hooked on Fishing                                    Bob

 

This week’s TIP:  It will soon be the time we have to start thinking about putting the boat away for the winter. It is important to get your motor fogged and water drained before it gets cold. Take it to your local Marina or you can do it yourself. You will be happy in the spring that you got it done.

 


An amazing day fishing

10/4/17

For me it has been a long summer and at times when I get up in the morning I feel myself dragging a bit and saying to myself, ”Do I really want to go fishing today”. The answer is always yes and as soon as I get on the water with the clients I remember how much I love to take people fishing and I love to be on the water. Each time I get out on the water I see the beauty of the lakes and animals. This time of the year I hear my clients commenting on the beauty of the day, Lakes and the fall colors. I always agree and enjoy the day as much as they do.

But even with all of the above great things sometimes the day becomes,” An Amazing Day of Fishing”. This past week I was booked by a daughter to take her older Dad and Mother to go fishing.

I made the arrangements to meet them at the Northern Highland sports shop in In Boulder Junction at 8:00AM. I received a call at about 7:30Am that they were running late and would be there about 8:45Am. For you that know me I like to start early so this now was a bummer but I waited outside on the bench in front of the store patiently. Thinking I want to get on the water before any weather could hinder our day.

They showed up as promised at 8:45AM and the daughter introduced me to her parents who were about 80 years old but very nice and pleasant. The daughter said I could take them fishing somewhere till about noon and then after she got some work done she would meet us at the lake I choose. So off I went with her parents to a lake near bye. (I thought this was very brave of her since see had never met me before but I assured her we would be fine). The parents were super nice but a little frail and I was careful getting them in the boat an out on the water. I got to our fishing spot and as always I showed them how we were going to fish, which was with a jig and a minnow for Northern Pike. I got out a rod and baited up and made one cast out from the boat and demonstrated how I wanted them  to jig the bait back to the boat. On my second jig of the line I got a bite and hooked a pike and handed the pole to the Mother to reel in the fish while I got the net. It was a small 18 inch Pike but fun and our amazing day had started on the first cast.  They were both fishing a few minutes later and I found they were somewhat comfortable with open face reels but a little rusty. The Dad caught a nice fish and the Mother caught a nice fish and within 10 minutes they had put two pike in the box for dinner. I was thrilled for them but amazed how quickly our day had begun. It really never slowed down from there as we went to different spots on the lake noting the eagles nest and eagles during our moves and catching more fish. The both were professional people, the Dad was a lawyer and the mother a retired teacher so we had some great conversations about their careers and mine. The Mother had the hot pole and caught the next several fish and was teasing her husband about how many more she had caught than him. He also retorted, “Yes, but my fish is bigger.” (It was bigger) and day went on like that. It was really funny and I of course joined the teasing when I could. We were having so much fun I almost forgot to go back to the landing to get the daughter at noon at the boat landing. We did pick her up and we went out to the lake a found a quiet cove out of the wind to eat lunch. They ate sandwiches and I had a specially made peanut and Jelly slice of bread made by the daughter. It was great and my first PB&J in about 20 years. After lunch we all started fishing and right away the daughter caught some fish and now all 3 were teasing each other about the number of fish caught and who had the biggest etc. I had to carefully measure some of the fish to see who had bragging rights. We ended up catching over 20 pike most of which were put back for another day but we did keep a few for dinner. I cleaned them for them and delivered them the next day. I can easily say it was the most fun day I had all summer and one of my most amazing days of fishing. They promised to come back next year, which would be ok with me. Now I remember why I love to be fishing in the Northwoods.

The season is winding down as fall and winter approaches but there is some great fishing time left in the month of October and maybe in November. Good Luck and good fishing.

 

Get Hooked On Fishing                                              Bob

 

This week’s Tip: The cool and even cold days are ahead as we hit the water so Layer up your clothes. I had to remind several people the last few day to bring along a windbreaker to put on out on the water. The wind outon a lake can be a lot colder than on land. So wear warm clothes and take an extra coat or sweatshirt with a hood. It helps and fishing becomes much more pleasurable if you’re warm. Good Luck fishing.


 

FISHING REPORT BY BOB’S MANITOWISH GUIDE SERVICE

The Right Decision

10/18/17

In my column a few weeks ago I wrote about taking my 97 year old father fishing as I promised. It is a day that I will always remember because it was special to him. It was also very special to me and I will proudly show his picture of him holding up his fish to the family and friends. My two brothers were excited about getting his photo of Dad having fun fishing. Dad has always loved to fish and I grew up fishing with Dad in Indiana and Ohio. The point of all of this above is that it was the right decision for me for a lot of reasons. The most important reason was that a week after the fishing trip Dad was rushed to the hospital for what turned out to be a bladder infection and dehydration. He was very weak and it took a few days in the hospital for him to be released to a rehab facility. He is now in Avanti in Minocqua, trying to get stronger again. He is doing a lot better but still weak. His goal, according to him, is to get stronger so he can go fishing again soon. He also wants to go bowling or a least go along with me to watch me bowl with my team. I really hope that both of those can be accomplished in the near future.

It is so important for all of us to make the right decision and take a time or two off of our busy schedules and take a family member or friend fishing. The smiles and fun you will have will always be remembered by them and you.

I was able to take a friend fishing on Tuesday from Marshfield that I had promised to do for a while. I know he had a great time and he drove home with some fish that he was planning to have for supper. I got a nice text from him last night and he said the fish were great and he thanked me for the day of fishing. He had a great time and was excited about the beautiful colors in Boulder Junction and on the lakes.

I plan to take some friends fishing in the next few days before it gets to cold.  So get out there and join me and take some family or friends with you. You will be glad you did and that you made the “Right Decision.”

 

Get Hooked on Fishing                                    Bob

 

This week’s TIP:  It will soon be the time we have to start thinking about putting the boat away for the winter. It is important to get your motor fogged and water drained before it gets cold. Take it to your local Marina or you can do it yourself. You will be happy in the spring that you got it done.

 


An amazing day fishing

10/4/17

For me it has been a long summer and at times when I get up in the morning I feel myself dragging a bit and saying to myself, ”Do I really want to go fishing today”. The answer is always yes and as soon as I get on the water with the clients I remember how much I love to take people fishing and I love to be on the water. Each time I get out on the water I see the beauty of the lakes and animals. This time of the year I hear my clients commenting on the beauty of the day, Lakes and the fall colors. I always agree and enjoy the day as much as they do.

But even with all of the above great things sometimes the day becomes,” An Amazing Day of Fishing”. This past week I was booked by a daughter to take her older Dad and Mother to go fishing.

I made the arrangements to meet them at the Northern Highland sports shop in In Boulder Junction at 8:00AM. I received a call at about 7:30Am that they were running late and would be there about 8:45Am. For you that know me I like to start early so this now was a bummer but I waited outside on the bench in front of the store patiently. Thinking I want to get on the water before any weather could hinder our day.

They showed up as promised at 8:45AM and the daughter introduced me to her parents who were about 80 years old but very nice and pleasant. The daughter said I could take them fishing somewhere till about noon and then after she got some work done she would meet us at the lake I choose. So off I went with her parents to a lake near bye. (I thought this was very brave of her since see had never met me before but I assured her we would be fine). The parents were super nice but a little frail and I was careful getting them in the boat an out on the water. I got to our fishing spot and as always I showed them how we were going to fish, which was with a jig and a minnow for Northern Pike. I got out a rod and baited up and made one cast out from the boat and demonstrated how I wanted them  to jig the bait back to the boat. On my second jig of the line I got a bite and hooked a pike and handed the pole to the Mother to reel in the fish while I got the net. It was a small 18 inch Pike but fun and our amazing day had started on the first cast.  They were both fishing a few minutes later and I found they were somewhat comfortable with open face reels but a little rusty. The Dad caught a nice fish and the Mother caught a nice fish and within 10 minutes they had put two pike in the box for dinner. I was thrilled for them but amazed how quickly our day had begun. It really never slowed down from there as we went to different spots on the lake noting the eagles nest and eagles during our moves and catching more fish. The both were professional people, the Dad was a lawyer and the mother a retired teacher so we had some great conversations about their careers and mine. The Mother had the hot pole and caught the next several fish and was teasing her husband about how many more she had caught than him. He also retorted, “Yes, but my fish is bigger.” (It was bigger) and day went on like that. It was really funny and I of course joined the teasing when I could. We were having so much fun I almost forgot to go back to the landing to get the daughter at noon at the boat landing. We did pick her up and we went out to the lake a found a quiet cove out of the wind to eat lunch. They ate sandwiches and I had a specially made peanut and Jelly slice of bread made by the daughter. It was great and my first PB&J in about 20 years. After lunch we all started fishing and right away the daughter caught some fish and now all 3 were teasing each other about the number of fish caught and who had the biggest etc. I had to carefully measure some of the fish to see who had bragging rights. We ended up catching over 20 pike most of which were put back for another day but we did keep a few for dinner. I cleaned them for them and delivered them the next day. I can easily say it was the most fun day I had all summer and one of my most amazing days of fishing. They promised to come back next year, which would be ok with me. Now I remember why I love to be fishing in the Northwoods.

The season is winding down as fall and winter approaches but there is some great fishing time left in the month of October and maybe in November. Good Luck and good fishing.

 

Get Hooked On Fishing                                              Bob

 

This week’s Tip: The cool and even cold days are ahead as we hit the water so Layer up your clothes. I had to remind several people the last few day to bring along a windbreaker to put on out on the water. The wind outon a lake can be a lot colder than on land. So wear warm clothes and take an extra coat or sweatshirt with a hood. It helps and fishing becomes much more pleasurable if you’re warm. Good Luck fishing.


 

Full filling a promise

9/21/17

This past Wednesday I was able to full fill a promise which I tried to satisfy all summer. My busy fishing schedule made it hard to find the time plus the weather did not always cooperate on the days I would try to make it happen. I know those are just excuses but I really did remember and finally got it done.

What was the promise, you ask? It was to take my wife and 97 year old father fishing on a nice day. My wife loves to fish even on a rainy day but my dad was a different story, I was looking for the just the right day with warm sun and not much wind so Dad would have a nice day. On Wednesday, I found the perfect day for both of them. My dad has always been a casting nut and loves to cast the Mepps spinner. He is getting weaker but I was still hopeful he could cast and catch one more fish. We went to a nearby Lake and started fishing. Laura (my wife) was using a jig and a minnow and Dad with his trusty closed face Zebco spinning rod and his Mepps. On the very first, cast Laura landed a nice fat 29 inch Northern pike which we put back. I decided to throw everything back today because I just wanted them to fish and have fun. Dad had a nice strike on his #3 yellow Mepps after only a few casts but missed the hook set. I was very pleased how he was able to cast. He always was an accurate caster and he even was able to cast up towards shore and stay out of the trees etc. Finally he caught a nice 20 inch Northern pike and reeled him nicely without much difficulty. He was tickled and caught another a few casts later which was smaller but still fun. Laura, in the meantime kept catching fish, I believe the she had 7 fish. We did not want to stay too long so not to get Dad too tired or hot. We fished for about 2 ½ hours which was enough to get smiles on both of their faces and me to get my double bonus points!!  Bonus points always help in days to come when I need them to overcome a mistake. I really enjoyed taking them fishing and I hope to do again soon if the weather holds.

While we were fishing a strange thing happened in front of us. I was watching this small animal swimming across the lake. At first I thought it was a small muskrat but it turned out to be a black squirrel. He was swimming away from us at first and then he saw us and swam straight at the boat until he actually bumped the side of the boat. We watched him at first trying to get in the boat because I believe he was exhausted from his swim and he would go under and dog paddle back to the surface next to the boat. So I put the net down next to him and he happily grabbed the edge of the net and hung on. Laura held the net outside the boat and he just set there as we took him slowly to shore a few hundred yards away. Laura put the net down on a log and he walked out of the net and on to the log. He sat there for a few moments and we backed off a bit to fish. He then went up into the woods hopefully to rest and recuperate from his long swim and ordeal. I am sending along a photo of the squirrel in the net. I hope Eric can find a space for it. I doubt if this happens often. That was really cool and I think we saved the little guy’s life which was a great feeling.

 

Get Hooked On Fishing                               Bob

 

This week’s tip: Always make it a rule to take along your camera in the boat and have it ready for the big fish and sometimes a small Black squirrel. These days with our cell phones it is easier but have it available quickly so you can catch “Nature at its best”. Good Luck Fishing!