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Lake Michigan Throws a Curveball
On a typical late July day, fisherman are searching for cold water on Lake Michigan to catch fish. Boats are typically in the sixty degrees of water range looking for anything in the fifties. This congregates the bait and the fish and makes for some pretty intense fishing. Charter captains keep an eye out for where the water moves and are able to stay on top of the colder water and the fish to make their clients happy. Typically you are thinking fastball, when you should wait back on the slow curve. This year that has not happened up and down the Wisconsin coast. Water temperatures hav...
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Planer Boards: Not Just For Walleyes
Planer boards have been a part of many walleye anglers arsenal for a long time. Salmon and trout anglers also employ boards frequently. Planer boards do so many good things when a trolling presentation is called for. They enable an angler to get lines and baits out away from the boat, which prevents spooking the fish. Boards also make it so much easier to get multiple lines in the water. We can experiment with different colors, running depths, and shapes. This helps us determine what the fish are looking for on that particular day. No doubt about it, planer boards will help us catch m... read more
Guiding and the Unexpected Emergency
What happens when an unexpected accident or medical emergency occurs on your boat or to one of your clients, or for that matter yourself? You are on the water and miles from any type of boat ramp. Before we get into any scenarios, let me give you some tips I use on every guide trip I take out. We have all seen this before at any given time at any boat ramp. A large group of friends or maybe a large family arrive at a boat ramp and it never fails, you have eight people, all standing around, and only one person can back the vehicle up, put the boat in the water, park the trailer, and drive... read more
Big Bass on Big Bobbers
With the ups and downs with the weather and the seasons, it adds a challenge to put fish in the boats for my clients. In the late part of summer, the bite has a tendency to slow down a bit; this time is also known as the "dog days of summer". To have success, I have to resort to more live bait presentations to make happy customers. One of my favorite methods is a slip bobber rig, not for walleye and panfish, but for huge bass and pike. It is basically the same presentation that Florida guides have been using for decades with balloons and large shiners. The slip bobber set up is the stan... read more
All Seasons... All Fish... All Purpose...
Ah...The good old blade bait. To many old timers, blade baits have been a go to lure during mostly cold-water periods. For at least 50+ years, angler's have been ripen blades from the Mississippi to the Wisconsin River. Blade baits have originally been thought to be used solely as a cold water lure in late fall and early spring. There are many blade baits on the market. They vary in many sizes, shapes, and colors. Many anglers like to present them below the dams in deep holes, while vertical jigging or ripping them off the bottom. Blades send off a large amount of vibration that attract fis... read more
Niklasch Can't Resist Big Green Eyes
Veteran guide Lynn Niklasch takes precision trolling for huge walleyes to a level most casual anglers can't even comprehend. But meticulous attention to detail has rewards: 40 Wisconsin walleyes over 30 inches in just six weeks last year. Niklasch has worked the waters of Door County every August and early September for the past dozen years, probing every hump and bump on Green Bay from Henderson Point south of Sturgeon Bay clear up to Gill's Rock. Offshore structures north of Egg Harbor hold more walleyes above the trophy threshold of 30 inches than waters further south, but putting ... read more
Anatomy of Successfully Swimming Grubs for Smallmouth Bass
As many of you know, I'm a smallmouth bass enthusiast. Swimming a grub is a staple for many smallie anglers. Some of you have likely used grubs from a variety of companies while on the water. It's unusual to find a lure that works so well that for years you use almost nothing else. For me, that's the Kalin's Lunker Grub, my grub of choice. I caught my first smallie on this lure in 2007 and since 2008, it's been just about all I use on the waters Door County, lakes in Southeast and Southcentral Wisconsin, along with the many rivers I fish. Since 2008, during May and June, I have been on G... read more

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