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Plmlk
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5/19/15 6:50 PM CST
Turn your messenger on Booch...

I'll help you out. I've sent you a couple of PM's - no response...

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5/19/15 5:55 PM CST
Thank you for the heads up PLMLK! Will definitely keep that in mind. Do you or does anyone have any advice on where to look for a map of the lake? I've found some online but they either have very little info or are 60 years old. In trying to learn the lake and would love to know the known landmarks and names like Egg Island. Thanks again.

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5/19/15 5:43 PM CST
Forgot to mention, the channel markers are out, but some of them are not where they should be (or where they have been in previous years)

Typically they remove the buoys in fall, and replace them with small buoys to hold up the chain / mark the spot for spring.

Sometimes a snowmobile will take one or two out, and the Town Police have to guess where it should be in the spring.

The channel marker by the rock bar / Egg Island is way too far south and too close to the rock bar. The other one is by Elm Island, the marker is too close to the west shore and in really shallow water.

I called the Town Police today to let them know, hopefully they will move them soon. Otherwise on a busy day, someone is going to have a bad afternoon when they find the rock bar.

I didn't follow them and noticed that other folks out didn't either - didn't want to risk finding bottom...

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5/18/15 3:23 PM CST
Plm it was a yellow bass my mistake. Where in vilas were you? Message me! Sounds like we fish a lot of the same water

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5/17/15 5:34 PM CST
Esox - I catch quite a few Pike drifting the south side with Carolina Rigs, tipped with a minnow, leech, or crawler half while targeting Walleyes... The south side is my favorite place on Tichigan to drift. It starts out as a weed flat at a depth of around 6 feet deep, but as you head north, it begins to drop off with lots of big boulders - pretty easy to see on your finder.

Also, as you go east toward the island, it drops off again. Wind direction really does not matter (although I prefer a south wind), just position your boat so that you'll drift over that area. I usually have 3 poles out. One with with a crawler half, one with a leech, and the last with a minnow. Based on what is getting more strikes I'll switch up what I'm doing.

I was up in Vilas county this weekend helping my father open up his cabin and didn't get back into town until 3. I snuck out on Tichigan for about an hour before the storms rolled in. The LM Bass were really aggressive, and smacking anything that came in front of them. Went out on the river and found the same thing.

Lastly pik3, are you sure what you caught wasn't a Yellow Bass? I've never caught a White Bass on Tichigan in 14 years... The last pic is a Yellow Bass (from last year) from Tichigan. Notice the break in the stripe above the anul fin? White Bass don't have that - the line carries straight through. Also, White Bass only have 1 stripe that runs the full length of the fish, whereas Yellow Bass have several. Yellow Bass are much better table fare too. Lastly the Yellow Bass have a yellow tint to them...

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5/15/15 4:15 PM CST
I might head out on the lake in a few days and am wondering where I can go for some northern pike. I know they are all over the lake but is there a specific place where they are? Not looking to keep any just some catch and release. Also I'm assuming the panfish are in close to shore by now am I right? Thank you!

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5/15/15 9:11 AM CST
Conditions: Cloudy Air Temp: 56° - 60° F Water Temp: 56° - 60° F
Well spend 2 or 3 hrs on tichigan before the rain, saw more then I caught. Had 2 big pike follow a shallow Diver up to the boat, landed two small white bass. Spent some time on the south end with nothing to show or tell about it.

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5/14/15 2:49 PM CST
Conditions: Cloudy Air Temp: 46° - 50° F Water Temp: 61° - 65° F
Went out last Saturday and it wasn't the greatest, managed one walleye early on north end of lake, but then after that had to tool into the river due to wind. River wasn't bad, saw more then we caught but managed 2 northerns one was 27", and one bass about 14 inch. Going to be trying again in about an hour or so!

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5/5/15 12:31 PM CST
Conditions: Sunny Air Temp: 66° - 70° F Water Temp: 61° - 65° F
Sorry for the late report.

Was out all day on Sunday with my 11 year old nephew who is really getting to love fishing and managed to last in the boat for 10 hours. Did not do very well on the main lake, but caught a bunch of gills in the river in shallow, warm, water. We kept about a dozen to have a little fish fry for his efforts. It was a great day made even better seeing the love of the outdoors growing in my little pal.

Mr. Bass, I had a similar experience. I usually don't say too much about what other people keep. Maybe I should say more, maybe less. My nephew wanted to keep every fish he caught. I spent a good part of the day explaining why we had to throw most of them back to see them another day. Whether they were too small, or big breeders, whatever the reason, I explained it to him and he started to get it. On getting back to our pier, we waited for a younger guy in a blue kayak who was casting around my lift. He caught one bass, couldn't tell what it was in terms of size and we started to motor in a little closer. The following cast he brought in a nice 19"er. Looked to me to be an obvious spawner. He was all too eager to brag about pulling these two out and throwing them on the stringer. I politely let him know that I had been seeing the fish for a week pretty regularly and had left them alone to do their thing. He politely told me it was none of my business so I left it at that.

Made for a difficult discussion with the little guy to explain why we let some go while someone else put them on the stringer. I had a similar discussion with him last year when we let a bunch of young deer go by during bow season and one of our neighbors at the cabin harvested two fawns that same weekend. What can you do? Hopefully the lessons we teach the young guys stick and we can all enjoy the sport for years to come. I am not a fish biologist so I don't know what is best practice and I won't fight with someone to make the decision for them. All we can do is exercise our own common sense. Anyway, enough preaching to the choir. Thank you PLMLK for the advice on the shallow warm water, we had a lot of fun out there!

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5/5/15 7:20 AM CST
Conditions: Cloudy Air Temp: 66° - 70° F
Started in the river and then around most of the big lake--pier hopping with minnows. Water clarity helped a lot, as we worked for crappies. Older more established piers provided best opportunity. Ended up with24 decent sized fish. All dark, black and chunky. Despite weather reports, turned out a beautiful day. Managed 5 bass as a bonus--all on minnows and all put back.

Personally, I am not bothered as to what another fisherman legally catches and keeps to eat . Or to mount as a once-in-a-lifetime memory. If you dont CPR large spawning bass, I assume you have a really good reason. But this day there was an exception. The water clarity at Tichigan is quite good, and one can see largemouth bass are spawning. A young man in a a kayak caught a big one--he said it was over 20". He added it to a rope stringer with other bass. A local from a pier asked him why he was keeping such big ones. The young man answered he was in a fishing contest for bass. When pushed on which contest, he added that it was between him and his friend to see who could land the most and biggest bass! A two man contest. This is sick! Not illegal. Just sick.

No real concentrations of gills as of yet. Weed flats still a good foot or more below the surface. Cool

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5/1/15 6:08 AM CST
40ac, the Walleye and LM Bass that I caught were while I was fishing for Blue Gills with small crawler chunks. Gamefishing on the Fox River above the Dam in Waterford does not open until tomorrow, so I certainly wouldn't target them on your trip this evening.

Catfishing will be better on the river than the lake - no question on that. For me shoreline transition areas are a good spot. Gravel to muck, rock to grass or wood, all seem to be good. Add in a couple of feet of depth and you have a winner. Close to shore is better, not the middle of the river. I've always done well just North of the Waterford public launch (by the library) on the West side of the river. This is one of the deeper spots on the river and hits up to 7 feet, and I've yet to see someone fish this area other than me. There are also some nice shoreline transitions there too. Kind of funny, people launch their boat and drive right by some of the best fishing on the river and don't even know it. Also, there is a really nice brown house not more than 20 yards north of the public launch and 3 years ago the homeowner improved his frontage with lots of rocks. The Cats and Bass hang out here quite a bit, and again, no one ever fishes it.

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5/1/15 5:38 AM CST
Conditions: Cloudy Air Temp: 41° - 45° F
Morning,

Yes, I too posted as a question. I have fished Tichigan many times through the ice. I have done very well every time actually. I was always fishing the north end of the lake. I will be taking my 12 year old son and his friend out late tonight. Were launching at the DNR launch on the river. I'm looking for any advise where we can idle in and start fishing for walleye and or bass. Shallows are key? anywhere? Not keeping anything, just looking to have the kid hook up. We have to off the lake by 7AM Saturday morning as the wife has to work and I have to be home in time to watch my younger son. Hoping Someone might give me a pointer as to something to try. Was thinking about working the area around the north end with some jerk baits for walleyes. Not sure any help would be great, wouldn't mind trying some minnows for crappie as well. I have every bobber there is for pan fishing. I prefer the plastic stick corks as they cast like a dream and are so sensitive. especially if you know how to work them and know when i's a bite or weed. Any advise and cat fish would be good as well as if all else fails will fish cats.

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4/30/15 7:58 PM CST
I was fishing for Pannies this evening and caught 7" Gills, short LM Bass, and a Walleye.

Everything is still swimming. The fish are shallow and tight to shore.

The water on the river is 58, and 53 on the Lake.

If your fishing the Lake, shallow, calm water is where you will likely find them. I Didn't even get a bite on some of my favorite lake spots that were in deeper water.

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4/26/15 6:47 AM CST
Wasn't sure if Tichigan would be worth any effort this weekend with the recent cold snap and drop in water temps so I stuck to the river below the Rochester Dam.

Looks like a warm-up is on the way - 74*F by next Saturday.

After a couple of days of strong sun and mild temps, the pannies should be stacked up in two feet of water in the shallow bays.

Make sure you bring your rocket bobber, when the fish are in that shallow you have to cast quite a ways, as if you get anywhere near them they spook.

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4/21/15 6:38 PM CST
Awesome! The rule holds true. The best way to befriend fisherman and hunters is always beer and food!

Chad

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