Well done Jeff!
C'mon man, grow the 'stash back,,,,,,
A few more pictures.
JW you gave me a lucky hat. Took picture with camera black taped to a stick.
This time of the year could use a few more hours of day light.
Since I got back from Alaska I have fished 11 of the last 12 days. The earlier trips were very similar to where I had left off, mixed bag catches of perch, walleye and crappie in various depths of both wood and some rock structure. There were days when I thought the fall bite was underway then disappointingly slow days of fishing. This past Friday we caught 37 walleyes (counting small fish) kept a 12 fish limit, lot of the fish were in deeper water. The following day I had customer Rob, a very good jig fisherman. We started off right out of the gate with a couple small walleyes then a 19" we released for good karma. The fish gods didn't except our offering we fished the rest of the day in the rain, caught 7 small walleyes all released, kept a couple of perch and a big crappie for about as poor a day as October has to offer.
While I was gone I heard of the 80* weather, this warmed the water to a point not often seen this time of year, even the leaves are well behind their normal schedule. This weekend will still be very good for seeing fall colors.
The coming cold nights should bring the fall fishing into a more typical bite for both walleyes and muskies . Walleyes: extra large fathead minnows and an 1/8 ounce jig, muskies: rubber like medusas, crank baits like depth raiders and phantoms, jerk baits such as suicks, the sucker bite should be very good .
Had some great trips of recent, many with regular customers. One trip with 88 year old Roger and his son Brian we had a half day trip, kept 6 walleyes released quite a few others, Brian caught an acrobatic musky on a jig that we finally got in the net. Roger was my first customer 7 years ago, was a pleasure to fish with him again. My first guide trip was with Roger, Don Pemble had some health problems and asked if I wanted to get my guide license and take his customer Roger out. Don recently hurt his shoulder and is out until next year, he called and asked if I could guide Roger, it was a pleasure. I really miss the camaraderie of not having Don on the water especially on the tough bite days.
Another trip was with my second or third group that I guided that first year, we went to the same place for shore lunch as 7 years ago. They like then fished from shore and caught walleyes and perch while I made lunch.
Another group of regular customers made me dinner after fishing. We had steaks from TJ's butcher shop in Minoqua , I'm not endorsing TJ's , never been in the place but it was one of the best steaks I ever had in my life( bone in rib eye). Prepared by Brian who formerly cooked for a living.
Thursday night I had the privilege of giving a fishing seminar for the group,Wisconsin Woman Fish at Donner's Bay. They were a very enthusiastic group who asked a lot of great questions on fishing the tff. I wish their weekend would have coincided with better weather and a better bite than I found on Saturday and Sunday, I'm sure they still managed a good time.
It's been a pleasure fishing with everyone, I value the friendships made out in the boat.
I've had quite a few people ask, I had a great time hunting in Alaska. I'm apparently pretty lucky, I got a bigger moose then last year, on the first day I could hunt. It was a short but exciting hunt, I got back to the tent that night after midnight. Like last year spent the next four days packing out moose to where the plane dropped me off. I wrote a story last year, half way through writing one of this years hunt. One from last year is on April 6th facebook post. Speaking of facebook the person who posted things for me no longer does that, learning how is on my to do list.
Xcel posts lake level info whenever it suits them, which lately has been once a month. Trying to bring it to their attention on their website is a waste of time. Xcel could care less. Saw them spraying brush and watched overspray go into the lake. Typical of their corporate citizenship and stewardship of the Flowage.