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Comments on past reports.
Paul B. hope you read this, congratulations and nice of you to post picture of the musky you caught. I can tell by the picture that was a heavy fish, you put time in , deserve a big fish.
New post, heart guy and others without some feedback from other fisherman this would be a pretty dry thread. Hoping to see some pictures of muskies caught this weekend.
Again if you want to fish musky tournament show up at Gateway tomorrow morning, good event, great cause.
KennedyRec I've had a lot of people ask, I'll try to put a few pictures on this post and very concise story.
I am apparently a pretty lucky moose hunter, the success rate for unguided hunters is around 25% I did get a moose again this year. One person I've met in Alaska said I should consider coming up to AK in Sept. and guiding, my response: well i don't know what's evolved in getting a guide license but I think I'm pretty lucky: him: luck is when preparation meets opportunity, me: maybe, I'm young enough to guide but my back and left ankle aren't. oh to be twenty years younger...
Group of 4 being flown out when I flew in, were there for 17 days, one member had hunted the area 9 years, new the country well , they got one moose. Incredible guys left me some way better freeze dried food then I had, a cigar if I got a moose among many great food snacks.
The weather was warm, couldn't have hunted far from camp ( like first two years) without risk of meat spoilage, first day within a half mile of camp had an opportunity ( first hour of hunting actually) bang! even a half mile from camp still two days of cutting and back packing meat.
Read a story once think outdoor life or Field and Stream of guy and how he dealt with meat on an elk hunt in warm weather think Montana, story was about his skills shooting big elk in the 70's with a recurve bow. I know sometimes people think my stories might be out there a ways but this storied elk hunter was an accomplished fly fishing guide for trout out west. A few years ago I received an email from a guy trying to decide weather to book some smallmouth fly fishing trips on the TFF or a famous smallmouth place in Ontario (Aticokin sp. wrong) he chose the Ontario place, would have liked to have meat the guy, looked up his portfolio of hunting and fishing accomplishments Incredible! Huge trout in New Zealand, hunting and fishing there and Australia.
Soo I shot this moose draped the 400 lbs. of deboned meat over two logs spanning a river with ice cold water from snow melt off mountain peaks, and covered it with a tarp. It meant 4 extra miles of packing but no worries about the meat. It was like being in a refrigerator. I did some scouting in subsequent days for next year, not having to worry about the meat. Feeling really proud of my ingenuity then remembered the guy, the story of the elk. I guess good useful things are stored in the subconscious mind .Haven't heard from him last couple years, gonna look him up in email archives, send him a story.
MOON PHASE (68%)
46° - 50° F
40° - 45° F
The month of October thus far has been incredibly rainy and cold, oh I forgot the snow flurries some of the days. One morning in the bait shop getting bait for the day, looking out the window at the cold wind and rain I told the proprietor this defines being a fishing guide Man!! you'd have to pay me to go fishing today!!
Walleye fishing however has been considerably better than the weather most days. Have had a lot of great trips since last report, customers that I've fished with since my first year guiding 8 years ago, we had a shore lunch at the same site as back then, think first shore lunch I ever did for customers. Fished with four or five woman in groups with other fisher people, they are so easy to teach and fun to fish with. One spot had a mother and daughter, daughter no fishing experience we caught 36 walleyes in one spot, she caught about 20 of them. I jokingly told them woman are much easier to teach, they listen to what you tell them.
Another group sister and brother took their 80 year old dad on a guided trip for his birthday, daughter was a blast to fish with, caught a lot of walleyes loudly laughing each time I got one ! I got one!. Their father really enjoyed the shore lunch, reminded him of trips to Canada.
Today husband and wife, great people, again wife Teri was a quick study at catching walleyes jigging, did very well, some loud laughs when she tied into a 30-1/2" northern.
My fishing report hasn't changed much since last report, I've been fishing mostly deeper water 18-28' extra large fatheads and mainly 1/8oz. jigs. We have thrown 3/16 oz. jigs on the windier days, with the wind and deeper water it has been helpful.
I have had a little muskie fishing time and have found them slow, there are nice fish being caught however.
We did get a 32" Tuesday, jigging for walleyes. Suckers on a quick set rig are catching a lot of the fish, jigging or casting rubber baits along with time tested suicks would be a good bet. The fish we caught was in 20' of water.
Interesting to me if you fished the last two Saturdays in particular from the dam to the north, you would think wow! this is a pretty heavily fished body of water. If you fished almost all the other days since Sept. 28th ( my first day back from AK) you would say, as many customers have," why doesn't anyone fish out here? Often on a 6-8 mile boat ride back to the landing we see none or one or two boats.
Home at night, face beet red ,battered from the cold and wind, still my favorite time of year on the TFF!
Hoping Wayne and Missy have a great turn out for the musky tournament this weekend!
Good luck fishing!
Have an-awesome weekend!
MOON PHASE (68%)
36° - 40° F
40° - 45° F
Wanted to get a quick reminder out of the Mercer Muskie Madness tournament this Friday and Saturday at The Gateway Lodge. A benefit for veterans wounded in action. They hold a really nice event. There is a meeting Thursday night but I believe you can sign up morning of event on Friday, helpful for them to know prior though for food prep for the banquet Saturday night. Contact Wayne or Missy at 715 476-7878.
Later start this morning 26* when I got up. I should have time for a fishing report tonight.
MOON PHASE (40%)
31° - 35° F
40° - 45° F
Fished Friday (11th) and Saturday (12th) mainly targeting walleye. Primarily using a jig and minnow with most fish found just off the river channel in 7' - 9', although we did find fish on the deep side (17') of a sand bar that came up to 7'. Between 5 of us, we caught about 2 dozen walleye, 1 17" fish, the rest between 11"-13" and 1 17" smallmouth. Cold with nasty wind.
Fished Saturday 10/6 out of fisherman’s. Started out on a popular crappie spot, it was very crowded so we cpred a few and left to look for walleyes. Seems like there are a lot of folks out there these days who don’t respect the voluntary quiet area. Picked up a dozen or so on our first spot, with some rock bass mixed in. Also got bit off by a large fish. Continued on our way, picking up a few fish here and there, mostly deep wood on the flambeau channel edge. Mostly small eyes under 13” with a few nice crappie mixed in. Blew a lower unit seal, luckily it was on the run from our last spot to the landing so no serious damage done. Water temps mostly 49 on the main lake. XL fats w/ jacks weedless, bright colors. Crappies on 1/16 oz jig with small chartreuse power minnow, always outfishes the guys with bobbers and minnows.
41° - 45° F
51° - 55° F
Spent a couple hours on Flowage on 10/6. Underdressed for the cool weather. Did well as soon as we got out and it slowly tapered off later in the day. All fish in 17-21 fow with hard bottom.
MOON PHASE (15%)
46° - 50° F
51° - 55° F
I have 15 minutes for a brief report, been busy since I got back from Ak, today was my 7th day of fishing since home. After fourteen days without a jig pole, my left hand was forgetting its primary function from May-October.
First day back was musky fishing, found them slow, had a follow boat they caught a 31".
Been walleye fishing since, we've been catching 20-50 walleyes a day but 85% have been released fish in the 11-12-1/2" range. Kept fish have been on the smaller size 13-16" range. We've been mainly fishing deeper rocks and hard sand bottom in the 16-28' depth, casting 1/8 oz. jigs and extra large fatheads. A few perch, pike and crappies have been caught as non target but gladly kept fish. Yesterday we had a heavy 19" smallmouth on some 10' rocks (released).
Been some brutal weather today especially , solo customer and I managed 21 walleyes but only 4 keepers and a big perch. The fish were mostly very non aggressive, customer Rob is an excellent jig fisherman or our catch would have been slimmer. Lot of the "bites" were just a little weight on the line often we gave the fish 15-20 seconds before setting the hook.
Of the last 7 days we had one that was a real clunker (Wednesday) we endured the poor bite for about 6 hours. I went to an always catch fish spot, told my customers,"this is pretty pathetic to have to fish a spot like this in early October". We caught one perch to go with the crappie and one walleye in the live well. With the oncoming bad weather approaching we threw in the towel, something I never do. It was a very weird weather day, I'll blame it on that. Fortunately they were regular customers who know I can catch fish, I let them know they enjoyed 6 of the poorest hours of fishing I've had since I started guiding.
Questions often asked:
Turn over: yesterday still thermocline in Baraboo at 30' didn't look today water temp about 50*
Fall colors: really nice peak next few days.
Water level: really high for this time of year, probably full pool.
Where to fish LOL if you are looking for bigger fish and not numbers you might try throwing stick baits over wood structure and wood flats in the 5-10' range.
Ladies fishing group at Donner's Bay enjoy the weekend good luck!