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MOON PHASE (97%)
76° - 80° F
66° - 70° F
Spent Memorial Day through Sunday camping on the flowage. Monday and Tuesday was cold and rainy but the fishing on Tuesday was pretty good with a mix of gills, walleye and one 12.5 inch crappie. From Wednesday on we baked with glass-like conditions in the evenings. Smallmouth started to hit top water and the gills were hitting, too. Saturday night picked up four eyes but not in wood or with minnows. We also brought along hummingbird feeders. Very entertaining. Loons were also still on their nests and the dragon flies were hatching, too.
I forgot to add earlier that the mayflies were hatching on Tuesday, and a lot of dragonflies which is pretty cool to see. I believe the water temp as high 60s, but my Humminbird has cooties and is giving me strange readings, e.g. -2F for a water temp.
MOON PHASE (97%)
Fished Mon. and Tues. Weather was very comfortable, but high pressure - type conditions on Mon. Got on some 9" gills, a few good perch, and a couple walleye. We were striking out on bass in my traditional spots for this time of year, then Tues. afternoon we started pounding them on windblown rocky islands. Used cranks - rapala type. Not one fish on plastic, and I drew no interest with small bucktails, my son had a big follow on a rapala. We used crawler pieces or gulp for the panfish. Took Tues. afternoon kinda off and crawled up in the "quiet area" just to have a look. Pretty cool, we probably got only half way and I had to admit I had no idea where we were so started back. At no wake speed it's a long trip. Sorry if the pic is sideways, couldn't rotate.
IF these temps keep up, you might be arriving with your gal pal right in the middle of the big mayfly hatch... Just a heads up.
If the hatch is just starting, use leeches and/or crawler chunks and you might have the fastest action of your life. However, if you see mayfly carcasses all over the place and adult mayflies in the trees, etc. when you get to the landing, you might be better off taking her for a romantic boat ride while complementing her on her beauty, her flowing hair, etc. and just enjoy the scenic view or whatever else takes place when you get out on the water. Maybe jump out at a couple vacant campsites for a snack and toss a bobber out for a passing small mouth.
I've fished the TFF several times in the fall for walleye and besides the day it sometimes takes to figure out what exactly they're working, I have that figured out.
I'm looking to take the girlfriend up the weekend of June 10th. She isn't an avid fisherman and I gave her lots of credit at how well she handled a crappy day on the water last fall, but I'd like to get on some faster paced action to keep the enthusiasm up. I'm fairly open on what to target but I'd someday love to get on these big perch I keep hearing of.
Any directional suggestions for good action where we can catch a meal or two of fresh fish? All of my northern Wisconsin fishing has been in the fall with springtime being close to home in central and I keep hearing that timing is so much different up there than I'm used to.
MOON PHASE (31%)
61° - 65° F
56° - 60° F
Another typical trip to the TFF this memorial weekend. We found what we were after and then some. Perch came easily with only a couple walleyes. Mostly fished in 3-6 fow towards the east end. Seemed like every stump had a couple perch or redears and a smallie. 5-10 fow for the eyes. Only a couple crappies this time but got a beautiful 19" 4lb largemouth and a 26" musky to top off the trip. Never a bad time on Wisconsin's greatest fishery
MOON PHASE (21%)
Fished yesterday out of sturgeon bay. Had a rough time, got stormed off the lake twice, enjoyed some nice food at gateway in between. Got some nice eyes, smallies and pike, as deep as 13 ft and all the way up to shore. Big stumps were best. Need a faster boat to fish this end of the lake.
Fished today out of fishermans. Dodged rain clouds, got to town line area right away, then a squall came through and i took cover behind an island and anchored in 6 ft. Noticed big stumps on locator, sun cam back out, walleyes started biting and i figured it would be one of those days, kept two fish and started releasing fish, figured i would keep number three later. Another rain storm cAme, fish shut down, spent the next four hours looking for number three. Tough couple of days thanks to the weather, had a blast anyways. Never a bad time on this lake.
thanks for the interesting reports beezelbob and Jeff... folks DO appreciate them
"apparently I don't have my garage fridge dialed in yet, they were a frozen , unusable glob " .... that HAD to hurt! think we've all been there in some form or another
edit: forgot I wanted to say what a beautiful example of the tank smallies cruising the TFF... at almost 20" that's worth at least getting a picture blown up and framed... bet that was a heckuva battle