Thanks for letting us fish vicariously through you Jeff. Have a great trip!
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I posted a few pictures representing recent catches, it is what I call the mixed bag season. There are nice crappies to be caught on deeper natural wood structure and also on cribs, most of the productive structure for us has been in the 14-18' range. The crappies have been biting minnows and plastics on light jigs and on slip bobbers. We have found good sized perch on some days, they are on deeper structure mentioned but also in 5-8' with good wood cover, both minnows and crawlers have worked,on one day they had a strong preference for the crawlers. Smallmouth have been caught randomly on the structure mentioned but humps in the 10-12' range have been most productive, we've used live bait, crawlers and minnows. Bluegills this time of year are caught in the deeper wood with crawlers and plastics such as gulp hellgermites (spell check doesn't like that one, I think you get the drift). Walleyes are where you find them we have not had big numbers most days but catching some nice fish in all the cover mentioned. Muskies I have not pursued in recent days but have heard shallow weeds where were there were still numbers of active fish, bucktails fast above the weeds and top waters.
I won't be posting a report for a couple weeks, leaving for Alaska this Saturday. I would expect information in this report to be relevant for the next couple weeks. The water started cooling down but with the last few days of 80* temps, I think the aggressive deeper water walleye bite is a couple of weeks off .
The fall colors have just started to turn, it is a great time to be "up north", hard to miss the fishing but most of the years of being able to hunt alone in Alaska have already passed me by.
Have met a lot of fun people had a lot of great times and laughs. A thank you to all the people who have fished with me.
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Uluaukea You can use a game fish to catch another game fish as long as the bait is part of your limit. In a post I did on 8-12 I said I would check into it and if the answer was contrary to what two other posters had also thought to be accurate( can use game fish for bait) I would post. I subsequently talked to Matt Mead our area warden to verify that you could indeed use a perch, pike, walleye etc. to catch a musky he said yes you could. Personally I would rather have had a sucker in the live well but didn't. I'm glad you mentioned it I meant to put it in a post.
Paul Glad you got a nice fish, a 43" netted by yourself is an accomplishment. Our last fish was a real heavy 43", I took a lousy picture of it. I hooked the fish handed the rod off and netted the fish so the customers wasn't disappointed with the picture, the three of us got a laugh out of it. Having a fish like that by yourself is a handful. I have been real happy with the numbers of fish/ hour fished, but you have to keep in mind our boat is often tossing 4 baits to your one. Don't know where you hit something but can tell you there are quite a few attached trees in deep water along the river channel out in front of the bridge going into Merkle and the cattail point with the cribs in .
The last couple of days of stable weather has brought some good fishing, big crappies have been the high light.
From my understanding, game fish can be used as live bait, as long as they are caught from same lake where they are used as bait, and they do count towards daily bag limit (which Jeff mentioned).
See DNR explanation here: http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/fishing/questions/fishasbait.html
Jeff, I could be wrong but I thought you can only use pan fish or rough fish for bait when musky fishing with something you caught? It has to be from the same body of water and part of tour daily bag limit but can't be a game fish? Maybe I'm wrong on that?
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Thanks for the info Jeff and Bretrobert. I'm not getting the numbers of muskies you're seeing Jeff but I got a 43 incher Thursday while I was out by myself and an hour later Destroyed my prop... just a typical day in the Flowage.
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A couple of falls ago, late in October, I guided the best musky fisherman I have had in my boat along with another friend, after a morning of catching a lot of walleyes we went musky fishing. A couple of hours into our fishing he connected on a nice fish, his 90th musky of the year (not all on the flowage) he didn't have a girlfriend and fished a lot that year! I bet he didn't catch 90 this year. I had a lot of questions, one was, "when is the best time to catch a musky? He answered with a question, well just catch one or catch a really big one? His answer: a really big heavy one, late fall as everyone would suspect, just catch one, early to mid September. From what I have seen the last couple of weeks he is right it is a good time to catch a musky.
Last week I fished two days with brothers Jim and Frank from Chicago, they like to have a shore lunch so the plan was to start out walleye fishing. Our last live bait spot of the morning was also a good musky spot, I thought we'll jig and bobber fish first then pull the anchors and cast for muskies. Near the end of our stay Frank's bobber went down , after many perch bites I told him that's a good bite take up the slack and nail him, expecting a walleye. The 9' bobber pole bent into a u-shape, the fight was on with our first musky, it bit on a crawler. After a couple close encounters near the net it broke the 6lb. leader, Frank was bummed. We pulled the anchors and started casting, 15 minutes later and 50 yards away a musky exploded out of the water with Jim's Dr, Evil (top water bait) in its mouth for our first fish in the net. There is nothing more exciting in fresh water fishing than that! I caught a second musky on a buck tail in shallow weeds and Jim a third on another buck tail in shallow shoreline wood.
Two days later when I fished with the brothers again, they were pretty excited about going after muskies but wanted to have another shore lunch. I suggested we could skip the live bait and I would clean an incidental pike or two for lunch, they are pretty much assured casting buck tails. We caught pike, small mouth and even a clam, an exiting day but after four muskies looking at or going after baits we didn't have any in the net. Frank had one leap out of the water next to the boat after he lifted a crank bait out of the water for the next cast . Finally our 5th musky to go after our baits got Jim's lucky buck tail in it's mouth and he brought a nice 42" fish into the net. The fish came off a shallow emergent weed point.
This past Saturday, a schedule change gave me a day off, it coincided with my son Jack having two friends from Oshkosh up for the weekend. Assembling their gear into my boat ,Jack's friend Mike pulled a very large compartmentalized box of musky baits out of his truck along with a nice rod, you do a lot of musky fishing? his reply, "no but I really like it , wow! that's a lot of baits you got there! I told the guys we're not taking any live bait, I don't want to be tempted to go walleye fishing. We fished 7 hours and netted three muskies all on the same buck tail. Down trees accounted for one, shallow weeds another and Mike got a nice fish off an island shore line with big boulders and scattered weeds nearby. It was his biggest musky he was really excited, fun to be part of. I was in town this morning to get another of that particular buck tail, when you find a hot bait like that you need more than one. The hanger where the lure was hanging was empty, Christa, "where's the last of those buck tails?" Your son's buddy Mike was in and bought the last one.
Yesterday, walleye fishing in 15' of water, wood on the edge of a river channel, I was bringing in a small walleye when a big musky came out of nowhere, missed the fish and continued on right under our boat. Father and daughter I was fishing with both saw the fish for one of those holy cow!! moments or maybe other words. In the past I would think wow really cool and keep walleye fishing,I scrambled for a musky rod and sucker harness. I put the walleye on the harness (yes part of daily bag limit) scrambled out some baits and two more rods . I started with a buck tail, few casts switched to a fat b__tard (word not accepted, I didn't name the bait) few casts then a crank bait. On the first cast with the crank bait with two feet of line left before the leader the big fish again came out of nowhere and crushed the crank bait right next to the boat. I handed the rod to Andy, told him to keep tension on the fish, I grabbed the net and quickly netted the big fish. It was thrilling for all three of us.
For the little time spent, we have done well musky fishing. I can understand how it could monopolize a fisherman's time on the water. It is incredible how they can come from seemingly nowhere and explode next to the boat on a bait.
Paul, haven't caught any tiger muskies this year, a few falls back had a 10 year old on his 10th birthday catch a 43" heavy fall tiger on 6lb. mono and an 1/8 oz. jig.I Have 18 deer heads on my den wall, not into fish mounts but may have a replica of that one made some day, they are beautiful fish. picture on my website, musky tab.
Good luck fishing.