So true sander. Ice is good lakes have 12-18. But tons of cracks this year. The run is on under the Ice! But I wouldn't go on it. Never trust river.
Wolf River - Fremont
Sanderman; You are #1 knucklehead this year!
Otherwise , How is the ice comming so far? The ice is mighty questionable where I fish this time of year, and Iam not wanting to join a Polar Bear culb anytime soon. I have fished the spring whites run several times on the Wolf and have had very good time while doing so. Have not been able to the last two years, as other things have been comming first. Hope this year is better, as I sure miss the good people and time on the Wolf.
My first experience on the Wolf River was a few weeks ago, that warm Friday the day after Thanksgiving. I went to the public launch on Fremont, under the bridge. Each of the three ramp slips had boats in them when I pulled up to launch, so I did a loop and went to the parking lot to wait. No trucks were moving. There were a few guys walking around the lot drinking beer, talking to some speed boat guys, but no obne was starting any truck and trailer to go retrieve, so I figured they must have just launched, and were just getting their stuff together. 30 minutes passed. I started wondering if the three boats were coming out of the water for the year, and they were waiting on a spouse or buddy to come meet them at the ramp. Each boat had at least once person in it. Two had a person in the boat, one guy was sitting on the pier holding the boat with his legs.
I finally asked one of the parking lot strollers if he knew what everyone was waiting for. He said, "Waiting? No one's waiting. We're just hanging out, having a beer. Why, have you been waiting to launch this whole time?"
I said, " Of course. You saw me pull up and start a loop, and saw me drive back to the parking lot after I saw all three ramps were busy. I didn't think anyone would be such an a**hole to just clog a public launch and drink beer, not even caring who wanted to go out or come in."
He said, "We're not a**holes. We're just hanging out."
Yeah, you are. You're the definition of an a**hole.
Ok, Sanderman, since you sent a very complimentary PM, I'll give one more proven tactic on the Wolf.
Look for a boat with the sticker "No bad days" on it. If you find it, you'll be over fish. If your not catching, ask Christine to teach you. She rocks that river
Sanderman, I'm sure you wouldn't refer to any of my secrets
A) fish at night
B) when the river is froze
C) keep going up river until there are no boats
D) go down river until there are no boats
E) fish the lakes
F) Christmas Day
G) find structure or subtle pockets no one else fishes
H) follow a gray bassboat that is avoiding the crowds
I) if you see 20 boats stacked over 20fow and they aren't catching much, drift shallower away from them
J) if 20 boats are fishing less than 14 for and that aren't doing much, go deeper and away from them
K) jump in the party and use something very different...except blade baits...they don't work lol
L) take one day and don't fish while on the river. Just run a sidescan and explore all the stuff no one fishes
M Through Z are my secrets