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10/16/17 @ 9:42 AM
FISHING REPORT
Kurt Justice
Kurts Island Sports
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MOON PHASE (10%)
Waning Crescent
Some real fall weather reached the Northwoods! Cold nights, some wind, rain, as a result – some falling water temps.
Musky: Good-Very Good – Not a great season for numbers, but some very nice fish. While suckers have accounted for the majority of fish, artificials, especially jointed cranks (48”) and 8” twitch (45”) have popped some nice fish.
Walleye: Good-Fair – One day good, next day UGGHH!! Daily changing weather seems to be changing the bite. Base of drop offs best using 1/8-3/8 oz jigs to vertically present large fatheads to medium chubs and suckers. Depths of 22-35’ best.
Smallmouth Bass: Good-Very Good – Start by working gravel bases drop-shotting 3” Gulp Alive Minnows, as well as, 4” chubs and suckers. On some wind swept shores anglers finding Smallies as shallow as 3-6’ using large Colorado Bladed spinnerbaits.
Northern Pike: Good – Some above average sized Pike on large spinnerbaits and medium sized twitchbaits meant for Musky along 8-12’ weed beds.
Crappie: Good – Showing up deep near sunken wood in 18-26’. Medium fatheads working over wood piles/roots best.
Largemouth Bass: Good-Fair – Best on subtle plastic presentations.
Yellow Perch: Fair
Bluegill: Fair
Water temps fell into the low 50’s on many lakes. A few reports of turn-over on lakes north of the Lakeland Area. Unfortunately, the forecast for this week calls for temps to hit upper 60’s –to low 70’s – this will put a temporary halt to the cool down,but the new moon period should help the bite.

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10/10/17 @ 10:24 AM
FISHING REPORT
Kurt Justice
Kurts Island Sports
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MOON PHASE (70%)
Waning Gibbous
Lot changed in a week. Some cooler nights brought the colors out on the trees. Nearing peak, yet still some green.
Fishing wasn’t quite up to the standards of past first weeks of October. Could be the added volume of water and the warm September has lake temps a bit above average for this time of year – or it could be the moon, not sure. Whatever it is that kept the bite off this past weekend will pass, with the promise of better October fishing to come.
Walleye: Good – Bite moved a bit deeper as surface temps cooled. A stronger swing towards minnows has been noticed. Deep humps on natural lakes, deep wood on Flowages.
Largemouth Bass: Good – While overall size hasn’t been great, some nice fish in the 18-20” size range caught by anglers casting big spinner baits for Musky. Overall, drop-shotting with 3” Craws/minnow plastics and Wacky worming cabbage pockets best.
Smallmouth Bass: Good – Drop-shotting deep gravel humps of 22-38’ producing. Some Flowage fish up shallow on large chubs, spinner baits in browns, gold and orange. Some shallow big Smallies on spinner baits in shallow clear lakes, like all old spawn areas.
Musky: Good-Fair – An overall disappointing weekend (typically the best “ACTION” weekend of October). Saturday’s ultra low pressure followed by a high pressure Sunday could have had some effect. With not a lot of chasing of bucktails, twitch bait, suckers brought in the most action. Almost all reports to shop were of fish of 40-46” this past week.
Crappie: Good-Fair – Picked up during week, ended with weekend weather. Trollers on Flowages reporting some fish on small Hot N Tots, Flicker shads. On live bait, minnows along deep coontail edges, suspended 4-6’ up and around piers and piling in 12’16’.
Yellow Perch: Fair
Bluegill: Fair
Surface temps running 58-60 degrees as of 10/9. Could be dropping as last nights air temps in freezing range. Watch for signs of turn-over (mis-colored water, floating dead leaves/weeds) before you launch!

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10/3/17 @ 11:29 AM
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Kurt Justice
Kurts Island Sports
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MOON PHASE (95%)
Waxing Gibbous
Following a weekend of record highs, temps mellowed out only to be rising by this past weekend. After todays (10/3) highs of nearly 70 degrees, the next two weeks look to be in the 50’s – 60’s. Good news for musky anglers.
Walleye: Very Good-Fair – Early in week Walleye catches were great with lots of lake limits being caught. Once located in shallows, Walleyes preferring larger baits suck as chubs, suckers and mud minnows. Even on the larger, deeper lakes where reports of bites along coontail edges of 12-14’ and rocks of 24-28’, lots of “eaters” (15-19+) with good numbers of slot (20-24”) and larger fish (26-28”) released this past week. Action slowed in shallows by weekend, but deeper lakes still producing.
Musky: Good – Despite warm air temps, the bite has largely been on suckers of late. Fish following bucktails and spinner baits passing on the hardware for the live stuff.
Crappie: Good – Starting to show up again. 10-12’ depths on natural lakes along coontail edges. Small minnows, jigs with tinsel on slip-bobbers.
Northern Pike: Good – Liking the live bait (usually meant for Walleyes) but also responding well to spinner baits, #4 Mepps and 4” swim baits.
Smallmouth Bass: Good – Some surprisingly good shallow action producing larger fish in the 18-20” range. Pitching creature baits and 3-4” swim baits along wood flooded in 3-7’. On deep lakes work gravel humps of 22-36’ using drop-shot rigs.
Yellow Perch: Fair – Gone absent from locations two weeks ago. A few pockets in Flowages giving up fish.
Largemouth Bass: Fair – Most action on Wacky worms, 4” worms on 1/8 oz jigs.
Bluegill: Fair – Wind kept most anglers from targeting this species. Few reports.
Following a spike in water surface temps of 70-74 degrees the weekend prior, surface temps back into low 60’s now. Good time for surface musky action prior to turn-over. Suckers and red-tailed chubs still in limited supply.
Trees only about 25-30% turned.

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10/2/17 @ 2:47 PM
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Dave Musch
Walleye Only Guide Service
USER since 5/2/08

MOON PHASE (89%)
Waxing Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Foggy

AIR TEMP
36° - 40° F

WATER TEMP
66° - 70° F

Saturday morning saw cold temps and foggy conditions to begin the day. Fished with Duane and Mike from Milwaukee and Brett from Wittenberg. Fished in shallow water ( 7-10 ft. ) Used only jig and minnows and caught approx.15 walleyes. Kept 5 keepers and released one 22 inch slot fish. 

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9/25/17 @ 11:38 AM
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Kurt Justice
Kurts Island Sports
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MOON PHASE (28%)
Waxing Crescent
With a weekend of weather that seemed more like mid-July than late September, air temps in the 80’s this past week brought water temps back into the 70’s. Some places as high as 74 degrees – quite a rise from the 62 degree marks the week before. The summer-like temps took their toll on anglers looking for the typical “fall” patterns. Some good catches taking place, for others things all mixed up.
Smallmouth Bass: Good – Some deep water bites (as deep as 35’) on the deeper lakes, while shallower lakes and Flowages finding fish as shallow as 3-6’. 3-4” suckers, chubs and mud minnows best. Drop shotting working best on the deep fish. Good reports of 19-20”+ fish.
Walleye: Good – Flowages producing some good catches on suckers, black chubs and muds. Play shallows early, move to deep wood mid-morning. On natural lakes, deep gravel humps and gravel/mud transitions of 18-35’ using 1/8-1/4 oz jigs on Lindy rigs with large fatheads.
Musky: Good – Heat means speed, bucktails and spinner baits. Some good top-water reports. Weed flats to outside edges of 8-14’.
Northern Pike: Good – #4-#5 Mepps spinner baits and fast moving 4-5” swim baits (GT360). Lots of “action” fish mostly low 20”ers.
Bluegill: Good – Tough to locate at times. But once found (search 12-14’ weed edges – 6-8’ down) good to go.
Largemouth Bass: Good–Fair – Sort of lost the edge. Lots of reports of anglers missing out on bass bite. Wacky worming doing best.
Yellow Perch: Good – Some very good catches of 10-12” Perch on ½ crawlers. Search out shallow weed flats or drowned wood that holds insects, minnows.
Crappie: Good-Fair – Usually a great time, except for some below dam action, best reports by trollers pulling small flicker shads and Hot ‘N Tots on Flowages
Rain and storms due in today (9/25) that look to bring temperatures back into upper 60’s/ low 70’s. Color at only 20% or so. Looks to be a drawn out fall, surface temps need to get into low 60’s, upper 50’s for Musky bite to heat up.
Red tailed chubs and Musky suckers in short supply.


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9/19/17 @ 12:13 PM
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Kurt Justice
Kurts Island Sports
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Waning Crescent
Warm temps moved water temps on our area lakes from the 62-64 degree range up to the 70-72 degree range by Saturday (9/16). A short cool down brought temps back into the 60’s, but forecast for the coming weekend with highs in the lower 80’s will inevitably drive water temps back up!
Largemouth Bass: Good–Very Good – Possibly due to their wide spread populations, LMB’s found in shallow weed flats (6-10’ on spinner baits, chatter baits and pre-rigged plastic worms). Out in deeper weed beds/edges Wacky worming, Carolina rigging and Texas rigging Sweet Beaver/creature baits effective.
Bluegill: Good-Very Good – The flying ants were out, giving Bluegill anglers clues to where to find Gills. In calm bays Gills found slurping ants off the surface. Nice catches using dry flys or small jigs 1-2’ below the surface.
Smallmouth Bass: Good-Very Good – Real whoppers this past week, fish of 19-21”. Tubes, drop-shot rigs best along 14-18’ gravel humps. Some anglers took advantage of warming temps to get in on some great top-water action come evenings.
Musky: Good – Fish moving, but not always taking, on bucktails. Warm weather causing fish to move, investigate. Some reports of fish out away from weeds while some up shallow as pointed out by Walleye angler (C&R) a 48” from weedy shallows.
Crappie: Good – Maybe not the numbers expected in September, but BIG slabs, many 13-14” with some 15”. Use medium fatheads, jigs with flash around flooded timber in 14-18’. Deep coontail edges of similar depth also producing. Night time with lighted slip-bobbers up by docks, boathouses and pilings effective.
Walleye: Fair-Good – Working lots of locations, finding fish one day means looking somewhere else the next. Despite the spotty action for most anglers, guide Greg Bohn scored and incredible 33”, 13#+ Walleye (C&R) on a slip-bobber and fathead this week.
Northern Pike: Fair-Good – Like the water a little cooler. Still decent action on spinner baits and swim baits in slightly deeper water of 8-12’.
Yellow Perch: Good-Fair – Not as many reports. Nice fish of 10-11” but not the #s.
Unseasonably warm weather (avg 10-15 degrees above normal) in forecast. Will help the Bass and Bluegill anglers, may hurt the rest. Should be great time to be on water though.


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9/12/17 @ 7:39 PM
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Dan Gropengiser
St Criox Slugger
USER since 8/22/14

MOON PHASE (57%)
Waning Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Night Time

AIR TEMP
66° - 70° F

WATER TEMP
61° - 65° F

Fall colors are now going strong in the area with many frost warnigs the past week and one night dipping into the 32 degree range. This week we are going to see warm weather heating the water up a bit with highs in the upper 70's to 80 degree mark which will warm water temps back up.

Muskie: Fish are starting to roll into early fall patterns with water temps in the mid to lower 60's. Check in and around weed edges with close access to deep water. Also check wind directions from previous days to look for bait that has been pushed onto wind blown shores or structure. Musky Mayhem double tens were our go to bait while fishing Saturday which produced one fish right after sunrise and one an hour later. Bait pods were scattered in and around shallow weed flats and fish were feeding on smaller bluegills and perch. Make sure you are paying close attention of every retrieve once your bait reaches the boat. Both of these fish were caught on figure eights and on the second time around on each. Even when fish are not following it is good practice to make at least one full eight in dark water and make sure the end of the eight is large enough for fish to make the turn and hang the bait up high and dive down in the straight away parts.

The warmer weather is going to give way and be more seasonal come Sunday. Fall seems to be one of my favorite time to be on the water due to many fish that were once open water roamers start to push back into the weeds once again. Days are getting shorter and the shorts and t-shirts will soon be a thing of the past. Good luck and tight lines!!! 


 


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9/12/17 @ 9:31 AM
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Kurt Justice
Kurts Island Sports
USER since 5/12/04

MOON PHASE (57%)
Waning Gibbous
High pressure and cloudless skies could be to blame for some of the tough fishing this past weekend. Yet for certain anglers and certain species windows of opportunity existed.
Bluegill: Good-Very Good – Despite some “dead” zones, good reports on some very nice fish. Anglers finding most “good” fish in 12-16’ of water. 1/2 crawlers, leaf worms or waxies placed on small 1/32 oz jigs or suspended on #6 Aberdeen hooks below slip-floats.
Musky: Good – At times very tough, but windows of opportunity arose (as they tend to) and the anglers on the water at those times did extremely well. Several reports of anglers with fish of 45-50” reported. Bucktails, spinner baits, soft baits and even top-water towards dusk. Not a lot on suckers yet, but with many lakes having surface temps of 62-64 degrees, that shouldn’t be long.
Largemouth Bass: Good – Good reports of anglers working outside weed edges with 7” worms Carolina rigged, tubes and drop-shotting 3” Wacky Worms or Texas rigging Sweet Beavers and other creature baits.
Northern Pike: Very Good-Good – Spinner baits best over weed tops in 8-12’. Chatter baits and 4 ½” swim baits also effective.
Crappie: Good – Working deep (14-18’) wood or coontail edges. Small minnows, Mini-Mites tipped with waxies and 1/16 oz Slo-Poke jigs with a 2” Paddle Tail swam along edges very effective.
Yellow Perch: Good – Numbers of perch in and along cabbage flats of 8-12’. Drowned wood a good draw. 1/2 crawlers best bet.
Smallmouth Bass: Good – Drop-shotting 3” Gulp minnows or 3” Senkos over 22’ gravel humps. Tube/jigs along 14-18’ coontail edges also effective.
Walleye: Good-Fair – High pressure took its toll on decent bite. Gravel humps of 14-24’ using 1/8-1/4 oz jigs tipped with large fatheads. Some deep sandgrass action using Walleye suckers on Lindy rigs.
Morning had been cold, (low 38 degrees) now just cool. Daytime highs in upper 70’s this week. Redtails unavailable still, substitute with blacks or Walleye suckers.
Water levels still high, but Flowages down a little. With surface temps in lo-mid 60’s but daytime highs in upper 70’s, don’t expect much change in water temps.


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9/11/17 @ 8:26 PM
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Dave Musch
Walleye Only Guide Service
USER since 5/2/08

MOON PHASE (68%)
Waning Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
61° - 65° F

WATER TEMP
66° - 70° F

Went to the Willow Flowage this morning with Gary Koch of Minocqua. Fished mostly with minnows and the fish were active.  I would say we caught around 25 walleyes with lots of undersize ones. There are these big crappies it seems everywhere on the flowage this year. 

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9/11/17 @ 11:11 AM
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King Daddio
King Daddio
USER since 8/4/15

MOON PHASE (68%)
Waning Gibbous

I agree that it has been a strange Summer of fishing. I fish for mostly smallmouth/muskie and have not been able to catch many sm. I have caught 11 muskie so far this season and matched last year's amount. I caught my personal best of 42 1/2 on Labor Day weekend and finally caught a decent sm this year too. None of the kids wanted to fish that morning, so I had to net the muskie by myself after she swam around the boat twice (she released strong). It looks like we will have a much colder Fall than last year! Good luck and fish hard!!

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