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10/23/18 @ 11:14 AM
FISHING REPORT
Kurt Justice
Kurts Island Sports
USER since 5/12/04

MOON PHASE (99%)
Waxing Gibbous
Rough week of weather for anglers this past week.  Temps in the 20’s and high winds made targeting most species pretty tough.   
 
It is October (though it feels like November), so Musky is what is on most angler’s minds.  Those willing to brave the elements had good things to show for their efforts. 
 
Musky:  Good – Participation was down, but good reports from anglers who ventured out.  Guide Jake Smith had a nine fish day, mostly on suckers, but jerk baits also working.  Similar reports from the few and the brave. 
 
Walleye:  Fair – Weekend conditions not favoring Walleye anglers due to boat control issues with winds gusting in the 30’s on Fri/Sat.  When able to fish, the deeper lakes producing in 28-40’ using #7 & #9 jigging raps, Lindy rigs or 3/8-1/2 oz jigs and chubs, suckers or even crawlers. 
 
Crappies:  Fair-Poor – Tough conditions, the cooling water temps also seem to have slowed the bite for now. 
 
Northern Pike:  Good – While not being targeted much, some nice Pike in the mid 30” range being caught by Musky anglers 
 
It’s been a cold October so far, water surface temps are in the low to mid 40’s.  Fish, being cold blooded, feeling the affects as presentations need to slow down.  Forecast with highs in the 40’s and lows in the upper 20’s to low 30’s will only keep temps low.  
 
As long as winds stay down, fishing for late fall targets (Musky, Walleye) should remain good. 

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10/15/18 @ 7:12 AM
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Kurt Justice
Kurts Island Sports
USER since 5/12/04

MOON PHASE (40%)
Waxing Crescent
Snow, wind and cold continue to push lake temps down in the Lakeland area.  Many lakes showing temps of 44-49 degrees as of Sunday (10/14) 
 
This early cooling off has slowed the bite down on many species and brought the “Hot” bites, while still good, to a slower presentation. 
 
Musky:  Good-Very Good – Best reports on suckers since mid-week.  Bladed quick set rigs get the nod with several reports of multi-fish days coming in.  Gliders, jerks and jointed twitch baits also producing. 
 
Northern Pike:  Good – 6” twitch baits, small jerks or live suckers or chubs under floats. 
 
Crappies:  Fair – Bite better mid-week, slowed by weekend.  Medium fatheads under slip-floats.  Deep mud flats or drowned wood. 
 
Walleye:  Fair – Boat control tough in wind.  Best deep gravel/mud transitions using jigging Raps, large fats or chubs on Lindy rigs. 
 
Bass, Bluegill, Perch:  No Reports 
 
With water temps so cold, consider most all lakes turned over.  Slow presentations best.  Looks like warmer temps (50’s) this coming weekend, should make for more pleasant conditions. 

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10/3/18 @ 1:19 PM
pikeaction
pikeaction
USER since 2/13/03

Agree. He said Ryan Greg and I (i.e. 3 people).  Somoene had to take the picture. Good job fellas. 

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10/3/18 @ 12:35 PM
duxup
duxup
MEMBER since 8/5/05

Hey RODK...post police...

they are probably (1) short of a limit with 3 people fishing!

Just enjoy the pic!

Duxup

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10/3/18 @ 10:18 AM
RODK
RODK
USER since 8/24/13

You can keep 4 apiece on your lake ?????

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10/2/18 @ 3:41 PM
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Dave Musch
Walleye Only Guide Service
USER since 5/2/08

MOON PHASE
Last Quarter

CONDITIONS
Cloudy

AIR TEMP
41° - 45° F

WATER TEMP
56° - 60° F

Ryan, greg and I caught about 25 walleyes after supper on my lake. The fish came in 20 foot depths on hard bottoms. The largest being 22 inches. 

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10/2/18 @ 8:50 AM
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Kurt Justice
Kurts Island Sports
USER since 5/12/04

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Last Quarter
Now its Fall! 
Cold nights, wind, rain and some color in the trees!   
 
Lake surface temps have fallen from a high of 75 degrees two weeks ago to an average of about 57 degrees this weekend. 
 
It’s Musky time, and that has shown in the reports of Musky hunters throughout. 
 
Musky:  Very Good – Despite the cooler temps, top-water action has been hot and will remain so until the lakes turn.  Whoper Ploppers, Pacemakers and Top Raiders have produced well on these cloudy, windy days.  Action on big bladed bucktails and spinnerbaits as well as jointed cranks and twitch baits.  Multiple fish days being reported, with the beginning of a sucker bite building. 
 
Northern Pike:  Very Good-Good – Mepps spinners in #4 & #5, spinnerbaits and even some top-water action over cabbage beds in 4-10’ of water. 
 
Smallmouth Bass:  Good – Work gravel/rocks in 18-28’.  Drop-shotting minnow, sculpin imitations.  Ned rigging in the shallower humps (18-22’).  Some big Smallies reported, nice fish of 14-18” but up to 21’s, when weather allowed. 
 
Largemouth Bass:  Good-Fair – Fewer anglers pursuing these green bass.  Still working Senkos and dingers in weeds with success. 
 
Crappie:  Fair-Good – Wind made fishing tough, but a few reports on calmer days of Crappies taking white jigs (hair) tipped with minnows around drowned wood in 14-20’. 
 
Walleye:  Fair-Good – Some hot reports on certain days as anglers found action on jig/minnow combinations along shallow weeds and wood on lakes not prone to turn-over.  On lakes with depth (over24’) mud flats outside gravel humps in 18-28’.  Jigging Rap lures good choice for the more aggressive fish, jig/crawlers for when bite slows. 
 
Bluegill and Perch reports few and far between. 
 
More rain predicted for this week, can affect the flowages the most with rising water levels. 
 
Watch night time temps!  With surface water just above the critical turn-over stage (52-54 degrees) another cold snap could put some mid-sized lakes into the flip-flop.  Look at water clarity before launching. 

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9/28/18 @ 7:32 PM
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HUBB
HUBB
USER since 12/16/04

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Waning Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Cloudy

AIR TEMP
41° - 45° F

WATER TEMP
56° - 60° F

Fished an Oneida County lake today, and the fish were snappin in between the "squalls". Water temp stayed constant at 58°, but will drop tonight with the hard frost predicted for the Northwoods.

All fish came off rocks in 10'-15' of water on Raps & Johnny Darters. Numerous small fish, 5 legals and 1 slot made for a fun afternoon.

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9/24/18 @ 9:58 AM
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Kurt Justice
Kurts Island Sports
USER since 5/12/04

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Full Moon
What a difference a few days make, fall is officially here and it brought heavy rains, strong winds and cool temperatures with it.  Fishing slowed down a little bit due to the weather, though there is an upside…water temps are dropping and soon enough fish will be in their fall feeding patterns. 
 
Musky:  Fair-Good – Fishing slowed a little but with the cooling temps more and more fish are coming on sucker rigs.  Most fish I’m hearing being caught are in the mid to upper 30” range, nothing huge yet, but with fall coming on look for fish size to get larger. 
 
Northern Pike:  Fair-Good – With the cold front, suckers or chubs are a good bet for Pike.  Fish them under a slip bobber rig around weed edges.  Mepps spinners or jerkbaits worked over weed beds would be another good bet as well. 
 
Smallmouth Bass:  Good – Despite the weather Smallmouth fishing still remains good, just slow down and downsize your presentations to put more fish in the boat.  6 to 14’ of water, with rock or gravel bottom, along the first break you’ll find fish.  Drop shotting and Ned rigs are catching most fish. 
 
Largemouth Bass:  Fair – The cool front slowed down Largemouth fishing a bit, though fish are still being caught, one just has to bring out the finesse gear to catch these guys more productively.  Ned rigs are a great choice.  Also, a dropshot rig, rigged up with a 3” Wacky worm on a weedless hook would be another good bet.  Look for these fish along the weed edges and work your baits slowly. 
 
Crappie:  Fair – Live bait, as in a small to medium size fathead, under a slip float, is a good choice for Crappies now.  Plastics thrown on a light 1/32 oz jig is another good bait to search for these fish.  Find cabbage weeds and fish along the edges of them. 
 
Yellow Perch:  Fair – Deep wood is still the key to finding these fish.  Jigs tipped with crawlers or a small fathead is a good bait presentation. 
 
Bluegill:  Fair – Deep weed edges in the 12’ range is a good location to be searching for Gills right now.  Small worms or wax worms are all you need to be putting fish in the live well.  For large Gills try tipping a Mini-mite jig with a wax worm. 
 
Walleye:  Fair – Hearing a few more Walleyes showing up from guys braving the winds the past week.  Jigs tipped with a fathead, chub or crawler have been all good bets.  Fish are still on deep structure or points in 18’ of water all the way down to 25’ we have been hearing. 
 
Cool weather this next week is forecasted, highs in the 50’s and lows in the 30’s.  Look for fish in the following weeks to start changing into their fall patterns.  This is an exciting time of year to be on the water, larger fish are more common, less boat traffic and beautiful scenery as the leaves begin to change.  

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9/18/18 @ 8:00 AM
FISHING REPORT
Kurt Justice
Kurts Island Sports
USER since 5/12/04

MOON PHASE (66%)
Waxing Gibbous
It’s been hot and muggy, leaves and grass are green, people jumping off the dock for a swim to cool down, you would think it’s July.  It’s September though, archery season just opened this past weekend, football is well into swing, but you couldn’t’ tell by going outside.  Water temperatures are in the low to mid 70’s.  In all my years of guiding I have never seen the water this warm, this late.  The fishing though, continues to be fairly decent. 
 
Musky:  Good-Very Good – Even with the warm temps, I’m hearing more and more fish being caught on suckers.  Top-water has also been an effective choice, Whopper Ploppers, Top Raiders are good bets, throw these baits early morning, late in the day or after dark.  Bucktails over cabbage is another good option that has been putting fish in the boat. 
 
Northern Pike:  Good-Very Good – Weed beds and edges are holding Pike right now.  Small bucktail spinners like Mepps #5, spinnerbaits and chatterbaits, anything that gives off a lot of flash and vibration are triggering these fish to bite.  For larger fish, try using suckers or chubs rigged under a float. 
 
Smallmouth Bass:  Good-Very Good – Fish have been coming from 6-13’ of water and along the first break.  Plastics like tubes, Ned Rigs and grubs are taking some pretty decent fish.  Fish still aren’t in their fall pattern and fish are scattered.  Good fish in the 4#+ category continue to be reported. 
 
Largemouth Bass:  Good – Weed edges are good locations to find fish right now.  Texas rigging creature baits, Ned Rigging and Wacky rigging have been good bets. 
 
Crappie:  Fair-Good - Best bites are still coming early morning and late evening.  Small 1” tubes or small twister tails are good search baits to find schools of Crappies.  A slip float with a small fathead minnow is another good option to finding fish. 
 
Yellow Perch:  Fair-Good – If you can find deep wood you should find some Perch.  Worms, minnows, softshells and mini-mites are all effective ways to get these guys to bite. 
 
Bluegill:  Good – Fishing has picked up a little bit with the warmer temps.  Better fish are still coming deeper in 12-16’ of water off weed edges.  Look for Gills to be suspended.  Worms and wax worms are getting these fish to bite.  Also try a mini-mite tipped with a waxie for the larger fish. 
 
Walleye:  Fair – With the warm water, fishing continues to be slow, though a few Walleyes are getting fooled into being caught.  Fish are deep, 22’ down to 26’ is where fish have been coming from.  Jigs tipped with a crawler, chub or fathead are getting some of these fish to bite.  Jigging Raps, Slab Raps and shiver minnows are good choices too. 
 
Fall is coming, the 22nd to be exact, and the weather is coming too this week.  Low 60’s for highs forecasted and 40’s at night, this should help to cool off the warm waters.  Hopefully a turn in the weather mid-week will get us back to a more fall like pattern.  With all the rain down in the south/mid-state, our flowages are high (Rainbow up 8’ in two weeks) and warm.  Not what we are used to. 

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