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Breaucrew4
Breaucrew4
USER since 2/19/18

Looking for some advice:

Heading up to the Rhinelander area for a guys weekend fishing trip March 1st and was wondering where would be a good place to start (I know were close to Thunder).  Would love to get after some pike on flags throughout the day while catching some crappies and gill near by.  

Also, near end of light hours where would some solid walleye spots be.

I know spots are sensitive but would love any help we could get.  

Thanks! 

 

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1/23/18 @ 6:21 PM
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Dan Gropengiser
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MOON PHASE (38%)
Waxing Crescent

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1/23/18 @ 6:18 PM
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Dan Gropengiser
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MOON PHASE (38%)
Waxing Crescent

CONDITIONS
Night Time

ICE DEPTH
18 inches

AIR TEMP
16° - 20° F

Going into the warm weather we had this weekend allowed time to be spent out lake hopping and doing some scouting for upcoming outings. The recent snow total from yesterday came to 10" of fluffy snow which will make traveling by four wheeler a challenge on the ice. Snowmobile travel is still the only means for me for the rest of the year. People are out with hard sided shacks and campers on many of the area lakes and traveling with pick up trucks on the ice.

Pike: The morning bite got off to a slow start with multiple flags turning out to be fish running out a couple feet of line and spitting the minnow as soon as tension was applied on the line. Mid afternoon fish had changed into chomping down and peeling plenty of line out and inhaling minnows with great hooksets to follow. Shallow barron shelves close to the deep basin was where we did our best all the way till dark. Medium shiners 1-2' off bottom under tip ups kept the guys running all day.

Crappie: Choosing to go out scouting proved to be a big pay off with checking out cribs I had marked in the past while open water fishing. I found them to be loaded with decent sized Gills and Crappies that had the smallest eyes I had ever seen on my Aqua Vu. I only fished one crib for an hour with a couple fish tearing off on the way up to the hole. 

The weekend looks to be another great one to be out on the ice and not being cooped up in the house. Expect slushy areas where past holes were drilled, due to additional weight on the ice. Good luck and tight lines!!!! 

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12/26/17 @ 7:15 PM
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Dan Gropengiser
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MOON PHASE
First Quarter

CONDITIONS
Night Time

ICE DEPTH
7 inches

AIR TEMP
Below 0° F

The cold temps from the Arctic blast had the thermometer pegged out at -21 this morning which will aid in making great ice the remainder of this week. I was fortunate to make it out Christmas morning before the temps bottomed out and it was worth the extra effort during packing up as temps went below zero. I'm still using caution when venturing out on any body of water with how terrible our first ice conditions were. My first spot i drilled had 9" of solid ice and it went down to 7" where I set up to fish. The body of water I fished had little to no snow cover on it and must have produced great conditions for building good ice.

Walleye: My best action was in my insulated one man with the heater cranking during the early morning. Buckshot Rattle Spoons brought fish in that were not hesitating when coming onto the screen of my Vexilar. Out of four fish caught during sunrise only two fish I marked didn't hit. I had tip ups set close to the shack with only one flag going up that resulted in a pick and drop. Setting up on shallow breaks leading into bays that have green weeds yet will produce during low light periods of sunrise and sunset.

This week we will add considerable ice in locations that previuosly had slushy spots. It is best to still check ice thickness when going out via four wheeler or snowmobile, as of now snowmobile clubs have not marked any lake trails yet. Good luck and tight lines!!! Happy New Year's to everyone also!



 

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12/19/17 @ 6:18 PM
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Dan Gropengiser
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MOON PHASE (2%)
Waxing Crescent

CONDITIONS
Night Time

AIR TEMP
26° - 30° F

Tis the week before Christmas and ice conditions have been at a stand still since our last snow fall of 7". Lakes that were open due to a major warm up during Thanksgiving have little to no ice on them other than in shallow bays. The lakes that smaller  that did remain frozen are averaging 4-5" of ice and the most that I've been on is at 7". If heading out for your first time this year bring a parnter and a spud to check ice thickness when going to your favorite lake. Many anglers are experiencing going to a couple lakes in one day to check for safe walkable ice. If you do find solid ice and plan on using any motorized vehicles check ice thickness as you go to your destinations. Slush is another concern with the weight of the snow on it and holes in areas people have already fished.

Walleye: Fish have been feeding during the mid to late afternoon till dark with most of our fish being caught while  jigging and using tip ups in shallow water towards shore. Buckshot Rattle Spoons tipped with fathead minnow heads are my go to lures for jigging. Medium Shiners rigged under tip ups saw action with many picks and drops. The fish we did catch on flags only ran out a foot to two feet of line.

Pike: Now is the time to get out and find active fish and chase for flags popping. Smaller pickler fish at times seem to not leave you alone. Shiners set up towards weed edges and shallow breaks kept us busy untill the walleye bite started.

 With the major cool down coming during the Christmas holiday I expect to see ice conditions improving quickly. The forecast as of now shows less snow than what was estimated and this will help freeze up the exposed slushy areas. Please use extreme caution when heading out this year with the current condtions. Good luck and tight lines!!!

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11/7/17 @ 5:11 PM
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Dan Gropengiser
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MOON PHASE (83%)
Waning Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Night Time

AIR TEMP
26° - 30° F

WATER TEMP
40° - 45° F

As the end of the season is closing in, many anglers are still in pursuit of a fall trophy fish that is at it's highest weight of the year. All landings now have the docks removed and only the die hards were out braving the elements of open water and snow this past weekend. Suckers are still in supply at many of the bait shops and will start to dwindle as demands go down. Dressing in layers is key to making it on open water and hand warmers in gloves are a must.

Muskie: We spent Saturday morning heading out on unplowed roads early in the morning trying to hit the morning major. Due to the cold and snow we opted for trolling Headlocks in search of staging cisco and feeding fish on spawning areas. To my disbelief all bait pods were in deep water yet hugging bottom and the water temp was at 43 degrees. We managed one rip and that fish came sky rocketing out of 20 FOW and cleared the surface which resulted in a bait being thrown out of it's mouth. Sunday proved to be better weather and I switched gears to fish a perch and walleye based forage lake. Searching out sandgrass is key to locating roaming fish looking for a easy sucker meal. Start by moving off of secondary breaks towards basin areas with 25-27 FOW water and watch closely to your electronics for transitions from sand to mud and slight fuzz that appears on the bottom. We actually watched this fish on the side imaging moving from one sucker to the other before it hit the down rod. Casting and jigging were also other presentations being used to bring in fish or to trigger bites.

Currently the way our weather is looking right now we are well below normal conditions for temps and it looks as though that pattern is here to stay. For safety precautions wear multiple layers and floation gear when heading out. Another good thing to bring is tube sand to put down on landings prior to loading your boat on the trailer. Good luck and tight lines!!! 


 

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10/17/17 @ 6:09 PM
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Dan Gropengiser
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MOON PHASE (5%)
Waning Crescent

CONDITIONS
Night Time

AIR TEMP
51° - 55° F

WATER TEMP
Below 40° F

The weekend proved to be seasonable temps and cold nights dropped water temps drastically. The sucker bite has begun to ramp up with fish moving into a fall pattern. Sucker supplies have been great with a average size of bait being 12-16". With cooler temps many of the lakes are seeing less boat traffic and less fishing pressure also.

Musky: Work off the remaining green weed edges at least a cast length with your artificial baits. I run one sucker in the upper quarter of the water column to trigger any fish that have followed baits in and convert them into striking. When having two anglers in the boat  one sucker is suspended via a float and placed about 30' behind the boat just above the bottom. Covering waterat slow speeds is critical with .07 a max speed to keep your live bait at correct depths.

This week we are going to be 10 degrees above average which will be great for fair weather fishing but may slow the bite to early late evening feeding windows. If you are marking biat stick with it and larger fish will be present during majors and minors. The best part of running suckers is you usaully don't know what size fish you'll end up with untill it's closer to the net. The picture is from a sucker bite that we had and I figured it was a decent fish but till it got close to the bag did I notice that it was a hybrid. Good luck and tight lines!!!

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7/19/17 @ 3:35 PM
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Dan Gropengiser
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MOON PHASE (19%)
Waning Crescent

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
81° - 88° F

WATER TEMP
71° - 75° F

Saturday proved to be a great day to be out on the water during the early morning hours and just at moon over head. My Client who was over for the Hodag Country Fest had a amazing morning boating his first ever musky and also his second fish a couple hours later. I ventured out with a friend for some night fishing and to fight off the bugs while in between casts.

Musky:

Getting out prior to and after the buzz on the lakes from recreational boaters is key this time of the year. Heading out to fish from the last couple of hours into the late evening also pays off if you have decent bug repellent on hand. The surface bite is still in full swing and rubber is starting to pic up with panfish starting to suspend out deep. Lake X Fat B on shallow weed edges accounted for two of the fish and a regular sized Bulldawg put the other fish in the bag. The night bite is another great time to get out and be productive for musky. I get out prior to sunset and check my spots that have produced well during the day and try for a chance of catching one while it,s light yet. After dark I fish those same areas and make sure that everything is in place for netting and release tools when the fish takes a bite into the bait. When fishing with a partner pay close attention to casts and keep in your zone of the boat to prevent crossing lines while casting.

Future forecasts are predicting a slight  cooling trend from friday to sunday and precipitation for both days this weekend. Chances are it will change but fishing in the rain can be very enjoyable as long as there is no lightning. Good luck and tight lines



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6/9/17 @ 9:54 AM
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Deeplaker
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USER since 1/26/13

MOON PHASE
Full Moon

CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny

AIR TEMP
66° - 70° F

WATER TEMP
66° - 70° F

Thanks for the great report Dan. Over here in Taylor and Price counties Fish have been in shallow weeds. Like pike shallow. I plan to start focusing more on casting into weed edges in the 6 to 10 foot range now. Water temps should be getting into the low seventies here.

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6/8/17 @ 5:36 PM
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Dan Gropengiser
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MOON PHASE (99%)
Waxing Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Cloudy

AIR TEMP
71° - 75° F

WATER TEMP
66° - 70° F

Just going into middle of the first full moon of musky fishing and larger fish are on the hunt. Water temps are on the rise with recent warm weather and weed growth was not effected with a cooler spring. Key periods of majors and minors are the best times to be on your best locations where fish have been seen through the day and when feeding windows open.

Muksie: Weed edges and just outside of them have been geat areas to start when getting out during the mid day. Glide baits and medium sized bucktials are a what I've been relying on and with the water temps climbing surface baits are now on the menu.  Lake X Dr. Evil has now boated two fish over 40" for me this year already. Paying attention to moonrise and moon underfoot has also been key since the beginning of season this year.

With unseasonally warm weather predicted this weekend I'm sure that landings will be packed during the day. Getting out prior to the rush and when pleasure boaters are heading in for supper will ease congestion when heading out to you favorite lakes. Fishing will remain strong following the next couple of days after the full moon. Good luck and tight lines!!!   

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