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11/5/18 @ 7:29 PM
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John Andrew
John Andrew
USER since 8/10/09

MOON PHASE (5%)
Waning Crescent

CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny

AIR TEMP
36° - 40° F

WATER TEMP
40° - 45° F

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Posted on -11-05-2018.

Freeze up is only a few short days away from now, on several small lakes in Vilas County Wisconsin.

Wanted to share yet another, "GIANT SMALL MOUTH BASS" picture.

Earlier, "this spring (2018)", we showed all, on several fishing websites a Giant Small Mouth Bass caught in Vilas County Wisconsin, I am now showing an early "November, 2018" picture of another Giant, captured (caught on hook and line) and released.

This fish was very hard fighting and took a great deal of time to bring along boat side. Once in the bag, (net) we were very careful to keep this JURASSIC SIZED BEAST in the water, as we prepared all photo equipment.

We then took photos and released this WORLD CLASS FISH back into the water. Is this another record, we will never know, but.

"We did not" put this fish in the live well and take it out later for pictures and then release it.

As always, stay positive, think clearly, do not listen to negative talk and do not listen to negative people.

God Bless
John Andrew

Edited on 11/5/18 7:33 PM
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11/3/18 @ 2:53 PM
FISHING REPORT
John Andrew
John Andrew
USER since 8/10/09

MOON PHASE (18%)
Waning Crescent

CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny

AIR TEMP
41° - 45° F

WATER TEMP
46° - 50° F

(“NO FISH NO PAY, GUARANTEED”.)

11-03-2018.

As freeze up is only a few short days from now on several small lakes, the Walleye bite remains strong all across Northern Wisconsin.

Many reports have been coming in to me and into several other Guides. This fall has been a spectacular season. Many, many people are producing very, very well. Walleye, Musky, Jumbo Crappie and Jumbo Perch.

Our fish are continuing to come aboard, the last 3 days have been the best of the season. No wind at all, flat calm and glassy, awesome as many guides will agree.

Most Musky fisherman are enjoying fantastic boat control and multiple strikes along certain drop offs and ledges and the Walleye Guides are also producing.

All fish continue to be on minnows and jigs. The deeper rock bars, deeper points and there drop offs is where all fish we are catching and will continue to come from, for us.

As always, stay positive, think clearly, do not listen to negative talk and do not listen to negative people.

God Bless
John Andrew

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11/2/18 @ 6:58 PM
Tout
Tout
MEMBER since 1/2/02

stayed at sunrise resort the 25th 26th and 27th.

really nice place. thanks Scott.

weather was perfect for my buddy and i .

we fished for eyes and panfish. thursday ,friday and part of saturday were not great. we hit many lakes between mani waters and land o lakes.

then we dialed it in and slapped the crappies and perch around .

basin fishing was the ticket. water temps at 42.5 to 40.5. the colder the better. we kept 25 each and released just as many. fished from 11 a.m till 6 p.m .

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10/31/18 @ 5:44 PM
bassball
bassball
USER since 7/25/07

Great report as always Nick.  Thanks!

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10/31/18 @ 5:24 PM
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Nick Schumacher
Nick Schumacher
USER since 1/10/05

MOON PHASE
Last Quarter

CONDITIONS
Cloudy

AIR TEMP
41° - 45° F

WATER TEMP
40° - 45° F

Nice, AlreadyGone.

We were up musky fishing from 10/26 - 10/30 (Friday - Tuesday). Got a half day in on Friday so we got a good 4.5 days in of fishing. We only caught three musky, which is bad for us when we make our trip(s) this time of the year.

Weather was consistently overcast with a light wind. A few scant windows of Sun. It was comfortable fishing weather for sure. Wind on Friday was light E/SE, then E/SE Saturday, then light N on Sunday, then light/calm NW/NE on Monday, then medium/light E/SE on Tuesday. Overall I would have preferred not to have multiple east winds.

We had consistent rain of some form on most days with a mist on Friday, then some rain Friday night, then some rain Saturday night into Sunday morning around 9:00 AM, then some rain again Sunday night, no rain on Monday, and then more rain Tuesday afternoon around 2:00 PM. We got dumped on Tuesday afternoon and it sucked, but we had the gear for it. Luckily, this was the only rain that fell on us while we were actually out on the water - most of it came down while we were sleeping. A bunch of water came out of the boat when I pulled the plug on an incline. Overall I don't think the reappearing Fall rains helped our efforts. I heard on a local news channel Sunday night or something that this October ranks as the 6th or 7th largest rainfall total for the month of October since recording in either Wisconsin or up north or something. Don't quote me on that.

Water temps consistently 42.5-43.5 on each lake we fished. We fished a different lake each day. We caught three musky on Saturday and had action from several others. Two on suckers, one on a lure. Saturday was a good day with a giant flurry of activity from 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM (surprised me a bit). We also had action from a fish or two on Monday, but it never committed. That was all our action for the 4.5 days - Friday, Sunday, and Tuesday dead quiet. That was disheartening. Water temps last time we were up from 9/21 - 9/25 one month ago were 62-64. They had dropped 20 degrees in a month to 42-43. I don't know what the dropping water temp trend was prior to the big cold and winds they had during mid-October.

Most muskies were gently picking up the sucker by the belly and either dropping them or making it difficult to get a good hookset angle. I would inspect the bite marks on the suckers each time. I was using medium-sized suckers that ranged a bit in size for the medium spectrum. I also had a large one out on a few days that I kept lower. I marked at least one musky each day on the sonar. I kept them in great condition and they were really doing their job each day.

The full moon was on Wednesday, 10/24. I talked to some people who had good success on Tuesday 10/23 and Wednesday 10/24, including a 32-pounder. Unfortunately we had to plan this trip AFTER the full moon, not before and during. I think this was our first musky trip that was entirely after the full moon had passed. It wasn't a good one for us, either. I'll assume it was a combination of post-full moon + east winds + consistent rain. It could also just be that I picked the wrong lakes/spots at the wrong times. Not sure. Lots of variables. We had a similar experience last year in early November when water temps plummeted - we did great before the rapid drop, and then bad after - we were not up north during the actual drop. In previous years we consistently did very well with steady Fall declines (size and numbers).

I was casting the entire trip, too. One visible follow and lunge, but no contact. Grandma. Most of the time I was throwing rubber. It has done very well for me in the past. Spent the trip dividing time between weed edges, drop-offs, mud-rock transition, and humps. Fished hard all day every day. Aimed for the most complex areas that offered more. Discovered some new secondary structure. Spent a bit of time slowly going over some really dense weed beds, too, carefully watching the live bait. Didn't see anything. All of this stuff has consistently produced for us. Not this time. All of the fish we actually caught and had action from were weed-related and shallower.

I saw a few people on Lake-Link and Facebook post some pictures of fish they caught this past weekend, including some nice ones. Good stuff, but not for us. Ha! Not sure if we'll be back to Vilas in November. I have some water down here I want to work, and it doesn't require nearly as much work planning, time, and money. Yields vs. investment, etc. For sure we'll return up north next season, though.

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10/31/18 @ 4:04 PM
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John Andrew
John Andrew
USER since 8/10/09

MOON PHASE
Last Quarter

CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny

AIR TEMP
36° - 40° F

WATER TEMP
46° - 50° F

(“NO FISH NO PAY, GUARANTEED”.)

10-31-2018.

This day was sun in the morning and clouds shortly after although it was forecast for a sunny day today.

As freeze up is fast approaching, the Walleye bite remains strong all across Northern Wisconsin.
All fish were on minnows and jigs. The deeper rock bars, deeper points and there drop offs is where all fish were caught and will continue to come from, for us. Many lakes have been biting for Walleye for several weeks now and will continue to freeze up.

As always, stay positive, think clearly, do not listen to negative talk and do not listen to negative people.

God Bless
John Andrew

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10/31/18 @ 9:24 AM
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AlreadyGone
AlreadyGone
USER since 9/7/11

MOON PHASE
Last Quarter

CONDITIONS
Cloudy

AIR TEMP
46° - 50° F

WATER TEMP
40° - 45° F

Chased Muskies on 3 different lakes near the border. The good: Light winds all 3 days made it easy for boat control. The bad: all SE winds for the most part...never a good wind for me. Light rains on Sunday morning, we netted our largest of the weekend, a nice 46 on a Depthraider by a good friend...his largest.

Otherwise, we ended with a 40, a 38, and a 32. A really nice weekend to be out up there, temps were very nice and comfortable. A great trip overall. 

Water temps were between 42 and 44. I would have liked to see them closer to 40-41.  Coming soon.  Be safe folks.

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10/31/18 @ 7:41 AM
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Sportsman2123
Sportsman2123
USER since 2/28/13

MOON PHASE
Last Quarter

CONDITIONS
Cloudy

AIR TEMP
41° - 45° F

WATER TEMP
40° - 45° F

Tough weekend in vilas for our group. Targetting smallmouth and came up empty. Where do the smallies go after turnover? Fished anywhere from 10-35 fow on humps/breaks/deep flats and caught a number of walleyes from 20-35. Had one musky on a sucker rig around noon on Saturday. Tough fishing overall, but as always, great to be out on the water. 

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10/30/18 @ 7:58 AM
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Kurt Justice
Kurts Island Sports
USER since 5/12/04

MOON PHASE (61%)
Waning Gibbous
Weather wise, the last weekend of October felt like mid-October and not like the early December feel of the week prior.  Unfortunately, despite milder weather, anglers seem to have given up on the open water season for the most part.  Surface temps actually rose a couple of degrees on average (43-45 degrees), though coming weather will probably drop them again. 
 
Musky:  Very Good-Good – During the week action best on suckers, not as much activity, but good enough for the higher rating.  By weekend fishing slowed some, still moving fish and some takers on suckers, glide baits.  Note:  with colder water expect a lighter sucker bite (by feel), cold water/cold fish, slower, more deliberate bites, the “rush” doesn’t seem to be there, get a good “angle” before hook set. 
 
Walleye:  Fair-Good – A few more reports as conditions were easier to take (a lot less wind).  Slow jigging and Lindy rigging.  Large fatheads for most lakes.  Walleye suckers for larger, deeper fish. 
 
Few reports for other species. 
 
With lows in upper 20’s and highs in lower 40’s, shorter sunlight, expect lakes to slowly continue to cool.    Pond had skim ice last week, but gone now.  Fishing pressure light.  Most public piers have been removed, so bring knee high boots for launching. 

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10/30/18 @ 5:33 AM
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Scott Behrendt
biggblokk
MEMBER since 10/14/09

MOON PHASE (61%)
Waning Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny

AIR TEMP
46° - 50° F

WATER TEMP
46° - 50° F

Had a couple nice outings last week, 2 musky day and walleyes biting like clockwork.  Blade baits, gulp minnow and live minnows all produced on each lake we fished.  One musky came on a sucker, the other on a medusa.  Rewarded with some awesome sunsets for braving some nasty windy days!

Fishing should be great through ice up, our lake is one of the last to freeze come on up!  $95 night lake link special is on through the end of the year!

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