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7/10/18 @ 9:17 AM
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Kurt Justice
Kurts Island Sports
USER since 5/12/04

MOON PHASE (9%)
Waning Crescent
Running into a hot summer at this point.  Daytime highs in the mid to upper 80’s pushing lake surface temps from mid 70’s to low 80’s (Ouch!) 
 
Patterns are starting to develop for many species, with the stable (but hot) weather helping things along. 
 
Largemouth Bass:  Very Good – Pick your style, these Bass are more than happy to cooperate.  Early morning twitch stickbaits such as Rattlin Rouges, Thundersticks or X-Raps between shore and inside weed edges.  Mid-morning through mid-afternoon hit the weeds with Wacky worms, Ned rigs and Neko Rigs.  At dusk, go to top-water using Whopper Ploppers, Spooks, and plastic frogs (Lunker Hunt, BOOYAH, and Keara Frogs)!  Big Bass (for our area) over 22” this past week!  
 
Bluegill:  Very Good – Best to use small leeches as they stay tough on the hook.  Evening anglers having fun on poppers.  Depending on lake depth, most of the better daytime Gills are being caught in deeper cabbage of 8-12’. 
 
Yellow Perch:  Good-Very Good – Better fish (9-11”+) found in deeper weeds.  Deep wood is also favored as these fish love to eat crayfish.  ½ crawlers, frozen soft shells, medium leeches and medium fatheads all working well.  Preference has been on brown, orange jigs. 
 
Northern Pike:  Good – Best casting weed flats using chatterbaits, spinnerbaits.  Chubs and suckers working along deep weed edges for the larger Pike (30-38” reported this week).   
 
Smallmouth Bass:  Good – Drop shot Jackall Crosstail shad, 3” Senkos and 3” Gulp Power Minnows over gravel humps of 18-30’, sandgrass flats of 17-25’ and deep coontail edges of 14-18’.  XL leeches and frozen soft shells for the live baiters.   
 
Crappie:  Fair-Good – Search out tall narrow leaf cabbage.  Work tops using Charlie Bees, Beetle Spins, VMC Boottail jigs or Gapen Freshwater Shrimp.  1 ½” tubes and Mini Mites also working.  If fish not up high on weeds, go deeper using 1/32 oz jigs to get scented plastics like Impulse or Power Bait Nymphs down to suspended fish 4-6’ off bottom in 12-18’. 
 
Musky:  Fair+ – Best bets on bucktails and larger spinnerbaits.  Top water producing and should be doing much better.  Later, towards evening, best. 
 
Walleye:  Fair+ - Some of the standards not producing like we would like them to.  Still, anglers jigging and slip-bobber fishing with XL leeches and crawlers finding Walleyes in weeds early in morning and late evenings to after dark.  Some deep rock bites occurring mid-day in 22-30’.  Casting 3-4” swimbaits (Keitechs, 360GT) producing early and late in weeds of 7-10’. 
 
With the stable weather and new moon coming up, should be a good week ahead.  Mid-day temps may be too much to fish, so pick your early and late times to stay out of heat and away from traffic. 

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7/10/18 @ 8:58 AM
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Crypto
Crypto
MEMBER since 6/15/01

MOON PHASE (9%)
Waning Crescent

Agree, John Andrew is the best!  Great teacher.

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7/10/18 @ 8:33 AM
esox80
esox80
MEMBER since 1/4/05

Everything can be learned on one's own. Guides shorten your learning curve greatly. Learning from experts always speeds up the process for you to become competent. Just like welding school. Just like Excel classes. Just like taking a course to get your CDL so you can be a trucker. Sure you can get there eventually on your own. But you don't know what you don't know. I have been fishing muskies for 50 years and I still get guides regularly. I learn a ton every time I do. Get good teaching guides like Jeff Van Remortel or Rob Manthei or John Andrew and your learning curves improve greatly. Best money you will ever spend. 

Jeff

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7/9/18 @ 10:25 PM
Mike Smith
SleeperMike
USER since 6/6/09

Well the fishing has been slow to say the least. But today was out with Mike a friend of Larry. We fished the willow last fall and had a lot of fun. On a area lake i fish now and then  and did OK today. Going out again Wednesday Hope it's the same. God willing. Thanks Mike. 


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7/9/18 @ 7:44 PM
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John Andrew
John Andrew
USER since 8/10/09

MOON PHASE (16%)
Waning Crescent

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
81° - 88° F

WATER TEMP
71° - 75° F


(“NO FISH NO PAY, GUARANTEED”).

More and more and more great people, supporting local business’s in Vilas County Wisconsin.

A 45 year property owner in Vilas County Wisconsin and a 50 year friendship to the Andrew family.

My hat goes off to you for what you are doing with John Andrew.

Our pattern has stayed the same for the past 5 days, no changes.

The Walleye today and all other fish caught were on minnows. We tried Crawlers and leeches, no luck (for us.) All fish released. Weeds were where we spent the entire day. Multiple fish came aboard.

"Slow" is our best method. Swimming the jig, dead sticking 10 ft down into the weeds, slip bobbers and vertical jigging, it all worked and worked very well.

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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7/9/18 @ 7:13 PM
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NorthwoodsLabs
NorthwoodsLabs
USER since 1/7/13

MOON PHASE (16%)
Waning Crescent

Much more rewarding to figure it out for yourself rather than just having a guide do everything for you. Honestly it is not rocket science to figure out and put some fish in the boat. I don't think we need to make this sound like it is tougher than it is just to drum up business for guides. 

Edited on 7/9/18 7:15 PM
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7/8/18 @ 11:24 PM
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Steve White
Steve White
USER since 3/17/04

MOON PHASE (26%)
Waning Crescent

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
81° - 88° F

WATER TEMP
71° - 75° F

Got the energy left to tonight to make a post rather than blow it off.  Today was a classic example of why to hire a guide the first day of your stay in the northwoods.  A few dollars spent in comparison to things will make a huge difference in your trip. Our guests have been to the northwoods many times. Staying on Little Saint Germain several times. Catching very few if any fish.  My job to change that!!!

Split day which is always a good idea if wanting to hit both peak bites.  Things changed in a week since I last fished it. Fish moved out into full summer patterns in the last week. Making the 45 min delay loosing a prop a big thing as far as walleyes were concerned. 

Seeing the algea bloom, and aftermath of a mayfly hatch. Shifted gears a bit. Then it was GAME ON!!  Winds being out of the same directon for 3 days targeted the wind blown areas. The first main break into deeper water. Mostly 8-12 FOW. The steeper the break the better. Causing the baitfish, and bugs to be more stacked.  The fish as well.

In the morning big drifts across large mudflats was more productive. By afternoon the wind pushed things to the breaks. Hands down the best baits were again gulp 1" minnows, and 2" ripplin shads.  Leeches caught a few fish, and so did 6 dozen crawlers. But almost 2 full jars of gulp minnows as well!!

What did we catch? Well several hundred crappie, dozens of gills, and perch. About a dozen walleye, bass, and pike!  Not a bad day overall. Best part is this wonderful family is now poised to have the best family fishing trip they have ever had. That's what it's about!! Helping others to learn to catch fish. Top it off, everything was released!!

Hope this helps!!

Steve

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7/6/18 @ 7:46 PM
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John Andrew
John Andrew
USER since 8/10/09

MOON PHASE
Last Quarter

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
76° - 80° F

WATER TEMP
71° - 75° F



(“NO FISH NO PAY, GUARANTEED”).

More and more and more great people, supporting local business’s in Vilas County Wisconsin.

Friends, this family and I have worked together for years. Awesome people! Thank you for what you are doing.

Our pattern has stayed the same for the past 3 days, no changes.

The Walleye today and all fish were caught on minnows. All fish released. Weeds were where we spent the entire day. Multiple fish came aboard, double headers and one triple header.

"Slow" is our best method. Swimming the jig, dead sticking 8 ft down into the weeds (today) and vertical jigging, it all worked and worked very well. You may not think color of the jig makes a difference but, it truly does. You need to experiment.

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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7/6/18 @ 10:36 AM
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Crypto
Crypto
MEMBER since 6/15/01

MOON PHASE
Last Quarter

AIR TEMP
81° - 88° F

WATER TEMP
76° - 80° F

Ive measured lake temperatures at 78 to 79.5°.

Throw in a bar of soap and take a bath...

A lot of pike on worms, smallies too.


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7/6/18 @ 8:11 AM
Casedog
Casedog
USER since 10/4/11

Interesting talks on the smallmouth! Especially considering the big jump in popularity and populations! I don’t fish Vilas as much as I would like but the few times a year I get up there I have noticed a lot more catching of these awesome fish at night while Walleye fishing! I usually only catch a few but they are extremely large specimens and there right in there feeding with the elusive walleye!! Great fish and never complain when I hook into one because it’s game on! The last 3-4 years I have caught at least 3-4 20”+ fish while nighttime fishing with a beautiful 23” trophy that is still swimming in the three lakes chain!! Just my experience of late with summertime smallies is at night while walleye fishing with my favorite bait of a very lively leach! Enjoy the great extra opportunities that the resurgence of the smallmouth in northern Wisconsin has created! Just another awesome fish to be had in the great north woods!! Can’t wait to get up there ina few weeks for my yearly mind cleanse! Tight lines

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