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October 2003

  • Fall Muskie Madness

    Fall Muskie Madness

    I HATE fall. I really do, there's sooo many things that I want to be doing, so many that I just can't get to them all. The really bad part about it is that some of them, I can't avoid (like storm windows and leaf raking). There's bow hunting for deer, grouse hunting, duck hunting, rifle hunting f...

April 2002

  • %*&@^$ Baitcasters!!

    %*[email protected]^$ Baitcasters!!

    OK, you've been fishing for a while now, happy with your spincasting reels and the spinning reels that you've been using lately, but with the long, lousy winter just about over, you're itching to go fishing. So, you've been just about going through withdrawals, traveling to sport shows, talkin...

March 2002

  • It's Time....

    It's Time....

    Well, here it is, March already! You do realize that the winter's almost gone and you'll be fishing pretty soon, don't you? Well, trust me, you will! And let me guess, even though you promised yourself that "this year is gonna be different", you still haven't touched your fishing tackle from way ...

February 2002

  • So You Want A New Boat

    So You Want A New Boat

    So, you're bored out of your skull, waiting for spring to come, ice conditions are lousy and sitting on a bucket, staring into a hole in the ice isn't your cup of tea anyway. What are you going to do? If you're like me, you're dreaming of warmer weather, open water and CASTING for fish. My ca...

January 2002

  • So You Wanna Be A Guide...

    So You Wanna Be A Guide...

    Ahh, the life of a fishing guide, what a piece of cake, go fishing and get paid for it. What could possibly be better? Well, I'm going into my ninth season and let me tell you right now, there's more to it than you'd think. Don't get me wrong, I dearly love my time on the water with clients, bu...

December 2001

  • Winter Safety, What You Don't Know Can Kill YOU!

    Winter Safety, What You Don't Know Can Kill YOU!

    As I'm sitting here, in Rhinelander, writing this article, the snow is falling and I'm thinking about icefishing and snowmobiling. The only problem is that while we do have snow now, there's not a bit of ice formed on any lake yet. Heck, there's not a bit of frost in the ground and the swamps are ...

November 2001

  • Hot Fishing, Frozen Kid

    Hot Fishing, Frozen Kid

    A short while ago, my phone rang. Since I have two teenage daughters still living at home, that wasn't unusual. Hearing my wife answer the phone and say, "I'm sorry, Steve is still married," meant only one thing. Darin Novak was on the other end of the line and he opened the conversation with his...

October 2001

  • On the road again...

    On the road again...

    If it seems like I'm never home, you're probably right, at least my wife would probably agree with you. Earlier this year, my son graduated from high school and when asked what he wanted for a graduation gift, his reply was "contact lenses and a fishing trip with you." Well, how could I turn down ...

September 2001

  • Lines, Lines, Everywhere is Lines....

    Lines, Lines, Everywhere is Lines....

    I've been watching the Outdoor Messages on Lake-Link and a couple other sites with interest lately. It seems that anytime there someone asks "What type of line should I use?", there are conflicting statements and opinions. So here is one guide's opinion on lines, based on years of experience. F...

August 2001

  • Too Short?

    Too Short?

    O.K., it's August now, you're sitting at the kitchen table, drinking a cup of coffee with the "Ol Spousal Unit" and wondering "What in the heck happened to the summer?" Like I said, it's August, the kids will be going back to school soon, that's evident by the sales flyers in the newspaper, adverti...

July 2001

  • Now you've found em.....

    Now you've found em.....

    Last month, I talked about finding muskies, giving you some simple ideas on getting into a muskie's home range. Click here to read last month's article. As I said before, finding them is the tough part. It's real simple, if you can't find muskies, you're going to have a bugger of a time catching th...

June 2001

  • Toothy Critters Made Easy

    Toothy Critters Made Easy

    Can you picture this? An early morning sun peeking through the trees, the sound of water gently burbling over rocks, the rhythmic flow of a fly rod as it weaves patterns in the air.......if you can, you won't be fishing with me! Come with me for the day, fire up the 175 horsepower Mercury outboa...

May 2001

  • Angling Etiquette: 101

    Angling Etiquette: 101

    This article is somewhat of a departure from my normal monthly ramblings. What I'd like to discuss is etiquette. Not what fork you use for the salad or what to do with the finger bowl, but trailering, boat launch and fishing etiquette. I fish quite a bit, some ten months (or more) each year. W...

April 2001

  • Spring Fling!!!

    Spring Fling!!!

    Hooray, even though Old Man Winter is still desperately hanging on here in northern Wisconsin, recently I saw signs that his grip was slipping. Even though people are still driving on local lakes, I was happily singing (all right, slightly off-key) along with the radio in my truck, the mighty ProCr...

March 2001

  • Once Upon a Winter Dreary....

    Once Upon a Winter Dreary....

    Wisconsin winters don't excite me as much as they used to. In my younger days, I used to look forward to winter. The snow, the cold, sledding, icefishing, crosscountry skiing, I lived for these. Now that I'm older, cold is just plain cold, sledding involves walking uphill waaay too much (and I'm...

February 2001

  • Angling 101: Getting Started in Fishing

    Angling 101: Getting Started in Fishing

    With the Internet, the flow of information that is passed back and forth is absolutely amazing. Unfortunately, the amount of misinformation is equally amazing. I spend a great deal of time on various fishing message groups and I'm constantly astonished at the amount of misinformation that is being...

January 2001

  • A Guide Secret Revealed!!

    A Guide Secret Revealed!!

    People constantly are asking me. "How do you produce results for your clients, day after day? What are you using? How are you getting all of these fish?" Well, some days I just smile, other days, I'm a little more informative. Today is one of those informative days to file away for future use. ...

November 2000

  • Hey, I've got an idea!!

    Hey, I've got an idea!!

    Are you stuck for an idea for vacation next year? Are you tired of going to the same places, seeing the same things, putting up with the same crowds, year after year? Well, hey, sit back, grab a beverage and let me give you an idea. First of all, if you have school age kids....Bummer! Or maybe...

September 2000

  • The Bay.... Re-Visited

    The Bay.... Re-Visited

    Anyone that knows me might say that I'm obsessed with fishing. I'd argue that point but my wife would be standing behind me, nodding her head yes to all the points proving that obsession. Those same people also know that muskies will get me fired up beyond belief. So then, why do I love fishin...

August 2000

  • Speed Reading New Water

    Speed Reading New Water

    O.K., it's August, you've got some vacation time coming and you're off to a resort. The only problem is that you've never fished this lake before. What in the heck do you do? Well, you could hire a local guide, in that case, I hope you come to the Rhinelander area. No, seriously, a guide can be ...

July 2000

  • Has Anyone Seen Walter?

    Has Anyone Seen Walter?

    Walter, Wally, Marbleyes, those %$*@ miserable ~%^*$, all these are common names for walleyes, that wonderful tasting, mysterious gamefish that seems to disappear just about now, only to return in the fall. If you're like I used to be, these glassy eyed buggers were a piece of cake to catch early i...

June 2000

  • Northwoods in June

    Northwoods in June

    When most people think of fishing in northern Wisconsin, images of the elusive, legendary muskie (or that finicky yet tasty morsel, the walleye) appear. But June for me is BASS TIME!!!! June is great; the bass are usually done bedding now so I fish them without the worry of taking a spawning fish....

May 2000

  • Angling Etiquette: 101

    Angling Etiquette: 101

    This article is somewhat of a departure from my normal monthly ramblings. What I'd like to discuss is etiquette. Not what fork you use for the salad or what to do with the finger bowl, but trailering, boat launch and fishing etiquette. I fish quite a bit, some ten months (or more) each year. W...

April 2000

  • Ahh Spring!

    Ahh Spring!

    It's springtime in Wisconsin and a man's thoughts turn to......Fishing!!! I mean c'mon, you didn't really think that I'd give you that old tired "thoughts turn to love?" Well, love of fishing perhaps. Spring in this part of the world is a special event. The ice is finally gone, the birds are s...

March 2000

  • Winnie's Calling!!!

    Winnie's Calling!!!

    I'm sure that most of you out there, like me have heard tales of the Jumbo Perch in Lake Winnibigoshish in Minnesota. If you're also like me, you've probably thought, "Yeah, I've got to get there sometime." Well, Bubba, the time is now! We just returned from "Winnie" and let me tell you, if this ...

February 2000

  • Pre-Planning the Assault on New Water

    Pre-Planning the Assault on New Water

    O.K., it's winter here in northern Wisconsin and the weather really stinks. First, we had no snow and warm temps for the deer season, then, when it did finally get cold and freeze, it snowed. Now whenever you drill a hole and try to ice fish, you end up with 6 inches of slush and water on top o...

January 2000

  • Ice 'Eyes'

    Ice 'Eyes'

    It's always with great anticipation that I approach the first ice fishing trip of the season. The question is....."What do I go after....and where?" I mean, up here in northern Wisconsin, there are sooo many lakes to choose from. If you've ever looked at a map of Oneida county, there is almost a...

November 1999

  • End of Season Muskies

    End of Season Muskies

    Ahhhh, November, the time of year when it’s impossible to get anything done. Bowhunting for deer is in full swing, the deer gun season is close at hand and there’s still grouse and waterfowl to chase. Your significant other is “asking" (demanding???) that the storm windows be put on, the leaves sh...

October 1999

  • Fishing for

    Fishing for "Falleyes"

    O.K., it's October, you're not really into football on TV., you don't bird hunt and archery isn't your thing. Do you find yourself looking at your boat and counting the days until next spring? Well, take off the cover, load up the ol' walleye gear and get going buckaroo, there's walleyes to catch!...

September 1999

  • Muskies....Big Fish....BIG BAITS?

    Muskies....Big Fish....BIG BAITS?

    As an avid muskie angler, with a steamer trunk sized tackle box full of monster sized lures, I’d have to say......"Not Always." Sure, there’s a definite time and place to fish these hernia inducing baits, but not always. I’m sure that there are some die hard muskie hunters out there ready and will...

August 1999

  • Summertime Blues

    Summertime Blues

    I know, it’s a strange title for a fishing article but we all get it this time of year. You know, you have some vacation time, you’re at the resort/cabin/cottage etc., you want to fish, your spousal unit wants to “just go into town and do a little shopping", the kids want you to pull them around th...

July 1999

  • Fishing Rhinelander Area Small Lakes

    Fishing Rhinelander Area Small Lakes

    There are amazing opportunities to be had in the Rhinelander area on small lakes, and I don’t want you to think for a moment that small lakes equal small fish. Quite the contrary, some of the largest fish that I have caught and seen have been on small bodies of water. There always seems to be a th...

June 1999

  • June in the Northwoods

    June in the Northwoods

    June is a great time to be in northern Wisconsin, usually, the snow is gone and the weather is starting to stabilize. The water temperatures are in the low 60's and the fish are cruising the shallows...and by fish, I mean just about everything is in shallow. The crappies are spawning, so are th...

May 1999

  • Spring Time Crappies

    Spring Time Crappies

    If you live anywhere in the Midwest or “near Midwest", chances are that you have waters nearby with crappies as one of the predominate panfish species. This is a good thing, because now is the time to be out on the water chasing them. NOW is the time, for crappies are normally found in the summer,...

April 1999

  • Fishing 'The Bay'

    Fishing 'The Bay'

    My friend Gil and I discovered "The Bay" last summer. I don't know what took so long, I mean, it's not like it's a tiny, easily overlooked piece of water. It's a 30,000 acre bay on a little lake...Lake Superior. I guess it's because when I think "Great Lakes", I think fishing, more accurately tro...

March 1999

  • Winter Blahs

    Winter Blahs

    It's tough to think about open water fishing when the thermometer is reading approximately 18 gazillion below zero as it is today while I'm writing this. It's tough but it's one of the things that keeps me going when I'm trapped in the house like this. My wife thinks I'm nuts, but now is when I ge...

February 1999

  • Catchin' Those Early Season Walleyes

    Catchin' Those Early Season Walleyes

    When you live where I do (northern Wisconsin), in February, it's tough to picture walleye fishing without images of tip-ups springing to mind. Not for me, you see, I'm one of the crazies that is trailering a boat through the snowstorms, visions of walleyes dancing in my head. When I'm at a gas sta...

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