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Captain Marty Papke's Articles

February 2008

  • Spring Perch Bite on Little Bay de Noc

    Spring Perch Bite on Little Bay de Noc
    by CAPTAIN MARTY PAPKE

    Plain and simple: nothing beats a bucket full of spring caught Perch from the Great Lakes! Over the past several years we have been seeing some great catches of Yellow Perch. Here are some methods, areas, and some little tricks to catching a "tasty" meal! The Spawn Ice-out starts triggering per...

April 2005

  • Spring time Splake Fishing!

    Spring time Splake Fishing!
    by CAPTAIN MARTY PAPKE

    It's a few weeks away but won't be long and open water will greet us. The Great Lakes can provide some early season "Splake!" fishing. What's a Splake, a hybrid cross of a Lake Trout and Brook Trout. This species with it's characteristics is unique indeed. Summertime found in deep waters and s...

December 2004

  • Northern Wisconsin
Ice Fishing Angler's Get Ready!

    Northern Wisconsin Ice Fishing Angler's Get Ready!
    by CAPTAIN MARTY PAPKE

    There comes a time of the year when it's time to put away the boat and soon tackle a new adventure. Ice angling is and can be a very productive time for fishing and more and more every year angler's are becoming all season anglers! Many inland lakes of northern Wisconsin offer some great "early-ic...
  • Rainbow Flowage Early Ice Walleye's

    Rainbow Flowage Early Ice Walleye's
    by CAPTAIN MARTY PAPKE

    No doubt about when those nightly temps start dropping below the freezing mark in middle to late November Ice Anglers start getting that "itch" to catch some early Ice Eye's! The Rainbow Flowage located in Oneida County in between Lake Tomahawk/Minocqua and Rhinelander, Wisconsin. A little over 2...

September 2004

  • Late Summer Walleye's on Little Bay de Noc!

    Late Summer Walleye's on Little Bay de Noc!
    by CAPTAIN MARTY PAPKE

    Catching walleye is a full time business for us, although the "fishing" is always a bunch of fun sometimes the "catching" can be a challenge! Let's examine a method of jigging that tends to produce some fish for us all through the year. "Snap-jigging" is nothing new to the walleye fisherman out th...

July 2004

  • Crankin' Night Eyes

    Crankin' Night Eyes
    by CAPTAIN MARTY PAPKE

    It's after the supper hour and you finish your meal, don't become a couch potato, as some of the most active fishing of the day will soon commence. Night-time walleye fishing is coming on strong. In many areas throughout the Midwest there are lakes that receive heavy fishing pressure. The waters we ...

April 2004

  • Shoreline Brown Trout!

    Shoreline Brown Trout!
    by CAPTAIN MARTY PAPKE

    It's not far away. Longer, sunny, warming days start that the ice melting. The ice flows are still bobbing and soon a movement of Brown Trout on an adventure seeking food to satisfy their big appetite after a winter of being in a transitional stage. Let's examine areas and foods along with tech...

August 2003

  • Walleye Feeding Frenzies!

    Walleye Feeding Frenzies!
    by CAPTAIN MARTY PAPKE

    Summertime and walleyes go hand in hand with hot conditions and warming waters. Walleyes like all game fish don't like to expend too much energy cruising for food or chasing it down. They would rather hold in areas with high concentrations of food sources and then gorge themselves when the opportun...

April 2003

  • Spring Time

    Spring Time "Boards and Brown Trout" Action!
    by CAPTAIN MARTY PAPKE

    Sunny skies greeted us this morning and calm seas were being watched as the last of the coffee was dispersed to "Bordering the Wisconsin and Michigan waters is a tremendous fishery; in fact it's been said this region could be one of the most aggressive Brown Trout fisheries in the st...

January 2003

  • Fish Fast, Fish Comfortable then Fish FRABILL (and Walleye's)!

    Fish Fast, Fish Comfortable then Fish FRABILL (and Walleye's)!
    by CAPTAIN MARTY PAPKE

    Ice fishing season is upon us and though there are days when fishing outside on the frozen surface of any of our Midwestern lakes maybe comfortable there are the days when it's nice to be content in a portable ice shelter that does these things. As a guide, Charter Captain and "teacher" of fishi...

October 2002

  • Cranking and Pausing For Fall Walleye!

    Cranking and Pausing For Fall Walleye!
    by CAPTAIN MARTY PAPKE

    Fifteen feet of water and less, "crank and pause" a simple method that can take lot's of fall-time walleyes whether on Little Bay de Noc or any waters in this Midwest! Not being crank bait specific our choices most often are the Frenzy Baits. Lipped crank baits with varied diving lips and I'd choos...

August 2002

  • The "Hot Summer August Eye's" of Bay's De Noc!

    The "Hot Summer August Eye's" of Bay's De Noc!
    by CAPTAIN MARTY PAPKE

    It's what we've been waiting for those hot, lazy, crazy days of August and then someone says it's too "hot" to catch any walleye! The excuses start: too hot, too calm, too much humidity, too many fish (walleye's) and not enough days to fish them! If your looking for a time of the year when the tem...

June 2002

  • BASSIN’ Action on the Bay’s de Noc!

    BASSIN’ Action on the Bay’s de Noc!
    by CAPTAIN MARTY PAPKE

    Walleye's, walleye's and always walleye's, but what about the Smallmouth Bass fishing on the Bay's de Noc! When the great lakes are mentioned now-a-days it's getting to be known as a fishery of large proportion with species like lake trout, salmon, northern pike, walleye and smallmouth bass. Man...

March 2002

  • Spring Brown Trout Action!

    Spring Brown Trout Action!
    by CAPTAIN MARTY PAPKE

    With some of the most abundant waters throughout the Midwest we have some pretty big ponds, Lake Michigan is one of them! As the tell tale remnants of winter pass and longer, warming days bring a time when the Great Lakes awaken to the activity of feeding fish! April usually sets this time-caps...

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