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Mike Mladenik's Articles

August 2011

  • Finesse Tactics for Topwater Smallmouth

    Finesse Tactics for Topwater Smallmouth
    by MIKE MLADENIK

    The cool dry summer we experienced last season made for some unpredictable fishing While we did catch lots of smallmouth on many days the bite was light and called for finesse presentations. One would not think that such conditions would make for a great topwater bite. While it was not a great year ...

October 2007

  • The October Bite

    The October Bite
    by MIKE MLADENIK

    The only problem I have in October is deciding what to fish for. Whether you are after a 40 pound musky, a 12-pound walleye or six pound smallmouth, the time is right in October. Sure there are those diehard fishermen who only chase after on specie. However, there are many like myself who prefer to ...

September 2007

  • Fall Bass

    Fall Bass
    by MIKE MLADENIK

    One over looked period to catch largemouth bass consistently is the early fall period. Many bass anglers do well on lakes and flowages in spring and summer but they fail to key in on the major bass movements that are about to occur once. These bass movements on many natural lakes and reservoirs can ...

August 2007

  • Late Summer Tactics

    Late Summer Tactics
    by MIKE MLADENIK

    By August most waters reach the maximum water temperature and water usage by watercraft enthusiasts is also at its peak. Fish are feeding on a regular basis but you would never know it by listing to anglers. The "Dog Days of Summer" Syndrome takes the blame for many an empty live well. The key is t...

June 2007

  • Topwater Smallmouth

    Topwater Smallmouth
    by MIKE MLADENIK

    I have yet to meet an angler who does not like to catch smallmouth bass on topwater. Not only is experiencing an 18 inch smallmouth crushing a topwater bait exciting, but it is also addicting. After catching a few fish on top, many of my clients continue to fish the topwater bait, even if no other ...

May 2007

  • Cold Water Big Smallmouth

    Cold Water Big Smallmouth
    by MIKE MLADENIK

    Over my 25 years of guiding, I have kept records of every day spent on the water. These records include the number and size of the fish caught, as well as the time of year and conditions. Having logged thousands of big smallmouth, one outstanding feature is noticeable. About seventy-five percent o...

April 2007

  • April Walleye

    April Walleye
    by MIKE MLADENIK

    The entire Menominee Rivers offers excellent opportunities for walleye anglers. On the river there is a one fish bag limit until the first Saturday in May when the regular fishing season opens. Even with this one fish bag limit it is still worth your time spending a day on the river. March and April...

March 2007

  • Early Season Pike

    Early Season Pike
    by MIKE MLADENIK

    Northern Pike do have a reputation of cooperating when other fish have lock jaw. Although they do tend to be easier to catch at times than walleye or bass fishing is seldom easy. The problem is that most pike anglers get into a rut and use the same presentations. Pike like other species relate to we...

November 2006

  • Fish Rocks in November

    Fish Rocks in November
    by MIKE MLADENIK

    One thing is for certain when November arrives fisherman will find no lines at the boat landing. You will be able to head out to your favorite lake and probably have the water to yourself. November can be trophy time for a variety of species but it can also be one of the most frustrating and unpredi...

October 2006

  • The October Bite

    The October Bite
    by MIKE MLADENIK

    The only problem I have in October is deciding what to fish for. Whether you are after a 40 pound musky, a 12-pound walleye or six pound smallmouth, the time is right in October. Sure there are those diehard fishermen who only chase after on specie. However, there are many like myself who prefer to ...

September 2006

  • Fall Bass

    Fall Bass
    by MIKE MLADENIK

    One over looked period to catch largemouth bass consistently is the early fall period. Many bass anglers do well on lakes and flowages in spring and summer but they fail to key in on the major bass movements that are about to occur once. These bass movements on many natural lakes and reservoirs can ...

August 2006

  • Late Summer Tactics

    Late Summer Tactics
    by MIKE MLADENIK

    By August most waters reach the maximum water temperature and water usage by watercraft enthusiasts is also at its peak. Fish are feeding on a regular basis but you would never know it by listing to anglers. The "Dog Days of Summer" Syndrome takes the blame for many an empty live well. The key is t...

July 2006

  • Weeds  for July Smallmouth

    Weeds for July Smallmouth
    by MIKE MLADENIK

    Smallmouth bass can be easy to pattern during late spring through early summer. They are shallow and will aggressively hit a variety of presentations. Once they enter the post spawn period they can scatter on many lakes and be difficult to locate let alone catch. If the lake is clear and has an abun...

June 2006

  • Early Summer Crankbaits

    Early Summer Crankbaits
    by MIKE MLADENIK

    While fishing is seldom easy, there are times when finding a productive pattern requires less effort. Spending most of my life on the water I have seen many patterns change from year to year. Much depends on water levels, weather and forage, the things out of the angler's control. For me, figuring ...

May 2006

  • Where to Fish on the Opener

    Where to Fish on the Opener
    by MIKE MLADENIK

    Being on the water on a daily basis a fishing guide learns to deal with the elements. We take the good and the bad and somehow manage to keep our clients happy regardless of the weather. Last May seemed like we were stuck in one big cold front with no light at the end of the tunnel. I would get exci...

April 2006

  • April Fishing

    April Fishing
    by MIKE MLADENIK

    Regardless of the kind of winter we have, April is the first month of real open water fishing. In March the sun is high and on warm days many anglers yearn for open water. Up here in Northeast Wisconsin those warm spring days are welcomed indeed. Walleyes will receive the most attention as they mak...

March 2006

  • Early Season Pike

    Early Season Pike
    by MIKE MLADENIK

    Northern Pike do have a reputation of cooperating when other fish have lock jaw. Although they do tend to be easier to catch at times than walleye or bass fishing is seldom easy. The problem is that most pike anglers get into a rut and use the same presentations. Pike like other species relate to we...

November 2005

  • Novembers Big Fish

    Novembers Big Fish
    by MIKE MLADENIK

    This summer food has been at a premium on both natural lakes, reservoirs and even in the rivers. The cold spring played havoc with the forage base. Besides baitfish numbers being down crayfish are also less abundant. Most of the fish we caught in the summer looked healthy but the forage base is limi...

October 2005

  • Big October Smallmouth

    Big October Smallmouth
    by MIKE MLADENIK

    October is a great time to be on the water in the Northwood's since it is probably the last full month of open water fishing. Depending on the year by late November we will see hard water. Most northern anglers will take advantage of every day, knowing what lies ahead for the next five months. Besi...

September 2005

  • September River Smallmouth

    September River Smallmouth
    by MIKE MLADENIK

    Being a full time guide I spend at least 170 days per year fishing open water. Through the years I have spend more time pursuing smallmouth bass than any other species. Like most bronzeback anglers I feel any day on the water is a good one. However it is even better when you catch and release a big ...

August 2005

  • Late Summer Largemouth

    Late Summer Largemouth
    by MIKE MLADENIK

    Mid to late summer is not the most popular period for many bass anglers even though they have many options. Whether you choose to fish for smallmouth or largemouth in the upper Midwest this can be a time of plenty both for big fish and action. As usual the key is concentrating on the proper water an...

July 2005

  • Summer River Patterns

    Summer River Patterns
    by MIKE MLADENIK

    July can be a frustrating period for anglers even tough fishing can be good. The key to success in July is knowing the specie you are pursuing and knowing the best type of water to fish. Being a full time guide for over 20 years I have developed several patterns that are productive in July. Here is ...

June 2005

  • Early Season Musky

    Early Season Musky
    by MIKE MLADENIK

    Musky Fisherman all have there favorite lake. Over the years a specific lake has been good to them and has produced not only a trophy musky but consistent action. While having a favorite musky lake is fine, there are times when it will work to your disadvantage. One time when you should forget about...

May 2005

  • Northwood's Bass

    Northwood's Bass
    by MIKE MLADENIK

    Finally after a long winter we are able to get out on the water once May arrives. I spent the winter giving numerous seminars across the Midwest. Each winter I enjoy giving these seminars and meeting with anglers. My last seminars were at the Action Marine Open House in early April. Events like t...

April 2005

  • Early Pre-Spawn Smallmouth

    Early Pre-Spawn Smallmouth
    by MIKE MLADENIK

    Over the years I have written many articles on pre-spawn smallmouth. The more I study pre-spawn smallmouth I have come to the conclusion that we need to focus on both the early and late pre-spawn periods. It is the early pre-spawn period that receives little insight. At this time it is anyone's gues...

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