I'm turning 40 tomorrow. I figure, I'm not going to get better at anything athletically, but I still want to have some goals in life. I like fishing, but I don't get out there as much as I'd like. To motivate myself and to keep it interesting, I decided to set a goal of catching 50 different species of fish here in my home state of Wisconsin. And to add to the difficulty, I have to catch each as I'm filming it. I'm going to post each video to this thread, and I'm also going to need help as I go. Any tips on how to catch different species of fish would be greatly appreciated. Here's the first fish I caught on video, the Bigmouth Buffalo by the Hustisford Dam.
Quest to catch 50 different fish species in Wisconsin
CONGRADULATIONS!!!!!!! The Gar is off Da List!!!!! Great job buddy!!!!
Thanks for the tips on Warmouth SnakeSter and Mr.Bass1984. I'll see if I can get back out there with leeches. There might be some riprap by the end of Phantom Lake near the mouth of the lower Mukwonago River.
I caught another new species for me! Gar! I was super excited about this one. Here's the video.
Lol Mr Bass!!! You’re exactly right! They have a very high metabolism for sure.
I always seem to catch warmouth around riprap shorelines. They'll eat just about anything.
You’ll know when you catch a Warmouth because they are vicious little fish. They will do everything to poke you with their gillspikes. They have red eyes too. They are mean little suckers. Caught a lot of them on Phantom using leaches. That’s the only thing I use while panfishing because bass love them too.
Tried for 44, the stupid Warmouth, and didn't catch it. Still had a good morning out on Phantom Lake with my son, though.
Thanks JayBeeTurtleAnd, I got one, a Yellow Bass that is on Lac La Belle. I bought a boat (used, but it has a fish finder which helped a lot), and I took it out to Oconomowoc with my oldest son. That's 43. Seven to go!!!
I think I'm going to head over to the Wisconsin River next and try for shovel nose sturgeon. I have the stuff to catch gar, too. I'm not going to bring my boat though. The Lower Wisconsin looks sketchy for boats. Or maybe I'll take my boat to Green Lake and try for Cisco. One or the other is my next mission. Any tips for targeting Cisco in Green Lake in the summer? I bought some blade lures to try and get deeper in the water.
By far the easiest fish to get would be a yellow bass on Labelle. I catch em everytime there
Congrats on 41/42! Like u said, Only 8 more to go!!!! This is getting exciting!!!! Lol
Thanks for all the tips on where to target different species. I was lucky enough to knock two more off of my list on one trip. Lake Trout and Coho Salmon when I was fishing in Lake Michigan.