I don't claim to be an expert fisherman ... just a guy who loves to fish and has been blessed for his efforts. I learned a long time ago that in fishing, and in much of life, you get out of it what you put into it. I work hard when fishing, I study a lot, and always try to learn something on every outing. I hope you can use the information I post on this blog to learn something as well. Thanks for following along!

Friday, November 27, 2009

November 27, 2009 - MLW

Fished with Eric and Andy today in MLW. Started slow in the Marina ... then went to the discharge and slaughtered the steelies. Went about 30 for 50. All on spawn, most under floats.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

November 21, 2009 - SHE

Fished with Scott again. Fished from 5:30 to 10:30 am. A lot of fish in the NE corner early but nothing actively feeding. I did not get a bite all day. Scott had 3 bites on jigs and gulp, caugth one buck brown. Wind calm, 55 degrees and sunny.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

November 14, 2009 - SHE

Fished with Tim, Troy, and Scott (Walleyewackr). Scott got 2 nice hen steelies. I had one good bite, one light bite, and caught one decent northern. That was it. Water was clear, wind was strong out of the south, air temps in low 50's. Gate to the docks was open ... fish caught on the end of row 1 in the corner on Chartruese spawn on floats.

Scott's 10 lb hen Steelie

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

November 3, 2009 - RAC

Fished with Collin again. I got there early (6:00 a.m) and caught one decent Brown (green and gold Cleo) with a deformed mouth. Had 2 other hits. Collin came and we didn't get another bite all day. Floated spawn for 14 hours and never had a tick! Did see Dean catch this beautiful brown! River was high and muddy. Harbor looked good but there weren't many fish in it. Need some coooooold weather to get the Browns and Steelies in.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

October 27, 2009 - RAC

Fished with Collin and Joe again. Got there at 6:15. Caught 2 small Steelies in "the corner" at about 7:00 am and a Brown in the same spot about 8:30. Lost a nice fish on spawn. Caught the other 3 on spawn as well. Water was cloudy, wind was calm, temps in mid 50's, calm.

29" 15 lb Brown Hen

Thursday, October 22, 2009

October 20, 2009 - RAC

Fished the marina and river with Joe and Collin. I went 6 for 8 with a Steelhead, Chinook, Coho, and 3 Browns. Browns were 31" and 13#'s, 29" and 11#'s, and 28" and 10#'s. The smallest was a hen, the others were bucks. Weather was 57 and calm ... overcast. Got the three browns in the river and the rest at the corner. Lost a big steelie and a monster Chinook at the corner. Browns hit green and gold dimpeled Cleos and a the rest hit spawn / skien.

31" - 13 lb Brown

29" - 11 lb Brown

28" - 10 lb Brown Hen

Small buck Coho

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

RAC Harbor - October 13, 2009

Fished with Collin today. Andy got his on a J-13 in silver and mine was on skien. The King inhaled the J-13 to the point that there was only an inch or so of it still showing. Slien bite was slow. We missed 5-6 fish. Weather was cold and windy ... high of 42, N wind at 15 mph.

40", 25 lb Chinook Salmon Buck

Steelhead Hen

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Got out early today and caught a 37" muskie at 6:45. Then got this 22" largemouth at 7:45. Ended up with about 15 bass, a northern and a muskie. Also lost another muskie and a big bass that broke me off on a post. All were caught on a Berkley Hollow Belly Swin Bait in bluegill color.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Lake Waubesa - September 22, 2009

Got out tonight for a few hours. Caught a nice 18" on a jig, but the action was very slow. We got over 3" of rain today. Had a monster follow a DT-1 after dark. It saw me and spooked as the bait approached me. BIG fish!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Fished tonight from 3:45 to 6:00. Got 10, includingh 5 in the first 10 minutes. Biggest was 19". Sunny, 75, and flat calm. Broke a rod and a bale spring tonight. Ouch.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

September 6, 2009 - Lake Waubesa

Got this 22" tonight on a jig and a chigger craw. Caught it under a pontoon. 75 and partly cloudy ... slight breeze out of the SE

Friday, September 4, 2009

September 4, 2009 - Lake Waubesa

Fished about 3 hours tonight after work. Only caught 3 bass but the 21" in the pic made it worthwhile. Made 5 casts with a banjo under one particular dock that has produced before and never had a tick. Changed to a swim jig with a Sabertube tail and had a hit in the first cast in the same spot. I didn't get the hook in so I threw it right back in there and the fish just exploded on it. He got rapped around 2 different posts but I was able to pull him.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

August 22, 2009 - Lake Waubesa

Gave Andy another fishing lesson this morning. Ended up with about 12, including this 21" caught on a jig and chigger craw under a dock. Cool, fairly strong wind out of the NW.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

August 6, 2009 - Lake Waubesa

Back to Waubesa for about 4 hours this morning (8 to noon). Wind calm ... temps about 75. A lot of green on top of the water. Fishing was slower, but still caught about 10, all on banjo minnows. Biggest was a fat 19"er. All fish were deep under docks and near a post. The 19" grabbed it and ran but I didn't get a hook in. Two casts later he grabbed it again and the circle hook went into the meat of the mouth.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

August 5, 2009 - Lake Waubesa

Tried something new today ... Worms were slow, the lake was calm, and the water was fairly clean. After two hours of slow action I tied on a banjo minnow. I ended up with about 15 bass, including two at 16", one each at 17", 18", and 21". All were deep under docks and pontoons. Most of the larger fish sucked the bait in, the 18" came out of the water to get it! Hot temps, no wind. One day before the full moon.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

August 1, 2009 - Lake Waubesa

Finally an end to the three week dry spell! Caught about a dozen this morning ... the biggest being just over 20" and 4.5 lbs. Wackey rigged sinking minnow under a dock. I believe I had this fish hit 3 times this morning before I finally got a hook in him. I tried a circle hook the third time around ... it worked wonderfully! It's tough to resist setting the hook like normal ... but with a little practice it seems to really be the ticket!

Monday, July 13, 2009

July 12, 2009

Andy and I fished for about 3 hours tonight. We each caught 5, including one 20". Mine came on Gulp sinking minnows in pumpkinseed, wacky rigged ... his on GSM in Watermellon, Texas rigged. All came under docks.

20" largemouth

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Lake Waubesa - July 11, 2009

Caught 28 today, including the two pictured below. All came on Gulp sinking minnows in pumpkinseed or watermellon fished undewr docks in 3 fow or less. Hot and sunny today with a 10 to 15 mpw wind from the west.

21.5" largemouth

20" largemouth

Monday, July 6, 2009

Lake Waubesa - July 6, 2009

Fished with Andy today from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm. Got 24 largemouth, most on Gulp sinking minnows on Texas Rigged or Wacky Rigged. A few on a jib with Gulp turtle back worms. Temps were hot, sun bright, and wind moderate out of the SW.

18" Largemouth

16" largemouth

Monday, June 22, 2009

Lake Waubesa - Saturday, June 20, 2009

Andy and I fished Waubesa most of the day today. Got 18 largemouth, most on Gulp Sinking Minnows Puirple fleck and pumpkinseed. Caught most on the flat near McDaniel ... the rest under docks near McConnell. The biggest was 21.5" and came from under a dock. Weather was hot and calm ... mid 80's. I went out alone for a few hours on Sunday evening. Caught 8 on worms ... mostly a 10" Gulp Turtleback worm in Pumpkinseed (natural).
18" largemouth on a worm

15" largemouth on a worm

21.5" largemouth on a worm

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Lake Waubesa - Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Tried something different tonight on Waubesa. Fished from 8:15 to 11:15 pm. Started rather slow but really took off after dark. Ended up with 10 largemouth and 1 carp (that hit a surface bait!). Biggest largemouth was 20" ... lost one that was bigger. Calm wind, 65 degrees. A lot of cottonweood seeds on the surface. All fish caught on blue/white DT-1. All fish CPR'd.

Largemouth - 20"

Monday, June 8, 2009

Lake Waubesa - Sunday, June 7, 2009

Andy and I fished Waubesa from 6:30 to 9:30 pm. Caught 18 largemouth and one northern, all on DT-1's. All fish were in 2-4' of water. Temps were cool - 55 degrees. Sky was clear, wind was 5-10 out of the east. Largest fish was caught at 9:30 pm.

Largemouth - 19.5"

Largemouth - 15"

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Lake DuBay - Saturday - June 6, 2009

Fished the Fish-it with Jeff and Tom Barlament. Fnished the day in first place with 2 walleyes and 2 bass. I caught the two largemouth ... a 17.25" and a 15.5 " - both on a firetiger DT-1. Cold front conditions ... high of 52, E wind at 10, and rain.

Jeff and Tom fished day 2 - caught 3 largemouth... 2 on spinnerbaits and 1 on the firetiger DT-1. All fish were caught in shallow back bay areas. We finished in first place in the tournament.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Lake Waubesa - May 25, 2009 - Memorial Day

Fished from 6:30 to 10:30 AM and again from 1:00 to 9:00 pm. Waded shoreline. Caught 54 largemouth, 3 northerns, and 3 muskies ... the largest largemouth was a pair of 18" and one muskie was 36". All caught on Rapala DT-1 in blue/white/orange. Lost 3 very large bass. Temp was cool in morning - high of 70 - partly to mastly cloudy with light drizzle at about 8:00 pm. Winds out of east at 10-20 mph. Water temp in high 60's. Bluegills just starting to bed. Mayfly hatch began at 8:20 p.m. - bass became inactive immediately.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Lake Waubesa - May 24, 2009

Caught 5 largemouth in about 1 1/2 hours, including this 22". Caught her in a Rapala DT - 1 in about 2' of water. Water temp in high 60's, wind at 5 mph out of the east. CPR'd.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Lake Waubesa - May 11, 2009

Slow night on Waubesa. Fished from 6:45 to 9:30 with Troy. Only got one bite, but he made the most of it with this 45" muskie from shore! Caught it on a 3" chartruese Gulp minnow. Calm winds, air temp about 55. Water was very clear. Got squeezed by a number of other fisherman.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Lake Waubesa - May 9, 2009

Got this 29", 9 lb. walleye this morning at about 8:00. Caught on a 3" chartuese Gulp minnow and a Gamakatsu Darter Head 126 jig in the current under the trestle. Windy and cold - 48 degrees. Caught 2 small largemouth as well.

Lake Waubesa - May 8, 2009

Took a "walk" with Tracy tonight down to the trestle. Caught 2 largemouth and 2 walleyes in 40 minutes. She got the first walleye of the night! Calm wind, light drizzle, temps dropping to about 55.

Friday, May 8, 2009

Lake Waubesa - May 7, 2009

Fished Waubesa from 5:00 pm to 9:30 p.m. Started out in 15 MPH SW winds and light drizzle. Caught a walleye in the first 10 minutes. Clouds moved out and became sunny and calm. Next walleye was caught at 8:10 p.m. Got 5 walleyes on the next 7 cast. All on Gulp! minnows - 3" chartuese. Also caught a 19" largemouth, 2 smaller largemouth, a foul hooked carp, and had a muskie bite me off.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Lake Waubesa - May 5, 2009

Fished Waubesa from shore tonight after work (7 to 9:30 pm). Caught 10 walleyes and 2 largemouth. Seven walleyes were over 15", all were males. Water temp reported at 56.7 degrees. Wind from the south at 10 mph. 3/4 moon. Most fish taken on 4" Gulp minnow (pearl), 2 walleyes on blue / silver Rattlin' Rap. All fish were caught on the current break near the tressle.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Saturday - April 11, 2009

Fished SHE. Started in the PGN and went 4 for 5 on Steelhead. All 4 were under 8". must have just been stocked. Went to the harbor and caught a 31" Brown in the first 15 minutes in my float tube. Hooks from my J-13 punctured the tube and I had to quit. Temps 40 - Water fairly clear for the harbor. Winds north at 15 mph.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Steelhead Fishing - April 2, 2009

Fished SHE today. Started in PGN and went 4 for 5 in Steelies. Left at 10:00 when the crowd rolled in. Went to the harbor and went 0 for 1 on Browns. Lost a huge brown (18 to 20 lb class). Went back to the river in the afternoon and went 1 for 3. Water in the river was perfect. Slow, deep holes were loaded with Steelies. The harbor was brown but not murky. Calm winds, overcast, 30 - 35 degrees.

Steelhead buck - 26" - 5 lbs

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Friday - March 20, 2009

Fished SHE. Found the gate to the piers locked when I arrived. Ice along the edge was unsafe to cross. Fished open water off the rocks. Went 3 for 4 ... one 30" 8 lb Steelhead, one Sucker, and one Catfish. Catching the Catfish convinced me it was time to quit. Water was semi-clear, brown. Air temp was 40 degree, wind at 10-15 from the South.

Also fished the PGN for about an hour. Water looked pretty good. No action. Floated spawn.

Steelhead Buck - 30" - 8 lbs.