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!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013


Finally found some Steelhead yesterday! Found a few dozen browns too.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Fall Trout Bite Starting

Picked up a few browns last week in Milwaukee. Had a bunch of BIG salmon stretch my string but they have this way of finding docks, poles, chains, etc. Give it another week and the browns and steelhead should be coming in strong.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Monday, September 30, 2013

A Few from Last Week...

A unique salmon run this year. Took a few really nice fish. Going to start fall bass fishing now.

Monday, September 16, 2013

From the Weekend

Weather didn't cooperate. Neither did the bite.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Slow Start

High water temps have delayed the salmon run for us but there are still a few fish to be had. Here's a couple we picked up on Saturday night.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Salmon Run is Starting ...

The fall salmon run is just beginning and all indications are ... it's going to be a BIG fish year!

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

A Few More from Last Night

The bite was definitely slower last night, but the quality was worth the effort!

Monday, July 29, 2013

Summer Bite is Great!

The bite on the Madison Chain has been outstanding. Here's a few pics from the past few days...

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Mixed Bag

Picked up a nice mixed bag last night ... walleyes, smallies, a 32" pike, and a slew of white bass. Caught them both trolling cranks (Flicker Shad and Minnow Raps) and drop shotting leaches.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Monday, June 17, 2013

Spawn Not Over Yet

Evidently a few Smallies remain on their beds yet... I picked this one up in about 3' of water Saturday while trying to catch a few white bass for a meal.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

"Wife Time" on the Water

I was able to spend a few hours fishing with my wife yesterday and, as usual, she out-fished me again. We had a lot of fun, and it seemed like the lake was alive with fish. Smallies were abundant and white bass seemed to be EVERYWHERE! I had a hard time keeping them off my surface baits!

Sunday, June 9, 2013

It's Warming Up!

The bass bite is picking up with the warm weather. Largemouth are off their beds in our area and Smallies are either done spawning or finishing up. That means they're starting to recover and putting on the feed bag! Here are a few fish from last week, including my personal best Smallie!

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Summer Bass Bite is Slow in Developing

Water temps are just starting to climb into the 60's and as a result the bass bite in southern Wisconsin is starting out a little slower. Weed growth on the Madison chain is minimal to this point. I'm hoping to spend the majority of the Memorial Day weekend on the water.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

New Rig!

Big day for me today. I picked up a new fishing rig. Now I get to deck it out with all of the fun stuff!

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Done Intentionally Catching Cats

The pre-spawn cat bite is finally slowing down. Most of the fish that are left are smaller males (5-6 lbs.). Last few times out were pretty decent. Got my personal best about a week ago ... 37.5" and 26.5 lb channel with an enormous head!

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Monster Cat Bite Continues

Fought the wind last night and found a ton of cats stacked up on the wind blown shoreline. Caught about 15, of which only 3 were smaller than 30". I caught my personal best about 2:00 pm ... a 35" and 22 lb beast!

Monday, April 29, 2013

How Big Will They Get?

Took a fishing buddy out last night for Cats ... and he taught me how to catch big ones! It's absolutely crazy how big the channel cats are getting on the Madison chain. He ended up with his 3 largest being 33", 34" and a MONSTER 36.5".

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Ice Out Kitty!

Caught this girl yesterday afternoon in less than 2' of water. Water temp was 46.5 degrees. Brrrrr... 33" and 18 lbs. I just love the way they fight in that shallow water!

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Muskie Heaven!

Shot some video of muskies yesterday in Madison. Really amazing to find them stacked like this.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Here Come the Cats!

Mendota is getting really close! With any luck ... I'll be fishing cats this weekend!

Monday, April 1, 2013

Ice Fishing Trout 2013

My buddies did a REALLY good job on this video:

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Personal Best

I was fortunate enough to get my personal best Brown through the ice this past Saturday. She was a 34" spawned out seeferellon that ate a peach colored spawn sac in about 12' of water. Short but intense fight and CPR'd.