The fall fishing season has concluded, and winter is now making its arrival. Anglers could be ice fishing any week now. Bass season has ended, and I have been delayed in sending my October/ end of year newsletter. I apologize for writing everything in the past tense, and reporting on old news and events that took place a month ago. While the lakes are now building ice and I have nothing to share on the current status of bass fishing, this will be a recap of highlights from October and my final weeks of the 2017 season. This fall, I fished from September 25th thru October 9th, and again from October 19th thru 27th.
The bite recently has been extraordinary. In the past few weeks, we’ve caught a PB near 7-pounder, a handful of 21’s, and a number of 17-20’s. Great weather can lead to great fishing. The activity and behavior of bass is correlative to the weather and conditions of their environments. When conditions are stable, fish locations and feeding is more predictable.
Hi all, I recently concluded a 2 week block of trips that took place from July 24th through August 6th. End of July through early August was a period of two contrasting weeks of fishing but comprised with bass of excellent average sizes. The inland bass fisheries of Vilas and Oneida County showcased its world class fishing for exceptional, high quality smallmouth bass. (more…)
Hi all. Not only has my fishing schedule been inconsistent with a mid-June vacation to avoid bass spawn, but so has the weather and fishing. I’m getting sick and tired of northwest winds and cold rain. Unlike my guests and I, the fish haven’t cared much. The fishing lately hasn’t been hot, but we’re still averaging 20-30 fish per day, each trip out. We aren’t targeting dinks and rod benders either. While numbers of hungry post-spawn bass were down, average sizes have been nothing short of incredible lately, with several 17-19 inchers we’ve lost count on. This goes to show you the quality of bass fishing we have in the Minocqua area! In the next 2-3 years, all of these up-and-comer fish we’ve been catching lately will grow up to be trophy 20 inchers! (more…)
The month of May 2017 had fishing that was hot and cold. About half of the month was warm, encompassed of sunny temperatures that triggered bass feeding and movements, and resulted in good to excellent fishing. Meanwhile the other half of the month was cold, resulting in an very extended and month-long pre-spawn fishing period (this was awesome), but brought what seemed to be 87 different coldfronts in the month and a few trips that had to be canceled and rescheduled. As we know, spring coldfronts are bad for fishing. (more…)
My spring return to the Minocqua area was greeted by a major dumping of snowfall and rainfall that has flooded rivers and streams. Despite that, the Ranger is in the shop this week, receiving its finishing touches on 2017 season upgrades. Also, the yard for the most part is finally raked and tidied up. Now I can go fishing following the upcoming weekend opener. (more…)
The month of October has passed, and so has my 2016 bass fishing season. My bass fishing wrapped up during the week of October 9th, and after lots of musky and multi-species fishing the Ranger was winterized on October 21st. Our fall season has been confused and I’m not quite sure it knows what to do. Shouldn’t it keep getting colder, and not warmer? The reality is I should still be bass fishing, but having now winterized and closed up the house these circumstances assures me that I’m done until next May. (more…)
September was a month of transition. Proof is in the weather forecast, on the leaves, on my Lowrance temperature gauge, and below the surface. What was an outstanding end of summer through Labor Day weekend gave way to the first phase of autumn; pre-turnover.