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.
August was a month for trophies, and the inland bass fisheries of Vilas and Oneida County showcased its world class fishing for monster smallmouth bass. (more…)
Hello readers and anglers, thank you for following my pursuit of the northwoods bass during the month of July. It was a month filled with travel and adventure. First week of July, I traveled to Rainy Lake Ontario, to fish smallmouths and multi-species with Camp Narrows Lodge, located at the northwest arm of Rainy Lake. From Minocqua, it’s a 6-hour drive where one can experience some of the best fishing in all of North America for smallmouth bass, walleyes, and northern pike. Due to my balancing act of desk work and fishing work, I haven’t found time to provide a trip summary, and write this year’s article installments but in the next few weeks I will make it happen. (more…)