So, mom has 1 sister left amongst her siblings, & she has lived on lake Nokomis in N. WI for the last 30yrs. She was scheduled for a medical procedure last week & mom wanted to be with her for it. Decided that since my current schedule is open, that I should drive her up to be with her sister. Left FL on thursday night, arrived in Chicago on friday night, & sunday a.m. we set off for Tomahawk, WI.
I have spent minimal time in this part of WI, & probably have only visited my aunts place 2 or 3 times in the 30yrs she has lived here. Nokomis is basically a large flowage off the WI river. Mostly shallow, its known mostly for musky, walleye, & panfish, but in my couple brief visits here, Im pretty convinced this might be 1 of the better smallmouth lakes that most people never hear about. Not having access to a boat, casting off the point my aunts house sits on was about as much as I would explore the lake this time around. Luckily, that proved to be a somewhat productive routine.
A large, shallow point with sandy bottom & scattered rock was drawing solidly prespawn smallies thru out the day. Each walk around the point was usually good for 2 smallies. Pulse-r's & slow rolled shadow raps produced a few nice fish. Early in the week, the bass barely fought when hooked. I am not sure of the actual water temp, but by the feel, the weather, & the sluggishness of the hooked smallies, its cold!
Unsure of my shore options in this relatively unfamiliar area, I looked on google earth & checked out some of the local rivers & there accessability. In the immediate area, there is the WI, Tomahawk, & Spirit rivers & each has dams
Well, I have to say they have been highly productive.
The local daily limit on walleye is 3, with 15" being legal. Several mornings (or afternoons) this has happened in <20 minutes. Some outings are typical WI river days with dozens of 10-14"ers & a few 15-18"s. The last few days, I found a dam thats giving up a few 20"+s ,too. Theres 3 more dams in the general area Ive yet to hit.
Walleyes have been hitting on 3 things for me. A PB&J pulse R, any 3-5" minnow-like plastics (berkley power minnows, zoom flukes), and lastly, I just wouldnt be me without mentioning hair jigs. These baits are all fished on 1/8 & 1/4 heads, being more "glided" than jigged along the bottom on a semi-slack line in the deeper eddies along the main current.. Have to say its been a blast! Some outings seem to have durations of "getting fish or bites on every cast".
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