I'll be dammed...

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I'll be dammed...

Postby cletedius » May Thu 30, 2019 11:58 pm

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!
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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 8)
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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Re: I'll be dammed...

Postby cletedius » May Fri 31, 2019 1:28 am

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So, what I havent talked about is the river smallie fishing around here, & all I can say is........WOW! :shock:

As I mentioned Im pretty ignorant of this immediate area, so its been a little bit of a reconnaissance effort on some levels, but I was pretty clueless on the smallies in this part of WI.
Ive caught bass on every brief outing, with a handful of chunkers on some, & more than a couple outings catching 20-30 in around 2 hours. Avg size has been impressive as well. Dont think Ive cracked 5lbs, but Id bet Ive easily caught more than a couple dozen over 4 in the time Ive been here. The cookie-cutter size seems to be in the 15-17" range, with larger 1s very common.

As far as baits, earlier in the week with really cold temps, the PB&J pulse-R was catching both eyes & bass with consistency. In colder water this is really a special bait, IMO. The last few days the hair jig has been killing it. Big, bushy bucktail or bear hair jigs in dark colors or dark with a fluorescent-ish accent (black/chartreuse, purple/red, black/hot pink) have been money for eyes & bass the last few days.

A couple of interesting notes:
For the last week this area (Oneida county) has been overrun with vacationing FIBs. Its currently a suburb of Chi, but Ive yet to encounter any in my shorefishing outings.
The locals have been very friendly. Very open about spots, specific info, etc. A few have actually extended invites on their boats to hit their "secret" spots. Kind of different than the norm of FL & Chi. Tackle shops in the area are decent, slightly high on prices but I honestly was quite surprised they werent worse, considering the locale.
Not an area I typically associated with being hospitable to the shore angler, but with a little grit & effort, its surprisingly filled with abundant opportunity. I did bring the waders, but have yet to bust them out.

And lastly,
Ive yet to verify, catch, accidentally snag or knowingly hook a rough-fish species of any kind!
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Re: I'll be dammed...

Postby joetrain » May Fri 31, 2019 4:56 am

Yep,I’m jealous. It’s hovering at 100 degrees here. Hot enough to keep me inside.
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Re: I'll be dammed...

Postby catchafew » May Fri 31, 2019 7:33 am

Awesome report Pat. It was great fishing with you a few weeks ago. Hopefully I can duplicate some of your success with walleye someday.
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Re: I'll be dammed...

Postby Aux Pleins » May Fri 31, 2019 7:44 am

Great stuff. Drive thru Tomahawk a couple times a year. Park Falls, Winter, and Ladysmith are my home away from home.
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Postby Lip_Yanker » May Fri 31, 2019 9:55 am

Nice trip!

We spend time a little north of there every year in Minocqua/ Arbor Vitae area. The lakes we fish are touted as LM and Musky, but we've caught more great Smallies the last 10 years than we have LM. Which is just fine with me.
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Re: I'll be dammed...

Postby cletedius » May Fri 31, 2019 10:08 am

catchafew wrote:Awesome report Pat. It was great fishing with you a few weeks ago.


Mike, the privilege was all mine. Was a pleasure to finally meet up with you after a few years years of correspondence!
And, it looks as though there may be some more opportunity. To make a long story short, my aunt has had a number of setbacks, 1 being a heart attack while in the rhinelander "hospital". She was transfered to wasau, & then immediately sent to heart clinic in marshfield. We got her back home on wednsday, but, a little bit of road ahead. How does this apply to me? Well, her family is looking for someone who doesnt mind being out in the middle of nowhere, & isnt dissuaded by her "cheerful" demeanor :D ., to keep an eye on her for a few weeks, as she is 83 & lives by herself out in the boonies. Wonder who might fit that bill..... 8)
In any case dont be surprised to hear from me in the coming days. :wink:

Aux Pleins wrote:Great stuff. Drive thru Tomahawk a couple times a year. Park Falls, Winter, and Ladysmith are my home away from home.


Thank you. Ive always kind of avoided the Tomahawk, Minocqua, Rhinelander areas only because they seemed a bit "busy" during the season. No longer will I be making that mistake. Yes, it gets crowded with visitors, but theres seemingly many options to steer clear of the crowds, too.
Day before I met mike, I took the hour drive from aunts house to go to the st croix factory in Park falls & go straight to the source for some rod issues. St croix rocks. Handed me a brand new replacement legend extreme without batting an eye. The few grouse I saw along the way made me wish I had my 12 gauge!


Anyway:
Out the door at 6:03 a.m. this morning, stop for a mtn dew & bag of ice, 15 minutes to my favorite local spot as of the last couple days, & walking back in the door @ 7:16a.m. with my limit of eyes. 2 keepers, & 1 24.5" er. Took about 10 minutes, lol. All on 1/8oz black/red bucktail. The 2 locals who were there when I arrived were somewhat perplexed looking as I pulled up, got 3 legals + a couple shorts, and walked back to my car as they were trying to get started on their stringer for the morning. I felt about 6" taller than I acually am....lol.
Im going back to pester the smallies later this afternoon!
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Re: I'll be dammed...

Postby billebob5 » May Fri 31, 2019 10:33 am

wow, great stuff. Inspires me to book a trip next summer somewhere around there.
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Re: I'll be dammed...

Postby cletedius » May Fri 31, 2019 4:34 pm

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indigenous species to the area
And a few crappie off the point today.
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Re: I'll be dammed...

Postby polishfly » May Fri 31, 2019 9:02 pm

holy crack hahahaha

nice fish dude!
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Re: I'll be dammed...

Postby Aux Pleins » May Fri 31, 2019 9:25 pm

Crack kills.....
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Re: I'll be dammed...

Postby joetrain » Jun Sat 01, 2019 5:27 am

I think I know his family. They live here in NC.
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Re: I'll be dammed...

Postby cletedius » Jun Sat 01, 2019 10:33 pm

Spent 4-5 hours in 2 shifts, today
Species caught:
Largemouth
Smallmouth
Walleye
Crappie
Northern
Musky
Bowfin
Rockbass
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All caught bank fishing the dams around town. Hair outproduced plastic by a large margin the last couple days. Its a good/bad thing. Hair is much easier to catch multiple fish on the same jig. The bad, I think its going to take me a year to tie replacements for all the jigs!!! Ive lost so far.
This is how it looks when you try to make a 30" musky look 50"
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Im blown away by the size of the crappie in Lake Nokomis. Have been catching a few crappies casting off the shoreline of my aunts house. It seems they are all 12" & up.

No pics of the snot-rockets or ditch-pickles.

I may never leave!
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Re: I'll be dammed...

Postby vman01 » Jun Sun 02, 2019 2:36 am

Those are some awesome walleye and crappie you are posting along with everything else. I have some family up by Wittenberg I think I may need to visit.
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Postby mike son » Jun Sun 02, 2019 9:16 am

Hell yeah a bunch of good fish. Looks like you're making the best use of your time in the cheese land
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Re: I'll be dammed...

Postby badger75 » Jun Mon 03, 2019 12:54 pm

Very nice fish and report.
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Re: I'll be dammed...

Postby cletedius » Jun Tue 04, 2019 2:11 am

vman01 wrote:Those are some awesome walleye and crappie you are posting along with everything else. I have some family up by Wittenberg I think I may need to visit.

mike son wrote:Hell yeah a bunch of good fish. Looks like you're making the best use of your time in the cheese land

badger75 wrote:Very nice fish and report.

Thank you

Accepted an invite to get out on Nokomis sunday afternoon to chase crappie. Our results with the crappie were less than encouraging. Changed gears & went looking for walleye. That worked out a bit better!
Snap-jigging bigger plastic minnow baits put a 2man limit in the boat in short order. Fished in 16-20' in an area of the lake with current. An aggresive snap of the jig followed with a slack line fall was getting crushed often. Got my limit of two 16" & one 18" walleye in the 1st 5 casts! Then we worked on my new friends limit which took about another 30 minutes just as daylight was ending. Was a ton of fun!
Apologies for lack of fish porn, but, truth be told, as we were racing @ 40 to make it back to the ramp before darkness, the quickly dropping temps from the cold front had me scrambling for the house instead of the camera!
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Postby HEDDONFROG » Jun Tue 04, 2019 10:51 am

Wow, good times Pat. Looks like you're feeling right at home up there. Amazing catches
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Re: I'll be dammed...

Postby cletedius » Jun Wed 05, 2019 1:52 am

HEDDONFROG wrote:Wow, good times Pat. Looks like you're feeling right at home up there. Amazing catches


Indeed, its been pretty fun, &, yeah I think I could get pretty used to things up this way, but thats easy to say in June, I suppose.

I may need to start fading catchafew.

So, tonights report.....

Never got out at daybreak. The morning/afternoons focus was on 2 wooded acres & 2 years worth of pine needles, a lighter, and a leaf blower to expedite the process. It was a pyromaniacs dream. Also a bit scary for more than a minute :shock:

After I finished not burning down my aunts property & a few other tasks that had been missed the last couple years, the time had come. I set out later in the afternoon for a dam thats been fairly hot for me @ times the past week. Upon arrival, it was obvious the water had dropped 1.5' since the day before. Threw my whole tailwater/eddy scenario out of whack. Caught a couple decent smallies, no walleyes, & I had 1 juvie musky eat a black 5" kalins.
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After 45 minutes I wasnt feeling it so I headed to another dam I hadnt visited in a couple days. 2 anglers were already planted on their buckets when I pulled up. I set up at the bottom of the eddy, away from the bucketeers. The flow was way slower than I had seen since Ive been here. Put a few casts thru the eddy, & then I took 5 or 6 steps towards the main river channel. After 2 casts, I turn around to head back to the eddy-side & 1 of the bucketeers had planted himself directly in my path/spot. WTF is this?, I thought. Certainly within his rights, but seemed rather douchey. No problem! I went to the exact spot he had just vacated & dropped my gear & waved to him but he didnt wave back :cry: Was throwing a 3/16 hair jig & caught a small crappie. A couple casts later I caught its twin. Decided to abandon the search for a limit of walleye & see if i could pile on some of the big crappies that seem to be everywhere around here. Went & grabbed my ultralight & tied on a bobby garland baby shad on a 1/32 head. Action was good, size wasnt. Was catching lots of them floating the jig along the bottom in the slack areas in about 10' of water. Mixed in were a bunch of cigar walleyes. Then, as the light started to fade, a beautiful 19"er ate my tiny bait. After that, it was a steady pick of 10-14" eyes which was fun on the ultra light/4lb nano., with a couple of 16"s to get a limit.

The best part? The d-bag who insisted on being in my spot sat & watched me catch fish after fish in the exact spot he vacated while he completely skunked.

Sometimes poetic justice shines thru!
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Re: I'll be dammed...

Postby cletedius » Jun Fri 07, 2019 12:02 am

Last couple outings have been lackluster. A few decent bass, seemingly more & bigger pike, & mostly smaller eyes since the last report.
But......something semi-neat happened tonight.
Trying to recreate the outing from 2 nights ago, I grabbed my UL, 1/32 jig w/ a bobby garland baby shad & went to work. Not much.
A couple 6-10" eyes but the highlight was this little musky!
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Not a big musky, but was entertaining on the UL setup in the current. Luckily, there was a nearby angler with a net. The setup, a loomis imx 781, daiwa 1000 reel, 4lb nanofil w/6lb mono leader, 1/32 jig with a #6 hook. Hooked him at the very end of his snoot, the rod was next to useless & pretty much expected to break off the whole battle, but everything held up.
Last outing for this trip, headed back to crooked county for a few, then hope to be headed back, but who knows..
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Re: I'll be dammed...

Postby badger75 » Jun Tue 11, 2019 12:17 pm

That will keep your heart beating faster! Well done on UL
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Postby Phil6 » Jun Tue 11, 2019 1:24 pm

That must have been a blast.. wow!
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