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The plan was to fish Monday thru Friday but with the ridiculous hot weather, my grandpa and I cut the week of fishing short by a day, so we came home early.

Throughout the week, it was barely windy every day, it was sunny every day and almost cloudless, and each day was pushing hot and humid at 85-90degs. My only times for fishing came either in early mornings from 6-10am, and again in evenings from 6-10pm. I did fish once mid-day and I'm paying for my sins with a burnt back.

Four lakes and one river were fished, the largest lake I fished this time was 260 acres, and was somewhat of a wilderness lake in Vilas co. This was my first visit here and I will have to make another trip soon. Two other lakes were near the house and both were about 100-acres. We also tried launching out on Little Spider but the south-end landing appeared too rough for the front-wheel drive station wagon - all rough sand and didn't feel too comfortable... I'll have to give it a try maybe next time with the stronger van.




The wilderness lake.


This sucked..

My main species of interest this time were Pike and Muskies, pike especially. The weather was too poor for either fishes, but water temps were decent enough everywhere the boat was at, coming in at 74-80degs.


Really no action at all was coming from the Pike.

My little lake was alright in the evenings if I wasn't out on some other lakes. Caught a few of the usual Bass and I had the pleasure of finding a few nice suspended Crappies.





Over the last two days, Wednesday and early Thursday, Muskies got me going. For about an hour on Wednesday morning and then again in the evening from 6-10pm, I was working a 100acre lake that's about 5-mins from the house. This place I think is very unknown for the Muskies and not too many people fish it, so I'll have to keep quiet about it.

Here, I had 4 fish throughout the day come to the boat or trail my baits by 15ft, or surface right in front of me. The largest was about 40". I think the fishes here were really stubborn and lazy. I was mainly working anything that resembled cisco forage because the lake is deep and is home to ciscoes. White & silver bucktails, Llungen tails, Magnum jointed Rapala X-raps, etc, etc. In the evening, I worked surface topwaters and had a good fish checking out the Smity Sputter Bug but he wasn't interested.

This little Musky outing was fun and I wouldn't say it was a waste of time. I got a lake 5-mins from the house and it's got Muskies. Sweet! I'll be back here again very soon.

The again on yesterday morning, I made a 3-hour wade on the Wisconsin River. I really caught nothing except for a few agressive Smallies that decided to take 5-inch swimbaits. I did however lose an approximately 40-inch Musky on a black mepps musky killer. I had the fish on my bass spinnerbait and lighter casting rod earlier in the outing as it was hooked for about 5-secs and surfaced, and on my way back I'm pretty sure I picked up the same fish. I didn't have the Musky stick on me, so instead I had the fish hooked on my smaller Pike stick, a 6.5ft med. heavy rod w/ 30lb power pro. I had the fish on for about a minute, and roughly 10feet from me, the fish starts thrashing and surfaces. It made a few rolls and it came unhooked. It never ran, and besides the head-shakes, I'd say it was all under control.

That was a dissapointment but was fun to experience. Had I played it better, there would be a Musky photo right here.

That's basically how the trip went. I had my opportunities with a few Muskies which was rather fun and exciting. The Pike fishing sucked which was bad because I had high hopes for them. Although I didn't try much for Bass, I still caught a few and found some nice Crappies. I didn't try any walleye fishing and nor did I fish any of my Smallie lakes, which was surprising.

I have anywhere from 5-10 days of fishing left for the north before school starts again. Gotta' make the most of it and make up for this trip.

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One other thing....

On the evening before I left, I made a quick evening/night-time wade on the local backyard river. I caught two Walleyes. The monster of the season so far at 25", and its companion, a 19-inch male.







andrew
 

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Thanks! It really is a luxury to be able to launch out on the smaller lakes with somewhat unimproved landings - the places big boats have no chance at.

This boat is alright for the smaller 100-500 acre lakes. My only issue with it is that on any bigger lakes and with the wind, I hate fishing out of this thing but it's the best I've got. I'd take fishing in this boat any day over going out of my dad's speedboat. It's small and tight, but works! :D

I'm hoping to get either a 16-17-footer sometime soon. Just too bad I'm a poor college kid. hahahaha. I would never sell this boat though! I didn't even buy it nor its goods!!

Topwater said:
What I've done with a smaller, aluminum boat like that, is to remove the trailer from the car, roll it into the water a bit, and lift the tongue while pushing the boat off, being careful of the motor of course. that way you can get into almost any lake regardless of the launch conditions. Reloading is even easier, just tip the trailer up until the rummers are in contact with the boat, start cranking with the tongue way up and the boat slips on real easy. A little finess is all that's really needed and you have no prob's.
That is an excellent idea!!! Never thought of that.

One problem though: My trailer doesn't have any tongue that can lift. Just a bed & rollers that stay permanent for the boat to rest on.

How far into the water do you generally push the trailer into without having any problems pulling it up? That would be the tricky part for me.

I'm sure that pulling up the boat and trailer from the water would be much harder than sliding it in.... :? My fear is getting it stuck that way too.
 

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Topwater said:
No tongue that can lift? You know, the part that attaches to the ball on your car.
AAAAHHHH!! I thought the tongue was the bed/ runners that can be lifted up and down - which I've seen on certain trailers. I became confused, but now I got it!!

Also, is there any way to drop the height of your runners? In the pic they look like your boat is up a good distance from the trailer frame. If you can lower those (at least in the rear) that would help a lot.
That's another good idea. I'll have to check and see because if I lowered the runners, I would be able to launch much easier on a few much-improved landings on lakes with low water levels. :D

Thanks for the advice sir! I will be putting it to use. :D

Thanks JD, thanks Augy. :)
 
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