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I was finally up at my house in da 'woods and will be back again this next weekend for another week of fishing, and then I will be back again in two weeks! AWESOME! :D

Yeah, I took my good friend, Tony fishing with me for the week and the fishing sucked, but was still alright. The weather was terrible in the upper 80's, low 90's almost each day, it was too darn sunny out, I got burned pretty bad, but I'm a gamer so that would never affect me and the fishing. Water temps on the lakes in the early part of the week were in the high 60's and by the end of the week, everything was in the mid-70's, with one of the lakes hitting a remarkable and sickening 80-degrees. WTF! :shock:

We fished in Vilas & Oneida co. Hit up 10 lakes ranging in size from 23 acres to 1400 acres. We did the whole multi-species thing. We hopped from one lake to another and fished anywhere from 10-14hrs a day. We also got the chance to do a wade on the Wisconsin River.

The weather really affected the fishing as it was slower than normal for me. However, thankfully, I knew the spots, the game-plan worked out nicely, and we managed a few nice fish.

I'll post the photos according to the fish species we caught:

Largemouth Bass

If we wanted to go for Largemouth, we stuck to fishing my small lake that the house is on, in Oneida co. The larger fish get fished out frequently by the stupid uneducated locals cause they're just worthless idiots. So in result, my lake is loaded on 14-17" fish and no big ones. It's a shame. They get poached out too. I've made a few busts with the wardens too.











Smallmouth Bass

We did a lot of Brown Bass fishing during the week. We fished two lakes for them and the WI river. One of the lakes we fished was about 900 acres with a max depth of 100ft and is loaded on all sorts of reefs, underwater structures, and the bottom contour looks quite ridiculous when looking at a map. Majority of the fish in here are between 12-16inches which provide a ton of action. Finding the larger ones is tough and I've been having my troubles with them lately in here.







Another lake we fished was about 1400 acres in size and the Bass in here gorge themselves on the abundant Crayfish population. Protein = it's why they're fat!



I think this fish below is my personal best fish and it is definately a PB fish from this particular lake - just shy of 20". I still have yet to break that 20-inch club.. My failure with this is starting to get a little old.





We also found the time to fish the Wisconsin River as well. I took Tony out for a wade to my normal fishing areas and we had action from hammer-handle Pike, a 30" Musky caught by Tony, and I got a big bruiser Smallmouth which was over 18" and is my personal best from the river. I'd like to fish this river more often but with the boat and so many lakes in such little time, it's hard to make the time to wade this place.



Both of my monsters smacked the same 3/8oz white titanium spinnerbait. On friday evening after we ended our fishing activities, the lure looked like it got molested pretty badly.

Walleye

We also tried a little for walleyes. We didn't have much luck for them cause the weather was screwing with us the whole week. One of the lakes we fished was a size-exempt walleye lake and has an abundance of 12-18" eater fish. We had the best success from here. Nothing big was caught but was still fun.


16-inches.

Northern Pike

Lots and lots of snake pike were caught throughout the week. It was fun fishing for them. We caught them at the river as well. No size coming from these fish at all. They did keep us busy so that was cool.

Finding the larger Pike in northern wisconsin is a joke because of the joke limits these fish have. 5 per day at zero minimum length. It's just F'ed up of a rule. Like muskies, they should be be given some respect. Sadly, they get none.









Muskie

We ended up getting bored with the usual, more abundant fishes so we made a full day of Musky fishing. We fished a lake that's over 1,000 acres and had the best action in morning and in evening. This was Tony's first time ever at Musky fishing and this was my first time of actually trying hard for them at any given time - pretty sad. Fishing northern WI my whole life and this is just the first real time.

We did this lake twice on the day - morning & again in evening. During the daytime, we did some lake-hopping without any success nor sightings.

Tony caught his first ever fish, one was 33" and the other was 29" which he stole from me cause it hit my bucktail at boatside but missed - then instead it hits Tony's on a figure-8. Cheap...





Meanwhile, as for me, I was 1 for 3 on hook-ups and landed just one shorty. I also had 4 other follows on this day and those fish were lazy S.O.B. upper 30's, low 40's fish. It was pissing me off.



Bucktails seemed to work best for the two of us. All fish came within 15ft from boatside on either the retrieve or figure-8. The larger, lazier fish that followed me in were after bucktails and jointed jerkbaits.

I will be fishing a lot more for these guys in the upcoming few weeks - if the high water temps don't get more outrageously hot.

Panfish and others

WHO CARES!

Crappies, Bluegills and Rock Bass from my little lake. Not important.





It was a great trip. If you and your friend get annoyed at each other with the fishing after 4 days, it means that it's a successful trip in my boat. :wink: Happens almost all the time.

I'll have my next report coming again in a few weeks from now. I'll keep y'alls updated. I got back to the IL fishing again this evening and the Salt Creek was like a cesspool. Low, warm water, algae, and no current. It was terrible.

In the mean time, ask me questions, send me PM's for specifics and I'll help anyone out. If you want to see some videos from this past week, they're in my forum - not up on the actual website yet.

I'll be around. thanks.

andrew
 

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Outstanding Post and great pictures!!!!!

10 different lakes?? I have trouble getting a pattern going on one. ROFL

Don't forget the SPF-50 on those 14 hr sunny days. Can't wait for your next trip report.

NPIKE
 

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Awesome, awesome, awesome report!

I love the way you organized the photos into species, very nice. Those smallies you caught from the crayfish lake were nice looking. The one that was just shy of 20" was a serious pig! I like the 33" Musky that your boy tony boated very cool (to bad he cherry picked it from you)!

I'm looking forward to your reports about your up and coming trips!
 

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Nice going andrew! Thats very cool the way you pounded so many lakes. I love that stuff!
Question about the musky if you dont mind. I was wondering what the lake was like (depth and degree of drop off?) and how you choose lures based on water clarity, light, whatever. Any information I could add to the archives, to use at a place like Delavan, would be great. :D
 

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Before I left, I spoke to a guide (Rob Manthei of St. Germain WI) I know thru e-mail and asked him some questions (clues) on the types of areas I could find fish. I wasn't looking for lakes nor spots cause I wanted to figure that all out on my own.

He mentioned weeds, and flats (sandbar areas).

That part was easy and the rest was up for me to figure out.

We were out on a 1,000 acre lake that had a nice large sandbar with scattered weeds that's like 50-100 acres in size. It's huge so you have to make multiple drifts over it to cover some water. We stuck with bucktails most of the day. If there was some wind, I would use larger size that gave off some flash. If there was no wind and just sun, all I used was black bucktail with black blade. It's just a confidence thing. I see no point in using some flash if there's no wind and if it's just sunny out.

The lake also had some beautiful weedbeds in 7-11ft of water with good edges too.

I had 1 fish, 4 follows and two missed hits on that day. Two misses came on bucktails. About half of the follows were on white & red bucktail, and the other half were on the magnum jointed Rapala X-raps in Perch.

It was a pretty good day for a Muskie rookie. It was fun stuff.
 

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Nice report Andrew, I'm thinking you guys actually did pretty good. The size on some of those fish and the variety of species with musky too=good trip!

Panfish and others

WHO CARES!

Crappies, Bluegills and Rock Bass from my little lake. Not important.
Don't be a crappie hater! :D

J/K
 
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