Dave Lang - Minocqua Area Fishing Guide
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Dave's Fishing Reports
8/10/18  Hi from the shores of "Kennedy Bay" on Lake Minocqua.  We are having typical August weather with pleasant mornings and midday temps in the mid 80's. For the last two days I have been fishing with people staying west of Minocqua so I continue to fish a couple of my favorite Pike lakes.  

Wednesday Bill Harper had a group of 7 anglers, 5 were young adults ranging from 14 to a college sophomore, grandson, nephews, a girl friend etc.  Bill is an owner of a lodge up here and we fish together a couple times a year.   With a group like that I had 2 other guides helping.  We picked a lake that we were all comfortable with, when we got to the landing it was a traffic jam, along with our 3 boats there was one boat ahead of us and another pulled in  before we got on the lake, making 7 trailers at the landing 5 of them guide boats.(there are no secret lakes)  With a 1000 acres and some courtesy it wasn't a problem.  My crew was made up of  Bills grandson Jack,Jack's girl friend Page and nephew Derek, they all caught fish with Page catching the biggest Pike of the day.   I really enjoyed spending the morning with such nice young people, we are leaving the world in good hands. At the end of the morning all of the boats caught fish, we had a nice mixed bag including Pike, Smallmouth, and a few Walleyes.

Thursday I had the pleasure of fishing with Greg Archibald and his son Bill from Chicago.  They were staying at the casino so I picked them up there and headed out to the same lake which was close by.  We got on the lake about 8, the good news was we had the lake to ourselves the bad news was we had a mile high blue sky mile with a bright sun beating down on the lake that was flat as glass.  I knew it was going to be a tough day.  It was a brutal morning out there with the sun, the reflexion off the lake, and no breeze, the guys decided they had had enough and called it a day about a half hour early.  They did well catching and releasing a number of Pike, a couple of Largemouth and one nice Walleye, it was a better catch than I expected.  We missed a lot of bites which is normal under those conditions.  

I was fishing my usual jig and minnow combination using 1/16 oz. weedless jigs and black tail chubs.  On Wednesday one of the other guides was fishing leaches under slip bobbers, and the third boat used night crawlers on jigs.  All three methods caught fish.  This weekend my son David and grandson Lawson are coming up for a few days we will be doing some fishing along with helping my son Jeff put a roof over my fish cleaning station that was his Christmas present to me.  Thats it for now folks good luck fishin and remember KEEP YOUR LINE TIGHT AND A BEND IN YOUR ROD.  DAVE LANG

8/6/18  Hi from the shores of "Kennedy Bay" on Lake Minocqua.  We continue to have fronts moving through the area and the fishing continues to be good.  Wednesday I was back down on the Willow with Rob Schweigert, his sons Robbie and Brennan they are in laws of the Langhoff group that I fished with on Tuesday so there was a little competition. It was a catch and release day.  We had a hard cold front roll through the night before dropping surface temps 4 degrees but as usual the first day after  fishing held up just fine.  At the end of the morning the guys had boated a nice mixed bag including 1 Walleye, a 12 inch Perch, over 15 Pike, and a beautiful Crappie  that was just under 15 inches, a success in anybody's book.

Friday I had the pleasure of fishing with Mike Heroux and his wife Pat.  Mike wanted to show her some of the lakes he and his brother Tom fish, so after a long stretch on the Willow I headed out to one of Mikes favorite Pike lakes.  We had a good morning catching 7 Pike one Walleye and one Bass. Pat's fish of the day was a nice 26 1/2 inch Pike.  The weather for Saturday took a turn for the worst, Pat decided not to sit in the rain so Mike called Ron Lewis, his son's father in law, to join us.  We hit another lake, we were fishing by 6:30,  2 casts into our morning there was a flash of lightning followed immediately by a clap of thunder, we expected rain not thunder and lightning, we headed to the landing in a hurry, We sat in the truck for about 1/2 hour, before we could head back out on the lake.  Mike put the first fish in the boat a nice 14 inch Crappie, I followed that up with 3 bite offs without getting a fish in the boat.  We had fish located on the sharp dropping edge of a weed bed in 7 to 9 feet of water, we had to be patent working the area slowly, and it produced fish. We did have to move another couple of spots to stay on active fish.  When the morning was over, we had a nice mixed bag, 3 Walleyes ranging from 17 1/2 inches to 20 inches a 14 inch Crappie, and 5 Pile ranging from 22 to 27 inches.

Sunday I headed back down to the Willow with Jeff Austin and his wife Jennefer, Jeff is a surveyor up here and Jen is employed by the Lac Du Flambeau grade school.  Conditions were good with over cast skies and just a slight breeze and a threat of rain that never developed more than a sprinkle. Although we didn't get the numbers that some of the previous trips produced all of the fish they caught we were really quality fish a 12 inch Perch, a 15 1/2 Bass and 6 Pike with only 1 under 25 inches.  Once again the Willow produced a good morning.

As always I have been using a weedless jig and minnow combination.  The jig size seems to be more important than color although yellow seemed to produce the best on the Willow with firetiger doing as well on the lakes. I always like going as light as possible and the 1/16 oz. definitely out produced the 1/8.  On the Willow the boat seldom is in water deeper than 7 feet and we are casting into water as shallow as 1 foot with most of the fish coming from 4 feet or less. When we moved to the lakes our fish came from 6 to 9 feet. The lakes are clearer and the weeds that hold fish are nicer, cabbage and coontail.  One of the guides I fish with has been getting some nice Walleyes floating jumbo leeches over deep weeds.   That's it for now folks good luck fishing and remember KEEP YOUR LINE TIGHT AND A BEND IN YOUR ROD.    DAVE LANG

7/31/18  Hi from the shores of "Kennedy Bay" on Lake Minocqua.  Fishing on the Willow continues to be good in spite of the fronts that continue to roll through the area, 2 weeks ago the water temps were in the mid 70s then dropped to 67 degrees then yesterday they were back up to 73. They have dropped the water level almost a foot in the last ten days, putting it at 3 feet below full at this time. The only down side is that Walleyes seem to be nonexistent, I talked to a guy that trolls the channel and he said was also struggling.  

On the 20th I had the pleasure of fishing with Brad and Dennis Mead and Jim Rollette, the guys had fished with me on the Willow a couple of years ago and wanted to return. We had a good morning with the guys keeping 11 Pike, one dandy 33 incher, and 2 Perch.  They also released a number of smaller Pike.

A few days later I was back on the Willow with Randy Yockey his son Mike and son-in-law Paul Licitra they are the "FriendlyFord" crew from  Roselle, IL.  Over the 2 days the guys caught over 30 Pike, 2 Bass, 2 dandy Perch (both over 11"), and a total of 5 Dog fish.  The guys kept enough for a family fish fry at Randy's cabin and released the others.

Later in the week I fished with Neal Haught, Tom Wartell, and Wolfie Chagares three college buddies now retired so they have time to fish together.  We were back down on the Willow it was a day of catch and release so I didn't keep track but according to Tom they caught 27 Pike but no other species.  A great morning.

Monday I had the pleasure of fishing with John Dillon, his son-in-law Jason Anderson and grandson Nic, it was our first time fishing together.  They had fished the Willow before and wanted to fish it again.  It was Nic's first trip with a guide and he started of with a bang catching the first three fish and the biggest Pike of the day a dandy 28 incher.  I had to remove the 1/8 oz. jigs from the rods that his dad and granddad had and replaced them with 1/16 oz. before they caught fish like he did They finished the morning with a nice mixed bag of Pike, Perch, and one Dog fish.

Finishing up the week I fished with Charlie Langhoff, Phil Arts, and Mike Mc Kersie, the guys were in Minocqua for a family reunion.  We have managed a trip each summer for a number of years.  We headed back to the Willow under mile high blue skies, bright sun, and water flat as glass.  The guys really had to work to put fish in the boat.  Even with the 1/16 oz. jigs the fish were hitting light and short making them extremely difficult to hook.  At the end of the day we estimated that they only got 1 out of 5 bites to the boat (bright sun and flat water will do that).  At the end of the morning they put together a nice mixed bag of Pike, 1 Perch, and a 10 pound Dog Fish.

It was a great week and a half but as you probably noticed the total lack of Walleyes  I have no answer, last year at this time we had great catches in the same areas.  That's it for now folks good luck fishin' and remember "KEEP YOUR LINE TIGHT AND A BEND IN YOUR ROD"  DAVE LANG.

7/17/18  Hi from the shores of "Kennedy Bay" on Lake Minocqua.  This report was a long time coming, do to weather and a couple cancelations I have been off the water for a while.  It was a good time to get some minor repairs done to the boat and get ready for the busy end of the year.  

Sunday July 8th I had the pleasure of fishing with Kevin Leitol and his two sons, they were spending a week  at Pine Hill Resort on Lake Kawagaesaga and wanted to learn where and how to fish the lake.  Step one was learning about jig and minnow fishing they picked right up on the presentation and looked like pros.  The first two weed beds we hit didn't produce but on the third within minutes one of the boys caught brightly striped Tiger Musky.  By the end of the morning the guys had a nice mixed bag including 3 Pike,  9 Bass and one nice Perch.  It was a good morning with the only down side coming when one of the boys got a beautiful Pike up to the boat, when the fish made it's 3rd run it got into the motor and broke the line the good side of this story is that when telling the story his fish can be as big as he wants it to be. 

I spent Monday morning Perch fishing with Jim Beller and Jim Corenti, a couple of my friends from Minocqua, on Lake Tomahawk using Corenti's pontoon he has a resort on Lake Tomahawk "Tomaha Ridge".  I have heard many stories about all the Walleyes on Tomahawk including perch fisherman at Corenti's resort complaining they were having trouble catching Perch because there were so many Walleyes taking their bait. We were Corenti's guests he had night crawlers, leaches, and medium fathead minnows all of them produced bites but the minnows produced the most hookups.   Corenti wanted enough Perch for a family fish fry, with a 7 inch minimum at the end of the morning we kept 10 Perch ranging up to 11 inches' along with them we caught and released a few Bluegills, one Smallmouth and Walleyes.  The stories about Walleyes are true, I don't know how many we caught well over 20, these fish were planted in the last couple years. We caught two year classes, some 10 inches and some 12-13 inches. The females in the larger class should spawn in the next year or two which is the  goal of the 5 year program of planting extended growth Walleyes combined with a 5 year moratorium on the harvesting of Walleyes on the Minocqua Chain.  There is one more year left in the program then there will be an evaluation to decide what the next step should be and the future of Walleye fishing on the chain.   We were fishing in 15 to 19 feet of water over coontail weeds with 1/32 oz. jigs, the presentation was either vertical or casting/retrieving, the secret was to keep these light baits on the bottom or just above the weeds.   I have to admit I had never fished off a pontoon and hadn't fished Perch for over 30 years it was a great morning and I really enjoyed myself.  These young Walleyes are very aggressive, we moved off a couple of schools because we felt we shouldn't continue catching them.  Most of these fish are just hooked in the lip so releasing them without hurting them is possible, if you get into these fish treat them with extreme care they are the chain's future.  I had never fished off a pontoon before and hadn't fished Perch in 30+ plus years it was a learning experience for me and totally enjoyable showing "you can teach an old dog new tricks".  That's it for now folks good luck fishin' and remember KEEP YOU LINE TIGHT AND A BEND IN YOUR ROD.  DAVE LANG.

7/6/18 Hi from the shores of "Kennedy Bay" on Lake Minocqua.  The Fourh has come and gone to our little town, we dodged the rain and managed to get the parade in and a wonderful fire works display that night.  Fishing has been pretty good I have spent a lot of time out on the reservation with Pike being the main catch.  Last Tuesday I fished with Jim Tsagalis and his father in law Craig, we have fished together for a number of years. They have a traveling trophy for biggest fish of the year and it looks like Craig will have it for 2018.  We had a good morning catching 9 nice Pike  and one Largemouth that they kept for their family fish fry (a good sized group including 4 families) we also released a number of small Pike, 4 Walleyes that didn't make the 18 inch minimum, one was 17 3/4. Jim lost a beautiful Smallmouth before I could get it in the net so it was a good morning.

My son David and his son Lawson came up to spend the 4th with Dianna and me so we got out early Wednesday morning for a few hours before I had to meet Dianna to work on the parade.  In 3 hours we had 6 nice Pike that we kept, a few smaller ones we released along with some short Walleyes.  I had saved Thursday for a day fishing with them so we headed back out to the reservation planing to catch enough fish for a fish fry that night, we started out good boxing 3 fish and releasing some smaller Pike and a couple of short Walleyes. Lawson had a big fish hit and run taking a good 20 feet of line against the drag before stoping, he gained that line back before the fish made another run, he managed to get it almost to the boat before it pulled the hook, we never saw it but I am guessing a really big Pike or Musky.  Then the fish just turned off, in the next hour we didn't have a bite so I made the decision to pull the boat and head over to Minocqua, we needed 3 more fish for the fish fry.  On the first weed bed David caught a typical Minocqua Largemouth that went in the box a few minutes later he caught a dandy  28 1/2 inch Pike that we released.  We fished a number of different weed beds catching Pike and Largemouth on 4 of the 6 spots we fished.  

I was booked for the next two days but when they canceled due to sickness I decided to take the boys down to the Willow to get an idea what was happening down there.  I put in at the dam not knowing what the bog was doing.  The conditions were poor to say the least bright blue sky with no breeze but the boys had plenty of fish so we gave it a try anyway.  The water level has dropped 6-8 inches from a week ago, the weeds have come up nicely, and the bog is still floating in the main channel but you can get around it, I will be using the landing by the dam just to be on the safe side.  The action matched the conditions making fishing tough.  We had decided to release everything but it would have been nice to have caught more than we did, at the end of the morning we only had 1 Largemouth, 3 Pike we could have kept along with a couple smaller ones and my favorite a Dog fish.  Not a great morning but ok.

These fish were all caught in weeds using 1/8 or 1/16 oz rigs, depending on the wind, tipped with black tail chubs.  The fish continue to bite very lightly just feeling like weeds a lot of the time.  Most of the water I have been fishing is 6 to 10 feet deep, interesting the Walleyes have been coming in about 7 feet while some of the nicer Pike came in the 9 foot range.  A slow presentation is the best with a lot of the bites coming on the pause or the drop after pulling over the weeds.  Thats it for now folks good luck fishin' and remember KEEP YOUR LINE TIGHT AND A BEND IN YOUR ROD.  DAVE LANG  

6/29/18  Hi from the shores of "Kennedy Bay" on Lake Minocqua.  HEADING TO THE WILLOW? I had the plesure of flying over the Willow Wednesday with my son Matthew and saw that the bogs where on the move again.  I went down there this morning had no problem going out but thought I was stuck again when I was returning to the landing but I found a 20 foot opening that I could get through.  If the wind continues out of the southeast I am sure it will twist and close off the channel.  My advice is use the landing by the dam.  KEEP YOUR LINE TIGHT AND A BEND IN YOUR ROD  DAVE LANG

6/22/18  Hi from the shores of "Kennedy Bay" on Lake Minocqua.  What a difference a week makes all the lakes and the flowage are at or near full,  after we were blessed with 10 to 12 inches of rain last weekend depending on whose numbers you use or your location.  

Friday I fished with Mike and Tom Heroux from the Oshkosh Neenah area.  These guys love to catch Pike so that is what we targeted.  When we got to the landing the only other truck there belonged to another Minocqua guide. I have my pattern that I like to fish on all the lakes I fish. Wouldn't you know on a 1000 acer lake he was sitting right on my first spot proving "great minds work alike" if you can put fishing guides in the great mind category.  We went to spot number two and I had a couple of bites right away, bad news was I missed the first 7 bites I had before I landed the 8th one.  That would be how the day would go we missed fish at the hook set, half way to the boat and some right at the net.  Our landing to bite ratio was probably around 30% the fish were hitting lite and short. At the end of the day the guys had 6 nice Pike that they kept and almost that many smaller fish they released, they also had 6 Walleyes that were under the 18 inch minimum along with two Largemouth and one Smallmouth that they released so we had a lot of action along with a lot of frustration.  

Monday I fished with Gerry Neugent, his brother Keven, and son Gerry Jr. we headed back out to the same lake.  We had good action again and a better hookup ratio but still lost a number of fish.  It was a morning where feel was the most important weapon you could have when it came to putting fish in the boat. We were fishing shallow weeds and a lot of the fish felt just like weeds and weeds felt like fish, that old adage "hook sets are free don't be afraid to use them" was certainly true.At the end of the morning the guys had 7 Pike ranging fro 21 to 28 inches a nice 12 inch crappie, and an 18 inch Smallmouth along with 6 Walleyes two of which were over 17 inches but under the 18 inch minimum.  

I think that the fish are still being effected by last weekend and a couple of fronts that have come through causing them to hit short and light.  I have stayed away from the Willow due to the sudden rise in water level but plan on heading back down there Friday.  After a water level rise of a foot and a half in two says it has leveled off and is dropping slowly, hopefully the fish have gotten back to normal and will cooperate. That's it for now folks good luck fishin' and remember "KEEP YOUR LINE TIGHT AND A BEND IN YOUR ROD"  DAVE LANG

6/17/18  Hi from the shores of "Kennedy Bay" on Lake Minocqua. I talk about the weather a lot  because it does trump evert other condition when it comes to fishing.  I am writing this at 5:15 Sunday morning and I am listening to thunder for the 3rd day in a row.  The was suppose to be a nice weekend renewing old friendships with the Baker clan dad Barry, son Seth, sons-in-law Noel & AAron. It has been a number of years since I fished with them.  The boys scheduled the 3 day trip for their dad for a father's day gift.

We met at 6:00 Friday morning faced with thunder and lightning, we agreed to postpone until later  in the morning keeping an eye on the weather radar.  At 11:00 it looked like we would have a 3-4 hour window without severe weather so we headed out, after all the guys didn't drive all that way to sit in a cabin.  We did manage to catch 3 keepable Pike, and 2 Rock bass before another front rolled in and chased us off the lake.

Saturday dawned bright and sunny with a nice breeze, we headed down to the Willow.  With all the years the guys have fished this area they had never  been on the Willow.  A light cloud cover developed along with a good Walleye chop I figured it couldn't get any better.  Fishing started out with Seth Baker getting a nice hit on his first cast but lost the fish half way to the boat, fishing was slow with the fish hitting lightly as to be expected with the storms that we had for the previous 24 hours.  We finally caught a Pike that we could keep then we hit a stretch where we caught and released a bunch of small Pike nothing in the box but lot's of action. We were about 2 1/2 hours into the morning when I couldn't believe my ears I though I heard a faint rumble of thunder. Sure enough 15 minutes later we were putting our rods away and heading for the landing,only to be caught in a torrential down pour before we got back to the landing.  After sitting in the truck for 3/4s of an hour we headed back into town.  It looked like we would get a window in an hour so we opted out for a lunch break and let one of the guys dry out his cloths because when he saw the sunshine that morning he said "oh I wont need my rain pants" and left them in the cabin.   A lesson learned always bring them along even if  you don't wear them. We did manage a couple of hours on Lake Minocqua that afternoon catching a nice mixed bag of Pike, Bass, and Walleye.  Catch of the day was a dandy 25 inch Walleye that Barry caught, seems only right that dad should catch the fish of the trip on a Fathers weekend trip. 

Which brings me to the present time with me sitting in the house writing this while listening to rain and the occasional clap of thunder.  As a fishing guide I am used to fighting the weather, there have been other times when I ran into stretches of bad weather like this but never when it was one group scheduled everyday, I really feel badly for the guys. We are going to get together at 7:30 to see if we can possibly get their last 1/2 day in before they have to head back to Chicago and Minneapolis.  So for now I'll head out to McDonalds for a cup of coffee to wait for the weather to give us a break and hope that the last paragraph of this report will have a happy ending.

My phone rang at 7:30 just as there was a flash of lightning 
followed immediately by a clap of thunder, it was Seth Baker calling to decide what we would do.  Radar showed a window opening about 9:00 so we decided we would give it a try.  We left the bait shop at 8:30 heading out to the reservation to see if we could get 3 hours in before they had to hit the road. We were lucky, no more thunder and the rain stopped just as we got to the landing.  Even after all the rain, thunder, and lightning we had over the previous 72 hours the guys put together a nice mixd bag of Pike,Perch and Walleye. It paid to keep trying and not give up.  Given the conditions the fishing was decent with the guys catching fish every time we could get on the water including a couple of Pike in the high 20 inch range a dandy 25 inch Walleye.  

It was quite a weekend with the area getting about a foot of rain and some hail.  Thats all for now folks good luck fishin and remember  "KEEP YOUR LINE TIGHT AND A BEND IN YOUR ROD"  DAVE LANG

6/10/18  Hi from the shores of "Kennedy Bay" on Lake Minocqua.  It has been a busy week for me for the first three days I had the pleasure of fishing with Bob Garbutt and his two brothers Tim and Dick And nephew Griff.  Monday we spent down on the Willow, we had a fair amount of wind giving us a nice chop but limiting the spots we could fish due to boat control.  At the end of the morning they had 7 Pike that we could keep but I can't remember catching so many small Pike.  On Tuesday we headed out west of town hitting a 1000 acre lake the has been producing some nice Pike.  We had a good morning catching nice Pike ranging from the low to mid 20 inch range. Wednesday we  hit lake out on the reservation. We had a good morning putting together a nice bag of Pike and Walleyes.

Saturday & Sunday I had the pleasure of fishing with Dennis Neuberg and his son Jeff from Milwaukee it was our first tine fishing together. Saturday was cloudy with a nice chop on the water my hopes were high. We headed back out to the Reservation and put together 9 nice Pike.  Even with the ideal conditions the fish were still very sluggish hitting light and short so we missed a lot of fish.  Sunday morning a front came in, you could feel the change in the air, with mile high blue skies, the wind was supposed to be 8-10 mph but that soon turned to 15 with gusts that were in the 20s.   Well the fish reacted to these conditions just as you would expect "LOCK JAW".  The guys did a great job catching 7 nice Pike that they kept along with a number of small Pike they released and one Walleye.  With conditions like this  boat control was was terrible, the wind would blow a big bow in the line making jig control and feel almost impossible.  The best I could do was use the trolling motor to slow the drift down, this isn't boat control, all I was doing was slowing the drift and letting the wind take us where it wanted.  The other step was to switch from 1/16 oz. jigs to 1/8 oz. jigs, then just make the best of what mother nature gave us.  That's it for now folks good luck fishin and remember "KEEP YOUR LINE TIGHT AND A BEND IN YOUR ROD"  DAVE LANG

6/4/18  Hi from the shores of "Kennedy Bay" on Lake Minocqua.  Well after a week of summer we went right to fall. Saturday morning I woke up to the sound of the furnace running with the temperature in the 40s.

I had the pleasure of fishing with Sam Reese and 7 of his buddies, from Champaign-Urbana.  With a group like that I had my friend and mentor Tom Schodren and Lyle Chapman guiding with me.  With a cold front like that coming through I figured the fish would be sluggish.  We had a good morning with all 3 boats catching fish including Bass, Pike and Walleye.  The bite was real light with a lot of short hits.  We had 4 fish up to the boat that I could see they were just holding onto the minnow with out getting the jig in their mouth, when I put the net in the water they would just opened their mouth and swim away.  All of the fish were caught in water from 4 to 8 feet deep in weeds.  Most of our fish were caught on jig and minnow but Lyle did catch some on plastic.  That's it for now folks good luck fishin and remember KEEP YOUR LINE TIGHT AND A BEND IN YOUR ROD.  DAVE LANG

5/28/18  Hi from the shores of "Kennedy Bay" on Lake Minocqua.  The big talk of the weekend is the weather we went all last summer never seeing 90 degrees and here we are in May with everyday hitting 90 or close to it.  Water temps have responded as you would expect getting into the high 60's.  The weeds are turning green and holding fish.  

Friday I had the pleasure of fishing with the Heroux brothers from Oshkosh and Neenah.  These guys enjoy fishing Pike so we headed out to a 1000 acre lake with our eyes to the sky it was threatening rain and thunder showers we were scheduled to fish all day but I was thinking we would be lucky to get 4-5 hours in before the lightning would start.  Seven hours later the guys had put together a beautiful mixed bag including one 18 inch Walleye, a 17 inch Largemouth, an 11 inch Perch and their limit of 10 Pike 2 of which were 28 1/2 inches the rest were all in the 20"s, we figure they released at least another dozen smaller Pike.

Saturday I had the day to myself and I headed down to the Willow to see what was happening.  In two hours I caught 8 Pike but no Walleye.  I talked to a fellow that always trolls and is on the Willow almost every day he is picking up a few Walleyes mostly shorts, very spotty.  Another guide that I talked to said the first week or so was good but after that it has been slim pickings.

Sunday I was back on the water with the Heroux brothers for 1/2 day so they could head home that afternoon.  The conditions were just the opposite of Friday it was a cloudless sky and flat calm.  We needed to do a lot of moving and went through some real dead times when we couldn't get a bight. but at the end of the morning they had 3 really nice Perch that hit our red tailed chub and jig combinations, once again the had their limit of Pike the largest 27 inches it was much tougher fishing that Friday.  they also 6 or more smaller Pike. It was a much better morning than I expected but they really fished hard.

I have heard good reports about the Rainbow from two different groups but I have not been out there myself. Everyone that I talk to is catching their fish in 4 -6 feet deep in weeds.  That's it for now folks good luck fishin' and remember KEEP YOUR LINE TIGHT AND A BEND IN YOUR ROD

5/20/18  Hi from the shores of "Kennedy Bay" on Lake Minocqua.  The weather continues on the warm side with high temps in the 80s with a lot of sun.  On Friday I had the pleasure of fishing with Brad Fox of Anacortes, WA. and his son Justin from Madison.  I wasn't real happy with my results on the Willow so I switched gears and headed out to a thousand acre lake with a shallow bay where I hoped I would find some emerging green weeds that would draw post spawn Pike and Walleye.  It was a cool morning with clear skies and a little breeze with water temps in the high 50s.  We were fishing in 4-6 feet of water. I was disappointed when I couldn't find any green weed so we were fishing dead weeds from last year.  Justin started off the morning with a nice Pike about 19 inches, we covered a lot of water picking up a fish here and there.  I moved to a couple of  other spots hoping to find green weed and better fish concentrations but no luck. We moved back to where we started and found that the fish had become more active.  The guys had a great morning with each of them catching and releasing their 5 Pike limit we missed 1 Walleye.

My son David and grandson Lawson came up for the weekend, Saturday we hit the same lake, conditions where bright blue sunny skies and no wind.  We were forced to fish a lot harder than the day before never finding any concentration of active fish.  Our goal was enough fish for a fish fry.   At the end of the morning we had 3 nice Pike and 1 fourteen inch Walleye. When I finished cleaning fish the temperature was 78 degrees, by 3:30 the wind was blowing out of the north the temperature dropped 25 degrees with a little rain.  We decided fishing Sunday morning was going to be a last minute decision.  Sunday morning the wind had gone down, with a mix of sun and clouds the temperature was 37 degrees. We headed out to hit the same lake.  At the end of the morning we caught and released 7 pike ranging from the high teens to a nice 24 incher that Lawson caught at the end of the morning. We also caught a dandy 19 1/2 inch Walleye.  

All of these fish were caught on 1/16th oz. weedless jigs tipped with large fathead and walleye mix minnows jig color didn't seem to matter.  For some reason at the end of Sunday morning we ran into a bunch of fish that bit off our jigs, I think I retied 6 jigs in a row before landing a fish.  This time of the year I am using 12 pound test premium floro leader because of the Walleye bite so we always have some bite offs.
Thats it for now folks good luck fishin' and remember KEEP YOUR LINE TIGHT AND A END IN YOUR ROD

5/17/18  Hi from  the shores of "Kennedy Bay" on Lake MInocqua.  Well it has been quite the spring.  As you all know mother nature was not kind to us but the ice finally went out a couple of days late.  In the mean time a week after Dianna and I returned home on April 4th, I started off on what would turn out to be a month long odyssey of clinic visits involving more blood draws than I thought possible, scans of head, chest and abdominal area, x-rays, echo cardiogram, TB tests more blood work then finally a diagnosis of an infection that would require 21 days of antibiotics, which brings me to the present. Still on antibiotics for a few more days but I'm finally strong enough to get on the water for the first time this week. A spring to remember but not to repeat.

This year was going to be our final "Tadpole Classic", but I just didn't have the energy, so it will go into the history book on more of a fizzle than a grand finale.  We will all have a lot of great memories from the beginning when Tommy was still with us through the years after his passing; it was a great run.  Maybe the ending was fitting, just drifting off to where all old fishing guides go.

Monday, I had the pleasure of spending my first day on the water with Ken Selucky and Jim Naumczik, the Nancy's Pizza guys. They left the Chicago area early enough to meet me at the Willow Dam at 10:30.  Water level is a couple feet from full which surprises me considering all the snow we had, but it has been a very dry spring. We fished until mid afternoon with bright skies and temps in the mid 80's.  The guys caught numerous Pike but only keeper was 1 Walleye.  Wednesday we got an earlier start and put in at Cedar Falls working our way towards the dam.  It was a slow morning with a lot of light bites that we just couldn't hook.  By mid afternoon, the guys had caught a couple of nice Pike that we kept along with numerous smaller ones that were released along with 1 short Walleye and one Perch that were also released.  Definitely not how I would have liked my first two trips to go but it was good to be on the water.  Water temps were in the low 60's and the weed growth hasn't really gotten going.  That's it for now folks good luck fishin' and remember "KEEP YOUR LINE TIGHT AND A BEND IN YOUR ROD"  DAVE LANG.

5/2/18  Hi from the shores of "Kennedy Bay" on Lake Minocqua.  I am sitting here looking out at the lake and it is solid ice. No chance this is going to be open by Sat for the 2018 opener.  Looks like our opening weekend will be next weekend. We had 2 days with temps in the 70's  and rain last night so we are moving in the right direction.  The next week is suppose to continue the warm temps, if we get a little rain it would help.  The Mill Pond was open this morning after last nights rain which means Lake Minocqua will be open in 7-10 days.  A quick ride down to The Willow Flowage showed high water running over the falls at Cedar Falls Campground. Without a drone, there is no way of knowing how far into the flowage the open water extends.  From the landings near the dam, the flowage is locked in tight so it is going to be a while before the flowage is open.  I wish I could have been the bearer of better news but as I always say in fishing, nothing trumps the weather and we have had a late spring.  That's it for now folks good luck fishin and remember KEEP YOUR LINE TIGHT AND A BEND IN YOUR ROD  DAVE LANG

10/9/17  Hi from the shores of "Kennedy Bay" on Lake Minocqua.  Saturday was the last trip that I had booked for the season as of this time.  What a way to end the season, we started in a light rain them heavy rain, then back to medium rain, it never stopped.  You know it's bad when the bilge pump kicks on from the rain.  Grandma always said "there is a silver lining to every cloud" well our silver lining was there was no wind and it wasn't cold.
I was fishing with Randy Yockey, his brothers and nephews, we went out looking for Walleyes.  We were fishing rock humps with 2inch fathead minnows on 3/16th oz. jigs, fishing as deep as 30 feet working up the humps to 16 feet.  Our first fish was a beautiful 30 inch Pike totally unexpected where we were fishing and on such a small bait.  We worked hard fishing 4 different humps adding 5 Walleyes to our catch.  I give the guys credit, they stuck it out for 3 hours in some of the most miserable conditions you can imagine .

Wednesday I had the pleasure of fishing with Jeff Heller of Austin TX. and his buddy Bob Bach of Lake Tomahawk.  Jeff was looking to catch enough fish for a fish fry the first night at their deer camp.  We headed down to the Willow.  We had a great morning ending up with the guys catching their limits and me adding a few fish to their catch, plenty for the big fish fry and some bragging rights for Jeff the first night of deer camp.

Friday Paul Holman, his wife Denise, and son Luke from Elmwood IL. came up to do some fishing in the Minocqua area.  I offered them a choice between some Walleyes or Pike, they picked Pike because this was a trip for Luke to catch some bigger fish.  I headed back to the Willow.  We had a good morning catching plenty of Pike, keeping enough for a couple meals and releasing a number of smaller fish,  Fish of the day was a dandy 22 inch Walleye, it was right in the middle of the slot so we took a picture and released it hopefully to spawn for a lot more years.

It looks like that's it for my 2017 year folks, good luck fishin and remember KEEP YOUR LINE TIGHT AND A BEND IN YOUR ROD  DAVE LANG

10/1/17  Hi from the the shores of "Kennedy Bay" on Lake Minocqua.  If you want the perfect example of what a cold front does last week was It.  I had not been on the Willow since before I went to FL. so when I had Tuesday free I went down there to see what the water level was and how the fish were biting.  It was still warm with clouds and a slight breeze just perfect conditions, and the fishing showed it. In 2 hours fishing I caught two Walleyes for dinner and found fish every spot I fished even one new spot I hadn't fished before.

Wednesday morning it was hello "COLD FRONT" over night the temperature had dropped nearly 20 degrees I was fishing with Ken Selucky and Jim Naumczik from the Chicago area of "Nancy's Pizza fame".  They had called me the night before worried about the cold front, I told them what I had done the day before and thought that the first morning after the front wouldn't be too bad.  We had a great day coming off the water with one  19 inch Walleye and 9 Pike that they kept. They also caught and released a few small Bass, a 9 pound Dog Fish and at least 15 small Pike, by far better than I expected and according to them the best day they ever had.

Wednesday was my first of two days fishing with Jeremy Stippich and his dad Joe from Kansas, we headed down to the Willow.  The effects of the cold front were in effect and the fish were reacting, the guys finished with 6 Pike and a dandy 18 1/2 inch Smallmouth a decent day but we really worked hard for those fish.  

Thursday the guys wanted to fish for Walleyes so we headed out to a lake with under water rock humps that the Walleyes relate to in their fall pattern. After picking up a 13 1/2" Walleye in the 1st hour we  hit more humps, Jeremy caught a dandy 18 1/2" Walleye, before I got the fish out of the net Joe said he had a fish on it was another 13+ inch fish.  Suddenly it looked like I had found active fish, it was not to be, we finished the morning with just those 3 Walleyes.  

Saturday I fished with Bill Harper and Tom Doepker again they wanted to fish for Walleyes.  I was hoping that the effects of the cold front would ease up but that morning it was 36 degrees.  After 1 1/2 hours we had missed two bites and no hook ups, it was time to make a change.  I pulled the boat, bought different minnows and headed for a different lake.  On our first drift over a shallow weed bed Bill caught a nice 28" Pike, he followed that up with a Smallmouth that was just short, then a small Pike that he released.  It really looked good for the rest of the morning then once again the effects of the cold front took over, we did catch one more decent Pike and a couple of short Bass.  

In those 4 days the water temp had dropped 5 degrees and there was no escaping the effects, each day got more difficult. We went from shallow water and weeds on the Willow to deep water humps as the days progressed. Saturday we fished as deep as thirty feet on rocks with fathead minnows on the first lake then changed lakes, switched to weedless jigs with blacktail chubs and fished weeds as shallow as 6 feet down to 12 feet trying and failing to find active fish. Every day the bites that we got were lighter and lighter even though I was hooking the the short fathead minnows in the mouth out the gills and half way back we had two bites that hit short of the hook.  It was the classical extreme cold front.  It's nice to have a couple of days off.  If this weather holds steady and we quit having fronts move through every other day even though the weather stays cool the fish will adjust  and get back into their feeding patterns.  That's it for now folks good luck fishin and remember KEEP YOUR LINE TIGHT AND A BEND IN YOUR ROD  DAVE LANG

9/25/17  Hi from the shores of "Kennedy Bay" on Lake Minocqua.  It's good to be back in Minocqua and back on the water.  As it has been all season it's all about the weather. Just as the Walleyes  started to move into their fall pattern our temperatures shot up and are warmer than they were in July moving water temps back to the high 60s.  

Friday I fished with Kevin Moore and his family from Texas.  I had fished with Kevin and his two sons about 10 years ago, we had a great day catching our limit of Walleyes and Kevin caught a beautiful Tiger Musky that has been on his wall in Texas ever since. We headed out to the same lake for some Walleye action.  I had been having decent action there before I went to Florida.  I caught a decent Walleye in the first 15 minutes and figured we were in for a good morning.  After 4 hours only Grandma Moore put another Walleye in the box. Kevin's return to the lake of his best day fishing really was a disappointment.  Normally after a couple hours like we had I would have switched species, and tactics but we had a large group in the boat and were limited to vertical jigging.

Sunday I had the pleasure of fishing with Gregg Voss and Tim Ward from the Chicago area it was our first time fishing together.  Even though I struggled with Walleyes Friday the guys wanted to try for some Walleyes. Once again I had a quick Walleye but it was too small to keep.  We fished two hours hitting the 3 humps that had been producing fish for me, we did manage 3 keeper Walleyes but really had to work for them.  The decision was made to switch lakes, switch species, and switch tactics.  The guys put three nice Pike in the box in the first 30 minutes. I put my rod away, had a soda and thought I would have an easy morning with the guys catching plenty of fish.  A half hour later it was evident the fish had turned off, I was back to fishing.  We continued to get bit occasionally but the hits were very light, we never landed another fish some were obviously Walleye bites but most were Pike, one bit the minnow in half but missed the hook, it was just one of those days.  They ended up with 3 Walleyes and 3 Pike, a good day, with plans to get together again.  Meeting new people and enjoying time together is what makes my life great.  

I have a couple of days off then I will be back on the water.  I will most likely head back down to the Willow, but with the weather getting back to normal the Walleyes should return to their fall bite offering a good second choice.  That's it for now folks good luck fishin and remember  KEEP YOUR LINE TIGHT AND A BEND IN YOUR ROD  DAVE LANG 

9/16/17 Hi from the shores of "Kennedy Bay" on Lake Minocqua.  Actually I am on the shores of the Caloosahatchee River, we were lucky sustaining little damage from "IRMA" so about 5 days of clean up and I will be heading back north.

Last Monday I fished with Frank & Ann Kerschbaum from Bloomington IN.  Ann reminded me that it was seven years ago on our first trip that she caught her first Musky time sure flies.  After discussing heading to the Willow or going after some eater Walleyes we chose Walleyes.  We were working rock humps with large fat head minnows on 1/8 oz. jigs. Fishing was slow and I had to keep moving from hump to hump picking up a Walleye here and there but no two in any one spot.  At the end of the morning we had 5 decent Walleyes that they kept and a couple of small ones that were released.  Not a great morning but any day you put 5 Walleyes in the box is not all bad.

Wednesday I had the pleasure of fishing with Valerie Nehmer her mother June Nehmer both ftom Las Vegas and friend Deb Leannais from Milwaukee.  The trip was a present to her mom in memory of when they had a cabin in the Lakeland area. Although I quit doing show lunches some years ago I couldn't say no to this one.  Feeling pretty confident we started on Lake Minocqua, the ladies did a great job casting the jig and minnow combinations and I knew it was only a matter of time before we would have our lunch.  As grandma used to say "you want to make God laugh make a plan"  Three hours latter we only had two fish in the box.  I swallowed my pride and called home to Dianna and asked her to take a package of fish out of the freezer,  We fished the last hour without another bite.  I had fished 8 different weed beds between Lake Minocqua and Kawesaga for those two fish.  The only thing I can think of is there was a heavy hatch of a fly that looked like a large mosquito or lake fly the night before and maybe the Bass had just gorged themselves all night, who knows.  We finished the day with a great shore lunch listening to June and Dianna talk about the old days in Minocqua including tales of Ray  and his popcorn wagon and how Elizabeth Taylor tried to by the wagon from him.  It was a hard day for me fishing but in the end it was a great gift from Val  to her mother with good memories for all of us, proving once again it"s not just the fish that count.   I will be back in Minocqua in time to fish with Kevin Moore from Texas it was 7-8 years ago that we fished together and on that trip Kevin landed a beautiful Musky just like Ann had. That's it for now folks good luck fishin and remember

9/8/17  Hi from the shores of "Kennedy Bay" on Lake Minocqua.  Fall is here with frost on the roofs a couple of mornings. It's "Manning Week" for over ten years I have had the pleasure of fishing with Brian Manning from Naperville IL. It was a terrible morning for me in FL. last winter when I received an email telling me that Brian had died in a car accident.  Time moves on and this week Tim Mueller, Brian's long time friend and fishing companion, came to Minocqua with his wife Kathy to fish with me for a couple of days.  

Wednesday we went out looking for some Walleyes, we were faced with difficult fall weather including rain and cold.  Kathy was a real trooper showing up in her Frog Togs and mittens. We were fishing rock humps coming out of 30+ feet of water topping out as shallow as 10 feet.  After 2 1/2 hours they had their 6 Walleye limit.  These are eater sized Walleyes for the most part except for a dandy 19 1/2 incher that Kathy caught. We then changed bait, tackle, tactics, and structure and went looking for Pike.  I hit two weed beds that I caught Pike out of last Sunday but we never caught a fish.  The weather was getting worse so we called it a morning getting to the landing just as the rain really started to come down. 

Thursday morning Kathy took one look at the weather and said "you boys have fun I"m staying in the cabin".  Tim and I headed down to the Willow looking for some Pike and maybe a Walleye or two.  We expected light rain but as soon as we hit our first spot the sky opened up with heavy rain, luckily it only lasted about 15 minutes then let up to a fishable light rain.  It was over an hour before Tim put the first Pike in the boat.  An hour later Tim had a couple of Pike in the box and a couple of missed fish and I had one bite. I switched from a Firetiger jig to match Tim's pink and immediately got my action improved.  At the end of the morning we had 4 Pike in the box and 3 short ones that we released. We also missed at least that many fish including some we had more than half way to the boat.   Like so many days this season we were fighting cold front conditions that make the fish just hold the bait never getting to the jig.  All honors go to Tim , he caught every fish we kept that morning.  It was a good two days, yes there were some sad times in the boat but a lot more good times thinking of our old buddy Brian.  I have always said there is a lot more to fishing than the number of fish or their size, it is the people we meet and the bonds we build.   Thanks for the time you gave us Brian and all your memories. That's it for now folks good luck fishin and remember

9/4/17  Hi from the shores of "Kennedy Bay" on Lake Minocqua.  Having almost a week off the water gave me some time to fish with my son David and grandson Lawson scouting a few lakes for fall Walleye patterns we caught enough fish for a fish fry and a meal for them to take home.  This past Monday found me down on the Willow with John Meltzer, Deb Kravit, and Bill Heilbronner it was their annual group trip to Minocqua and I would have the pleasure of fishing with them 3 days.  We had a good day on the water putting together a nice catch of Pike with Debs 26 incher being fish of the day. Wednesday it was Deb Kravit again and Greg Goldman, their favorite water is the Willow so that is where we headed. Unlike Monday the fishing was really tough we did manage 4 nice Pike along with some really small fish but that was it. Knowing that we would be fishing again on Friday and with Wednesdays poor showing I scouted one of my fall Walleye lakes. After almost two hours of hitting rock humps I only had one Walleye to show for my efforts.  When John, Bill and Deb showed up Friday morning I told them what I had done on Walleyes the day before and laid out a few options for Pike and we agreed that the Willow is everybody's favorite water so that's where we headed.  We had a good day with Pike and 1 short Largemouth once again Walleyes were not hitting for us.  It was Deb again that produced the excitement when she caught a 9 1/2 pound Dogfish "a great battle nice job Deb". That brought an end to their stay with plans to be back next year to spend some more quality time on the Willow.

Saturday I fished With Mike Kratzer, his wife Beth,her friend Karen, his brother-in-law Rod.  With bad weather in the forecast and that many people in the boat my options were limited so I headed back out to my Walleye lake hoping that a few more days might have them going.  We only got in about an hour and 45 minutes  before the first flash of lightning in that time they caught 6 Walleyes 5 big enough to keep.  I am sure if we had gotten a brake from the weather they would have caught their limits.

Saturday I fished with Rob Wachholtz and his sons.  My original plan was to head down to the Willow but with the Walleye action the day before I decided to give the Walleyes another try.  Once again it was a case of "you should have been here yesterday", after nearly 2 hours we only had 1 Walleye big enough to keep and 2 shorts that we released. We gave up on the Walleyes up graded to heavier leaders with weedless jigs tipped with redtail chubs and saved the morning catching some nice Pike, giving them plenty of fish for a family fish fry that night.  

We caught fish all week but it was necessary to do a lot of moving hitting numerous spots, spots that held fish one day would be empty the next.  Fish continued to hit very lightly so we missed a lot of bites.  The Walleyes that we caught were relating to rock humps coming out of 35 feet topping out in the teens with most fish hanging at about twenty feet.  We were vertical rigging large fathead minnows on jigs just heavy enough so you could feel the bottom.  It is necessary to stay in contact with the bottom slowly lifting and dropping back to the bottom. Most of the time you don't feel a bite just weight on the rod when that happens set the hook and wind.  These are eater size not wall hangers.  Thats it for now folks good luck fishin and remember KEEP YOUR LINE TIGHT AND A BEND IN YOUR ROD  DAVE LANG                                

8/20/17 Hi from the shores of "Kennedy Bay" on Lake Minocqua.  Once again mother nature is playing tricks with the Lakeland Area in the last week we have experienced delightful days with highs in the high 70s only to be followed the next day with a high in the mid 60s that felt more like September than August, and you never wanted to be far from your rain gear.  The last three days I have been on 3 different lakes with good results on all 3 although we did have to work for the fish we caught.

Thursday and Friday I had the pleasure of fishing with Courtney Hogendorn and his two sons, Colin and Tristan from Madison WI. Although it was a time for father and son bonding, Courtney wanted it to be a learning experience for the boys. Thursday we headed out west in search of some Pike action, conditions were good for fishing with a slight chop and cloud cover that produced a little rain on and off.  We had a good morning with best fish of the morning a 24 inch Pike that Tristan caught.  They kept just 3 Pike and a Perch for dinner that night. Friday morning we went down to the Willow, the water level had started to drop last week but to my surprise it has come back up to where it was 2 weeks ago. We had a good morning with Pike providing most of the action, once again it was Tristan catching another dandy Pike in the mid 20s.  The plan for the day was catch and release but when we boated a nice Walleye they decided to take it back to their cabin to see how it compared to the taste of the Pike and Perch from the night before.  As a learning experience the trip was a success with the boys mastering tying on jigs, putting their own minnows on so they would run straight. Even cleaning and removing the Y bones from a Pike.  It was a great 2 days, and a pleasure to meet such nice young men.

Saturday the Heroux brothers were here and we went out west to their favorite Pike lake.  The morning started out great with three fish on our first drift.  Things slowed down as the day went on but by 3:00 they had their limit of Pike to take home for their family fish fry along with a couple of Smallmouth, a couple of Largemouth and a few short Walleyes all of which were released.  Largest fish of the day was a beautiful 29 1/2 inch Pike that Tom Heroux caught.

It was a good three days fishing, better than I expected when I saw the weather forecast.  As usual these fish were all caught in shallow water weeds on 1/16 oz. jigs and red tail chubs.

Those of you that have  fished with me or been following my reports over the years have come to know Hooker the fishing dog, my faithful companion. It is with a broken heart that I tell you that she died this morning of a brain aneurysm. She was showing some symtoms when I got home from fishing yesterday but was not in any pain.  She was a great family member and a freind to everyone she met.  My world has an emptiness in it now but I am also blessed with having shared so much of her LOVE for 12 years.  That's it for now folks good luck fishin and remember

8/14/17  Hi from the shores of "Kennedy Bay" on Lake Minocqua.  Fishing and the weather  have been holding fairly stable  with the exception of a cold front that came through last Thursday night.  Wednesday I fished on Minocqua with Jim Naumczik, Ken Slelucky, and Kens daughter Addison,and son Ethan.  We moved around a lot and managed to put together a nice catch that included Walleye, Pike, Perch, and Bass. A change of pace for me was 3 of these fish a Pike, a Perch, and a Bass where caught on a small redtail chub a 1/32 oz Road Runner under a bobber.

Thursday found me back on the Willow with Bill Harper and Tom Doepker.  With a lot of moving we had a nice mix of Pike, Walleye, and 1 Dogfish.  Largest Pike was 36 inches and 2 Walleyes over 18 altogether we had between 10 and 15 fish.  

Friday started a 3 day outing with Dave Giebel from The Dells WI. we had never fished together before and had a great time.  Friday was the typical first day after a cold front, I knew things would be tough but usually you get some time right after the front comes through before the fish totally shut down.  For the first couple hours we had good action but typical of cold front fish they hit extremely light seldom taking the hook.  We only hooked about  1 out of 6 bites, we had numerous fish 3/4s of the way to the boat when they just let go.  I had one nice Walleye right to the boat and saw she had the bait cross ways in her mouth with the jig outside, when I put the net in the water she just opened her mouth and swam away.  We managed 1 nice Walleye and 4 Pike an ok morning but with the bites we had it was disappointing.  By about 9:30 the sun started to break through and the wind picked up with gusts in the 20 mph range with that the action stopped.

Day 2 we headed out to one of my favorite Pike lakes, we had a bright blue sky and water flat as glass.  Dave has  done quite a bit of fishing and as I put the boat in he said "it's goin a be a tough one" sadly he hit the nail on the head. After about a hour and a half we had 3 nice Smallmouth Bass and two bite offs.  I pulled the boat and headed to our second lake where the Pike action had been good.  We fished hard only getting a few hits again very light.  In hind sight maybe I moved to soon you just don't know.  Dave talked to 1 boat at the first landing and 2 at the second, we were the only boat with fish, so I guess our 3 Smallmouth, 2 Pike and 2 Perch weren't so bad.

Day three we were back on the Willow 2 days out from the front fish started to come around we had flat water but some cloud cover.  We cover a lot of water picking up a fish here and there but no one spot that really produced.  We ended up keeping 7 nice Pike, a 12 inch Perch, and a 16 inch Walleye and releasing a number of small Pike and Walleyes.  It was a good way to end a trip with plans to do it again next year. That's it for now folks remember

8/8/17  Hi from the shores of "Kennedy Bay" on Lake Minocqua.  Last week Thursday and Friday I had a great time fishing with my son David and grandson Lawson on the Willow Flowage.  I know i am going to sound like a gloating grandfather but at 8 years old Lawson is a very good angler for his age, which he would prove later in the day.  After more than a week of beautiful summer weather Wednesday night a strong cold front rolled through dropping temperatures 20 degrees to the low 50s on Thursday morning.  This is always bad news although even though this slows the action down you can usually eak out some decent action early in that first day after the front passes through.  This was true for us that morning, at the end of the morning we had 1  15" Walleye, 1 11" Perch, and 6 nice Pike in the mid 20 inch range that we kept along with some smaller fish we released.  The highlight of the day was when Lawson caught a 30+ inch Dog fish that weighed 9 pounds, that fish would have been a tough battle for anyone and I am proud to say he handled it perfectly, following it from one side of the boat to the other and back again while the fish made a number of drag pulling runs. That's why I love those Dogfish.  Thursday afternoon we got close to 2 inches of cold rain, we sat on the porch watching the steam rise off of Lake Minocqua and knew things were only going to get worse.  Friday morning we paid the price for the cold front, Thursday's water temp. was 74.6 on Friday it was down to 68.4, you just can't win with a 6 degree drop in water temp. After a short morning we left the Willow with our tails between our legs with only 1 12 inch Perch that we released to show for our efforts along with some small pike.

Sunday morning I fished with Doug Jones and Matt Schaetter on the LDF Flowage, they had never fished it before, Doug is considering buying a cottage on it so I just covered a lot of water  never staying on fish when we found some.  They released everything we caught so numbers are a little hard to keep track of but I think we ended up with a mixed bag of Pike and Largemouth about 15 fish in total.

Today I was back on the Willow with Loren Price, his daughter Susan, and grandson Ben.  Even though the weather has gotten better since Saturday we had to fish hard all morning. They did not want to keep fish for a fish fry and for a while that looked like a good thing,  Loren started the morning off with a small Pike on the first spot then we struggled
I had a bite off after moving and Sue finally caught a Pike that we would have kept if they had wanted fish, then Ben caught a really nice 12 inch Perch.  At the end of the morning we added a nice 18 inch Walleye, 5 more decent Pike along with a number of really small Pike to our catch.  It was one of those mornings that we worked hard moving around covering a lot of spots but could have kept a nice mixed bag. Red tailed chubs are hard to get and when you do some are almost big enough to filet, I am buying 6/7 dozen  in order to get 4/5 dozen the right size because the water is just so high they can't trap enough good bait. That's it for now folks good luke fishin and remember

7/29/17  Hi from the shores of "Kennedy Bay" on Lake Minocqua.  Summer has finally arrived here in Minocqua,
with temperatures bumping 80 everyday water temps are now in the mid 70s.  We are blessed with our summer guests here in full force so if you are heading our way call ahead.  This also means that our lakes and landings are busy so plan a little extra time, if you are planning to fish on one of the more popular lakes it is best to start early, if I am going to fish Minocqua now I start at 6:00 AM so we have our 4 hours in by 10:00.  As I write this  sitting on the front porch looking out on Kennedy Bay at 6:30 this morning there isn't a boat in sight but by noon I won't be able to look out there without seeing 15/20 boats.

Last Saturday I got back down to the Willow with Larry Renbarger, his grandson and  an old army buddy.  The Walleye action wasn't as good as it had been a week before but at the end of morning they took 2 nice Walleyes and 5 Pike home.  In addition they released a number of fish and Larry's grand son caught a big Dogfish to add some excitement to their morning.

Monday I fished with Don Conner and his son Matt from Mueskego, we had fished together a few years back so if was fun to get back together.  We headed down to the Willow Flowage.  The day  got off to an exciting start when Matt hooked into a 9 pound Dogfish you know how I love it when someone gets to fight the DOG.  The conditions where typical summer but they put together  a nice catch of 6 Pike, one dandy 28 incher,  and 1 Walleye that they kept for a two family fish fry that night.

Thursday I had the pleasure of fishing with Brian & Lisa Kmiec from Chicago, they were camping at Indian Shores on Lake Tomahawk.  We headed back to the Willow, once again it was a summer day with a lot of sunshine.  The fish were in what I call a neutral mood so it took some coaxing  to get them to bite. We had a decent morning, they decided that they only wanted to keep enough fish for their meal that night so we kept 2 Walleyes and 1 Pike.  They released a number of fish including the fish of the day, a nice 17 1/2 inch Smallmouth that Liza caught.

Friday I was back on the Willow with Kyle and Rachel Litz from McFarland WI.  it was their 1st anniversary  The morning started out with quick action including a dandy Smallmouth bass that Rachel landed measuring 20 inches.  The action slowed as the sun rose but they managed a nice mixed bag of Pike, 2 beautiful 11 inch Perch, the Smallmouth and 1 short Walleye.  A good way to celebrate their 1st anniversary.

With the weather holding like this I expect the fishing to stay like it has been for the next week.  As always I caught everything on jig and minnow combos.  My old friend and mentor Tommy "Tadpole" Zinda told me  when I first started to learn the Willow "you can never fish too shallow on the Willow",  I kept the boat in 4-9 feet of water but we were casting into 1 1/2 to 2 feet with a slow retrieve back to the boat.  All of our fish came in the first half of the retrieve some within the first foot.  That's it for now folks good luck fishin and remember

7/22/17  Hi from the shores of "Kennedy Bay" on Lake Minocqua.  I have always said that one of the best parts of guiding are the interesting people I meet.  In May of this year I received a phone call from a young man that said he was an assistant to a professor at St. Norbert College in De Pere WI. The professor's field of expertise is studying fish parasites. He had received a Smallmouth specimen from an area lake from which he removed a parasite that had never been identified before.  The plan was for Dr. Aninod Choudhury and his assistant ,Carson Torhorst to spend 1 & 1/2 days with me. Our goal would be to fish this particular lake to catch a number of Smallmouth Bass for them to examine.  

This is one of my favorite lakes so I was looking forward to taking part in their project.  Although I fish this lake a lot and have always caught a lot of Smallmouth, the down side is that in the last 3-4 years my catch has diminished considerably. We were going to fish Wednesday and Thursday so I spent a few hours Monday scouting spots with a jig and redtail chubs. I managed to boat 4 Smallmouth and on Tuesday I spent a few hours scouting using crawlers and spinner baits. I only picked up  a couple of Pike and a couple of Walleyes.

Wednesday morning I picked the guys up at 6:30 and we headed out to the lake. We were faced with bright sun and flat water.  Because this is a research project Dr. Choudhury has a state permit from the DNR to collect samples without any size restrictions.  At the end of the day we had 3 Smallmouth, 1 Largemouth, 1 Walleye, and 3 Bluegill that they took back to the motel to dissect.  An important part of this was to keep the fish alive as long as possible then put them on ice when we left the lake to keep the parasites alive.

When I got to their motel Thursday morning Dr. Chordhury said he still had some work to do on the samples so it would just be Carson and me collecting samples that morning.  The testing that he had done failed to turn up any of the parasites that he was looking for.  Then he told me what he did find. It is a tape worm called the "Bass Tapeworm" and it is relatively common in both Largemouth and Smallmouth.  This particular tapeworm forms a fibrous substance in the viserous of the bass that prevents the female from laying her eggs. This is prevalent in young fish, however after some years of fighting this condition, the mature Bass becomes infertile.  So even though our first day was a bust as far as the main objective it did yield somewhat of an answer to why I am catching fewer Smallmouth than before.  When our catch goes down on any given lake we always think of over harvest being the problem and it just isn't always that simple.  As of this time, I do not have his report back on our second day's collection samples. When I asked Dr. Choudhury about the outlook for the Smallmouth population in this lake he said that usually it levels out and there will be some reproduction in this lake in the future but most likely not what it once was.  He also assured me that this was a common occurrence and wouldn't want to alarm people which is one of the reasons that he never publishes lake names when he finds these conditions.

That was how I spent last week. It was fishing with a totally different objective, instead of looking for a mixed bag of larger fish and fish to eat, we targeted only the one species with emphasis on fish less than the legal size limit because those imature fish are most likely to have the targeted parasite. Every year there is one trip that stands out, it will take a lot to top last week.  Not only because of all the knowledge I gained from Dr. Choudhury but his life story of his early years as a boy in India, then having to move to Austria for their safety due to conflicts in India, then moving to Canada eventually coming to the United States and teaching at St. Norberts. Because of his deep appreciation for our country, he has applied for his US citizenship and is waiting for a response.  My life is truly amazing. Next week will find me back to my normal routine, probably heading back down to the Willow in search of Walleyes.  That's it for now folks good luck fishin and remember  KEEP YOUR LINE TIGHT AND A BEND IN YOUR ROD. DAVE LANG

7/13/17 Hi from the shores of "Kennedy Bay" on Lake minocqua.  With the weather continuing to hold steady the fish have been cooperating. Since my last report I have had the best Walleye action that I can remember both in numbers and size.

Saturday I fished with Matt Worth and his nephew Zack from Hartford.  It was the beginning of three trips when I didn't wet a line. At the end of the morning the guys had their limit of 6 Walleyes ranging from 15 3/4 to 19 inches, 2 Pike, and 1 nice Perch along with a couple of short Walleyes and a dandy 19+ inch Smallmouth that the released.  A great trip.

Monday I had the pleasure of fishing with Mike and Mary Chaney from Vicksburg MS.  We headed back down to the Willow, it was a great place for them to visit coming from MS, it is quite a change in scenery.  They had an early checkout so it was a shorter trip than usual.  Once again I only controlled the boat while Jim caught his first Walleye, then Mary boated her first Pike.  The fish were biting very lightly resulting in a lot of missed fish, mid way through the morning Mike hooked into a big Dogfish, another first, not pretty but a great fight. After a few hours we headed back to town so they could get to Madison for the start of Mike's convention.

Tuesday I fished with Jim Winkler from Nekoosa and his son 
Luke from Boulder Colorado, Jim and his wife are camp hosts at the Carol Lake camp grounds for the DNR.  With 109 miles of shoreline it was hard to believe that there was a boat sitting exactly where I planed on starting, we moved to my second choice.  The morning started a little slow and I fished for almost an hour along with the guys with only 2 Pike in the box.  I had seen the other boat move so we went to that weed line, it didn't take long and I put my rod down.  The guys ended up the morning with 5 Walleyes, 2 Smallmouth, 1 Perch, and 6 Pike along with a number of fish they released.

This was definitely one of the best stretches that I have had recently. These fish were all caught on 1/16 oz. jigs tipped with Redtail Chubs in shallow weeds, conditions varied from perfect overcast with a slight chop to flat calm with a bright sky, it was one of those wonderful periods that the fish stayed active, I did need to hit numerous spots to catch these fish however. I am off the water for a number of days now so I am sure it will return to normal again but what a wonderful few days. That's it for now folks good luck fishin and remember  KEEP YOUR LINE TIGHT AND A BEND IN YOUR ROD

7/6/17 Hi from the shores of Kennedy Bay on Lake Minocqua. Mother nature has given us a brake lately with warmer temperatures and a somewhat steady weather pattern which has helped bring the fishing action back.  Sunday I had the pleasure of fishing with Mike Passon and his daughter Yana from Indiana.  With fishing still a little difficult we headed out west looking for some Pike, Bass and maybe a Walleye thrown in. We were on a 1000 acre lake with good weed cover.  Even though the water temp was still in the low 60s we managed 6 nice Pike and 1 nice Largemouth that we kept, but no Walleye.  At the end of the morning Keith had boxed one nice Pike and lost 3 others when they bit the line, I added one Pike to the mix and Yana caught everything else including the 2 biggest fish, of course we let her out do us.  It was a fun day and the fish activity showed some improvement.

Monday I was on the water with Todd Butkowski and his son Matt from Roseville Mi.  They were staying on a lake in Lac Du Flambeau and wanted some help with were and how to fish the lake.  The weather had continued to improve and the action did also. Because it was a learning trip we didn't sit on fish but continued to move from spot to spot catching fish on all but one spot.  The guys kept 6 nice Pike for a couple fish fries.  We also caught and release a number of smaller Pike and 5 Walleyes that didn't make the 18 inch minimum size limit.  It was a good morning with the fish activity getting to what I would consider good.  

Tuesday Jim Tsagalia and his father in law Craig the guys have fished with me for a number of years. Some time during these trips they have established a traveling trophy for the biggest fish caught that year which Craig had ceremoniously removed from Jim's wall last July.  We headed back out to the lake I had fished the day before looking forward to plenty of action giving Craig a good chance to remain in control of the trophy and Jim a chance to dethrone him.  We caught our first Walleye in the first 5 minutes and I thought we were in for a great morning that was the only fish  we caught in that area. As we moved from one spot  to another I was reminded of what my Grandma used to say "if you want to make God laugh make a plan".  It wasn't until the last spot that we put some fish in the boat ending the day with 3 Pike, 3 Walleyes and 2 Bass.  Pay back is a bitch, the trophy will be heading back to Jim's house for the next year.

Yesterday I was going to fish with Roger Forsberg from Fond Du Lac and his 2 sons and son in law.  After my action the day before I wasn't going to gamble on that lake again and knew I had to switch lakes.  At 5 AM the sky just looked mean, I got the boat ready but didn't even buy bait.  After an hour of rain and thunder I went to their motel where they were staying, we sat and drank coffee for an hour before it started to lighten up and we decided to give it a try.  We got a brake in the weather, allowing us to get in a good morning.  The action was much better than the day before with the guys keeping 7 nice Pike and one nice Perch to take back to Fond Du Lac for a fish fry that night.  We lost 8 more pike due to them biting through the leader, because I am still having decent Walleye action I am using 12 pound test leaders. if this rate of bite offs continues I will be forced to switch to 25 pound test although I think it cuts down on the Walleye bites.  

As always I was fishing 1/16 oz. jigs tipped with redtail chubs when I could get them and black tails when I had to.  These fish where caught between 6 and 10 feet of water with water temps in the mid to upper 60s.  Today has been in the mid 80s so I hope to see 70 degree water temps tomorrow when I head down to the Willow looking for Walleyes.  That's it for now folks good luck fishin and remember KEEP YOUR LINE TIGHT AND A BEND IN YOUR ROD  DAVE LANG

6/30/17  Hi from the shores of Kennedy Bay on Lake Minocqua.  "RAIN RAIN GO AWAY" enough said about that. We had rain 22 of 30 days in June. With all of the fronts passing through along with the rain and water temps dropping 10 degrees fishing has slowed considerably.

Last week I started off with Eric Janson and his father in law Dennis.  They had rented a cabin on Squirrel and wanted to learn where and how to fish the lake.  Fishing started off fast with two pike in the boat in the first couple minutes.  Action slowed but we finished the day with 9 Pike that they kept and a few Bass they released.  Tuesday  with the promise of better weather we headed down to the willow.  The weatherman lied, and the fish reacted as expected.  We caught a few small Pike and only two decent sized, one of which got off before I got it in the net.  After fighting cold, wind, and rain for three hours the guys decided to retire early and come back another day.(smart choice).

Wednesday I fished the Minocqua Chain with the Neugent group, it was their annual get together a Nitschke's resort. We fished hard ending the day with 7 Bass 1 Pike 1 Perch and 4 Walleyes that were released.  We covered a lot of water for these fish but it was a good day.  

Thursday I was back on Minocqua with Dianna's nephews, Joe Delorme and Darrel Morrison from Yuma AR. coming from 120 degree heat to our weather was a shocker.  Joe had never fished from a boat before and Darrel's experience was limited. With a shore lunch promised for the family the pressure was on.  Another morning of rain and cold made fishing tuff, but at the end of the day we had plenty of fish for our fish fry and the guys learned a lot about fishing in Wisconsin.

Friday I was fishing with Mike and Tom Heroux.  We went out to the lake that that Mike had caught that 34 1/2 inch Pike a couple weeks earlier.  Once again the fish were really hitting lightly, and we lost more than we hooked.  At the end of the day they kept 7 Pike, nothing any where near that 34 1/2 incher, we caught  and released half dozen Walleyes all below the 18 inch minimum.  

The weather is getting back to normal and that should improve the fishing.  That's it for now folks good luck luck fishin and remember KEEP YOUR LINE TIGHT AND A BEND IN YOUR ROD.  DAVE LANG  

6/16/17 Hi from the shore of Kennedy Bay on Lake Minocqua.
TROPHY PIKE week is the best way to describe it.  After only 24 hours for the weather to settle down after the big storms that rolled through on Sunday and Sunday night, Tuesday morning Bob Weir, his son Neil and grandson Riley and I headed down to the Willow, conditions were decent.  One of our first fish was nice Walleye that Riley caught, action was slow I hit all of my good spots that had wind blowing a nice Walleye chop into them.  We boxed a few fish and lost a lot more.  With about an hour left I threw all the rules out and went to spot that was perfectly calm with an off shore wind the last place the fish should have been active.  In our remaining time we boxed two nice Walleyes and some more pike giving the guys a nice mixed bag of fish.  Once more proving when you think you have it figured out you get a surprise.  Wednesday morning we were greeted with the ideal conditions slight chop with over cast skies, I told the guys even I couldn't ask for more.  We went back down to the Willow starting where we left off the day before.  It was one of those days that make my life easy, the guys started putting fish in the box right away so I never fished.  About mid morning Bob set the hook on a good fish after it made a number of drag screaming runs he got the fish to the net.  A "TROPHY" PIKE 31 1/2 inches, probably close to 15 pounds, after sum pictures Bob released it to fight again. That was the fish of the trip along with a couple nice 18, and 19 inch Walleyes. The guys finished up the day with 5 Walleyes and 5 Pike that they kept in addition to some smaller fish that were released along with Bobs trophy Pike.  A great day on the willow.

Thursday I fished with Mike Heroux from Oshkosh.  Mike has his favorite Pike lake that we tried when he was up here a couple weeks ago, the weeds hadn't started to grow then and after an hour we went to a different lake.  It was a different story now we had nice weeds and the fish were there most of the Pike were 20  inches or less so we returned them only keeping those in the mid 20s.  Midway through the morning Mike set the hook into the second "TROPHY" Pike
in as many days, this one was 341/2 inches.  We caught a number of Walleyes short of the 18 inch minimum and one nice 18 3/4 incher.  In spite of bright blue skies and wind gusts to 20+ MPH the day was a great success. All of these fish were still shallow, relating to new weed growth.  For the most part they were all caught on 1/16 oz. jig & minnow, however in the strong wind I moved to 1/8 oz. It was a great 3 days on the water with a bunch of Walleyes from 15 to 19 inches and 2 beautiful Pike that were trophy class for northern wisconsin. That's all for now folks good luck fishin and remember KEEP YOUR LINE TIGHT AND A BEND IN YOUR ROD  DAVE LANG

6/12/17  Hi from the shore of Kennedy Bay on Lake Minocqua.
 I just  got off the phone with the head of the Willow Management team for the DNR.  The storms yesterday did move the bog back south actually returning it to about the same location that it had been for 40 years.  A small portion did break off and is blocking the boat landing at the levated campsite just as you get out of the river.  They are looking at their options for securing it where it is this would be done by cabling it to shore or driving pilings to hold it.  The good news is that the channel is open for now, who knows what the next adventure will be.  KEEP YOUR LINE TIGHT AND A BEND IN YOUR ROD  DAVE LANG

6/11/17 Hi from the shores of Kennedy Bay on Lake Minocqua.  I normally spread my reports out further but this weekend was "SPECIAL" best summed up with the 3 Ws WEATHER,WILLOW,WALLEYES.  Saturday I had the pleasure of fishing With Steve Kicmal and his son Jack.  We headed down to the Willow evan though the weather forecast was calling for increasing winds with gusts reaching 30 MPH. out of the SSE. We launched at the camp grounds.  We had a good morning catching 5 Walleyes however the only legal got off at the boat before I could get it in the net, along with a number of Pike.  By 11:00 the winds had reached the point where boat control was next to impossible and we couldn't feel our baits say nothing for a bite so we decided to call it quits.  This is when our adventure began with winds out of the south over 20 mph the main body of the flowage was all rolling with white caps.  Three fourths of the way back to the river leading to the camp ground landing we were blocked, the bog that had broken loose and floated across the main section of the flowage 2 weeks ago had now moved again completely blocking our exit.  I called my wife Dianna and arranged for her to meet us at the boat landing by the Willow Dam, the guys and I made a long rough ride down the flowage to the dam, tied the boat to shore.  Dianna arrived within minutes, gave us a ride back to pick up my truck and trailer, we then went back picked up the boat.  It was a good morning fishing high lighted when Jack caught a beautiful slot Walleye and ending up with a little added adventure at the close.

My son Jeff and I had never found the time to fish the Willow, so I gave him a call Saturday night and we finally made his first trip on the Willow this morning, launching from the dam.  We had a great morning after 3 hours we had 4 Pike in the box along with 5 Walleyes, we released 1 short Walleye and a dandy 23 inch slot fish.  We could hear thunder in the distance so we headed in one Walleye short of our limit but we had great catch.  We got the boat on the trailer and as we headed back to Minocqua the skies opened up dumping rain. While we were cleaning fish in the garage a major storm cell with  high winds rolled through knocking out power to over 4000 in the area, our power here in Minocqua was out for 6 hours.  We have had a number of strong storms roll through all day along with heavy rain, I am guessing 4 inches, these storms have all come from the NNW, the opposite wind direction as yesterday so I can only guess that the bog must have moved again, hopefully freeing up the channel.  I will try to get some up date tomorrow on the status of where the bog is and what the travel situation is.  This bog had stayed in the same area for as long as I know, 15-20 years until now.  I have already heard the DNR was thinking about waiting until next winter then using dynamite to break it up, also heard they were thinking of towing it somewhere and securing it to the shore.  Both rumors  so you know what they are worth, after all when did the DNR ever make a decision that fast.  I would advice any of you heading that way try to get some good information before you launch.

I can only think that after having thunder and lightning going on all day and predicted to continue through the night this nice pattern producing fish lately will come to end for a few days. All the fish we caught this weekend were caught in shallow water on jig and minnow.  That's it for now folks good luck fishin and remember KEEP YOU LINE TIGHT AND A BEND IN YOUR ROD.

6/8/17 Hi from the shores of Kennedy Bay on Lake Minocqua. The weather in the lakeland area has finally gotten around to normal and water temps have risen to the low 70's, hopefully that, along with increased sun light, the weed growth will also catch up.  With the excellent Pike action I was having I invited my son David and my grandson Lawson to come up and catch Pike.(Lawson's favorite)  Unlike up until the Monday before catching a limit of Pike was easy, we spent almost 2 hours with only one small Pike.  With an eight year old in the boat you need more action than that so I pulled the boat and headed to the Minocqua Chain.  Although we caught enough fish for a great fish fry, action was slow.    The guys could fish Sunday morning for a few hours before heading home, so we headed back out where we started the day before, our first fish was a nice 23 inch Pike, we spent the morning hitting a number of spots and by noon we had 6 nice Pike all in the 20s and released a number of smaller Pike and 3 Bass.  Not great but a much better morning than the day before.

Monday morning I had a dozen minnows left from the weekend and decided it would be nice for Dianna and I to have some nice grilled Walleye.  I headed down to the Willow. It was the day that I wish you could have been with me. After just over 2 hours I had my 3 Walleye limit 16, 17, and 18 inches, I released 2 other legals and one dandy 23 inch slot fish.  The day I will talk about all year.

Yesterday I took part in "the Partners Event" in Lac Du Flambeau.  There were 20 + guide boats for 50 + anglers. The anglers were  from the WI. DNR and 6 of the Tribes in the state, along with some BIA representatives and a couple of former Packers.  This was the 25th outing and it was interesting to here the Tribal Chairman from the LCO tribe share his view.  To quote " in that first outing I fished with my enemy, we had only talked across the table at each other with lawyers present.  That changes in the boat when you are one on one, you get to know each other and I can say today we work together talking on a regular basis trying to build up our resources.  I had the pleasure of fishing with a couple of fishery biologist and had the chance to hear them share information about the research their tribes were doing, and it gave me a chance to ask some questions about growth rates etc.  I am afraid that I was not able to put the guys on many fish so I blamed it on poor resource management.  Many of you know that I feel that the spearing has effected our Walleye fishing along with other factors including some of our harvesting standards.  

Tonight Dianna and I will attend the "Walleyes For Tomorrow" annual banquet and fund raiser.  I was disappointed in how few people I asked yesterday were going to the banquet to night.  I know it is a little pricey but the work the group does is so beneficial to our fishery we owe them our support.  They share the same goal as the group yesterday but with a different approach that I think is at least as effective and in some instances more effective for what I hope to see happen here now and for what we will leave for my grandson Lawson.

Most of my fish have come out of 6 to 10 feet of water, although a couple of the Walleyes were only in 2 feet of water, this is not uncommon on the Willow Flowage.  I have been using minnows in the 3 to 5 inch range  mostly a function of availably.  On a negative note I am seeing Mayflies which will make catching fish difficult for a while.  That's it for now folks good luck fishin and remember KEEP YOUR LINE TIGHT AND A BEND IN YOUR ROD  DVE LANG 

Tonight Dianna and I will attend the Walleyes For Tomorrow anual banquet and fund raiser.  I was disappionted in how few people I asked yesterday were going to the banquet to night, I know it is a little pricey but the work the group does is so benefical to our fishery we owe them our support.

5/30/17  Hi from the shores of Kennedy Bay on Lake Minocqua.  The main topic of conversation up hear is the weather, we continue to be about 10 degrees below normal and rain almost everyday.  

Thursday Mike and Tom Heroux were up from Oshkosh looking for some good Pike action, we headed out to Mikes favorite lake where we have done exceptionly well in the past.  The weeds had not started to grow and after 2 hours we only had 2 Pike, Tom caught and released a nice Smallmouth,  We pulled the boat headed to another lake I had been having good action were the guys filled their limit along with a nice 16 inch Walleye.

Friday it was Dave Schieder, Pat Owen, and Gregg Hess great young guys out of Chicago that I have fished with for a long time. There was some laughing about the last time out we had a bad storm that blocked the road with fallen trees that had to be cut before we could get out.  We were on the water by 7 at the end of our 1/2 day they had a nice limit of Pike along with a nice Largemouth, and one Perch.

Saturday I was back with Mike and Tom, after getting beatin up by two days of miserable weather they decided to only fish 1/2 a day. It was a nice morning with no rain gear reqired for a change and we all enjoyed it, once again they put together a nice bunch of Pike.

Sunday I had the pleasure of fishing with Mike Krause and his fiance' Jackie Willhausen from the Madison area.  We got on the water about 7:30 just as the rain stopped.  We had good action with Jackie boating a nice Pike and a dandy 111/2 Pierch.  for 2 1/2 hours the action continued at a decent rate.  A front moved in, the wind picked up and  switched directions it was like someone flipped a switch and the fish got lock jaw.  Once again proving that the weather trumps all. We had a great time and they had a couple of meals of fish to take home.

Dave Casper from Chicago and I hit the water before 7 yesterday with temps in the high 40's the effect of the cold front that swung through the Sunday.  Needless to say the fish were still in the funk that started Sunday.  We wotked hard and managed 6 pike and missed one Walleye.  While I cleaned fish in the parking lot Dave caught a nice Pike off the dock at the landing on a spinner bait.

All my fishing was done with 1/16 oz. weedless jigs tipped with minnows.  Because of the high water the bait shops are having are hard time with their ninnow supply so I have been taking what I can get, Dace, Redtails, and Blacktails, the biggest challenge is there is no consistancy in size.  Because I have been fishing a lot of Pike I like 4 inch bait but at least half the minnows are smaller.  I have caught fish with the smaller minnows but bigger has been better. Crappies have been bitting in shallow water along with some Bluegills.  That's it for now good luck fishin and remember

5/24/17 Hi from the shores of Kennedy Bay on Lake Minocqua.  Mother nature is still messing with us, I heard today that we have had rain 16 days already this month along with our temperatures being well below normal.  All of our lakes are high, the Rainbow and Willow Flowages are above full.  The water temps were 54/55 degrees 2 weeks ago but haven’t risen at all, in fact this morning on the Willow I only had 51.

Monday and Tuesday I had the pleasure of fishing with Bob Garbot and John Junck, on Monday the guys put together a nice mixed bag including a 16 3/4 inch Walleye that Bob caught along with 1 nice perch and 8 Pike ranging from 19 to 24 inches.  The guys had never been on the Willow so that was my choice, we were on the water at 7 AM and at 9:30 I had to admit defeat, we only had 1 bite it was the first time that I couldn’t get anything going.  With my tail between my legs we headed to a lake that Bob and I had fished before with good results, in our remaining couple hours we managed 5 Pike.  All of these fish hit extremely light, on Monday we were lucky to hookup 1 out of 4 bites half of the fish fell of the hook in the landing net, the others were barely hooked I only used the needle nose once in two days.  We were using 1/16 oz. weedless jigs tipped with dace minnows, in 5-8 feet of water in any green weed we could find.

Even though I had a terrible day on the Willow yesterday my plan was to meet Brady Gould and Jake Green both of Beloit at the Willow Dam at 7AM because they were staying in that area.  Fishing is always full of surprises and when we had action on the first spot we fished that was fish-less the day before, I was able to relax and enjoy.  The guys caught 4 beautiful ways between 16 and 19 inches along with 2 nice 20 inch Pike along with a number of short fish they released.  “What a difference a day makes.”  Thats it for now folks good luck fishin and remember KEEP YOUR LINE TIGHT AND A BEND IN YOUR ROD  DAVE LANG

5/16/17 Hi from the shores of "Kennedy" Bay on Lake Minocqua. We arrived back home last Wednesday evening and fished the annual Tadpole Classic on Saturday.  The weather was good to us with morning temps in the low 50's this compared to the 30's last year with blowing snow.  The better conditions accounted for a vastly improved catch.  We have a maximum bag for each boat and everyone reached 5 fish by midmorning and was playing catch and release looking for one big kicker fish to fill their bag.  Tom Schodron won biggest Bass with a 5 pound beauty, my wife, Dianna captured biggest Pike with a 28 incher, and heaviest bag went to father son team of Ken & Nick Breezer with total weight of 14.5 pounds.  There were 8 Bass that were over 3 pounds, only 2 Pike over 22 inches. Eight Walleyes were caught even though no one targeted them because of the no harvest rule on the Minocqua Chain.  That rules through the 2019 season and all indications are that the Minocqua chain will be a real Walleye fishery at that time, lets hope we are smart enough to protect it.

After a slow opener due to cold, windy conditions that made fishing difficult the bite has improved this past week.  The best report I heard of came from the Rainbow and Willow for Walleyes and lots of Pike on the Willow.  As always medium sized lakes are also producing Walleyes, Pike and Crappies.  All of these fish are coming in shallow water, if you can find any green weed that will be a hot spot.  The water temps are in the mid to upper 50's and action should continue to get better.

On a sad note, I got an email a few days ago that my good friend and fishing companion, Brian Manning died in a car accident.  Brian and his buddy Tim fished with me the week after Labor Day each year.  Those of you that follow these reports have seen many pictures of him over the years.  It was Brian that nick named Kennedy Bay "Dog Fish Bay" because of the numerous Dog Fish we caught there.  Friends like him you never replace but you always remember. I am sure he is where the conditions are always good, the fish are big, and his hook sets are always solid.  

That's it for now folks good luck fishin and remember  "KEEP YOUR LINE TIGHT AND A BEND IN YOUR ROD"  DAVE LANG.

5/25/17  Hi from the shores of the Caloosahatchee River Cape Coral FL.  I just checked out the Chamber web cam that looks over Kennedy Bay on Lake Minocqua and it's ready for the opener. It is an unusual year for me to still be in Cape Coral this late but my son Matthew is graduating from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University on Monday, May 8th in Daytona Beach FL. so we will celebrate with him then head back to Minocqua in time for the annual Tadpole Classic.  This will be the first opener I will miss other than those years that the lakes were still frozen. My son Jeff will be hosting the annual opener for the Lang group, I will have a report from them.

This is what news I have on current conditions in the Lake Land Area.  Once again we have plenty of water, as of yesterday the area is a couple inches above the normal rain fall,  both the Rainbow and the Willow are full.  My son Jeff was out last Saturday on a medium size lake with some stain to the water that is open for Walleyes year round.  He sent me a picture of a nice Musky about 30 inches, only fish they landed.  They had a couple other bite offs and a few missed bites but no Walleyes. Water temp was 49 degrees, no green weeds which is to be expected.  No mater when the ice goes off or water temps weed growth is determined by hours of sun light.  My friend and guiding buddy Tom Schodron sent me a picture of a nice Crappie he caught this morning, no information on how many he caught or where but they are catchable. 

That"s it for now folks good luck fishin and remember

10/17/16  Hi from the shores of "Kennedy Bay" on Lake Minocqua.  Yesterday was the the perfect ending to a great year.  If you judged the morning when we started you would think this is the worst possible conditions for fishing.  It was a picture perfect morning clear sky, water flat as glass, and the lake surrounded with trees in full color, and we were chasing Walleyes.  The first hump produced a nice eater in the first 15 minutes then it was a slow process. Those of you that have fished with me have heard "daddy always said never leave fish to find fish" every time I said we 'll work back to the marker then move we would pickup another fish so we would stay.  After almost 2 hours we had 5 Walleyes and started to move hitting a couple more humps boating a total of 8 Walleyes.  Rather than spending our last hour filling our 9 Walleye lake limit we went looking for some pike action.  We picked two nice Pike putting a great ending to a great year.

Looking back over the year we certainly had some good fishing through out the year.  As always somedays were more difficult than others but if you were willing to keep moving including changing lakes we were always able to put fish in the boat.   You can look forward to some good fishing the rest of the year till ice up, it is all about how much you are willing to put up with weather wise.  I may get back on the water, but my plan is to hit the road south with my navigator Dianna and Hooker the fishing dog on November  3rd. It's time  look forward to next year, that's it for now folks good luck fishin and remember KEEP YOUR LINE TIGHT AND A BEND IN YOUR ROD.  DAVE LANG 


10/8/16  Hi from the shores of “Kennedy Bay” on Lake Minocqua.  MY Truck said 37 degrees at 5:30 this morning need I say more.  Mother nature is strutting her stuff here in the Minocqua area with breath taking colors, come on up and enjoy.  Monday and Tuesday of this week I had the pleasure of fishing with Bob Garbut and John Junck, these are the guys that had to cut their trip short last year when the rear axel on my trailer broke from the frame.( my one and only equipment failure thank God)  John had been up earlier this year, we had a great couple days catching Pike so John was ready to head out to the same lake, I had told him that in Sept. it produced some good Walleye action.  Monday produced  nice Walleyes not a great morning but I have learned that anytime you put Walleyes in the boat it is a good day.  As has been the theme all year we lost more bites than we caught, I am hooking the fatheads through the mouth out the gills then trough the body so the barb is almost half way back the body but we are still missing a lot of bites.

Tuesday morning we were back on the same rocks, after an hour and a half the only fish that we had was a 27 inch Pike that John caught on the bottom in 25 feet of water.  We decided to change our tactics and headed to some shallow weeds for Pike.  We ended the morning with 5 nice Pike two were 27+ inches, and one 9 inch Perch and a couple of short Bass we released.  

Yesterday I fished with Hank Rein and Fran Stieber it was proof of what grandma always said “If you want to make God laugh think you can out smart Him”.  They were originally coming up on Wednesday but looking at the weather they decided it would be best to change to Friday because the forecast was for a nice morning, cooling down but dry.  As I said I am sure God was laughing at us poor mortals, we planned on starting at 8 because of the rain we waited till 9 temp was 58 degrees and blowing over 10 mph. putting white caps on the lake where we were fishing.  Even though I was dressed for the worst by 11 I was digging in the boat compartments for another layer.  When we left the lake the temperature had dropped to 43 degrees and wind was gusting over 20 mph.  The guys caught 4 Walleyes(largest 17 inches) and 1 nice Crappie, a good catch for those conditions. I was thinking over the day later that afternoon and realized, we only had 5 bites and caught every bite, they weren’t hitting hard but they had the minnows all the way in so they got hooked.  I have been averaging about a 50% hook up rate, on a day when I would have expected for that to drop it was a pleasant surprise.

I have one trip scheduled for next weekend and a couple of maybes, I will go out a few times for a couple of fish fries for Dianna and I before we head to Fl. so I will keep you informed about what’s happening on the water. That’s it for now folks good luck fishin and remember KEEP YOUR LINE TIGHT AND A BEND IN YOUR ROD   DAVE LANG

10/2/16  Hi from the shores of “Kennedy Bay” on lake Minocqua.  The 2016 season is winding down, this past Tuesday I fished with Jim Waclawik, Mike Witek, and Roger Witek our choice for the day was Walleyes.  The weather was wet, breezy, and cool enough that I fished with gloves on all morning.  We had a good beginning boating a few Walleyes on our first hump, when action slowed we started moving from rock hump to rock hump picking up a Walleye here and there.  Action was slow but they put together a nice bunch of Walleyes.  As a bonus  we had two dandy Crappies 13 and 14 inches both of these fish came off the bottom in 28 feet of water.  After catching these two fish I am guessing that some of the bites we have been missing are Crappies not Walleyes.

Thursday Jim Naumczik and Ken Selucky( THE GUYS FROM NANCY’S PIZZA) were fishing with me.  Jim really surprised me when showed up with a Stringray line cutter around his neck and was singing the praises about how it cut braided line and thinking of other possible uses.We headed down to the Willow, the Tuesday group followed us in a tag boat (Jim Waclawik is Ken’s uncle).  The forecast was for partial clouds with wind in the single digits, by midmorning everyone had every layer of clothing on that they had in the boat and there were white caps on the flowage.  Even under these conditions the guys put together a nice mixed bag, we missed a number of bites that I am assuming were Walleyes judging by the skinned minnows. Jim Naumcik caught a beautiful 19 inch Smallmouth that he released to fight again.  Big fish of the day was a great 37 1/2 inch Pike caught by Mike Witek that will be mounted for the wall of there cabin, it was a great morning.  

The Walleyes were caught on jigs tipped with large fat heads fished in water ranging from 17 to 28 feet deep, fish on the Willow were shallow hitting weedless jigs tipped with redtail chubs. Next week I will be chasing Walleyes for 3 days bringing an end to my 2016 season.  It was a good year overall with a number of great days. There will still be some good Walleye action ahead as the water temps just dipped into the high 50s so some of my Walleye lakes haven’t really gotten into a fall pattern.  That’s it for now folks good luck fishin and remember KEEP YOUR LINE TIGHT AND A BEND IN YOU ROD  DAVE LANG

9/26/16  Hi from the shores of "Kennedy Bay"  on the Minocqua.  The weather today is wet, windy, and below normal temps and it looks like that's going to be the weather pattern for the rest of the week Fall is here.  Before leaving for Canada I spent a morning down on the Willow with Frank and Ann Kerschbaum.  They caught a nice bunch of Pike to take back to Bloomington IN. for some great fish fries.

Getting back on the water here last Tuesday I started off on the Flambeau Chain with John & Susan Sauermilch they were staying on Big Crawling Stone  so we started out fishing some rock humps for Walleye but no luck.  Moving to weed lines we finished the morning catching Pike and Bass.  On Thursday I was back on the water with Bill and his buddy Bill Wiess, we tried a different lake and found some nice Walleyes on rock humps catching Walleyes ranging from 12 to 16 inches.  We caught these fish from 17 to 28 feet deep on jigs tipped with large fatheads.

Friday I had the pleasure of fishing with Bruce Decorah and his wife Kari.  Kari wanted to try for a Musky so we hit a 135 acre lake where I have caught a number of really nice Muskies in the past but it just wasn't her day.  It is always frustrating to put in a morning without even seeing a fish but that's the way it is with Muskies.  

Saturday morning I was back chasing Walleyes with Tim Ash from Chippewa Falls.  It was a great morning with active Walleyes on rock humps.  We were fishing a size exempt lake meaning there was no minimum size but you are only allowed 1 Walleye over 14 inches.  It was one of those rare mornings when we were releasing fish because they were too big, we finally caught enough fish under 14 inches for our limit. 

Saturday the water temp was still 66 degrees but I am sure when I get on the water tomorrow morning it will have taken a big drop, hopefully it wont effect how the Walleyes have been bitting.  Wednesday I did some scouting on a lake where the Walleyes go deep in the fall but an hour of fishing from 30 feet down to 50 feet never produced a bite, looks like they wont make their migration until the water temp drops 10 or more degrees.  I will be on the water the rest of the week it will be interesting to see what happens, after experiencing this major cold front.  That's it for now folks good luck fishin and remember KEEP YOUR LINE TIGHT AND A BEND IN YOUR ROD  

9/22/16  Hi from the shores of “Kennedy Bay” on Lake Minocqua.  Our wet weather continues we are nearly 2” above normal for this month.  This means that the Willow stays close to full making for some good fall fishing.  My annual adventure to Lake of the Woods in Sioux Narrows with my son Jeff was a pleasant mix of fishing and bonding with my son and his buddies.  We got into Sioux Narrows noon Friday.   John and his son Jake had been fishing all morning,when they came in for lunch they had seen 4 Muskies and Jake boated a dandy 45 incher.  There were 7 of us in total and with that beginning we were pumped.  Arriving back at the dock at 7:30 just as it was turning dark the best catch was my 38 inch Pike.  All boats had seen fish but no hits.  We couldn’t get into our normal cabin until Sat. so we were staying in town.  Bobbie Ulrich was my fishing partner,  the lake we were staying on has a good reputation for Lake Trout so we made the decision to try trout.  We were jigging over 200 feet to suspended fish at 110, as always we didn’t have a lot of action, I caught a 22 incher in the first 20 minutes so my hopes were high but it was just over an hour when Bobbie caught our second Trout a great 31 incher.  We found the other boats and picked up John’s son Jake who talked about trying Trout, that was the kiss of death we never had another bite.  We pulled the boats and headed to Lake of The Woods, checked into the camp and fished 3 hours to finnish the day, John caught his second Muskie of the trip a nice 42 incher.  The next morning I caught my only Musky of the trip a 38 incher.   I headed out Monday morning to get back here to fish on Tuesday.  When I left we had 4 Muskies which is decent but not great.  That will be enough until next year.

A few weeks ago I was walking into McDonald’s and was stopped by a nice young lady asking about a landing on Lake Minocqua.  After talking a little bit she held out a little thing she had around her neck and asked if I had ever seen one.  It is called “THE STING RAY” it is a line cutter designed to be used to cut super braid line.  Those of you that have fished with me know I have braid on all my reels, I have used the little scissors, the Berkley heat cutter, and of course my knife.  This is by far the best yet I have used it to cut everything from 10 pound test to doubled 65 pound test, it cuts it like a hot knife through butter.  My concern when I saw it was being able to cut close to the knot for a short tag, no problem in fact I actually got so short I nicked the knot.  I also tried it on the 25 pound test fluorocarbon leader I use and again it cut it no problem. Best part is it only cost $9.95.  Check this out on their website www.stingraylinecutter.com.  Julia and her husband manufacture this in their basement in Eagle River and it is available on Amazon,  as well as some bait shops.  I love local stuff and the personal manufacturing instead of all the imported stuff.  TRY IT YOU’LL LIKE IT.

That’s it for now folks I will have local reports after this weekend when I have gotten back on the water here.  Good luck fishin and remember KEEP YOUR LINE TIGHT AND A BEND IN YOUR ROD.  DVAE LANG

9/11/16  Hi from the shores of "Kennedy Bay"  on Lake Minocqua. Like everyone else when I typed todays date I stopped to remember that hideous day 15 years ago.  NEVER FORGET THOSE VICTIMS.  Fall is in the air according to my truck it was 49 degrees at 5:30 this morning.  Water temps are still in the 70's but that will change.  

For me this is the end of Manning week, it has been about 10 years that Brian Manning of Naperville and Tim Mueller of Elmhurst have been coming up the Wednesday after Labor Day to spend four days fishing with me.  The weather forecast was not good with possible thunder storms all week. On Wednesday we fished on the Minocqua Chain, we had a light rain and little breeze perfect conditions.  Our first spot produced two Bass in the first 5 minutes, the morning continued to produce nice action ending the day with 12 Bass and 2 Pike.

The forecast for Thursday showed a break in the lightning until late in the day so we headed down to the Willow Flowage.  A front came through early and made for some tough fishing.  We ended the day with 7 nice Pike and an 11 1/2 inch Perch. Once again it was one of those days when we had to keep moving never catching more than one fish in the same place.  

Friday we decided to try for Walleyes.  We fished rock humps coming out of 40 feet of water topping out in the teens.  We caught Walleyes from 28 feet to as shallow as 17 feet.  The lake we were on is size exempt with only i fish over 14 inches.  At the end of the morning we caught 12 Walleyes keeping 8 the 4 largest were 13 1/2, 16, 17, and 17 1/2 inches. These fish were caught vertical jigging with fathead minnows.

Yesterday we were back on the Minocqua Chain and put t