11/9/20. Hi from the shores of “Kennedy Bay” on Lake Minocqua. As I always say “Weather trumps everything” but this time it wasn’t how it effected the fish but how it effected the fisherman. After weeks of winter like weather, this weekend forecast was to be almost summer like and my phone started to ring wondering if I was still willing to fish. Friday, I fished with my son Jeff looking for some Walleyes so he could have a family fish fry with his mother-in-law who loves fish. We did manage our a pair of three Walleye limits of eater size Walleyes after sifting through a lot of small fish.
Saturday, Mike Heroux made an another trip back to Minocqua for a day fishing. Our plan was to start the day looking for Walleyes then finish up fishing Pike. We did well and had our 6 Walleye limit after 4 hours. The lake we were on is a peak producer of Pike for me for the first 3 months of the season starting to slow in August. We fished our last 2 hours covering areas that consistently produce Pike with only one bite. I have no idea where these fish go. These areas were all weedy flats out to the deep edge at 10 feet. I have been fishing the rocky humps where the Walleyes migrant to in the fall for years and have caught Perch, Smallmouth, Crappies, and Muskies but never a Pike out there. It remains a mystery to me, a population of fish that big can’t hide forever.
Saturday evening, I got a call from Jack Pysz from Elmhurst IL. wondering if I would take him and his 12 year old son, Oscar and Oscar’s buddy, Frankie fishing Sunday morning. I said yes and they jumped in the car and came to Minocqua to fish the next morning. We met at 7:00 Sunday morning and headed out to catch some Walleyes. Oscar was the hero for the first hour catching and boxing our first three Walleyes. As usually happens, things evened out with everybody contributing to our nice mixed bag of 11 Walleyes and one dandy Perch. It was a great morning, the boys are fine young men as well as good fishermen. It was a great morning and I look forward to fishing with them again.
Well for the second time this fall, I think I am done for the season. The weather is suppose to turn back to normal with highs in the 30s, but the nice weather was a gift while we had it. These Walleyes came from 38 to 45 feet of water and they are from schools of fish that I was catching on the same humps in 24 to 25 feet deep. They just migrated deeper as the water cooled down. That’s it for now folks, good luck fishin’ if you get some decent weather and remember KEEP YOUR LINE TIGHT AND A BEND IN YOUR ROD DAVE LANG
10/25/20. Hi from the shores of “Kennedy Bay” on Lake Minocqua. After trying for over a month to get a weekend fishing with my son David and grandson Lawson, we were finally able to get together this weekend. This will be our last fishing of the year. We knew the weather would be a challenge but OMG, the boys arrived Thursday afternoon to 3 inches of snow on the ground. Our plan was to target fall Walleyes fishing rock humps where I caught a meal of Walleyes a week ago for Dianna and I. The Minocqua area has been 20 degrees below normal for over two weeks. Friday, we got on the water at 9:00 after some motor problems. After hitting a number of humps, we only had 2 Walleyes in the box. We had been fishing in snow most of the morning so we decided to pull the boat, go into McDonalds to grab a sandwich and try to warm up. When we got back on the water we hit a hump that I hadn’t had much action on this year. In the next hour and a half, we boxed the 7 Walleyes we needed for our 9 Walleye limit.
Saturday, we went back to the same lake and hump we left 18 hours before. After a good start, the action slowed. We had been catching our fish 25 to 30 feet deep. When they quit biting, I figured they still had to be close and the only option was to go deeper. Our next fish came from 35 feet with the last of our 9 Walleye limit coming from 40 feet. We took a break for lunch to warm up (although we didn’t have snow it never got out of the mid 20 degrees). After warming up we headed out to a lake in LDF that I have caught eater Walleyes in the past. After fishing a mud flat that has always held Walleyes in the past, we didn’t have a bite. We decided to enjoy our morning success and call it a day.
Sunday the boys only had a couple hours to fish before heading back home, so we headed back to the same lake, to the same small spot 40 feet deep where we caught fish the day before. The temperature was 25 degrees, but actually felt warmer than either of the two previous days. By the time we got off the water, the floor of the boat was covered with ice from spilled water. We did get our 9 Walleye limit in just two hours and released numerous small fish.
It was a great weekend for me to share with my son and grandson, in spite of the weather. We were able to take advantage of the fall Walleye pattern with the Walleyes relating to rock humps. Four weeks ago I was catching these fish in 20 to 24 feet of water with a water temp of 55 degrees. Today the shallowest Walleye we caught came from 37 feet and the water temp was 42 degrees. During this time we also caught a few Smallmouth and Perch. All of these fish were caught vertical jigging, jig and large fathead minnow combination. Pictures from these three days are in the photo section. That’s it for now folks and very likely for this year, good luck fishin’ and remember
KEEP YOUR LINE TIGHT AND A BEND IN YOUR ROD
10/14/20 Hi from the cloudy, rainy, and cold shore of “Kennedy Bay” on Lake Minocqua. Yesterday was my final scheduled trip for 2020. It was my busiest year ever and I thank all of you. I will, however, continue to accept any last minute requests to fish, weather and timing permitting.
Friday, I fished with Mike Weber and his friend Tom Wirth. It was a gift to Tom for his retiremen from Mike. We went out after Walleyes, even though we faced some fairly windy conditions. At the end of the morning the guys had five nice Walleyes. A great way to celebrate a major milestone.
Saturday, Mike White brought his son Brandon for a day on the water. We started the morning fishing Walleyes. With 3 hours left in our trip, we had 8 nice Walleyes in the box. We decided to pull the boat and see if we could add a few Pike to their catch on another lake. We did manage a few short Bass and one nice Pike. It was a good day.
Sunday, I was fishing with Mike Heroux. Mike likes fishing Pike, so we headed out to LDF, even though I had struggled the last two trips out there. My plan was to get on the water just as it was getting light to get as much time in before the sun got bright. It was quite breezy, so our plan was to make a series of drifts down a weed bed using the kicker motor to slow us down. We had a great morning once we found Pike located in one relatively small area. After 6 hours, we had one of the nicest limits of Pike that I caught this year.
Yesterday, I was fishing with Ken Selucky “The Pizza Guy” from IL and his uncle Jim Waclawik. Jim has a cottage on the lake that I have been having good Walleye action so we decided to go back to the Pike Lake that I was on Sunday. We made numerous drifts across the same area that Mike and I caught our fish on Sunday without catching a fish. Not a good feeling. I moved to another weed bed where we caught our only Pike on Saturday. Jim did have a bite off telling me that there were Pike there but after a couple drifts we still didn’t have a Pike in the boat. We were fighting a wind that was increasing as the morning went on. In spite of that, I headed back out to the weed bed that had been productive. After only making 1&1/2 drifts the wind had picked up to the point of it being nonfishable. I headed to the only bay that gave us some shelter from the wind for our last hour and 15 minutes on the water in spite of the last two times on the water, I had fished those weeds without a bite. As I often say, it’s all about “ Be Patient and Persistent”. We had only been in the bay 5 minutes when Ken put the first Pike in the boat. in the next hour and 15 minutes the guys put four good Pike, ranging from 21” to 27”, and a 17 1/2” Largemouth in the box and released a short Pike, turning what looked like a disastrous morning into a good trip.
Although my booked trips for 2020 are over I am sure I will get out on the water for some Walleyes for Dianna and hopefully get my son, David and grandson, Lawson up for some time on the water together before weather forces me to put the boat away. I will keep you informed. That’s it for now folks good luck fishing and remember KEEP YOUR LINE TIGHT AND A BEND IN YOUR ROD
10/8/20. Hi from the shores of “Kennedy Bay” on Lake Minocqua. It has been an interesting week that brings to mind what I heard a long time ago “nothing trumps the weather’s effect on fish”. My time has been spent fishing Walleyes that are in their fall pattern relating to deep water structure. Monday, I fished with Nadine and Keith putting together 8 nice Walleyes, fishing under calm conditions, and warm temps even though it was bright skies.
Tuesday, I was back on the same lake with Tom and Mindy Manley. We had decent conditions with a light breeze. When we dropped the first minnow down it was hit immediately and we had our first Walleye in the box. It was the curse of the fish on first cast. We did manage one other short Walleye that we released and missed a few, but at the end of the morning we only had one Walleye. The worst morning this fall. No it wasn’t a curse, it was the high pressure front that rolled in that morning while we were on the water, along with steadily increasing winds with gusts up to 30 mph, making boat control and feel impossible. The fish that we are catching are not very aggressive, so feel and boat control are of the utmost importance and the wind is your enemy.
Wednesday, I fished with Stacey and Rick Stiriz and their 5 year old son, Lance. Even after the disaster the day before, I headed back after Walleyes because it is vertical jigging and possible to get Lance involved in catching some fish. With better conditions, mainly calm water, we were able to come off the water with their limit of Walleyes and one nice Smallmouth. I have no idea why, but Lance was immediately in love with the Smallmouth and wanted to take it back to Ohio to put it in his pond. After some explaining from mom and dad that it just wasn’t possible to take his fish on a 10 hour car ride, and some tears, he said good bye to his Smallmouth.
Thursday, I was back on the water with Tom & Mindy. Even though we had such a bad day Tuesday, I went back to the same lake looking for Walleyes again. We had 3 Walleyes in the box and missed numerous bites after a few hours, but we were forced to hit 5 different humps to find them. Knowing that we could probably add a few more Walleyes to the box if we fished another 1-1/2 to 2 hours, I asked if they would like to try one of my favorite Pike lakes out in LDF. It was almost noon when we got on the second lake. We missed a few bites right away then caught and released a couple of nice Largemouth.
The key to catching these Walleyes is boat control and careful attention to feeling the slightest bite.(wind is your enemy) Go as light as you can in your jig choice, as long as you can maintain bottom contact as vertical as possible. That’s it for now folks. Good luck fishin and remember,
KEEP YOUR LINE TIGHT AND A BEND IN YOUR ROD