6/4/20. Hi from the shores of"Kennedy Bay" on Lake Minocqua. The weather has taken a pleasant turn up here warming up the water temps into the low 60s. Monday Dianna and I decided we would go down to The Willow to catch a couple of fish for dinner. We did fight the wind more than forecast making some spots unfishable. Dianna caught and released a dandy 28 inch Pike for fish of the day, we kept a couple of Pike in the 19 inch range and released 4 others that were all smaller, lost one Walleye at the boat that might have been legal. Not a great day but we did have fish for dinner.
Tuesday I had the pleasure of fishing with the Benfield family they had the winning bid at a fund raiser that was held for a friend of Dianna's last fall. We fished Minocqua and Kawaguesaga it was a bright sunny morning with no breeze nice weather for them not so much for the fish. Even though the water temps are rising the fish are still biting very lightly and short so we missed a lot of fish only catching 1 Bass, 1 Pike, 1 Crappie and a Walleye that we had to release. We did have a good time but it would have been nice to boat a few more fish.
Yesterday I was back down on The Willow Jim Naumczik and Ken Selucky my "pizza guys" from the Chicago area. The morning started out bright sun but with just enough breeze to give us a little ripple. We had bites right away but as it has been they were both very light and short, we missed both. Our first fish in the boat was a short Walleye we did work that area over a couple of times getting bites but no fish. At the end of the morning the guys kept 2 nice Pike along with a 17 1/2 inch Walleye and a 16 1/2 inch Walleye to take home. The guys released 4 other Pike and 3 short Walleyes along with the first Dogfish of the season. It was a decent morning and by the time we called it a day we were fishing extreme high front conditions with mile high bright blue skies and gusty winds.
With the warm weather we've had the last few days water temps are getting into the high 60's, that along with more of the weeds turning green fishing should continue to improve. These fish were all caught in 4 to 9 feet of water in emergent weeds. As usual I was using 1/16 th oz. jigs tipped with large fatheads. With as sluggish the fish have been Jim did catch our nicest Walleye yesterday working a 6inch plastic jerk bait it was the only one he caught on it but it shows that you never know. That's it for now folks good luck fishin' and remember
KEEP YOUR LINE TIGHT AND A BEND IN YOUR ROD
5/25/20 Hi from the shores of "Kennedy Bay" on Lake Minocqua. I have been lucky enough to be on the water 5 of the last 7 days. We went through some nice weather changes finally warming the water into the 50s toping out at 62 on Sunday.
Monday and Tuesday I had the pleasure of fishing with Bob Garbutt. We started out fishing a 1000 acer lake fishing shallow water where I thought the weeds should have started to emerge water temp was 49 degrees. We fished hard for four hours only managing 4 Pike no Walleyes. Tuesday we headed down to the Willow in addition to cold water temps we fought the wind making for extremely miserable conditions. The fish acted as expected, again only boating a few Pike and 1 nice Perch, no Walleyes.
After two days off the water I hit the water with Mike Heroux and his son Jim. The two previous we had some beautiful weather that had warmer the water up into the high 50s. I headed back out to my favorite 1000 acre lake again hitting the shallow bay hoping for some weed growth. We had a good day the guys put together a nice mixed bag with their limit of Pike, 3 Walleyes and a couple of Perch. We returned to the same lake the following day action started off good but slowed to a stop as the day went on for no apparent reason because conditions were great.
Yesterday I fished with the Miranda family it was 9 year old Dominic's first time fishing out of a boat and he did well catching his first Pike. The boy is headed for a great career of fishing. It was a beautiful morning for people with the water flat as glass and bright sun not good for the fish. We had a lot of fun and they did catch enough for a fish fry thanks to Dominic.
All fish were caught in 4 to 7 feet of water on jig and minnow combination. Fish are still very sluggish, we always missed way more than half our bites. GO SLOW. That's it for now folks good luck fishin' and remember KEEP YOUR LINE TIGHT AND A BEND IN YOUR ROD
5/20/20. Hi from the shores of "Kennedy Bay" on Lake Minocqua. I have finally gotten on the water. In the last 6 days I have fished 4 different lakes, they ranged from a lake under 1000 acres with stained water that is a good early season choice for Walleyes after 2 hours I had fished 2 of my favorite spots with only 2 bites so I left. The second lake is a 1000 acres with some shallow bays with weeds. Although the weeds are still dead they do hold Walleye and Pike early season. Two hours there produced 2 nice Pike but no Walleyes.
A couple of days on the Willow produced fish every trip but fishing was difficult most of our fish were Pike but did catch some nice Perch and Walleyes. I was fishing with my son David and grandson Lawson on Sunday, due to the weather we fished Lake Minocqua caught some Bass and Walleyes. It was hard to explain to a 10 year old why we couldn't stay in a spot that obviously would produce Walleyes, Minocqua is still under a no harvest rule and they are asking that you do not target them even for catch and release for another year.
Although that sounds pretty bleak I have to say it was some of the worse conditions you could ask for. We had a severe cold front come through dropping temperature 10 degrees below normal, rain, and winds that gust into the high 20 mph. That is a recipe for failure. Water temps were 49 to 52 degrees. The last few days we were lucky to hook 1 in 6 bites, half the fish we landed fell off the hook in the net showing just how sluggish they are reacting to the cold front. Today is a whole new world with the sun warming things up nicely, I am sure the fish will get more active in a day or two. That's it for now folks good luck fishin' and remember KEEP YOUR LINE TIGHT AND A BEND IN YOUR ROD
5/9/20. Hi from the shores of "Kennedy Bay" on Lake Minocqua. We arrived back home Monday to a beautiful sunny afternoon and that weather lasted a couple days then mother nature showed her dark side, yesterday morning when I went out to check a couple of boat landings the temp was 23 degrees with snow on the truck, got to love Wisconsin springs, this morning I have 28 degrees.
Tuesday morning I took a run down to the Willow and found no trailers at the camp ground and only 7 at the dam landing. After picking up my McDonalds coffee in the mornings this week I have been heading out to check boat landings, for the most part they were empty or only had 1 or 2 trailers. After hearings some warnings about docks not being in, because of the Covid-19 issues I was happy to see all landings did have their piers in. Bait shops are open and practicing social distancing and asking that everyone to purchase their licenses on line to help alleviate crowds in the shops.
It appears that it was a slow opener, after checking with a half dozen guys that I fish with for their reports the most common report was a lack of Walleyes but 4 of the boats ended up catching some nice Crappies. These guys were fishing medium to small dark water lakes, water temps in the low 50's. Weather was an issue with strong winds to 30 mph. My son Jeff had the most impressive opener boating 4 Walleyes with 2 keepers largest 17 1/2 inches, along with a couple Pike and a Perch. When he was cleaning a 25 inch Pike he opened the belly and took out 5 small perch finding 1 or 2 is not unusual to find that many and still hitting Jeffs jig and minnow shows he was really gorging. I did get a report from one father son team that was on the Rainbow Monday and did manage a couple of legal Walleyes.
I am picking up my boat from Brian at Premier Motor Sports in St, Germain after some spring maintenance today and plan on getting out on the water next week. That's all for now folks good luck fishing and remember "KEEP YOUR LINE TIGHT AND A BEND IN YOUR ROD. DAVE LANG
4/30/20 Hi from the shores of The Caloosahatchee River. I will not be returning to Minocqua until next week so I have been in contact with some of my guys that I share information with in Minocqua and it looks like a quiet opener due to the COVID19 impact. With the weather they've had this season most of the lakes are open with water levels being normal. A quick check of the water level on the Willow is within a foot of full and the Rainbow is two feet below full, that will give good conditions on both. It looks like bait shops will be open but will be operating under limited access as far as numbers of customers allowed in the shops at a time. Fishing guides are not considered essential so there will be no guiding until the present restrictions are lifted or expire. With many of the states relaxing some of their regulations maybe Governor Evers will follow suit before the May 24th date that is now in effect. With that being said the LDF Tribal Counsel announced yesterday that the Reservation would be closed to non residents, this is not a request but a formal closing of campgrounds, boat landings and tribal roads to visitors, to be enforced by tribal police and game wardens. This will effect lakes like White Sand, Little Trout, the Flambeau Chain, Ike Walton and a lot of the lakes that some of you normally fish. The complete press release can be found on line.
In the near future this site will have a new look. The old platform was first published in 2007 and had some short comings most problematic was not being able to post pictures any longer because it used adobe flash, it will also be more mobil user friendly. I hope that it will come on line with little or no problems but I am the one that put it together so who knows. That's it for now folks good luck fishin' and remember
KEEP YOUR LINE TIGHT AND A BEND IN YOUR ROD
4/17/20 Hi from the shores of The Caloosahatchee River. Today Dianna and I decided to catch some bait with subeky rigs, she put about 30 large shiners in the bait well before we quit for the day with hopes of keeping them alive for tomorrow. As grandma used to say "man plans God laughs" by the time we got back to the dock all we had was a cooler full of dead bait. It was the same cooler and aerator that I use all summer up north to keep minnows alive. It was a good attempt but I will have to come up with a better idea. That's it for now folks stay healthy and remember KEEP YOUR LINE TIGHT AND A BEND IN YOUR ROD. DAVE LANG
4/16/20 Hi from the shores of The Caloosahatchee River where we are sheltering in place and practicing social distancing. As I read about Minocqua digging out from under their last 12 inches of snow I feel guilty because the biggest problem for Dianna and I is having to cut our fishing trips short because it's too hot. As I always say "the wind is my enemy", with 12-20 mph winds fishing out in the gulf is out of the question so we have been forced into fishing the river and it's bays. We are catching mixed bags including Spotted Sea Trout, Ladyfish, Jack Crevalle, Silver Trout, Whiting and Grey Snapper. The only ones that are worth eating and in season are the Silver Trout, Whiting and Snappers allowing us to manage one meal of fresh fish a week, not near as good as the fish we catch up north however.
As of this time like all of you I am playing the waiting game as far as when fishing will be possible. I have had some mid May cancellations but hope that we will be able to get in some days in June but that will be decided by a pay grade above mine. That's it for now folks stay safe and remember
KEEP YOUR LINE TIGHT AND A BEND IN YOUR ROD