The warmer temperatures of late have turned on the shallow water bite here on Tomahawk area flowages. We've been targeting cabbage weeds in the 2-3 foot depths and finding nice perch. On windy days the walleye action has been good with some nice legals being caught. Fish the windy shoreline! The gills have started to move up on the shorelines to spawn and some giant ones have been caught in recent days - select harvest and release the big females so they can spawn. These areas are also producing some nice crappies and plenty of smallmouth bass that are also getting ready to spawn. All fish have been caught using a chunk of crawler a foot or two below a bobber. The only slowdown in activity we noticed this past week was when a mayfly hatch occurred one evening and it slowed the bite. With the great walleye and panfish action of late we have yet to chase any muskies. But the itch is getting under my skin, so it won't be long before we are back out chasing skis. This Friday is the first full moon phase of the season. Time to bust out the Suicks and the Nimmer Swimmer Wolly Pog and let the fun begin. Good luck to everyone heading out this week and weekend. Have fun and enjoy your Northwoods water time!
Got out for a bit yesterday and fished from shore to avoid the rain and found the shallow water bite is still going pretty good on Tomahawk area flowages. Caught some big gills and was surprised to catch a few nice perch mixed in considering the big mayfly hatches that have occurred this week. We were using a slip bobber and piece of crawler set about a foot deep. The cool down didn't seem to affect the bite as much as I thought it would. Water temp is still at 71 degrees. This Friday is the new moon, so the three days before and after should provide a good window to get out and get on the good bite. Couple this with a major or minor or a storm system moving in could really get the musky action going. During a similar scenario last summer about this time of year, I boated a 40" fish and lost two more in a short window of time right in the middle of the day fishing weed edges. The current on the Wisconsin River is back on the upswing with three more inches of rain in recent days. More rain is in the forecast, so expect good flow on the flowages heading into this weekend. Good luck to everyone heading out this week and coming weekend. Make sure to pack the bug spray and rain gear. Have fun and enjoy your Northwoods water time!
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