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!
After releasing a nice 43" fish following my first time out musky fishing this season a couple days back, I got a taste of reality yesterday as no fish were seen in couple hours out on Lake Mohawksin before threatening clouds chased us off the water. We tried similar waters to where I stuck the fish on a Suick a couple days back in shallow weeds but no success this time. That full moon last weekend really had fish active as a number of nice fish were registered in the first ever Tomahawk VFW Post 2687 musky tournament. Congrats to the Tomahawk husband and wife team of Travis and Amanda Bartz for their first place finish that included Travis' beauty 48" fish. This Saturday, July 15 The Happy Snapper will play host to the 2nd annual Jiggin' for Jayden fishing contest from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tons of prizes to be raffled with prizes awarded for biggest gamefish (no musky) and panfish caught. Proceeds to benefit the Children's Heart Foundation. Cost is $20 per angler. Register on morning of tourney or in advance online at http://weblink.donorperfect.com/jaydenmemorialtournament. Good luck to all anglers taking part. And good luck to all anglers wetting a line this week and upcoming weekend. Be safe, have fun and enjoy your Northwoods water time!
Just like the weather, the smallmouth bass and walleye action has really heated up as some trophy size fish were caught yesterday below a Tomahawk area dam. The walleyes we caught were running mostly on the smaller size, but the many bronze backs caught and released were fat and some of the fish were pushing the 20+ mark. We were fishing the middle of the day using large leeches for bait. At times the fish were hitting so fast a battle would be on almost as soon as the bait hit the bottom. The walleyes and smallies were caught on a simple hook and sinker rig. A half crawler and slip bobber also worked to catch some fish. This new moon phase should only serve to make fishing better heading into this weekend. Lures in the crayfish pattern like the Cotton Cordell also would likely work good to catch these fish. Good luck to everyone heading out this week and coming weekend. Have fun and enjoy your Northwoods water time!
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