Living the dream

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Re: Living the dream

Postby mrbrowns » Mon Jun 05, 2017 12:35 pm

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!
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Re: Living the dream

Postby mrbrowns » Tue Jun 20, 2017 9:18 am

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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Re: Living the dream

Postby mrbrowns » Thu Jul 13, 2017 9:43 am

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!
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Re: Living the dream

Postby mrbrowns » Thu Jul 20, 2017 11:56 am

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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Re: Living the dream

Postby mrbrowns » Tue Aug 08, 2017 9:53 am

The recent cool down and rain has caused the bite to slow a bit on Tomahawk area flowages, but fish continue in a summer pattern making them more predictable where they will be and can be caught. We've been targeting below Tomahawk dams and finding plenty of walleye and smallmouth bass - the 20" fish we were catching with pretty regularity have seemed to have slowed a bit as a result of the cool down. The larger walleye also seem a bit trickier to come by since the drop in temps, but still plenty of fish are being caught using a simple hook and sinker and large leech or nightcrawler. The trick to fishing these areas with moving water and plenty of snags is to use a wire hook that can easily be bent and to tighten the sinker just enough on the line so it can still move and be pulled out of snags. Using this style of rig saves a lot of gear and time retying that can be spent fishing and catching fish. These areas have also produced some musky action in recent days as two were battled after grabbing on to smallmouths while being brought in. This full moon phase should continue to provide good musky action through at least mid week when some chances of storms passing through could provide another good trigger for the fish to feed. Good luck to everyone heading out this week and upcoming weekend. Have fun and enjoy your Northwoods water time!
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Re: Living the dream

Postby mrbrowns » Thu Aug 17, 2017 11:28 am

After getting detoured away from the Willow Flowage (Hwy T was shutdown for culvert repair) and not being able to launch the boat on the Spirit Reservoir (water level being held six feet below full so dam work can be completed), we headed for another Tomahawk area flowage yesterday afternoon in search of a panfish bite. The same summer pattern that had been producing walleye and big smallmouth bass the past couple weeks was applied on this flowage, targeting deep water where there was some current and deep wood. The first spot we tried had too much current. After moving a bit to get out of the fast moving water, we found the fish in about 13 feet of water and the action was nonstop. We used small leeches and caught big perch, gills and some tanker smallmouth bass using a simple hook and sinker dragged along bottom. When the leech bite slowed, we switched to using a piece of crawler and continued to catch fish the entire day. A few nice perch were kept for a meal while the majority were put back. Surprisingly, this action came on a day with a wind out of the east, which typically means the fish bite the least. I suspect that might have been the reason we did not catch any walleye as the unfavorable wind might have given them a case of lockjaw. Either way, the rest of the fish provided plenty of action and made for a fun day on the water despite the setbacks experienced earlier in the day. This summer pattern technique should continue to produce fish leading up to this fall when the fish again start to move shallow to put the feedbag on before freeze up. Good luck to everyone heading out this week and upcoming weekend. Have fun, respect others and enjoy your Northwoods water time!
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Re: Living the dream

Postby mrbrowns » Thu Sep 14, 2017 9:44 am

The fall colors are starting to emerge here in the Tomahawk area and the Fall Ride activity is really starting to pick up outside the office this Thursday morning as the four-day motorcycle rally to raise money for veterans and MDA gets underway. Those attending the 2017 Tomahawk Fall Ride for MDA are really in for a treat this weekend as the hues of red, orange, yellow and purple are the best they have been this time of year in over the past decade. So spectacular are this year's autumn colors that I will not be at my typical location at Kings Dam - getting in a little extra walleye fishing - to take pictures of Friday night's Thunder Parade, but instead, have found a spot out along the 18-mile route where the fall colors are on full display and will make for a gorgeous backdrop. We are quickly approaching that time of year when the fishing action really begins to heat up on Tomahawk area flowages as all species put on the feedbag to get ready for the cold months that lie ahead.Recent outings have shown this warm up after last week's cold spell has done little to help the bite. Three trips out musky fishing produced nothing but northern pike. The one musky moved was found in the thick weeds and quickly lost interest after the bait became fouled. The panfish and smallmouth bass were active but running on the small side with only a few nice sized fish caught each time out. The front moving through Sunday and the new moon phase next week will really help improve the bite heading into this weekend. Good luck to all heading out this week and upcoming weekend. Be safe, have fun, watch for motorcyclists and enjoy your beautiful fall Northwoods water time!
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