After spending the past couple weeks trying to get caught up at the house after a very short spring season, we finally managed to get out on a Tomahawk area flowage Wednesday and found crappie, bluegills, bass and pike in the shallows. Some of the gills were very nice sized and put back to finish spawning. The crappie also are in the process of spawning and can be found around shoreline wood. One thing that really surprised me was just how far along the weeds have grown already. I would say they are at mid summer growth already as the cabbage is fully up and weed beds already look fully developed. Should make for some fine water to check out as the musky season opener is set to get underway across the Northwoods this Memorial Day weekend. It is going to be a warm one as daytime highs are expected to be in the 80s and it sounds like there might be a chance of a storm or two. Get out ahead or after one of these storms or fish the late afternoon hours (avoid some of what will likely be heavy boat traffic). I will be working weighted jerk baits and switching to topwater if things start to really pick up. Good luck to everyone heading out this weekend. Have fun and enjoy your Up North Memorial Day weekend.
Heavy rains this past weekend have Tomahawk area flowages full and running at a pretty fast clip. We targeted a flowage Thursday and found currents running much faster than normal. The fast moving waters prevented us from targeting deeper wood where panfish would typically be found this time of year. Instead, we found perch and some hefty gills up in a shallow bay where they were hiding amongst the lily pads. Just a simple slip bobber rig tipped with a chunk of crawler or wax worm a couple feet down worked well for this. A good number of wiggler carcasses were spotted floating on the surface. While I suspect we have not reached the peak of the hatch, when mayflies can be spotted littering the parking lots of gas stations in town, I would think it won't be long now before the big hatch occurs. We are also back in this pattern where the wind is regularly blowing from the east, meaning unfortunately, the fish usually bite the least due to the high pressure (Hudson High). While we started the day throwing for musky, bass and pike it didn't take long to figure out we needed to change plans if we were to avoid going home skunked. While not jumbos, some of the perch were in the nine-inch range and could have been kept for a nice meal. Instead, all were put back to swim again. Good luck to everyone heading out this week and coming weekend. Keep in mind the water might still be running a bit high on the flowage you plan to fish. And if the wind is out of the east, maybe consider a "Plan B" to put some fish in the boat if the toothy critters do not want to cooperate. Have fun and enjoy your beautiful Northwoods water time.
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