Boat motor problems kept me off the water over this past week, but it didn't keep me from experiencing some of my best fishing of the summer here in the Tomahawk area.
That's a really nice thing about fishing Tomahawk. To experience some of the best fishing around you don't need to be on the water. You also don't need a lot of knowledge of where to fish on the lake, as a number of area dams provide a great place to try almost year round. I often use just a simple presentation like a hook and sinker tipped with a worm, leech or minnow, while others prefer a jig and twister or crankbait. Whatever your preference, the key to successful dam fishing often involves moving from one dam to another until you find active fish.
I really like fishing below dams when I have youngsters with me. You can run from one to another, which really helps keep them from getting board. Often I'll start out by Bradley Dam below Nokomis, work down to the Jersey and Kings Dam below Alice, Pride Dam on Mohawksin and the Spirit close by, and there's also the Grandmother and Grandmother dams on Hwy. 107 that can produce nice smallies and walleyes.
I've been picking up eyes, gills and perch fishing below dams as of late. I've also been hearing of some really nice smallmouths (20+) being caught.
Give it try below one of Tomahawk's area dams sometime. If you are like me and experience some of the best fishing the area has to offer, you might just want to leave the boat in the driveway the next time.
Good luck to everyone heading out this week and weekend. Be safe, have fun and enjoy your Northwoods water time!