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Pre-Spawn 2017

  So starts another season of smallmouth fishing in Northeastern Wisconsin.  This year like the last few has been a little warmer than usual and the river levels are not too high.  I usually spend the opener fishing smallmouth on the Menominee but this year I postponed that trip to do a little musky fishing […]

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Northwoods Spring

  Some of my favorite fishing, especially for big fish happens in the springtime here in Wisconsin.  Some years you can be fishing in the snow and others, like the last few years you can be fishing in t-shirts getting a sunburn.  What rarely changes though is that the water is usually up, a little […]

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Menominee May

Well another season has begun on the river.  As usual this year was completely different from years past.  The last few years have seen extremely high water, cold temperatures and the occassional snow shower.  This year the snow pack was much lower in northeastern Wisconsin with warmer than usual temperatures and a lack of precipitation […]

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Slow Down

I’ve been out a couple times since opening weekend and the fishing has been a little slow.  We still haven’t had the warm temperatures we have needed to get the fish moving and aggressive.  Add to it some rain to turn the water dark and murkier and some really windy days and you have a […]

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Hallelujah

This last winter was brutal in Wisconsin.  I don’t remember the exact statistics but for about two months we never broke into positive temperatures.  The winter also went much longer this year causing everything to be a couple weeks behind schedule as it relates to fishing.  When you live in this climate cabin fever is […]

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Pre Spawn 2013

The water has dropped quite a bit since the beginning of the season but is still quite high compared to years past.  Rain fall in the last few days has also caused the water to be off color making fishing a little more difficult.  Not only because of the water clarity but because of the […]

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Black Muddy River

The rivers of northeast Wisconsin are running extremely high this year.  Normal water flows for opening day can vary from year to year.  Sometimes the rivers are running at 3000-4000 cubic feet per second and other times it can be at 6000-7000 cfs.   This year the river was running a little over 11,000 cfs […]

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Ice Out

Just a quick report.  I always enjoying taking my boat out after ice out and trying for some of the large pike that reside in my local waters.  This year I was casting the large fly, I have pictured below, near a bridge piling and caught one of the largest smallmouths I had ever caught. […]

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Cinco de Mayo

  This year the opener was on Cinco de Mayo and we were met with a river that was looking great and temperatures that were nice for this time of year.  The last couple of opening days have been pretty poor weather wise.  It seems, looking back at years past, that everyone in the boat […]

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More Pre-Spawn 2011

The fishing after the initial scouting trip of the year has been fantastic.  The bass are becoming a little more active ahead of the spawn making the hits on the fly a little more noticeable and aggressive.  Clousers and Wooly Buggers are still producing but flies that ride up higher in the water column such […]

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