H2O No Mo

Please, please, please stop raining.  It has been a wet and cold summer in Wisconsin this year.  Of course this doesn’t mean that the fishing has been bad, instead it just means that you have to search around a little to find the fish and try different tactics throughout the day to get them to […]

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June Bug

  Now that the spawn is over it is time to get out and chase the smallmouth till the end of the season.  The water is still a little high up here in Northeastern Wisconsin but has been dropping nicely, but with recent rains it  has fluctuated up and down quite a bit so far. […]

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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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Backyard Smallies

Due to a little change in my schedule I found myself having some late afternoons free to myself.  A good friend of mine with a couple extra kayaks suggested going to a local river he fishes often for some smallmouth fly fishing.  I had heard in the past that this small river could have good […]

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Putting Damsels in Distress

The weeds are up again and that means one thing for me here up on the Menominee; damsel and dragonflies.  These beautiful creatures make up a significant part of Menominee River smallmouth’s diets.  Besides minnows and crayfish, I would put these flies in the top 3.  When you are rowing the boat they are all […]

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Wet and Cold

The 4th of July is what I usually like to think of as the peak fishing for the year for smallmouth.  Now this can often be up for debate, prespawn can often get you bigger fish and August can have some stellar days too, but for a general start to the regular fishing of summer […]

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Beginnings of Summer

  This summer started off like most others here on the Menominee River.  The water has cleared nicely and the fish are really starting to move fast for streamers.  Some cold nights have pushed off the morning bite a little bit but if you slow down your presentations and get flies closer to the bottom […]

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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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Family Fun

This summer I have had the opportunity to go fishing not only with a lot of members of my family but have also had the privilege of taking grandfathers and granddaughters and some father’s and sons.  Fishing can be a great way to bring people together.  Personally, it has been great watching the little one’s in […]

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Summer Smallies

Since the end of May the skies have opened up in northern Wisconsin.  The area has seen a lot of rain, and with it higher than normal water levels.  As of today the water levels around the normal mark but in late May to early June the Menominee and its tributaries were running extremely high […]

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