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This will be my collective thread for the year. Last year my thread amounted to hardly anything due to the lack of time on the water. I'm hoping to break that this year and have a little more pictures and video to share with you guys.

 

Last weekend was the Wisconsin opener. Friday we fished a larger lake in mid Wisconsin called Lake Puckaway.  This is a big walleye and pike fishery, so not the best bass fishing action.  Most of the reports I was reading from weeks prior to this said most fish were in the river system that flow in and out of the lake.  So, that is where we headed.  There were a lot of boats jigging for Eyes which made navigating a bit frustrating around stationary boats.  The current was fair and clarity was 1 foot at best.  Fishing was really slow and not many rods being bent from all boats around.  We managed a few largemouth, a couple white bass, and some scrappy catfish looking for a fight. Flat side square bills (6th Sense Crush 75x), Sieberts Fogy, and Siebert Swim Jigs caught all my fish here.  I couldn't get a sniff on a jerkbait, which I thought was going to attract a few Eyes...but no luck.  Bass where very tight to cover, mainly big rocks. I didn't run my GoPro here so just 2 quick pics of my big bass and a fiest cat.

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The rest of the weekend was spent on my home lake. Weather was great in the mornings but became increasingly windy West to East all day, then dying off again in the afternoon/evening hours.  Water was a bit dingy but not horrible. 2-3 feet visibility depending on where you were on the lake. I was very surprised that the lake temps where already in the mid 60's. By Saturday evening, I was getting 67 degree readings. Most of the gear I lugged up was towards 55-60 degree water so there were some lures I wish I had that I didn't.  Finding the tight lipped bass was a challenge. They were jammed against any cover possible and we had to bang or skim the edges of that cover to get any kind of bite.  Siebert Fogy (lost 3 to pike  :cry4: )  Shadalicious hollowbelly swimbaits, Swim Jigs, and Flat Side squarebills all picked up fish. Again, nothing on a jerkbait which I was pretty bummed about.  My big bass was 3lb 10oz for the weekend, with about 8 total on the weekend.  We had a lot of pike action as well, which is typical. PIcs and videos below.  Thanks for looking.

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More to come soon!  (week Canadian fishing trip in June!)

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That was an awesome video thx for sharing!

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Great report & video Mark.

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I never made it to the opener, stayed local and caught a ton of short males. No big girls.  Anyway, thanks for the report and hopefully you'll get out more this year. Maybe we'll even hook up and take each others pictures :wink2:

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Nice Job Congrats

 

Looking forward to more action this year. . . .

 

A-Jay

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I never made it to the opener, stayed local and caught a ton of short males. No big girls. Anyway, thanks for the report and hopefully you'll get out more this year. Maybe we'll even hook up and take each others pictures :wink2:

Bummer. I was hoping to hear a good Delavan report. I'd be up for wetting a line with you sometime. I'll bring some donuts.

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Looks like the year got off to a great start then!

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Great start to a year. Keep at em and look forward to following this thread!

Jeff

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Bummer. I was hoping to hear a good Delavan report. I'd be up for wetting a line with you sometime. I'll bring some donuts.

A buddy of mine fished Delavan on Saturday and he fishes there quite often. He said it was slow. 15 bass between 3 people only 4 being decent and a few pike. I'm leaving for Sturgeon Bay after work tomorrow. Hopefully I'll have something good to report.

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Nice catches and a great start!

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Bummer. I was hoping to hear a good Delavan report. I'd be up for wetting a line with you sometime. I'll bring some donuts.

I was out on Delavan all day saturday. it was fairly slow, I caught 13 and my uncle caught 8 with the biggest couple right over 3 lbs. They are up shallow in the typical spring spots, we caught most of them on senkos and dropshot, with a couple coming on a topwater frog as well. 

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Nice work, Mark!

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Mark, that was a good post and video. I really appreciate you not adding pounding rock music to the video!

 

I'm looking forward to reading/viewing your next fishing adventure.

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good to see you on the water gettin on some fish again brother!!  hope to see ya stack up some more outings this season.  p.s you still haven't sent me my skull buff dewd  :eyebrows:

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Getting back to my reports, I made it up to Canada this year the week of June 20th-June26th for the musky opener.  This was my 3rd visit to Eagle Lake, Ontario since 2008.  I am absolutely in love with the place, not just with the fishing but the scenery and wildlife. This place is more amazing every time I go there.  Here's a few scenic pictures before I get to the fishing report.

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Smallies-

 

Smallie fishing was pretty fantastic for the whole trip. I bagged around 60 smallies for the week but if my boat partner and I solely focused on smallies, we could have had 50+ fish every day.  Water temps were in the Mid 60's to low 70's by the end of the trip. We battled just about every weather element besides snow while we were there. The beginning of the week was pretty rainy and windy on and off, keeping us off the lake a few times.  We also were up during the start of the mayfly hatch which ignited a pretty good topwater bite by Wednesday of the trip.  The smallies we caught were all in the 16-19" range and 2.5 to 3.5lbs.  Great fighters but we could seem to land any big gals. I think most of the really big smallies were offshore recovering from spawn.  We hit the banks and big rock shelves in the 1'-10' range.  The last day there, I hooked into a monster smallie off our pier and got her wrapped up in some reeds which she was able to unbutton herself. It was a heartbreaker, but an excuse for me to go back next year!  Enjoy the videos and pics.  A few small musky and walleye are mixed in there.

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Musky-

We did really well for the musky opener. We moved quite a few fish and overall between 2 boats, netted 6 over 40 and another dozen under 40". Big fish went to the captain of my boat, at a 50" monster caught on a number 6 size bucktail!  My new PB was caught on the day we arrived, setting the bar at 46.5".  My big fish came from a DEPS 175 SS, flash carp. I caught another 41", 32", and a couple in the 20's.  The other boat we had with us caught a few 40-43" and a number of 30's. It was a lot of fun and most of the hot musky action started toward the end of the week when the waters were getting right to the 70 degree mark.  All the big fish were caught off rock slopes next to the main lake, with fresh vegetation near by (usually in a small cut bay or large full bay).  Here are some videos and pictures of the musky our boat caught.

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Battling the elements.

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Awesome fish Mark.

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A few videos don't feel like embedding, Not sure why that has become such and issue.

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Always good to see when a plan comes together brother, hella fish and hella smiles!!  

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I wanted to share this panoramic I took using my phone.  This was our view right from where we were staying. This was from one of the days storms pushed us off the lake for a bit, but of course I was fishing the point out here for smallies.  :eyebrows:

 

 

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Wow! That place is beautiful! You just added a destination to my bucket list! :pray:

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makes ya want to go full on Grizzly Adams & just live there  :eyebrows:  atleast you didn't experience any disc crapouts this time, you would of lost your d@mn mind if that happened to you again with this trip...

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Wow! That place is beautiful! You just added a destination to my bucket list! :pray:

I highly recommend it. If you do go and bring your own boat, bring and extra prop and your wallet. This lake has a lot of submerged boulders and reefs. The guys I went with have been going for the past 15 years and they still hit rocks/reefs every single trip.  Dont let it deter you, it is an amazing place!

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makes ya want to go full on Grizzly Adams & just live there  :eyebrows:  atleast you didn't experience any disc crapouts this time, you would of lost your d@mn mind if that happened to you again with this trip...

I unloaded my card every time I came in for dinner and after dinner.  I wasn't going to let that happen again!  I'd launch my gopro in the lake and forget about it if it happend again.

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Looks like an awesome trip

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Been a while. Not a lot of fishing for me this year but I have a new home and a nice pond right out my door to fish in. I tried out some new swimbaits. Picked up one on a G2 Shellcracker and another on a GC Jointed Claw. My kids got to see the one on the Claw and we're thrilled. Next spring it's go time for them.

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