October 11, 2014

The Heart Of The Driftless Calendar 2015 Is Now Available

2015 Calendar now available!

You will have to get the calendar to see if you are in there!

Thanks again Mike Sepelak for the cover photo.

October 08, 2014

Crocodile versus Wildebeest

Yes I am being a little dramatic with this one but keep reading and you will see why.

This is what I saw this morning.  I have caught numerous pike here through the years and I was geared up for pike.
There is a mud delta here that goes out in to the main waterway a ways.
I cast upstream with my size 3/4 ounce nickel colored little cleo.  I ran the drop off edge looking for a big predator.
About halfway back I had a big fish swirl but not hit my cleo.  I fired right back in there.
My lure placement startled a frog on the bank and it jumped in with a big splash upstream.
The instant the frog started swimming the predator from the earlier swirl took off upstream directly at the frog.  I thought to myself that pike was going to get a large frog for breakfast.

At the last second the fish diverted back out in to the main deeper channel.  The frog floated/swam downstream towards me.

I retrieved my cast and was preparing for another and water erupted not 12 feet in front of me.
The predator had returned and it was a huge brown trout.  The whole fish was out of the water.  The tapered delta from deep to shallow had launched the male brown trout as it attacked and it landed in 4 inches of water right where the trout is lettered in the upper picture..  The brown was in its full spawning colors of bronze and yellow and had the big frog in its mouth with only the legs hanging out one side of its mouth.

The huge brown readjusted the frog in its mouth with a violent head shake and the legs disappeared into the gaping hooked jaw and mouth  The massive brown vanished back in to the depths of the Kickapoo River with one swish of its tail.

I stood there in awe.

 A trip to this small feeder stream is in order for March 2015.

October 07, 2014

Pike From Today

Caught/released on 3/4 ounce nickel colored little cleo.

Also had a ferocious strike from another fish way out in the center.

October 05, 2014

On Dan Small Outdoors Radio Next Week


 To air Oct. 14 or 15

We will be talking about children fishing

 Show 942


Friend Ted called yesterday.  He will call me when the action is hot.  He wanted to known is I was up for them.