April 15, 2016

Warmwater Opener

Are you ready?  Do you have new line on your reels?  Are your reels cleaned and greased?

My shimano stradic on a st. croix rod is readied for my live bait rig.


added a penn reel on a fenwick rod this year for casting for pike and walleye.  I retired my old falcon rod after 22 years of use.

Cleaned out my tackle box and added some new lures.




Added a soft section.

 Kalin purple metal flake and white in 5 inch and Mister Twister black in 5 inch.  Kalin white in 6 inch added to attack.

All I need is a bunch more leaders and I am set.





April 14, 2016

Lunker Structure

WDNR kind of bank improvement. Basically a "Trout Theme Park"  Contrived and artificial.


Mother nature's lunker structure.


Any questions?

April 13, 2016

Get Its Head Up

Jeff Mills and I fished today.  I have a quirk when I trout fish with someone.  I am a little too intense.  I always tell anglers that fish with me to get the heads up of big trout when you get a hook up.  I always assess the area and look at possible landing spot.


Jeff had a hook up and the trout dove immediately.  The decent sized trout wrapped around the only root system near us.  Jeff tried every way he could think of to untangle the trout.  Jeff almost went swimming sitting on the root system and leaning over the water.  Jeff nearly netted the trout on three tries. The fish eventually broke off.

The rest of the outing went a lot easier.  I still relaxed in my outdoor recliner often and watched Jeff.


When I wasn't reclining I landed 15 browns.  I caught 2 littlest trout of the day.  The 3 inch and 6 incher were monstrous.

This wide bodied female put quite a bend on my rod.

Jeff landed 18 browns and caught the 2 biggest of the day.







None of the trout were measured but this one below was obviously big trout of the day.



Tigers

Green Bay Packer Legend Bob Skoronski with a Crawford County tiger trout he caught on a crawler.  Tiger and brook trout no longer exist in this stream due to gill lice.

Larry Ladowski from Midwest Outdoors Television with his tiger from the same stream in Crawford County.



Just look at the new regulations in Crawford County and you can guess the stream.  The one you can no longer harvest brook trout in.  One of the RED streams.

I brought this gill lice problem to the WDNR's attention about 15 years ago and nothing was done.

Two years ago I contacted the WDNR Fish Health Division and they told me to harvest any brook trout of legal size with gill lice.  I told them that a stream with gill lice should be closed to brook trout harvest. The new regulation now mirror my concerns and recommendations.

 I guess me with zero fisheries training knew more than the WDNR.  It is quite obvious to me the WDNR is not the know all entity they try to make themselves out to be be.  You just need to look at the new trout regulations and it is obvious they don't have a clue.