Well, Old Man Winter paid us another visit yesterday. Why won’t he just go home?! Cold, overcast, windy, and snowy conditions sent us back to the Big Chip. Tournament fishermen say you should never leave fish to find fish. That was our approach. We were able to get out of the wind for the most part, and the crappies were cooperative again today. I was a little surprised, considering this was such a drastic change in weather conditions overnight. We weren’t complaining. We boated 30 fish in four hours and let them all go so they can finish what they set out to do. Same as the day before, plastics under a slip bobbers in six to seven feet kept us busy. It sure feels great to be back on the water. Tonight I head south with Mike Keyes and Dave Brown from Keyes Outdoors to film a musky show and will return to begin my guiding season on Saturday with the gang from Sister Bay. Crappies to Muskies, that’s a bit drastic don’t you think? I’m looking forward to chasing some big critters, and hopefully a positive report will follow. With warm temps forecasted, things should be rocking and rolling on all of our lakes by next weekend. I would suspect all Hayward area lakes will be open by then.
Tune into Babe Winkelman’s Good Fishing on the NBC Sports network this week to watch Nate Berg and I work over a mixed bag of fish on a hot summer day in the Hayward area last season. Visit https://www.winkelman.com/ for dates and times.
Happy Mothers Day to all of you great ladies. Thank you for all you do!