Morgan and I spent the day together on Monday doing some recon. on Chequamegon Bay and investigating some tips from my fellow Captain’s classmates, local guide Nate Baron from Up North Guide Service and Ashland native Shawn Lund. As many of you know, smallies on the bay like to roam at this time of year, and any extra information you can get pays off. Their information gave us a good start, and we were able to locate several good fish relating to rock and weeds in anywhere from 10′ to 15′ of water. We covered water quickly, watching our electronics. Once schools of fish were located, we’d work them over for 15 to 20 minutes. If there wasn’t any action in that time frame, we were off to the next school until we found willing biters. We caught fish up to 19″ on jig and minnow / lindy rig and minnow combinations, and water temps. ranged from 65 to 72 degrees on a hot, humid, and windy day that felt very much like August. My loyal scout did a great job cranking in fish in some pretty choppy conditions with a stiff southwest wind.
Dave Pudlo and his brother Mike from Chicago, IL and Houston, TX respectively joined me back on Chequamegon Tuesday for a morning trip, and we were again met with hot, humid, and windy conditions. The weather and the bite were both very typical for August. We struggled throughout much of the morning to put things together. Once we did, the action was on fire! We caught a couple of fish and missed a couple of fish on rocks early in the morning. The wind laid down for awhile, and the bite disappeared along with it. After searching another spot without success, we went back to where we knew there were fish. As the wind kicked back up, so did the bite. We ended the day in a fantastic flurry of action that included a double and even a triple. Our morning was a great lesson in perseverance, and the two brothers were rewarded with several nice fish in the 17″ to 20″ class. All fish were caught on rock structure in 10′ to 14′ on jigs and minnows in water that ranged from 70 to 72 degrees throughout the morning. Big thanks to Dave and Mike for hanging with it, and congratulations on some great fish!