Hayward, Wisconsin Fishing Report 9-22-13

sisterbayThe gang from Sister Bay, WI made it back for another trip.  This time with a twist…  They brought their better halves with them and a big surprise in the works.  Mike Daubner contacted me awhile ago and explained that he was planning to propose to his girlfriend, Meghan Williams, in my boat.  This was a first!  Terry Peterson, Dave Brown, and I took the crew out on the Chippewa Flowage Friday morning.  Meghan started out the morning by reeling up a ring Mike mailed to me in advance of the trip that had been placed on the end of her line.  When she realized what it was, she turned around to see a “Will you marry me?” sign held up in one of the other boats.  The look on her face was priceless, and she said, “YES”!  Even though there’s no crying allowed in my boat, unless you loose a big fish, she’s forgiven…  It was an unforgettable moment, and Terry, Dave, and I were honored to be a part of it!  As for the fishing…  After the festivities were over, we caught crappies throughout the day in 15′ to 19′ of water on plastics below slip bobbers.  It was a cool overcast day with north winds and periodic rain.  The bite was very light, and you had to be quick on the trigger at the slightest movement of the bobber.  Fish ran a bit small with the largest being 11″.  Water temps ranged from 64 to 66 degrees.  What a day!daubner1

daubner2The morning of day 2 put us back on the Chip with overcast skies and cool north winds that brought out the long underwear.  Fish were much more active however, and the average size of our crappies improved topping out at 12″.  Plastics below slip bobbers in 15′ to 19′ of water was the presentation of choice again with a much stronger bite than the day before.  We caught fish consistently throughout the morning and water temps held at 64 degrees.  In the afternoon, we switched to muskies.  There were zero sightings between all three boats as we worked weedlines and mid lake humps casting bucktails, large plastics, ant topwaters while dragging suckers.  Only one pike was landed on a very pleasant afternoon after the sun broke through and warmed us up.  Fall colors are starting to show making for an incredible visual experience on the water.  It was a fitting way to wrap up an incredible weekend.  Thanks to Mike, Meghan, Scott, Mary, Leif, and DeDe for the memories.  We can’t wait to see you next year!daubner3


  1. Mike Daubner on September 22, 2013 at 1:18 pm

    Thanks for everything. You helped make my proposal perfect. She had no idea! The boys look forward to seeing you next spring and again a year from now. Not only are you a great guide you are a great friend .

    Thanks again

  2. Matthew Johnson on September 24, 2013 at 3:21 pm

    Hey Mike, Congrats! Was great to see you this summer when we stopped in The Bowl!

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