Spectacular, incredible, awesome… The past few days on Chequamegon Bay has been hard to describe, so that’s the best I can do. Mike Hannell from Elgin, IL and his father Pat from Lake Geneva, WI joined me on Tuesday and Wednesday for two days of great fishing. Day #1 started with a twist. Strong NW winds made fishing on Chequamegon Bay impossible, so we pulled the pin and headed inland. Good choice! Mike and Pat clobbered smallies up to 21.5″ in 4′ – 6′ of water on jigs, leeches, and plastics. After a rough start to our day, we were grateful to end up catching one heck of a mess of fish by the time we were finished. Every day is an adventure! Water temps inland were steady at 68 degrees, and the spawn is definitely in full swing.
Day #2 with the Hannell’s put us back on Chequamegon Bay. This time the weather cooperated, and so did the fish. The morning provided steady action, but the afternoon was incredible. I hardly had to move the boat as the guys caught fish after fish in 4′ – 6′ of water on plastics. It was an incredibly fun day. Our largest fish was 21″, and water temps ranged from 61 – 65 degrees. This father & son team did one heck of a job, and it was a pleasure to fish with them. Great job men!!!
Bruce Bandow from Plover, WI and his good buddy Mike Alff from Stevens Point arrived just in time for some of the best action I’ve seen so far this season. We fished on Chequamegon Bay for two days, and the results were amazing. Bruce and Mike are experienced anglers, and the smallies didn’t stand a chance with these guys chasing them. Bruce was on a quest for a true 20″ fish, and I’m happy to report that 5 of them landed in our net. Day# 1 started with sunny skies and warm temps. We caught fish consistently in the morning, but as storms built up around us in the afternoon, the bite went crazy. We had multiple doubles and rarely went more than a couple of minutes between fish. It was awesome. We caught our fish on plastic worms in 3′ – 5′ of water as temps ranged from 60 – 65 degrees. What a day!
Day #2 with Bruce and Mike was almost as good if that’s possible. We had fair skies and warm temps all day. Mike caught a bass on his first cast, and the action was steady as we landed one fish short of our total from the day before. Our approach was the same. We worked 3′ – 5′ of water with plastic worms, but we also caught quite a few fish on plastic flukes. Mike landed the “Whopper” of the trip with a #21 inch stud. Bruce added a nice bonus with a 38″ pike that gave him one heck of a tussle before we were able to get him in the net. Water temps climbed to 70 degrees by the end of the day. It was truly an incredible 2 days of fishing that I’ll never forget. Thanks to Bruce and Mike for the great company and great performance. You guys are awesome!
Have a great weekend everyone!!! We’ll see you on the water!