St. Louis River, Chequamegon Bay & Hayward, Wisconsin Fishing Report 7-30-14

schroeder1Damon Schroeder from Hayward Power Sports and I have been trying to get a day in the books for 2 years, and we finally made it happen.  Damon is a walleye man, and I was more than happy to get after it with him on Monday.  This trip was a long time in coming since Damon and and his crew have kept me on the water over the past several years, and it was great to spend some time with him outside of the shop.  Tough post front conditions with north winds didn’t make it easy, but we found some walleyes up to 20″ along weed edges in 15′ – 18′ of water using crawler harnesses and jigs with minnows.  It was a grind it out kind of day, and I had the right guy in the boat with me to make it happen.  Water temps had cooled and ranged from 71 – 72 degrees.  Walleyes are super sensitive to weather changes at this time of year, and your best bet is to lock in on spots that jeff1 (5)you’re confident in.  Just keep working until you make them bite.  Damon did just that, and we had a great time putting the puzzle together throughout the day.  Thanks to the Damon and the incredible gang at Hayward Power Sports for keeping us rolling.  Your the best!!!

berg1My old buddies Cory McClure from Plymouth, MN, Dan Martin from Maple Grove, MN and Steve Berg from Minnetrista, MN rolled in on for our annual reunion that I look forward to every year, and this one didn’t disappoint.  We hit the St. Louis River for walleyes on Tuesday, berg4and found lots of cooperative fish up to 22″ while trolling crankbaits in 7′ – 8′ of water.  Thunderstorms rolled in all around us throughout the day, but we were able to avoid a direct hit.  Water temperatures held at 68 degrees.  The boys each earned a bag of fillets to take home, and they did an outstanding job of learning our system.  By the end of the day, we were a well oiled machine!!!  It was a perfect start to two days that will go down in the books as some of the best fishing we’ve had together, and that’s saying something…












martin4On Wednestay, I took the boys to Chequamegon Bay.  A favorable forecast had me thinking we could do a little damage on the smallies, and our day couldn’t have been any better.  We started with a double within the first 5 minutes, and the smoking hot action continued throughout the day.  Multiple doubles and triples had me running back and forth in a whirlwind of netting fish, taking pictures, and keeping lines in the water.  My kind of chaos!!!  It seemed like we caught fish at will throughout the day, which is one heck of a problem to have.  I wish it could always be like that…  Our largest fish was a 21″ beast caught by Cory with several fish in the 20″ – 21″ range.  Water temps varied from 63 – 67 degrees, and our fish were caught on minnows as well as drop shot plastics in 10′ – 20′ of water.  My buddies put on one heck of a show and made me proud.  Thanks for another incredible trip fellas.  As always, I’m looking forward to the next one.  TRIPLE!!!



  1. Cory McClure on July 31, 2014 at 9:13 pm

    We have now fished together annually for over 20 years! I am amazed at how Jeff can continually evolve his fishing tactics to produce increasingly memorable fishing trips. A gifted angler and friend. Great times Jeff, Dan, & Steve.

  2. Steve Berg on August 1, 2014 at 12:33 am

    All I can say is: PHENOMENAL!

    Jeff is truly the best in the business!

    Thanks for great times, memories, & two days of amazing fishing… Triple!!!

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