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Re: musky/northern fishing

Unread postby Hodag Hunter » Sat Jul 17, 2010 9:31 am

[quote="muddy"]How is the fishing been in the areas we're planning to hit HH?

Fishing has been good but not what I would call typical. We should be on to some fish. Last weekend looked like perfect weather and had time to fish for 6 hours....my longest stretch forthe year. Popped a 31 incher on the 3rd cast and seen a nice mid 40's the hour later. That was it. Chased off the lake temporarly because of lightning (hair standing up on my arms and head) :shock: Back on the water in 15 minutes and raised the 45"+/- again and couldn't get her to go. Busted off about 10 feet away from the boat. That was it during what should have been very good conditions. Buddy I know caught a 41" while I was playing "nancy" on shore because of the lighting and that was all he had for the rest of the night.

Other days, weather looks less than stellar for fishing and we do well......I don't think anyone will ever figure these stupid fish out.



Also, what's the extended forecast looking like? I will hunt in about any type of weather, but if it's looking like storms that came through that area last night we may have to postpone!

Lightning BAD!

This is why northern WI has so many taverns.

Tres.....wwe will be fishing the Rhinelander area, you're welcome to join in. Staying at my house about 8 miles north of Rhienlander. Original plan was for any member but it looks like Muddy and I so far.

Muddy be prepared for a work out, I'm looking forward to marathon days of fishin, haven't had a free day to go all out yet this year.
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Re: musky/northern fishing

Unread postby Hodag Hunter » Sat Jul 17, 2010 9:36 am

muddy wrote:"near and around" Rhinelander I think? At least that's where my map quest directions ends.



Thursday, are you driving to Rhinelander or Greenville? I thought Greenville?

No matter either way, work is scheduled for busting out around noon and being at my house in Greenville about 12:15. On the road north by 12:20. Let me know if I need to revise my work schedule.

I'll pm you my cell, call me when you get a chance.
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Re: musky/northern fishing

Unread postby mrjbigfoot » Sat Jul 17, 2010 2:34 pm

Gotta love the hunt for big toothy critters! I've never done it with a guide but I've made many trips up into the bush in the Chapleau Game Reserve, in N/W Ontario, in the Missinabi lake region and every trip, we had a blast! We used quadrangle maps and targeted smaller lakes with deeper water holes that were to small to get a float plane into and we'd 4x4 our way, then flat back canou with a 4 hp outboard back creeks to the lakes and every single artificial lure in the tackle box worked but I did note that sometimes the smallest lures and/or spoons, of the right color, caught the biggest toothy critters and other times, it was the biggest lure/spoon I had that caught the biggest fish and/or we fished fresh caught perch or smaller Norts for bait & would get the "big one"!

When I caught this big walleye.. trolling for big toothy critters at night.. I thought about putting him back out as bait! LOL! 11 lbs. 11 oz!

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And the one clue I'll give you to a really good time.. find Leaning Stone Lake and you will have some big fun! ;)

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The big leaning stone points the way to some big fun! And wilderness camping at "Wrong Lake" is a lot more fun that it sounds but do watch out for the bears and keep a clean camp!

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Re: musky/northern fishing

Unread postby muddy » Sun Jul 18, 2010 6:12 am

Hodag Hunter wrote:
Thursday, are you driving to Rhinelander or Greenville? I thought Greenville?

No matter either way, work is scheduled for busting out around noon and being at my house in Greenville about 12:15. On the road north by 12:20. Let me know if I need to revise my work schedule.

I'll pm you my cell, call me when you get a chance.


I'll be heading to Greenville an then I thought we were heading to Rhinelander after my arrival. I'll likely give you a call when I cross into Wisconsin or so.
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Re: musky/northern fishing

Unread postby Sam Ubl » Tue Jul 20, 2010 1:05 am

Any reports?
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Re: musky/northern fishing

Unread postby Hodag Hunter » Wed Jul 21, 2010 1:25 am

Sam Ubl wrote:Any reports?



We don't leave until this Thursday.
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Re: musky/northern fishing

Unread postby Boo » Thu Jul 22, 2010 8:29 am

Good luck and take lots of pictures!
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Re: musky/northern fishing

Unread postby Bigdaddy-yoyo » Thu Jul 22, 2010 4:23 pm

have fun and be safe :)
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Re: musky/northern fishing

Unread postby Dewey » Thu Jul 22, 2010 5:23 pm

Good luck!!
I hear the musky fishing has been pretty good up north this year. Last year was tough up there with the cool summer we had.
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Re: musky/northern fishing

Unread postby Hodag Hunter » Fri Jul 23, 2010 1:18 am

Thanks for the luck guys, we may need it.

Without any consistant weather the last few days (even weeks) feeding windows have been short and almost unpredictable.

I do have an ace up my sleeve....... ;) Will detail later.

About 4 hours and we are on the road heading north.
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Re: musky/northern fishing

Unread postby Hodag Hunter » Mon Jul 26, 2010 11:56 pm

Well, no big musky pictures for Muddy or I. We fished long and hard with our chances but couldn't land one in the net for him. He did catch a nice pike, which was odd for the lake we were on but the elusive musky continued to be a finicky fish.

Fished with Mark Saturday morning and even tho he did catch a musky that morning he was as perplexed with the bite as we were. Normal patterns just aren't working for this time of year that normally do and not uncommen for 3-5 quality fish days.

I had fun and Muddy worked his tail off, a real trooper with a positive attitude. Personally know many "musky fisherman" that don't hit it as hard as he did this weekend with the conditions we had. Looking forward to another musky trip in the future.

I'm guessing Muddy will post any more details when he has time.

Thanks for the good company and understanding it's just a stupid fish.
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Re: musky/northern fishing

Unread postby muddy » Tue Jul 27, 2010 1:50 pm

Follows and strikes are better than nothing.

I was just as excited to see loons. Thanks again.
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Re: musky/northern fishing

Unread postby dan » Tue Jul 27, 2010 1:56 pm

Any pic's of the pike? any size to it?
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Re: musky/northern fishing

Unread postby Uncle Lou » Tue Jul 27, 2010 2:23 pm

I was wondering what happened
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