It is with great pleasure that I write my first fishing report of 2014. I was up in Northwestern Wisconsin on Sunday for a day outing with my daughter and my dad for a portion of the day. Good times!
We found some smallies in some of the deeper pre-spawn staging areas in about 10-12 feet of water. They were not stacked up and were not very aggressive. Each of my classic pre-spawn spots seemed to hold one or two fish but they had to be finessed with small plastics and were barely sucking the bait into their mouths… Sizes ranged to from 18.5″ to about 15″… Not bad for such coldwater… (Not sure what the water temps were because I left my big, new, fancy Skeeter at home and opted for the 16″ Lund for the quick outing and bad boat landing) I assume the water temps were just north or south of 50 degrees.
After some smallies we hit a back bay and watched my dad (smallie slim) put on a clinic with a spinner bait and some fat bucketmouths (Largemouth bass) while Maddie and I caught dinner. We found some nice crappies in the 10″ – 13″ range and were able to jig them up with nymph jigs on ultra lights.
Good day on the water! I’ll be back up there this weekend for smallies and then the following weekend guiding smallies and muskies. Let me know if you’re interested in hitting the water!