A great report came in from Ken "Husker" O'Malley. I think it's fantastic that he gets out with his kids. An Northwoods fishing vacation will build memories for these kids that will stay with them for a lifetime. Husker fished the Hayward area of northwestern Wisconsin.
It's that time of the year again. Kids got out of school, so it was time to head up North. Things were a bit different than most years. The area was at least 3 weeks behind due to the cold spring. Ice was only off the lake 3 1/2 weeks prior to us getting up there. That was the latest the ice came off the lake since the 1950's!! Water temps ranged from 55-60 degrees. Keep in mind that was surface temps only! Needless to say the kids were not going swimming. They still made the best of it. So how was the fishing? It was still great. Bass were pre-spawn, so it was easy the get a pattern going. Go to the spawning flats, and fish deep. X-Raps worked very well. On sunny days (which were few), fish would move up shallow. Dragging plastics on those days were the ticket. Fish turned on by midday, so there was no need to head out early. The evening bite was good as well.
My son TJ with a nice smallie. I did have to hold the rod with him on this one or it would have ripped it right out of his hands. He was thrilled. This is his biggest bass to date.
My daughter Hailey had to go and top him a few minutes later. It was her personal best. I was grinning ear to ear. My finest moment of my fishing career!!
Crappie were up shallow in wood looking to spawn. A simple jig and twister tail working it slowly back to the boat work best on these guys.
Even though the weather and conditions were not ideal, you can't beat time with the family and our favorite spot in the Northwoods.
I attached a few pics for you to enjoy.
"Tame that water and remember to practice CPR!"