Many anglers know Neal Miller from the Exelon Corp. Neal runs the Exelon Nuclear Fishing for a Cure tournament every year at Braidwood Lake. As usual this year was a huge success and again Exelon broke a new record with raising funds donated to a local charity. But in his off time, Neal enjoys wetting a line. Recently I received a photo of Neal with a real Monster Pike that he caught in Manitoba. Here's what he said.
I have had a lot of people ask “does that guy even fish.” The short answer is yes but probably not very well. That said, last week in Manitoba I finally caught my bucket list Northern. It was 41” long and weighed over 20 lbs. He was carefully released him to fight another good fight another day. Neal Miller
Northwoods of Wisconsin
I've recently fished the Boulder Junction Area of Wisconsin and did quite well on the bass. In this gallery I'll share a few photos. One in particular is of Cameron France. He went fishing one day on Jute Lake in Vilas County with Brian Souza of Bizz Baits. Their target was bass and Cameron got one of the biggest of the day. Cameron is the son of Tim France, owner of the Wildcat Lodge.
I was able to snap a photo of Jamie Waggoner as he came off the water with a nice Wildcat Lake Muskie. After a few photos and showing off the fish to his family, the muskie was released.
Some other photos show that Jeff Big Dog Novak and I did well on the bass. Wacky Worm fishing proved best. Some fish were caught on Berkley Chigger Craws, War Eagle Spinnerbaits, and Strike King Coffee Tubes.
Ken "Husker" O'Malley has done well on the ponds around New Lenox and Mokena. Here's his report. He has a photo in the gallery too.
Hey Don, The retention ponds in the southwest burbs are producing some really nice bass. Wacky rigged Senkos are producing on ponds that are not weed choked. Spro frogs have worked well on ones that have floating weed mats. You can't beat the quality fish being caught and not having to burn much gas to do it! I attached one of the nice bass I'm talking about. Later... Husker
This report comes from Steve Welch.
The lake is on the way back up and will crest at 612 or roughly 12 feet over summer pool. This has put us on the high water ramps and they are all single lane so plan on taking some extra time getting out. The water is pretty stained up around Bo-Woods but I am able to catch crappie back towards point six and on south. The run-off has some areas dirty as well but for the most part the lake isn't that dirty.
The walleye have slowed for me but I expect them to be back on once the water color comes back to clear. I am still getting the boats limit on crappie just about every day so we are still handling a bunch of fish. I cleaned 335 crappie last week so I guess I am doing something right.
I am still pulling bottom bouncers and spinners for both walleye and crappie just slightly different areas. The walleye I am concentrating on flats with stumps on the shear drops and points that are hard gravel both with wind on them. Since we have some good color in the water my favorite blade colors are orange/chartreuse, copper/orange and white/pink and I have been running some bigger number four Colorado blades looking for bigger walleye. This has helped us in getting a couple over five pounds this week.
For the crappie we are pulling spinners as well just smaller blades and my favorites are white/pink, chartreuse and copper/orange on the dark rainy days. Hammered chrome on the sunny days. I am also fishing a slip bobber rig very deep on brush 15-20 feet deep. We are tipping the spinners and slip corks with a lively minnow.
The white bass have been busting real good at dark near the willows but otherwise they have been hard to locate so I haven't fished for them much. I am on to something here because we are getting some very nice crappie doing this.
Steve Welch - Website: www.lakeshelbyvilleguide.com