Mid May Report

Micheal and Drew toughed it out and put some fish in the boat during some of the worst conditions you could ask for.  At least there was nobody else around, and there were a couple happy fish.

All the Splake we have right now make for great targets on a fly rod or light tackle.  This one smashed a big bright streamer on our second cast of the day.  

Mike from Appleton with a picture perfect Chequamegon Bay smallmouth on the fly.  We were getting fish on topwater by the end of the day yesterday.

Four days ago I was running the boat through snow squalls and stiff Northwest winds; You've got to love Lake Superior in the spring.  Thankfully, the snow, cold and wind is behind us (I hope).  During the nasty weather, we were running to the North of Washburn and casting spoons and throwing flies for trouty species.  This can be a great alternative to trolling, and also a pretty effective way to catch Browns, Steelhead and Splake. Even though the weather was less than ideal we moved plenty of fish and landed Splake, Browns and Steelhead on light tackle in very shallow water, so that in itself is pretty cool.  As the weather has settled down the Smallmouth have fired back up.  Where the water had been 60 degrees a week ago, it had dropped down into the low 40s after the big front came through, but has bounced back up the past few days.  The bite has been best in the late afternoon when the water is at its warmest, but still steady through the day.  Yesterday we even got our first topwater fish of the year, so that's cool.  Trolling remains strong for the offshore and inshore bite as well with great numbers of cohos being reported.  Get out there!