Guests - If You want access to member only forums on HSO. You will gain access only when you Sign-in or Sign-Up on HotSpotOutdoors.

It's easy - LOOK UPPER right menu.

Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0
Cooter

Any muskie action?

42 posts in this topic

Sounds like thinks in my neck of the woods have been slow in general but are showing signs of picking up. Surface temps are mid to upper 60s. I'll be giving er on Holcombe tomorrow evening. Rivers in the area are just too durn high to fish right now. Time for that first musky of the year!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Fish were active on Holcombe last night. I know of a 38, 43, and 46 caught. A few coming out of Wissota as well.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Our club got 5 last night, 2 on Holcombe and 3 on Wissota. Starting to get into that summer groove.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Very popular post on my part thus far!!!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Nope, I backed out of a trip to the St Louis July 12th weekend. Was considering a trip to Eagle but with gas prices....

Looks like I'll be fishing close to home for the most part, will probably hit Holcombe but only for an evening or two. I have next week off and am gonna float the Eau Claire River near town here - chances are good for a couple little ones. Hopefully I'll get a 40" or better out of Wissota, Holcombe, or the Chippewa River befoe the years over. I'll be on LOTW in my mind for countless hours over the course of the summer!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Only one word can describe my muskie fishing this year

That word is slow.

Very slow

Maybe it is the late spring or the high water.

Hit the Big Chip earlier with nary a follow

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

8 of us just got back from Namakagon, not a single muskie raised, didn't spot any crusing around and only caught a dozen or so northerns. Water was hovering around 70 degrees and it was pretty stormy, but we had 2 guys fly fishing, and he rest huckin' everything known to man............I thought for sure we'd at least raise one.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

was in wisc for my first time muskie fishin in wisc on guide trips. we raised 9 fish, 1 strikes and one lost.. the fish was nibbling at plastic trailer on spinners or bucktail... no idea why they wld do it but o well its fishing... the guy i fish with say he had caught severals on the spot we fishing last few weeks.

i think i m coming over the border more often!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

was in wisc for my first time muskie fishin in wisc on guide trips. we raised 9 fish, 1 strikes and one lost.. the fish was nibbling at plastic trailer on spinners or bucktail... no idea why they wld do it but o well its fishing... the guy i fish with say he had caught severals on the spot we fishing last few weeks.

i think i m coming over the border more often!

I was fishing a lake in NW WI last weekend and we had the same thing happen. 2 muskies bit out trailers off on the Rad Dog spinnerbaits. One was in the upper 30's the other one we didn't see because the lure was too far out. Hopefully the fishing will pick up soon. I think the goofy spring has thrown a curve ball at em and they don't know what to do!

Good Luck Musky Hunters!

Ryan

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Got my first of the year last Wed on Wissota at 34.5", our league is averaging about 4-5 fish per night with about 15 boats out. I fished the Chippewa R in town last night right before the storm rolled in and got skunked - prime time but no go.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

cooter, sounds like the league is doing pretty well this year. i wish i could contribute to this subject, but i am working at a summer camp in new hampshire for another month...

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Our league if off in July so I don't have any Wissota or Holcombe reports....I do know the portion of the Chippewa R I fish in Eau Claire continues to skunk me. I'm gonna either give it a try again tonight or fish the Eau Claire below Lake Altoona. Overall with some stable weather or getting out before one of these fronts should be good, I'm sure the fish are active....its just when.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

We boated 2 from Wapogasset last night Cooter. Both were 2006 stocked fish (the first batch) and looked very healthy. Could be a very good lake in a few years.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Sweet, I used to spend a week at Wapo each year when growing up. Sweet structure in that lake.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Holcombe has been producing some fish, Wissota is slow according to the reports I've gotten - might be deep. I'll have a fresh report for both Thurs morning.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Don't know if we had any boats on Holcombe or not but the gang got 5 fish off Wissota last night ranging from 25-48" - I got the envious task of netting the big girl. A few other follows and misses, I had one on and lost it - never saw it but felt like a decent fish crymadcry

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

thanks for the updates cooter. i will be back from new england next week and i am hoping to get out a few times before i head back to school. i'll be sure to let you know if i raise any fish.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Our group got a pair last night on Wissota, a 34 and 42", both on topwaters at evening. I'll be on the Eau Claire R tomorrow night and Sat trying for a musky or two. Green water around here.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Ended up with a 36" on Fri night off the sandbar we camped on and then a small 25ish" fish Sat morning. Back to Wissota Wednesday.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Sounds like you're getting a few here and there Cooter. Been up to Shell Lake lately? I need to get there one more time to pay for my year long landing fee. It's $7.00 each time or $20.00 for the year. We've been there twice so we need to go at least once more to save some money. grin

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

A few here and there is right on the money. Haven't had much time and am limited to local waters. A 40" before bowhunting rolls around would be fine by me.

I've only fished Shell in May after the regular opener, haven't been on there for musky season. Have seen a few though and would love to try it for 'skies sometime. Be sure to give me a report if you fish for those toothies up there.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I tried to talk my grandson into going there yesterday but he wanted to go to Potato Lake for bluegills. The gills are smaller there but there's a lot of them.

I heard that they're getting some nice gills on the cribs in Shell and som walleyes in the bay right in the weeds.Planning on getting there at least once next week, I'll let you know how we do.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Our Muskies Inc league outing was slow last night, one 32" tiger. Gonna give the Chippewa River some TLC next week and see how that goes.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

ill be chasing muskies up around the hayward area this week. havent heard many good reports recently, but it will be worth a try before i head back to school.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest
This topic is now closed to further replies.
Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0



  • Posts

    • Hey everyone has anyone started to pickle yet? Just did 65 quarts of pickles over the weekend. Also did some jars with the carolina repear pepper. Can't wait to try them.
    • I like the Wal-Mart corn to!
    • When is the date unsold bear tags go onsale?
    • I may try smoked rough fish on my bait this year. Anyone tried smoke fish on the bait pile?
    • Does anyone eat or use mooneyes? I caught one in the St. Croix today. Nothing else, it was interesting fish!
    • I hope to take a trip to ND this season, maybe they will get first ice before we do.
    • Hey everybody. An FYI. There is something new coming. Should be out around October, 2017 and available for on-line purchase.   If you google : ICE WELL Live Well ICAST 2017 The video of the product roll-out at ICAST 2017 in July, 2017 will pop up.   Also you can go to the product page. See : ICEWELLLiveWell.com. The page has a separate video to view also.                        The product is being manufactured from a custom blend non-buoyant polypropylene with impact modifiers to withstand extreme cold without cracking. The product will sit within 99% of all manufactured 5-gallon buckets for transport to and from the fishing spot. It is designed to fit within a drilled 8 or 10 inch ice hole. When in the drilled hole it will fill allowing you to throw your catch in the ICE WELL Live Well. No more throwing them on the ice or in the bucket to die, freeze or turn to slime. At the end of the day, pull it, place back in the bucket for transport home. No more frozen fish and easy handling. It's going to sell for around $19.99 plus shipping. The listed page will undergo changes before roll out that will allow purchase direct on-line. This is a creation by a Nebraska ice fisherman for ice fishermen. Made in the USA. Made with recycled materials. "Respect the Resource".     
    • Can't build a taller garage when it's a tuck-under with sheet-rocked 7' ceilings!!! The truck sits up high....
    • bigger garage!!
    • Same thing here...*TWANG*  I took my big snippers to mine and screwed a black wire nut cap on the cut end. Or unscrew one from a junkyard F-150 and saw it off. Looks fine.
  • Our Sponsors