Show Date: May 9th & 10th, 2015
Location: Lake Erie, Toledo, Ohio
Guide: Captain Paul Pacholski [1-800-798-1218 | eriehopper.com]
We love Lake Erie. It’s a walleye factory that provides great fishing, and we can keep our fish without worrying about the health of the fishery. The factory is in full operation during our visit, as we find ourselves catching “cookie-cutter” 24” fish all day long. Using blade baits, hair jigs, and plastics we are catching fish! It’s fun using whatever bait want to catch fish, but as usual, try using what the captain suggests - you’ll probably catch more.
We’ve got a great crew aboard our Erie Hopper Charter; Kevin, Jim, Gary, and Dan from Yamaha Motors; as well as first mate Kimmy; and our ice guide Mike Patterson.
Show Date: May 16th & 17th, 2015
Location: Sand Bay Beach Resort - Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin
Guide: Pro Guide Dale Stroschein [ 920-743-5731 | wackywalleye.com]
The spring jigging bite on Sturgeon Bay is one of the most exciting of the year. We are out with Captain Dale Stroschein for a bite that we wait all winter for. We are joined by Tom from Johnsonville, who will be unveiling a brand new product from Johnsonville.
This jig bite requires a precise technique, one that Dale is very good at; and one that has slowly evolved over time. Dales weapon of choice for this bite is a hair-jig, similar to the jig we use on Lake Erie this time of year, only smaller. Dale tells us that what’s old, is new again; saying “a lot of the things that we developed years ago are still extremely effective, but are forgotten about.”
Show Date: May 23rd & 24th, 2015
Location: Vilas County, Wisconsin
Guide: Pro Guide Rob Manthei [715-477-2042 | robmanthei.com]
Accommodations: St. Germain Lodge [ StGermainLodge.com ]
The northwoods of Wisconsin is a beautiful place, with great fishing, but sometimes the weather can make a huge swing downward; like it did when we were there. Rob Manthei guides us on what could be called the worst conditions you could ask for, with a 40 degree drop in temp in one day, and precipitation that can’t figure out if it want’s to be snow or rain.
Rob advises that even with a big cold-front, you should start out where fish had been in past days, and working outward from there. He stresses that you should fish a lot slower than you normally would, because the weather swing slows the fish down.
Doing a new show every week can present unique challenges, and this week outcome was a welcome surprise.
We had to fight some serious weather to shoot a show for this week. We were surprised by the number and size of walleyes we ended up catching. See our site for a preview, and tune in this weekend!
Upper Peninsula Adventure
Show Date: August 30th & 31st, 2014
Location: Menominee River; Niagara, Michigan
We’ve got a couple of days to venture north to show our friend Matt Bichanich of Hard & Soft Fishing, makers of Uncle Josh Pork, Kalin’s, & Acme; the Menominee River. The Menominee is a beautiful stretch of river that winds in and out of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and Wisconsin. The turns in the river are great for bass fishing, which is what we’re here to show our resident bass expert, whom have never been here. Fishing the shorelines, working our Wack-O Worms & Pork under low-hanging trees, and around submerged logs.
On our second day, we gamble on a new lake to see if we can find some walleyes. Fishing weeds and rocks, and testing out a new Kalin’s jerk-shad, our gamble works, and the competition heats up to see who can boat the most legal walleyes before the end of the day.