5/22/03-Fence Lk. Walleyes
Mauritz of Chicago caught and released this muskie
nice eater walleye from a "secret" lake
& John Giovanni with a chunky largemouth bass
pike from Lac du Flambeau chain
Munson with a 24" walleye from the Lac du Flambeau
Adams of Kentucky with one of about 100 smallies caught
over a 3 day period
Gary, Ken, & Toby Adams with some walleyes and
Elam of Kentucky caught his first 3 muskies a week before
starting army basic training
Lavin of Highland Park, Ill with his first muskie
Curtis of Chicago with a scrappy smallmouth
Brother-in-law, Jim Jankowski, with his first muskie of 41-inches
bait shop owner, Mark Pakkala, enjoys a rare day off with me and
releases this 35" muskie
Gary Reed released his first muskie, a 34.5-incher
muskie-released with Kent Magnuson-
Sharer missed and lost several muskies before boating this
Fillipo with his first muskie, a 34.5 incher he released
Deinard released this 35" muskie
Dave Deinard released this 33" muskie
walleye from Minocqua chain. 15 year old Peter Van Velden
lost a bigger 'eye at the boat.
Kilday with a undersized muskie
& 9/1/03 High school buddies Roger Picard and Kevin
Timm caught several nice stringer of walleye, perch,
crappie, and 'gills from the Turtle-Flambeau Flowage
Skokowski released this 37.5" muskie
mixed bag of walleye and nice panfish from the T.F.
Wally Skic celebrated his B-Day with girlfriend Brenda
Lange and boated and released 3 muskies and a pike
biggest fish a the day, a 44-incher with and odd hump on
its back. Brenda had a much bigger fish follow to the
Bourdages with her first muskie. Her mother, Donna, also
released a 38" tiger that day
chunky smallmouth released back into the Minocqua chain
27" walleye from the Minocqua chain.
A nice pike for a 6 year old boy.
Sosebee with one of three muskies he released this morning
biggest fish, a fat 45-incher
partner, Don Kopsell, released this muskie
9-point buck (and more time for trophy fall muskie
Some Highlights of
Fox River walleye-released
Fox River walleye-released
of several stringers of eater-sized walleyes from the Wolf
River this week.
My Dad with a 18 pound jake.
Lake Poygan smallie
Friends Pete & Jim with some Wolf R. eyes
Lake Poygan largemouth.
Stilp released this chunky smallie
chunky smallmouth we released along with numerous smaller
decent smallie released back to the Willow Flowage
Fillipo released this nice smallie
Mark, and Zach Heffner with some walleyes and perch from
the Minocqua chain. Lots of undersized walleye this day
Stilp released several largemouths caught on spinnerbaits,
plastic worms, and jig and pigs.
with a 20.5" walleye from the Manitowish chain
with a stringer of walleyes and a nice pike which we
Munson with one of several largemouth and smallmouths
caught and released
released to go back to its spawning bed
of many nice smallmouth released back to a Vilas County
York with a couple of the several smallmouths we caught
York with one of several nice largmouths released
York released this 13 3/4" crappie-one of about a
dozen slabs we released back to their spawning beds. This
one hit a 7-inch Power Worm while fishing for largemouths
Fischer and I released these crappies, as well as a few
largemouths despite a nasty cold front
Rainbow over Kawaguesaga Lake
chain smallmouth on a Storm Hot'n Tot
Randy Anderson and sons Brett and Eric with a few of the nice smallies (
along with a couple of walleyes) released back to Lake
with ABC Supply party with the a largemouth and the first
fish of the day
with ABC Supply party with the a largemouth
with ABC supply with one of several smallmouth we released
walleye, one of several nice fish caught on one of the
first decent weather days in almost 2 weeks
nice day and a chunky largemouth
Fillipo with a nice smallmouth and back to jacket weather
for several days.
Reiter with a couple smallmouths
couple of legal, "eater" walleyes from Lake
Jim Jankowski with a nice Lake Tomawk 'eye
Felsheim with a chunky Flambeau chain largemouth he
with his first walleye
Noremberg & Karen with a couple legal "eater"
walleyes from Lk. Tomahawk
& Karen's walleyes a mess of bluegills
and Karen with 3 of several smallmouth they caught this
mixed bag for Bob & Karen's frying pan
Paul Engelhard with one of several walleyes we caught
Linden and Brody Engelhard released these pike and
released this nice-sized pike
Brody with a chunky smallmouth
Linden with his first walleye
from Janesville with her first walleye
Housholder from Janesville proves jigging can catch you
anything. Even a bullhead from the Lac du Flambeau chain?!
Dessen from Winnipeg Canada with a 30 1/2" pike he
bass releases to fight again that already had another hook
and broken line hanging from his mouth
Louis II, and Ryan Minneghan filled the live well with
bluegills and perch destined for the frying pan
Minneghan men during a beautiful summer day pan fish
with his first walleye
II with a nice walleye
with a chunky smallmouth
with a nice largemouth
squared with a pair of walleyes
A 33" muskie caught on a jerkbait
with one of several big Willow Flowage bluegills. We
also caught a mixed bag of sunfish, crappie, perch,
bullhead, walleye, and pike
with two legal, "eater" walleyes from the Willow
Jim Hadraba with a nice smallmouth
Karen Cooper from Flower Mound, Texas with her first
and Karen Cooper caught this mixed bag of walleye, pike,
and big bluegill and perch
Cooper caught and released her first muskie (caught on a
Tallywacker topwater lure)
Small muskie caught on a Jerko
John Deinard of Gulf Port, Mississippi with his first
walleye in many years
Jigging in the Willow Flowage has sometimes surprised us
recently when we've caught 10 different species of fish
including this big sucker
Dave and John Deinard with a future meal of slab crappies,
bluegill, sunfish, and perch
& Kristen with some walleyes, pike & perch from
the Turtle-Flambeau Flowage.
This dogfish did a good big walleye
imitation for awhile on the Willow Flowage
High school buddy Roger Picard cleans a mixed bag of fish
while Danielle looks on and Lauren posed with a pike and
Roger Jr. with a 12" slab crappie
Fellow guide John (a.k.a. Mango) Osterling joined me for
his first Willow Flowage trip in 10 yrs and we teamed up
to catch these crappies up to 12-inches and bluegill up to
9-inches. Unfortunately, every walleye we caught was just
under legal size.
Berry with his second muskie ever. Scott caught this fish
on Bootail and released it
Bauer with the biggest bluegill of the day at a little
Eric and Scott with a legal walleye and a few nice
bluegill and sunfish
Brottman with one of her first walleyes
Matt Steffani with a jumbo perch along with many bluegills
he and his brothers landed this day.
John Osterling with another bluegill pushing 10-inches
from the Willow Flowage.
Jankowski with a nice "eater" walleye from the
with a nice walleye.
20-inch smallmouth slammed a muskie lure on Big Crawling
Timm and Denise Reppin with a mixed bag of walleye, perch,
bluegill, and sunfish from the Turtle-Flambeau Flowage.
muskie was caught and released in the first few minutes of
Murphy from Mackinaw, IL with his first walleye.
with one of 22 walleyes we caught and released.
Osterling and I with a stringer of pike up to 31",
walleyes up to 18", and some nice perch from the
Minocqua chain. We also released lots of smaller walleyes,
bass, and panfish this afternoon.
Art Portz with a nice 19" Willow Flowage walleye.
of several Willow Flowage bluegills pushing the 10"
with a nearly 10" bluegill.
with 3 nice "eater" walleyes and some big
bluegills. We also released several undersized walleyes
and smaller bluegills and sunfish.
nice Willow Flowage crappie.
flock of 11 loons on Big Crawling Stone Lake.
took a break from fishing to shoot a couple of ducks on
Osterling with another nice Willow Flowage perch to add to
a bunch of nice bluegills.
Wurzer with a nice 20" walleye along with some a
smaller walleye and some perch.
with one of the many small walleyes we caught this
Lifke and friend, John with a few northern pike.
Scheiffer from Nebraska with a smallmouth bass that put up
a better fight than the walleyes we caught.
McDaniel with a 34" muskie he released.
"Mango" Osterling released this 40" muskie.
Late October produced a few bass and pike from the Minocqua
Pakkala and I with 3 first ice "eater" walleyes
from Lake Minocqua
nice walleye from the Willow Flowage
pair of walleyes from a backwoods lake in the Northern
Highland State Forest
This frozen object I'm holding is actually a 21-inch
walleye caught from a small lake on a 0 degree night with
blustery winds and swirling lake effect snow.
Brother-in-law, Jim Jankowski ended the year by catching 3
nice walleyes, some nice perch, along with some pike and
lots of smaller panfish.
BEST (AND WORST) OF 2005!
Stilp joined me on the ice and we caught these two pike
along with a bunch of nice pan fish and a few small
Pakkala caught this slab crappie while jigging near my
A nice mess of perch, bluegill and crappie to go along
with a few small walleyes caught this outing.
Bitter cold, snow, and wind kept us off the ice for
awhile. But, these two walleyes, as well as the perch and
bluegills, were still hitting when we returned to my
A nice pike caught and released back to Lake Minocqua.
beautiful 23" walleye at sunset on an undeveloped
Vilas County lake.
8 yr. old Emily and 6 yr. Anna Bay joined me with their
parents and grandparents to catch this pile of bluegills.
Anna holds up a pike she caught on a tip-up
Anna and Emily pose with a pike.
Anna and Emily sacrificed a couple of bluegills to this
eagle who soared in to feed on them from a nearby tree.
Mark Pakkala and I caught this limit of brown trout from a
Vilas County lake and then a couple of walleyes later on
from a nearby lake.
Mark with a silvery brown trout caught jigging in 45 feet
from an ultra-clear watered lake.
Mark with a mess of brown trout destined for the grill.
"Mango" with a pair of legal 'eyes from Lake
This 18" walleye was one of 5 caught in a 20-minute
span at Sunset on the Willow Flowage.
Mark Pakkala & I went out for a couple hours on Lk.
Minocqua and caught this 21" walleye and a couple of
pike we released, including a fat 10 pounder.
Twilight on the Willow Flowage produced a few walleyes for
Tom Reiter and I including this nice 22-inch fish.
"Mango" monopolized all the action on Lake
Minocqua this afternoon by catching this fat pike and
Here are a few highlights of a trip to Devil's Lake North
Dakota including this 32-inch pike, the biggest of the
Sunset over Devil's Lake.
Kevin Timm (aka Mevin) with a nice 18" walleye.
One of only 3 jumbo perch we caught the whole trip.
Bruce (Boot) Timm and Mevin with a few of the walleyes
that were part of a 4 man limit. These 2 guys were kind
enough to let Roger Picard and I catch a couple too every
now and then.
Pete Stilp, his brother-in-law, John, and I caught and
released about 30 walleyes at the Fox River in DePere.
Pete with another walleye.
John with one of the first few walleyes he has ever
John Osterling with a mess of last ice bluegill, perch,
and crappie. As John would say, "They aren't the
biggest frogs in the pond". But, they'll taste good!
Pat Desmond, son Patrick, and friend, Brandon, from the
San Diego area joined me for some first open-water fishing
on the Wisconsin River near Tomahawk and caught several
male walleyes, a few jumbo perch and a couple pike. The
ice just melted and we were a little early for the bigger
Patrick with a walleye.
Brandon with a couple walleyes.
Pat with one of two pike he boated.
I released this 27" spawned out female walleye on the
a 19 1/2" spawned out female walleye from the Wolf
High school friends Paul and Roger Picard helped med catch
these 9 male "eater" walleyes from the Wolf
My dad and I with a few of the 10 largemouths we caught
and released in a few hours in channels connected to Lake
Poygan. Unfortunately, the weather didn't cooperate to go
after the bigger fish the next 2 weekends.
M.J. Johnson started out opening day with a bang with the
25" walleye in the first few minutes.
Bob Hering with a very hefty smallmouth he released.
Another nice walleye in the first half hour of opening
M.J. with the smallest walleye of the day which was still
an impressive 21"
And another nice walleye!
Bob with another impressive smallie he released.
M.J., Bob, me, and Mark Wiebe with 6 beautiful walleyes.
Normally, we'd release these bigger fish, but they were
spawned out and are about the average-sized fish in this
M.J. with his limit of opening day 'eyes.
4 yr old Joe and 7 yr old brother Joe would tell you even
small crappie are fun, although some warmer weather would
2 eater 'eyes mixed in with lots of "short" fish
on the Willow Flowage.
Tom Fochs and Ashley with one of several undersized
walleyes (along with big bullheads) from the Rainbow
A fat sunfish to go along with several crappie and
largemouth from a pothole lake
A nice largemouth on a cold blustery day in the Boulder
A fat walleye on yet another cold, blustery day. This time
on Big St. Germain Lake.
A 20" smallie released back to a Lac du Flambeau lake
along with lots of smaller bass.
Spending lots of time outdoors is full of surprises.
You'll have to ask me about this one.
A little time off to pre-fish before 7 days in a row
guiding yielded this 20" 'eye on the Willow Flowage
and lots of undersized fish in a couple of hours.
John Woodbury- squared with 4 legal walleyes up to
20", a pike and a 12" crappie from the Willow
Flowage with not another boat in site. Lots of undersized
walleyes again this day.
Recent high school graduate, the younger John Woodbury
poses with on of many smallmouths caught and
John with one of a few largemouths (a muskie apparently
took a chunk out of this one).
The elder John with a nice smallie.
Long time client Chris York's crew spent 3 days splitting
time with me and fellow guides John Osterling and Bernie
Thompson. We experienced smallmouth bass catch and release
action that was nothing short of phenomenal. I can't even
guess at the number of fish caught over 16" with many
fish from 18 to 21". Here P.J.. has the first smallie
of the day. At one point, we had several big smallies and
a muskie chasing up a hooked smallie with numerous other
big smallies cruising within site!
Sal with his first smallie
Brenden (with a nice smallie), Chris York, and I decided
to try another Vilas County lake for a change of pace. The
bass action was just as good hear, but the average size of
the fish was smaller.
Chris York released this 19" smallie.
Chris with one of a few chunky largemouths
Chris York's crew and I returned to the red hot Vilas
County lake and had a repeat performance. However,
catching nice smallies had become so routine, we were
disappointed when we didn't boat any over 19". Here
Tom poses with a nice fish.
Joe with a "chunk" smallie
Doubles were common as were 2 fish in one net.
A return to walleye fishing produced this 20"
Manitowish chain walleye on the first cast with a jig and
leech with fellow, former or current Neenah residents
Dave, Jeff, and Jason Bruenning. Unfortunately, things got
tougher for the rest of the day before a severe storm
chased us off the water. Although we did manage to boat a
couple more small walleyes, smallmouth, pike, and
Dave with one of a few Manitowish chain smallies.
Jason with a nice smallie.
Chris Nelson released this very impressive 21-inch
Chris also released this beautiful tiger muskie.
Kurt Nelson released this hefty smallie.
A 36-inch muskie on a top-water lure. About an hour
before, I lost a much bigger fish on the same lure (a
Bucher Top Dancer).
a 35-inch muskie on a Rizzo Whiz.
Bob Bramlett and friend Justin of Dodgeville caught and
released several nice smallmouths from the Turtle-Flambeau
Flowage( including this double), along with about a dozen
walleyes, 6 of which were destined for the frying
Bob with a nice smallie.
Justin with a chunky smallie.
Gary Weiten of Waunakee with one of several Lac du
Flambeau chain walleyes.
A couple legal walleyes with not another boat in sight on
the Willow Flowage.
Despite the biggest mayfly hatch I have ever seen, it
didn't take Jeff Bischoff too long to catch the first fish
for a shore lunch.
Jeff enjoying shore lunch on an island on the Willow
I took a couple of day break to do some Lake Michigan
trout and salmon fishing with friend Jim Weinmann. Here
Brandon holds the first fish of the morning, a nice
Brandon with a chinook (king) salmon.
Jim Weinmann, me, Dan Sturm, and Brandon with our
A 36", 15 lb. chinook.
Nate with a chinook.
Mike from Stevens Point released this 38" muskie.
Lots of active largemouth bass action has been the norm
Pike have been scarcer, but a few have posed for a picture
before being released.
One of many largemouth bass lately. The smaller ones seem
to hit everything.
Daryl Shure with a nice (and legal-sized) Flambeau chain
Kirstie Whitman with a nice smallie.
Kirstie Whitman with her first pike.
Mike and Patrick Desmond with the 2 biggest walleyes of
the evening. Lately, the walleyes have been in a
non-feeding mode and dusk gives you a small window to
This is what fishing is all about! Here, my
brother-in-law, Jim, and nephew, Hunter, pose with one of
many bluegill and sunfish.
A nice walleye at twilight.
After a tough previous day in sweltering heat and flat
calm conditions (even by Texas standards), Vince and Karen
Cooper from Flower Mound TX were rewarded with a
little less heat, a little more wind, and slightly more
The second lake of the morning added these two eater
walleyes for Vince and Karen. If you know these two nice
folks, ask Karen to list Vince's top ten character
These dumb pike keep hitting our muskie lures! That's
okay. The muskie keep hitting at and missing them.
Mike Bandow and his buddy Sean with a few nice walleye and
pan fish to show for our mornings effort.
Chris Nelson with an aggressive muskie right off the
Chris with another pike that can't recognize a "muskie"
A 36" muskie on a Top Dancer. Not a big fish, but a
lot of fun on a top water bait.
The first walleye of the morning, a nice 19-incher.
Bill and Judy Wiley from Indiana with some walleyes and a
sun fish destined for shore lunch.
A shore lunch requires a lot of work, including cleaning
fish. But, it's worth it.
Jeremy Clark from Theresa, WI loves to fish nice
bluegills. And, we caught a bunch of nice ones from the
Willow Flowage along with a mixed bag of walleye, sun
fish, pike, perch, rock bass, and bull head.
Joe Schmidlin, now living in Newport Beach, CA with a nice
Brian Schmidlin from the Milwaukee area with a nice
Joe with another nice largemouth.
Patrick from France with the biggest largemouth of the
Brian, Joe, and Patrick caught and released a lot of bass
this morning, including this "triple". We nearly
had a "quadruple", but I just had released
Patrick with the biggest smallie of the day.
Pete Stilp with a largemouth from the Willow Flowage, a
fairly rare catch there.
A nice eater walleye and some big 'gills form the Willow
A 25" walleye released back to the Willow Flowage.
Chris (horseshoe posterior) Nelson always seems to boat
and release a muskie.
A rare overcast day lately helps the mid-day walleye bite.
Flowages are some of the places in the area for bigger
than average pan fish.
Long-time client John Schmecko with a healthy 20"
walleye from a remote Vilas County lake.
John's buddy and long-time client, Randy Munson, with an
Do to yet another camera problem preventing on-the -water
photos, here is John and Randy's mixed bag catch almost
ready for the frying pan.
Karen, the recent bride of long-time client, Mike Filippo,
with a nice walleye.
A a pair of eater walleyes measuring 18 and 20".
A muskie caught and released on a lure made by client an
friend, Gary Fischer. I haven't thrown his prototype much
yet, but we both knew it was a winner.
Pete Stilp with one of several chunky Lake Tomahawk
A Lake Tom largemouth.
another Lake Tom smallie.
The original Jim Cheshire with a Lake Tom largemouth. The
bass were pretty aggressive this morning.
I can't take any credit for this one, except for taking
the photo. Left is Mark Pakkala with a 50 1/2", 34
lb. tiger muskie and Greg Biggs with a 52 1/2", 43
lb. true muskie caught simultaneously while
row-trolling crank baits on the Flambeau chain. I doubt
there was ever two bigger muskie caught at the same time
A nice 17" walleye (or bait for muskie like the ones
Mark and Greg caught).
Jerry Benson from Georgia, an accomplished salt water
fisherman, with his first Wisconsin catch-and-release with
this nice largemouth.
A nice summer day and a nice smallie.
A nice walleye and a fat pike form a remote Vilas County
This nice smallie gave Mike Filippo a good fight .
Mike's wife Karen with a slab crappie.
Matt with a nice chinook salmon aboard the Miss Shiocton
captained by friend, Jim Weinmann.
Brother-in-law, Jim Jankowski with a nice Lake Michigan
Another Lake Michigan chinook.
Back to the northwoods and another nice 19 1/2"
walleye right off the bat.
Eric Margheim with a slab crappie.
Eric and Art Margheim kept a few of the fish we caught for
the frying pan.
Scott Berry with a pike and a nice crappie.
Todd Murphy's father in law, Glen, with a nice smallmouth
he released after a good fight.
A rare walleye that is willing to bite lately. Still
seeing lots of them on a 14 foot weed edge with the
underwater camera. But, crawlers, leeches, minnows, and
crank baits are seldom able to tempt them the last
Hal Smith's friend Dee from Fort Worth, TX with a
Dee with the biggest smallie of the morning
Chris Nelson with a 21" walleye caught on a Shallow
Invader while muskie fishing. This fish was tagged by the
A decent walleye. They've been tough to catch lately.
Scott Cruse, Mark Cruse, and I enjoyed some decent action
on bass and pike.
Fred Brodsky with a nice eating-sized walleye
Wade Christoffel caught and released a nice muskie and a
few pike. Unfortunately, we lost a few other muskies.
Scott Berry and I shot these 3 buffleheads on an Oneida
Jason Sosebee and I boated and released 6 muskie
form 34 to 43 inches and lost 2 others. Surprisingly, only
2 hit suckers and the rest Jason caught on a jerk bait.
Unfortunately, the camera malfunctioned. But, I think I
got photos of Jason's 2 biggest fish of the day.
There's finally enough ice to fish on small lakes
(barely). So far it's been slow (and cold) fishing for
first ice, but I did manage a 15 and 17-inch walleye for
the frying pan.
Mark Pakkala, with a nice pike.
The boys with a couple legal walleyes including Chris with
a healthy 22-incher.
A nice winter day and a nice eater walleye
Brooke and Miranda Reiter had a ball catching this mixed
bag of pan fish.
A couple of New Years Day eater walleyes.
"Mango" with a legal walleye from the Willow
Kurt and Chris Nelson with some nice brown trout.
Another nice walleye although they're getting harder to
catch as winter progresses.
Some hard-earned brown trout caught jigging in 40 feet of
Mango caught this fat 23" walleye right off the bat.
I added another nice fish before they shut down.
This is the 3rd year I judged the Chill Out ice fishing
tournament on Big Arbor Vitae Lake. And, this year the
kids caught the biggest fish! Here's 13 yr. old Kelly
Strasser with a 13" crappie and a nice bass.
8 year old Tyler Gilles caught the biggest walleye of the
tournament, this chunky 17-incher!
Mark Pakkala with a nice brown trout.
Chris and Nick Nelson, the other Nick, Josh, and I had a
fun catching about 20 small pike, 3 small walleyes, a few
bluegills and perch, and 15 big smallmouth. You seldom see
smallies come through the ice! But, here is one of a dozen
Nick alone caught and released.
The other Nick with a big, 19" smallie.
Nick with a tank, 20" smallie.
Chris with a bruiser smallie.
A fat 20" walleye from the Wolf River.
Jim W. and "Jano" with some Wolf River walleyes.
Jason Welsch with a nice Wolf River walleye.
Adam Fischer of Edge Consulting found this road kill buck
while we were working at my "real job" near
My nephew Hunter helped me catch and release this farm
pond bass while fishing with his Dad and I.
Every year the channels connected to Lake Poygan provide
some good catch and release lm bass action with a few
smallies mixed in.
My Dad with a jake turkey.
Another Poygan channel largemouth.
a few more largemouth caught on crankbaits and plastic
Opening day walleyes up to 22 1/2" for the
Alcan group on a cold, blustery morning.
And a few more walleyes in the afternoon for the Alcan
crew to add to the shore lunch.
A chunky smallmouth (released).
One of 3 muskie boated (with another lost) this morning.
David Mussoni of Apple Valley, Minnesota with the Alcan
crew caught and released this 33 1/2" fish.
a nice 19" walleye.
"Mango" and I teamed up for a limit of eater
walleyes, a crappie, and a pike while releasing several
other walleyes and pike.
Stu Kotovic, crew, and I caught a few walleye and pike on
the tail end of a nasty cold front.
One of a bunch of nice bluegills I caught and released off
the dock at my home.
Catching and releasing smallies on the beds is one of my
favorite times of the year.
Chris Nelson and I with a few of about 30 bruiser smallies
(and 1 monster laregemouth) caught and released.
John Carpenter (at left), Scott Berry and I had a blast
catching and releasing about 30 beautiful smallmouth bass
Stewart Berry caught and released this beautiful
smallmouth. He's got fishing in his blood!
Stewart and Nolan Berry with a "double".
A smallie released back to the Willow Flowage.
A couple of eater walleyes. Lots of "short"
walleyes and small pike on crank baits this sweltering
Long-time clients John Schmecko (left), Randy Munson, and
I enjoyed some hot catch and release smallie action.
Karen Fillipo with one of a couple nice mid-day walleyes
on a gin clear lake. Karen, you proved me wrong!
Mike Fillipo released this tank of a smallmouth.
A legal, and nice eating sized walleye was released.
Chris York (left) and P. J. with some nice smallies,
caught and released.
Sal had the hot hand today releasing several nice
I guess you have to kiss a few frogs once in awhile. This
14" mud puppy (4 legs, tail, external gills, and all)
was hanging out on a rock bar with some nice walleyes.
A couple of eater walleyes.
Chris Nelson and buddy Matt released these pike and muskie.
Bill Jarchow out-fished me and caught this nice 21"
Bill with dinner on display.
The two youngest fisherman I know who are well-schooled in
the "three P's", Jared (left) and
Jason Welsch, with a couple of nice crappies. Ask their
father, Jesse, to explain the "three P" concept.
Come to think of it, please someone explain it to Jesse.
"Jano", my brother-in-law, with a couple of nice
Jano, and my soon to be 3 yr. old nephew, Hunter, with one
of many bluegills.
Dad, Jano with one of many bass.
Hunter with his first bass. You'll never know how hard it
is to get both the fish and a excited, squirmy kid in the
same shot (this is about Take 10).
The original Jim Cheshire with a beautiful, golden-brown,
Dad and I rose early to catch and release about a dozen
"Flip" with a very healthy walleye and a fat
largemouth he released.
Nick Fillipo with his first walleye.
Karen Fillipo has "the touch" and caught and
released this finicky-biting walleye.
For some reason, fishing the morning of the 4th has been
kind to me. At least for fewer, but bigger fish. After I
caught this average 16-incher, I caught a 23" 'eye
and Tom (Redbone) Reiter released this 24-incher.
The game fish weren't very cooperative, but the pan fish
sure were. Here Don Destry holds a 12 1/2"
Danny Destry with a pike and bass.
The Destry pile-o-fish destined for chow time,
Kevin Nodolf (right), Rob, Mary, and I could find, but not
catch, walleyes. However, a nice perch, and the 21
good-sized crappies pictured (plus at least as many nice
bluegills not shown), should be a great meal. The 'eye
fishing has tanked. But, it can't last for long.
I still can't catch any walleyes despite being able to see
lots on a underwater camera. Fortunately, despite
sweltering heat, a few smallies and a small, dumb muskie
gave me a little hope.
What is this thing? I haven't seen one of these in
I was pleased to catch this 18-incher.
Whomever says walleyes don't fight well may have been
surprised. This 29" fish bulldogged in 30 plus feet
of water and it took a long time before we even got a
glimpse of it.
Kurt and Chris Nelson and I gave up on uncooperative
muskies and had a good afternoon with a mixed bag,
including some slab crappie.
Chris and I with a "double" on smallmouth.
My Dad, the original Jim Cheshire, and I enjoyed one of
those rare afternoon where the weather was great and the
fishing was incredibly easy. This was our last of
countless fishing trips together as Dad passed away on
August 12th. Dad, thanks for all you taught me, including
how to fish. We all love you and miss you greatly!
Beyer and sons Andy (19) and Kevin (13) enjoyed some good
catch and release game fish action while keeping a mess of
bluegills and crappie to eat.
Tom "Cookie" Jankowski and Brother-in-law Tom aka
"Toby" enjoyed a great morning of mixed bag game
and pan fish action on the Flambeau chain until oppressive
afternoon heat shut things down.
Good friend Jim Laurion and sons Peter and Andrew joined
me for a little fishing while back visiting Wisconsin from
their home in Iowa. These boys are fine young men and
great fishermen. Here's Andrew with his first walleye
(above) and smallmouth (right).
8-9-06:Peter released this nice largemouth bass.
Peter added this pike to a live well full of crappie and
bluegill destined for the frying pan.
Jim Weinmann treated Pete Stilp and I to a trip on the big
pond where we boated 5 Chinooks plus one
Jesse Welsch and I battled big waves on Lake Winnebago but
managed a few walleyes, including this 19-incher.
Despite the final score (me-4 walleyes, Jesse-1 walleye),
I let Jesse pose for a photo of our hard-earned days
Tom, Lisa, Miranda, and Brooke Reiter joined me back in
the northwoods for some fun pan fish action. Here are
Miranda (left) and Brooke with some nice bluegills and
crappie they caught while releasing many more.
My 17-month old niece Alyssa is not afraid of a bass (or
anything else for that matter).
Big Don Kopsell with a small muskie.
My nephew, Hunter, with a slab, northwoods crappie.
Mango teamed with me on the Willow Flowage to catch these
walleyes and jumbo perch.
Jason Sosebee caught and released this nice muskie on a
jig and pig while pre-fishing for a bass tournament.
Chris Nelson, Nick Nelson, Hunter the lab and I with a
mixed bag of ducks on opening weekend in northern
At least Don can catch the smaller muskies. I haven't even
been getting little ones lately!
a chunky largemouth and an eater walleye on a beautiful
fall day on the Willow Flowage.
I finally caught and released a muskie. For some reason
this summer and early fall have been slow for muskie.
A fat largemouth releaseed back to the Minocqua chain.
My first duck/geese hunting trip to the Devils Lake, ND
area didn't dissapoint. Here's just a sampling of photos.
Here "Mevin", Lucy the lab, Steve, and Steve's
buddy pose with the results of a morning field hunt.
Roger an I with a couple of "bull" canvasbacks.
Roger, Lucy the lab and I with a mixed bag.
Roger and I with a mixed bag.
Ron, Dave and Steve with some canvasbacks and a redhead.
The boys cleaning a pile of ducks and gees from the
Back in Wisconsin, I've been having good luck on grouse
Chris Nelson and I broke ice with the boat and shot a
couple of divers this morning.
Another grouse for dinner.
My 8-point buck during the gun deer season.
After a fall of mostly hunting, I'm looking forward to
more ice fishing. This 25-inch walleye and a 16-incher I
caught a few minutes before is a good start.
Chris Nelson with a nice mid-afternoon walleye on a
Vilas County Lake.
Chris Nelson with some nice brown trout from a deep, clear
Vilas County lake.
One of a bunch of pheasants we shot with Roger and crew on
a game farm near my family's home in Neenah. I have to
admit to missing a couple "gimme" shots.
Mango with the first two eater walleyes for 2007.
A few nice walleyes in a flurry around dusk.
Nick Nelson with two nice northern pike from an Oneida
County lake that isn't supposed to have any.
It's nice of Mango to let me catch the bigger
Mango with an eater.
From left to right: Stewart, Scott, and Nolan Berry with
part of the night's catch of walleyes.
Scott admires the 7 walleyes from 15 to 20 inches destined
for the Berry's dinner table.
Lucy Picard with the first walleye retrieve before all the
tip-ups are set on the Willow Flowage.
Roger with a couple of nice 'eyes.
Roger with 4 legal walleyes for dinner.
A first place and $400 pike-the 3rd time I've been lucky
enough to win a tournament with an average-sized pike.
Thanks T. Fochs and the Nelson boys!
A post tournament walleye in brutal cold and wind.
Chris and I with a good catch of walleyes after the
tournament. Of course, Chris caught most of them.
Scott, Mike, and I caught these walleyes at the beginning
of a brutal cold front.
Mike poses with 7 of the Neenah boys eater walleyes.
Mike with a couple more frozen walleyes.
A few late ice crappies.
The boys with a nice catch of crappie and 'gills from a
A few more late ice crappies on my last day on the ice for
Jesse Welsch released this big catfish while fishing with
his dad, Andy, and I on the Wolf River.
Terry McHugh and I with a meal or two of walleyes from the
Jim W. with 3 'eyes for a few hours effort on the Wolf.
Jesse with 8 nice eater Wolf River walleyes.
My nephew, Hunter and I with a largemouth we released.
Jano released this nice smallie.
One of a few nice crappies I released the night before the
game fish season opener.
Jano with a pig 27" walleye on opening morning.
Jano and I battled big waves to land these two
opening day walleyes along with a big pike and a nice
Jano and I retreated to the calmer water of the Wisconsin
River in the afternoon and caught and released a couple of
smallmouth, including this one in front of my new home.
A nice pike released back to 46 degree water.
Jano with one a a few smallies we released during the
Jano and I battled big waves and took a pounding/soaking
to catch this limit of walleyes with a token 19-incher and
the rest measuring from 22 1/2 to to 25".
Mango teamed up for to catch these 4 legal walleyes, as
well as several undersized fish from a gin-clear Vilas
Despite a nasty cold front and howling northeast winds,
Jim Weinmann and I had good pan fish action Before
switching lakes where I caught this 22 1/2-inch walleye.
Jim W. with a couple of hard-earned, eating-sized walleyes
on a cold, but beautiful morning.
Scott Berry with 3 legal walleyes for dinner to go along
with a few undersized fish and smallmouth that were
Scott and son, Nolan, with a pike they released and
Nolan's 19 1/2" walleye.
Scott released this nice walleye.
A couple of nice eater walleyes before cold and wind drove
us off the water.
Dave Bickle with two of a lake limit of walleyes from a
Wisconsin River smallie-released of course.
Bruce with a nice Wisco. River pike.
Blown trailer bearings and axle. So, I hop in the Nelson's
boat the next morning (the walleyes bite from their boat
Chris with the 2 biggest 'eyes of the morning.
John with a nice smallie.
The York crew has made an annual ritual of catching and
releasing so many nice bass that it has been a tradition.
Roger and I with a few of the nice Vilas County smallies
Roger "wrestles" a couple of eating-sized
few fish released back to beautiful White Sand Lake.
Pete and I with a couple of TFF 'eyes.
A nice Lac du Flambeau Chain walleye.
Jano with a fat 32" muskie he released.
Iraq war veteran, Ryan Paggi, and great crew of friends and family with
a nice catch from the TFF.
Larry with a limit of TFF walleyes he caught with Randy
Anderson, and I.
Bill Jarchow and I caught an easy limit of walleyes on the
TFF along with lots of nice smallies before switching to
another lake for a little bit in hopes of bigger 'eyes.
Bill with a 19" walleye from a Vilas County lake.
Danny Destry with his first muskie.
Chris with a bass that ate a muskie bucktail.
Jano and I enjoy enjoy another catch and release float on
A "tank" smallie released back to the river.
Kurt Daniels with a nice pike that hit a "muskie
Andrew Daniels with his first muskie, a fat 39" fish
he caught on the figure 8 and released. Good job, Andrew!
College buddies, Jesse, Lance, Kelly, and I started a new
reunion tradition with a trip to Lake Michigan Salmon
Lance with a nice king salmom.
Kelly with a couple of still "green" fall
Nick and Lukas with a few opening day ducks.
A few walleyes up to 21" and some crappies for the
Dave Deinard and friend, Mike, with some nice walleyes and
Roger2 with a bunch of rooster pheasants.
OF 2008, SO FAR!
A fat 26-inch walleye.
For a change of pace, Mango and I jigged up a few
whitefish in 75 to 80-feet from a Vilas County lake.
A 10-inch on the nose bluegill from the Willow Flowage.
Tom and Chris with a few eater walleyes along with a
couple dozen undersized fish from the Wi. River.
A 22 lb. 6 oz. gobbler with a 9 1/2" beard.
Jim W. with a 3-man 15-inch walleye limit from 2 lakes on
Jim-cubed with a lake limit of walleyes from 19 to
Mark with a nice smallie he released.
Another 24" walleye-released.
Mark with 4 nice eaters.
Two nice ones as part of my lake limit of 3 caught before 6:25
It's a little known fact that Sasquatches are afraid of fish.
So, I unhooked this nice walleye for Darin the
Another lake and another limit of eaters. This season has
gotten off to a fantastic start.
Jeff with a lake limit of eater walleyes.
Jano and I with a few Wisconsin River smallmouths.
Chris and Patrick York with some nice smallies.
Linda with a smallmouth.
A nice walleye near my home.
"Deuce Bickalo" and I killed some time after
work catching these smallies.