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Today’s Top 5
> Luke Spaete’s fish weighed 2 lbs 11 oz and measured 15 1/2″, topping the old record of 2 lbs 9.6 oz and 15 1/2 inches set in 1976 and tied in 2012. The fish that tied the record was also caught at Lake Cascade.
> He already landed a 13 1/2-inch and 14-inch perch when he saw a big fish appear on his fish finder at about 25 feet depth.
> “All of the sudden all the little ones went away, and this giant mark showed up. It was one giant blob, and I thought, Don’t miss this one.”
> When he pulled it through the ice “it’s belly and dorsal fin were scraping the sides the 8-inch hole.”
> WI guide/TV host Eric Haataja proves Milwaukee ain’t all beer, brats and baseball. Dang harbor is loaded with giants … like this stoopidly-big brownie. Wowzers!
> Belongs on the same A-list with Lake of the Woods, Devils Lake, Quinte, etc. Seriously … do it. Bring yer lady and kids and put ‘em on big ol’ salmonids and troutsters. Dat Eric is a family man and gets it.
UA’s Aaron Wiebe rocks rattlebait earrings, red vanity glasses, and flat-out catches ridiculous fish in this su-weet vid. Yo-yo’ing ain’t just for river current slippin’.
Gotz to get up to Selkirk soon. Just sayin’.
They call ‘em lawyer fish for a reason…mean, like a bad DA.
Lots o’ cribs and crappies. Big weights expected.
However you slice it, “double-tripping” = poaching. Don’t do what these doods did.
9. Fishhouse removal soon.
Jim Lindner seminars, Sat and Sun.
Cool story, cool guy.
11th hour walleyes.
6. SD: Bitter.
- “Mainly a late-night walleye bite.”
- Enemy Swim doing okay.
- Nice perch on Indian Springs, Dry, Waubay, and sloughs around Webster.
Tip of the Day
> …35-plus years of guiding have taught him three scenarios that typically offer top shots at overlooked crappies: flowing water; small, hard-to-access lakes; and waters on the mend from past atrocities by the bucket brigade.
> Approached with ample caution, flowing water systems can offer oases of big fish amidst an otherwise hard-fished landscape.
> Grzywinski seeks main-river areas with slack current. Once a school is found, he goes to work with a #3 Rapala Jigging Rap. “Fish it plain, no bait, a foot off bottom, and you’ll catch crappies plus bonus saugers, walleyes and bass,” he says. “Give it three snaps, let it sit a couple of seconds, and repeat. If you don’t catch anything after 10 minutes, move on.”
Quote of the Day
There is NO excuse for pictures/video of frozen or stressed fish. Bush league.
– Aaron Wiebe, Uncut Angling, gettin’ worked up.
Shot of the Day
No whiffin’, all whackin’. NICE Simcoe whitefish with Jiggin’ Rap.
GET OUT AND STAY OUT ICE-HEADS!