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Pewaukee Lake Summer Fishing Action

Pewaukee Lake Summer Fishing ActionThis week Pewaukee Lake has offered some great summer fishing action for the kids enrolled in HookedUp101’s guided fishing trips offered in partnership with Pewaukee Parks and Recreation Department.

Pewaukee Lake Largemouth BassWith surface water temperatures approaching the low 80 degree mark the larger gamefish have seemed to move their deeper haunts near schools of suspended baitfish and the kids have targeted Northern Pike and Largemouth Bass by using both live bait rigs as well as finesse dropshot rigs respectively to pursue these species.

Pewaukee Lake Bass with SolomonWhile air temperatures hovered around the low to mid-80’s, the fishing action remained hot as well as Colton, Travis, Solomon, Madison, Ryan, Joe, and Aditya all boated some great fish and shared a bunch of laughs while enjoying the great outdoors on their home body of water!

THAT is what summer is all about!

Lake Keesus Bass Fishing

Lake Keesus Bass FishingLake Keesus is a great destination for summer time bass fishing trips!

It’s a sleepy, little lake located in Merton, Wisconsin that offers active largemouth bass in the 11-14″ range that consistently cooperate. A very important component to keeping kids excited about their next cast!

It isn’t uncommmon to have anglers in the boat catching double digit numbers of fish using finesse plastic presentations like the Berkley Havoc Beat Shad rigged Texas Style on a Berkley Fusion 19 2/0 worm hook.

Check out some of the action that can be expected in the following video!

To learn more about successful Lake Keesus tactics, feel free to contact me or book a trip to learn first hand the fun Lake Keesus has to offer!

Pewaukee Lake Guide Trips 6-26-17

Pewaukee Lake Guide Trips 6-26-17Pewaukee Lake continues to be pumping out great panfish action for the kids of HookedUp101.

So good in fact that the kids have even resorted to getting experimental to see if they can catch fish using raisins for bait!

If you’re looking to learn more about how to get on consistent panfishing action on Pewaukee Lake with your own kids, feel free to get ahold of me!

The following video recaps trips for Sawyer and his friends Owen, and Noah as well as Owen’s trip with Colin, and Charlie.

Pewaukee Lake Guide Trips 6-20-17

Pewaukee Lake Guide Trips 6-20-17HookedUp101 began guide trips this week on Pewaukee Lake in partnership with the Pewaukee Park and Recreation Department!

Groups of up to 3 anglers are embarking on two 3-hour trips to learn the basics on how to enjoy fishing on Pewaukee Lake.

Tuesday June 20th saw 3 groups go out and become proficient at identifying at least 3 different freshwater fish species, utilizing a spinning rod/reel combo, applying a variety of
artificial and live bait presentations.

The kids are also interpreting down and side imaging sonar as well as GPS and lake counter mapping.

In addition, each participant will receive their very own Shakespeare rod/reel combo with a line, a tack pack sampler and a Hooked Up 101 Fishing Academy t-shirt following their last session.

The following video highlights the 3 groups who took part in the fishing action on Day 1 of these trips! Enjoy!

Weitzer Boys Celebrate Cousin’s Birthday on Nemahbin Lake

Weitzer Boys Celebrate Cousin's Birthday on Nemahbin LakeGot out with the Weitzer boys to celebrate their cousin Ben’s 10th birthday on Nemahbin Lake.

Last year I met the family following a High Interest Day event at Brookfield Elementary School where I was fortunate enough to introduce K-5 students to the sport of fishing.

Following that event, they embarked on a Father’s Day Trip on LaBelle for walleyes and smallmouth.

Now it was time to reconnect for this special birthday celebration with Ben, Noah, and Gabe as we targeted Large and Smallmouth Bass as well as Walleye and Crappie.

We started out casting Havoc Beat Shads, and Gulp Sinking Minnows on the flats of Upper Nemahbin.
The first 30 minutes Noah tangled with a Smallmouth Bass that was kind enough to give us an “aerial hello” before giving a sly smallmouth smile and spitting Noah’s hook.

Then the chilly wind started to blow out of the Southwest so we changed up slightly and started throwing Berkley Cutter 90+s on the windblown flats of Upper Nemahbin and almost instantly Gabe took a nice 16″ walleye.

Around 7:30 a.m. we moved to Lower Nemahbin and started drifting for Crappie with slip bobbers and fatheads minnows. The smaller the minnow the better it seemed. Each drift on key stretches of Lower each had the kids catching at least 1 every pass with a few “escape artist/bait stealers”. The key was keeping the minnows pretty tight to the bottom and in their faces. If we drifted too fast, the bait would come up too high and the Crappie were reluctant to chase.

Finally, we spent the last part of the trip back throwing Cutters on Lower and the Largemouth cooperated there as well, but they were even smaller!

The boys jumped out of the boat at 10:00 a.m. and for Perkins to enjoy some pancakes with mom and dad. Fish stories were told I’m sure!

Madison Chain of Lakes Spring Bass Fishing

The Madison Chain of Lakes is notoriously a fun place to take kids to catch bass in the springtime.

It also holds a special place in my heart as a guide as in my younger, bass fishing tournament days I was fortunate enough to win a fairly prominent bass tournament in 2009 and honestly haven’t been back since!

One of the joys of educating kids about fishing is passing along knowledge about the sport that can benefit them in the future. On this particular trip, my client for the day will be enrolling in the University of Wisconsin-Madison this fall and to be able to show this future Badger the lay of the land while catching some chunky Largemouth Bass was a great way to spend the day.

In the morning we casted 1/4oz Berkley War Pig Rattle Traps, and Havoc Beat Shads and 4″ Grub Tails rigged on a 1/4oz Gulp Heads! Darter Jigheads, When the sun came out mid morning we went to flipping shallow wood cover warmed by the sunshine as it pulled bass looking to spawn up to the shoreline cover to stage.

The following video highlights a few of the fish caught utilizing the mentioned techniques.

Late Summer Walleye Trolling Southeast Wisconsin

Late Summer Walleye Trolling Southeast WisconsinLate Summer is an opportune time to explore new, potentially productive waters in Southeast, Wisconsin and trolling is an effective technique for targeting big walleyes.

The particular lake we chose to fish receives moderate pressure from anglers and recreational water sports enthusiasts throughout the summer months.

BUT as the summer begins to wind down, the lake becomes less pressured and trolling several lines targeting deep water walleyes is a great way to reap rewards and scratch that exploratory itch!

As a fishing guide who has been on the water this season for 195 hours since the opening weekend in May, exploring new water with a willing client is a refreshing way to pass on the enthusiasm and excitement  that comes from the sport of fishing!

While these “go for broke” missions aren’t always successful, the following video highlights the fact that these trips can ramp up an anglers fascination for the sport when hunches about a fishery are confirmed!

As a BONUS HOT TIP: I Highly recommend that if you’re in the Southeast, Wisconsin area and you’d like to get confidence in trolling for walleye during the summer, target Lake LaBelle in Oconomowoc to gain confidence in the technique!

Pine Lake Northern Pike Fishing

Pine Lake in Waukesha County offers some phenomenal Northern Pike Fishing for kids and families.

The trick to finding these fish is to utilize your boat electronics and scout out potentially productive areas areas while idling before even casting a line.  Watching your graph is key until you come across images that indicate loads of bait fish in the water column!

When you find bait fish stacked between 25-30 feet during the summer months (Beginning of July through the end of August), you will certainly come across some aggressive Northern Pike.

Take a peak at the following video highlighting how we pulled 3 nice Northern Pike from the depths in a short morning trip on Pine.

Pine Lake  can be like that for many game fish species in regards to locating forage before attempting to wet a line. Another example can be seen in a previous post highlight the smallmouth bass action that can be had at Pine Lake in the Fall.

Nagawicka Lake Northern Pike for the Bucket List

Aiden Chases Northern Pike for the Bucket ListFor Aiden’s birthday fishing trips in May, he generally is looking to get after a new species of fish to cross off his freshwater bucket list. During today’s trip he was interested in chasing Northern Pike on Nagawicka Lake.

With summer coming to an end, and school about to begin, Aiden was looking to get back in the boat for one more trip during the open water season to seek out a Northern Pike or two.

IMG_1984JPGWithin the first 5 minutes of arriving at our initial location and even before we could get all our live bait rigs set, Aiden’s first battle with his target species was underway as the drag from the Abu Garcia Orra undoubtedly indicated a Northern Pike had engulfed his minnow.

IMG_1985JPGAfter some coaching on how to land, photo, and safely release these fish while avoiding their teeth 🙂 Aiden quickly expressed with confidence that he would prefer to handle all the ensuing fishing action on his own with no help from me.

IMG_1983JPGWhether it was fetching the next minnow, hooking them up, deploying the rig, checking the drag, monitoring weeds on the line, and of course landing the fish, Aiden was all about taking over!

THAT is what it’s all about! Nothing like the sport of fishing to help bolster confidence and excitement!

IMG_1991JPGStorms were approaching throughout this 4-hour trip and we did eventually have to take a 20 minute break to seek shelter from rain and some thunder/lightning, but the clouds parted again, and Aiden was back at it to make sure we got full use of the dozen minnows we had brought along for bait!

In the end Aiden boated 9 nice Northern Pike and with these photos he’s got evidence that he’s now crossed them off his freshwater fishing bucket list. As we idled into the ramp he was already discussing what species he’d like to go after next time!