Got 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!