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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.