Winter’s Here

11 12 2016

It looks like winter is finally here. Temps below zero and almost a foot of snow on the ground makes it feel much more normal after an extremely warm fall.  I really wanted to write a blog about how the deer herd has bounced back and report on the awesome moose hunting stories.  Needless to say there is not much to report.  The number of mature bucks has to be at a 20 year low.  Yes there are a couple of deer and yes I’m sure there is a pocket or two that might have a decent buck in it but from what I have seen this fall, it’s depressing.  I have not heard of any 150 class or better bucks killed in a 60 mile radius of PCC.  I did spend hours scouting new areas this year but the results have me hunting several hours west and south of here next season.  If you were to ask why the deer numbers are so low I would pause and say “I’m not sure”.  2014 and 2015 were not too hard on the deer so this year looked to be promising.  Predation is my best guest, we have seen an upward tick on our bear population this year and our wolves are finding enough food to stay healthy.  Wolf  packs seem to be growing in numbers making their hunting success an issue for other big game animals.

Moose hunting in WMU 5 seemed to be a bit slow.  Weather and time of year always will play a part.  We did not see many hunters in our area at all this year.  WMU 3 and WMU 4 seemed to have much more traffic and some hunters really had good hunts.  Several nice bulls were taken, many in that 50 inch range.

Up until a week or so ago  one could still get out on the water and wet a line.  Musky fishing ended up average.  Personally we would boat zero to three fish in an outing.  I did hear of some better reports later in November.  Crappie fishing was very good most of the fall, finding them took some time but when you found them you had a blast.  We have never seen so many people fishing so late in the season, it was very nice fall.

A buddy of mine with a nice bull he got yesterday.







22 05 2013


Mixed fishing reports in the area that is what we are hearing.  Slow, OK and good are the adjectives being used.  An east  wind for the last week, water temps are still in the low to mid 40’s, and to add insult to injury , walleye in the fish house last night were showing up with larva in their bellies.  Slow presentation is a must right now, which makes things tough because the fish are moving around.  Fisherman are not able to catch fish consistently in the same areas day to day.  The guys that are doing the best are fishing with some type of jig and minnow, very slowly.  The morning bite is by far more productive than your afternoon bite.  The fish have been very active first thing in the morning and seem to slow down by 10am.  Yesterday morning yielded some very nice 20 to 23 inch fish mostly in very shallow water.

Sunshine is in the forecast for the next few days which should help warm the water column and get the fish more active.  Spawning is just getting done on some water and could still be going on in others.  Suckers have made it to most creek cannels signaling the end of the walleye spawn.  After a good rest fish should be ready to replenish in days to come.  Target south faces shorelines, find the warmer water.  See you soon.