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Saturday, April 21, 2012

Opening Weekend: The Preview

I'll be speaking at Musky Mikes, Saturday, April 28th at 11am as part of the shop's annual pre-opening weekend event.

I'll be talking about some strategies for opening weekend on the local lakes.

Drop by and say hello.


Friday, April 20, 2012

Fishing Report 4-20-12

Well...frankly I wish I had more to report. With the quick return to early spring weather conditions, there has been a drop off in both fishing and the fish being caught.

Water temps are in the lower 50's on most lakes in our area. Some of the protected, dark bottomed bays are marginally warmer, but the reality is that the water has cooled off dramatically from earlier this year.

As the water has cooled, the fish have pulled out deeper. Rather than shallow weeds on a flat, focus your attention on sandgrass or weed edges in 8-12 FOW. The regular tricks will work, but the bite has been off.

Good Luck,

Bob Riepenhoff

The former outdoor editor of the Journal Sentinel, Bob Riepenhoff has died.

Bob and I fished together many, many times over the years, and the first outdoors article I appeared in with Bob was when I taught him how to use a wacky worm for bass fishing the week before I got married. After our first trip together, we would fish for walleyes, bass, crappies, and bluegills on a variety of trips, some for the paper and some just for fun.

I have lots of funny stories about the time we spent in the boat together, but my best memory of Bob will always be the time I took him into the Oconomowoc River for bluegills. I was studying for an exam, and he was catching keeper sized gills as fast as he could get his line in the water. After a few hours of the fast action that beautiful spring day, he was giggling like a little kid.

He was a great guy, and he will be missed.

JS Online Story is here.