I took advantage of some down time early this week and spent an afternoon on the water with my father (Jim) and daughter (Morgan). Fellow guide Josh Teigen gave me a hot tip, and he was right on the money. It was a walleye bonanza with fish ranging from 15" up to 26". All fish were caught pulling crank baits in 6' to 7' of water, and water temps held around 71 degrees with a stiff east wind off the big lake. Morgan reeled in her largest walleye ever, a stout 22" fish that battled her all the way to the boat. She did an awesome job! The day ended with a tow to the landing from two great local guys, Aaron Buckmaster and Chad Moss. I had some more battery issues, and they were kind enough to lend a hand during their evening on the water. Thanks guys. I owe you one!
On Wednesday, Steve Naglosky from Shell Lake, WI hopped in the boat. Well folks, all I can tell you is that Steve is living right... We caught walleyes in the morning pulling crankbaits in 4' to 6' of water that ranged from 16" to a 27" whopper that Steve landed right before lunch. It was the largest walleye he's ever caught. Water temps ranged from 71 to 73 degrees on a partly sunny day with light southwest winds.
After lunch we spend a couple of hours fishing walleyes until our attention turned to muskies. In the last hour of the day we saw three fish while Steve had a brief battle at boat side with a mid 40's fish before landing a cranker 45" fish on a topwater bait. He did a great job handling the fish as it was thrashing and ripping drag near the boat. We were able to slip the net under it and notched the largest musky of Steve's fishing career. What a great day for a great guy. He deserved it!