Chris from Gene Larew

with a dandy Chequamegon  Bay Smallmouth.

September 2, 2012

 

September 2, 2012

On Sunday The Xtreme Angler Fishing Charters had the opportunity to team up with Jake from Angler's All for a full day Smallmouth trip on Chequamegon Bay.  The two of us were privileged to have the guys from Gene Larew Salt Impregnated Lures with us on the bay for some big time smallmouth action.  This happens often where groups are too large for one boat or one charter to accommodate them.  Teaming up allowed the Gene Larew Team to fish a full day out of seperate boats within talking distance of each other the entire day.  Jake and I enjoyed a great day setting the Gene Larew team on some of our hot spots on Chequamegon Bay of Lake Superior.  The guys had a great time and got into some awesome smallmouth action.  Drags were squealing from everyone's hands as the team fought smallmouth up from depths of 6 to 21 feet of water.  Beautiful weather, great fishing action, and a fun group of guys made for an awesome day on the water.  It was great having the Gene Larew team up to Lake Superior.  We hope to see you back soon.

 

 

 

 

 

Dan from Gene Larew

 with his smallie from 21 feet deep.

September 2, 2012

 

 

Jeremy with a great musky from shallow weeds.

 

August 31, 2012

The name of the game has been ripping lures right through the weeds in shallow or deep presentations.  If weeds are scarce, working baits low and slow down the deep breaks has been productive also.  As always trolling has been a safe bet allowing you to contact more active fish.  The dog days of summer are always tough but stick with those options and they will yield results.  Fall is right around the corner.

 

 

 

 

 The

Gene Larew boys thought some our musky equipment was pretty impressive.  A few laughs to start off our day.

 

 

Eagle River Pro Mac

August 24,  2012 

 

August 24 thru 30, 2012

Eagle River Pro Mac championship qualifier.  We managed to catch and release a couple sub legal musky's during the Eagle River event.  We could not manage to get on a real consistent pattern for catching multiple fish.  However we did manage to land a nice legal on Saturday afternoon.  Although a single fish would not get us a win it did however add to our point total for the championship.  Check back early October to see how we fair.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Rachel pictured with a dandy Chequamegon Bay Small Mouth Bass caught fishing with:

The Xtreme Angler Fishing Charters 

August 12,  2012 

 

August 12, 2012

On August 12, we guided Rachel to some great Smallmouth Bass fishing in the Chequamegon Bay area of Lake Superior.  Rachel was visiting the area and spent her very first day ever fishing Lake Superior.  She caught some dandy smallies and had a great time. 

 Good job Rachel.

 

Smallmouth Bass fishing in the Bay has been steady through out the summer.  Chequamegon Bay offers some of the best Smallmouth action in the U.S.  Book a trip with The Xtreme Angler Fishing Charters and see if you agree.

We find the fish-We catch the fish.

State of the Art Equipment.

The Xtreme Angler Fishing Charters.

 

 

 

 

Chequamegon Bay Smallmouth Bass caught fishing with The Xtreme Angler Fishing Charters

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August 12,  2012

 

Out on a solo afternoon trip.  About 20 minutes in this heavy 43 inch musky hit on a stick bait on a shallow planer board.

The Xtreme Angler Fishing Charters 

August 9,  2012 

 

August 9 thru 11, 2012

On August 11, we guided Dave and Will Drealan on a Musky fishing trip in the Hayward Lakes Area.  These guys have previously been on 4 different Musky fishing charters around the state with no success.

30 minutes into the trip Will hooked up with a low 30 inch fish that got off at boat side. Around 4 hours into the trip Will hooked up and landed the heavy 44 inch Musky pictured on the right.  Congratulations to Will on his first Musky.

August 9 was a liesure solo afternoon fishing trip.  This 43 inch Musky pictured on the left hit on a stick bait on a shallow planer board.  It is a real challenge trying to net a big fish while keeping all of the other lines straight.

  Trolling is a great way to contact multiple aggressive fish in a short period of time while relaxing and enjoying an afternoon on the water.

 

 

 

Will's first Musky.  About 4 hours into his trip he hooks up with this big girl.  44 inches and heavy.  Great job and nice catch Will.

Caught fishing with Captain Andy Hesselink

The Xtreme Angler Fishing Charters

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August 11,  2012

 

A very nice Chequamegon Bay Bass caught fishing with:

The Xtreme Angler Fishing Charters 

August 4,  2012 

 

August, 2012

August 4 and 5 found us Chequamegon Bay battling some of the most Xtreme yet fishable conditions Lake Superior has to offer.  Waves reaching 3 to 4 feet on both days made it extremely difficult to hold on position and stay on the fish.

We found fish on some of the deep weed and rock breaks.  We caught a fair number of fish on different presentations from live bait to swim jigs.

The key to success was covering large areas of structure by moving repeatedly from one spot to another.  Fish were showing on the graph that were not active in one spot yet another spot close by yielded great results.

 

 

 

Chequamegon Bay Smallmouth Bass

Caught fishing with Captain Andy Hesselink

The Xtreme Angler Fishing Charters

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651-280-9714

August 5,  2012

 

Jeremy Weeks caught this huge Musky deep water trolling off a side planer board fishing with :

The Xtreme Angler Fishing Charters 

July 4,  2012 

 

July, 2012

The month of July was hot and humid with water temps reaching 75 degrees.  Temperatures in the mid seventies is very hard on the fish and all caution needs to be taken to accomplish quick releases.  During these hot temps we mainly fish AM and late evening to minimize the stress on the fish.

July was an awesome month of fishing.  We spent a few weekends on our premeir Hayward Lakes with some dandy's caught casting the deep weed edges.  Later on in the month we spent more time trolling deep to compensate for the rising water temps.  Big crant baits on deep breaks and deep weed edges was the name of the game.  Boat control made all the difference.  Keeping the baits right on the edge of the weeds was the only way to trigger strikes.  A quick CPR (catch-photo-release) is extremely important during the summer.  All muskies were released and swam away strong.

 

 

 

Brian Nadeau's first Musky

Caught fishing with Captain Andy Hesselink

The Xtreme Angler Fishing Charters

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July,  2012

 

Released 45 inch Musky

Fishing Polk and St. Croix Counties

The Xtreme Angler Fishing Charters 

June 23, 2012 

 

June 29, 2012

The end of June brought us back to Western Wisconsin  fishing some of the lakes in Polk and St. Croix County.  Weather was hot and steamy with several days of stable weather.  We started the morning trolling some deep weed edges attempting to locate some interested Muskies.  By late morning we hadn’t stirred a fish and we decided to switch gears and start some casting.  We worked the deep weeds with fast action and over sized lures.  The strategy paid off boating the 45 inch Musky pictured right and released left.  The midday bite remained good as we boated several additional Muskies.

When everyone else has called it quits,  try the midday bite for some larger caliber fish.  The strategy paid off for us yielding some of our best fish of the season.

The Xtreme Angler Fishing Charters releases all fish.

 

 

 

Andy Hesselink

45 inch Musky fishing Western WI Lakes

The Xtreme Angler Fishing Charters

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June 29, 2012

 

USCG Captain Andy Hesselink

39 inch Musky fishing the Hayward Lakes Area

The Xtreme Angler Fishing Charters 

June 23, 2012 

 

June 23, 2012

The unstable weather has made the musky bite unusually tough in certain parts of the states.  However the northeast half of the state has been on fire.  Saturday June 23, 2012 we set out to fish the Hayward Lakes Area.  The weather was overcast and included lots of rain all day.  The water temperature was in the low 70s.  Wind was light and variable most of the day.

The muskies were on fire.  We boated our first Musky around 7 AM followed by losing a giant halfway to the boat.  Soon thereafter we boated a 37, 39, and 45 inch Musky.  We finished the day with 4 muskies in the boat, 1 giant northern pike, and ended up losing 3 other fish ranging from a low 40 inch to a giant close to or just over 50 inches.  All muskies were released and swam away strong. 

 

 

Andy Hesselink

45 inch Musky Hayward Lakes Area

The Xtreme Angler Fishing Charters

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June 23, 2012

 

 

 

 

Early morning Smallmouth Bass triple play.  Three strikes from smallmouth and three smallies hit the net simultaneously.

The Xtreme Angler Fishing Charters

Chequamegon Bay Lake Superior

May 2012 

 

May 18-19, 2012

Friday May 18 we were on Pewaukee Lake by 8 am to pre-fish for the Pro Mac Qualifier on Saturday.  Almost immediately we moved two fish and made a quick decision to start Saturday morning off in that exact spot.

Saturday came quickly and we eased out number 34 out of 54 boats.  We hit our spots and quickly determined that the fish were just not hitting the baits we thought would be good producers.  I quickly handed off a small twitch bait (modified to rip through weeds) to my partner and within an hour he boated a dandy 39 3/4 inch Pewaukee Lake Musky.  As of 11:30 am we were in 2nd place.  During the remainder of the day we had 5 other follows 4 of which were low 40 class and one that was pushing 48 inches that we could not get to commit. 

 We finished the day with one fish at 39 3/4 inches and placed 4th out of 54.  A great finish and awesome start to our point total for the Pro Mac championship invite.  Points are accumulated throughout the year and only the top 50 teams all year are invited to compete in the championship.

 

 

39 3/4 Inch Pewaukee Lake Musky

4th Place finish

Pro Mac Musky Circuit Qualifier

May 19, 2012

 

 

 

 

Early morning Smallmouth Bass triple play.  Three strikes from smallmouth and three smallies hit the net simultaneously.

The Xtreme Angler Fishing Charters

Chequamegon Bay Lake Superior

May 2012 

 

May 12, 2012

The weekend of May 12 found us on Chequamegon Bay chasing trophy Smallmouth Bass.  We found awesome numbers of 2 to 4 lb fish up shallow in weeds and timber.  The fish were not very active in the early morning hours however fishing was steady using slow moving  baits.  Mid-day was spent scouting new spots and different structure for future trips.  By late afternoon and evening we found numerous fish in the shallows and the bite was excellent .

Sunday we had a 3 man team and the early morning hours proved to be awesome as we were quick to hit a triple.  Three strikes from big smallmouth and three smallies hit the net simultaneously.  It was nothing short of a great day from there on out.  The bass were up shallow and finding that little bit of structure did the trick.  The weekend ended with a smallmouth weighing in at 5 lbs.  We finished by noon and battled some 4 foot waves back to dock. 

 

 

5 lb Smallmouth Bass

The Xtreme Angler Fishing Charters

 Chequamegon Bay Lake Superior

May 12 2012

 

The 21 foot Tracker Tundra did an outstanding job in 3 to 4 foot waves at the Pro Mac pre-fish May 5, 2012 

 

May 5, 2012

We started the 2012 Musky season May 5 on one of Wisconsin's premier southern Musky lakes.  Lake Pewaukee is located between Madison and Milwaukee and is well known as one of the best in Southern WI.  The Musky season opened south of hwy 10 on May 5 approximately a whole month before the northern half.  Pewaukee Lake is on the Pro Mac Musky Circuit where a qualifier was scheduled for May 19.  May 5 was scheduled for a pre-fish in preperation for the May 19 qualifier.  The weather conditions were less than desirable with thunderstorms predicted for early afternoon.  We boated a high 30 class fish and moved a mid 40 class fish prior to being chased off the lake by thunderstorms.  Slow and deep bumping the tips of weed tops produced the best action.

 

 

High 30 class fish.  Pewaukee Lake Pro Mac Musky Circuit Qualifier pre-fish May 5, 2012

 

Bluebird Sky Evening River Musky. 45 1/2 inches with 21 inch girth

 

July 2011

Musky fishing has been prime throughout July, despite the hot humid weather.

The fish have been active lately throughout the water column. Targeting the baitfish or main food source is the key to hot summer success. I am presently targeting fish in deep open water when the baitfish schools are present. If not, you will be sure to find the big predators up shallow chasing bass, pan fish and blue gills. The bite has been good before several of these summer storms have blown through and surprisingly this year after the storm passes. Hot days, evenings and into the night have proved to be promising. Multiple fish days on Wisconsin’s inland lakes have been very common this year with a 5 fish afternoon topping out the year so far.

 

Post heavy thunderstorm, Wisconsin inland lake musky