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    mrbrowns
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    One of the most entertaining bites of the season finally began Sunday before rain moved in putting a halt to things Memorial Day. No, I’m not talking about the musky season opener that got underway in northern Wisconsin Saturday. Instead, I’m referring to the shallow water bite that really picked up Sunday as water temps continued to climb thanks to the nice weather over the weekend. Over the weekend we fished shallow water on a Tomahawk area flowage and had mixed results. Saturday morning we got out as the fog still covered the lake and found a slow bite to start. As the sun began to poke through the perch did start to bite in about three feet of water in the muddy bay we targeted. The bite heated up and sunfish and some smallmouth bass were also caught before the bite slowed later in the afternoon. Sunday saw the bite really pick up as some nice perch up to 12 inches were caught in a couple feet of water. After the fishing once again slowed we again went even shallower and this time the sunfish and crappie were found up along shore structure. All we use is a simple slip bobber with a piece of crawler to catch these fish. Some were kept for a fish fry while a bunch of others were put back to catch another day. After a rain-filled Memorial Day, the shallow bite should continue to get better and better as water temps continue to warm this week. Along with the panfish, some nice walleye should also be caught as the fish move up in the emerging weeds to feed. We always like to put back the big spawning gills and crappies and keep some of the fish that are already spawned out like the perch and eyes. It is a great time of the year to take the youngsters out as the action can be nonstop and a few can be kept for a tasty meal. This angler will be targeting shallow water for the next few weeks before heading out for the first musky outing of the season. Right now the shallow water bite is going on and when the fishing is this good it is hard to not enjoy. Good luck to everyone heading out this coming week and weekend. Have fun, keep a few for a meal and put the rest back for seed and enjoy your Northwoods water time!

    #27576
    mrbrowns
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    Got out yesterday afternoon for a bit on a Tomahawk area flowage and found the gills are now up in the shallows on beds. Look for shoreline structure on wind blown shoreline and the active fish should be there. We practice selective harvest and let go the big boys and girls over 9″ and keep a few more of the smaller ones to get a meal, Keeps the good genes in the system plus the smaller fillets fry up a lot better. Also finding crappie and perch in the shallows right now. No walleye yet but they should be there soon as the water continues to warm and the weeds get taller. Also catching plenty of smallmouth and pike in the shallows. Using a simple slip bobber rigged with a half crawler. Good luck and remember to only take what you need and put the rest back for seed. Good luck and enjoy your Northwoods water time!

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