ECHOTAIL® TRAVEL ANGLER | CHATTER REPORT | OCTOBER 15, 2018

ECHOTAIL® TRAVEL ANGLER | CHATTER REPORT | OCTOBER 15, 2018
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Take A Vet Fishing News

 David VanDoorn had the pleasure to fish with Elmer Henderson. Mr. Henderson is a WWII veteran.

                             
Rob, Justin and Jay Garstecki are co-founders of the Take A Vet Fishing organization. Rob and Jay currently hold postions on the board along with Ben Olson. TAVF is non-profit organization that Vibrations Tackle proudly supports.  
Justin will be orgnanizing an event in Racine for 2019. TAVF has recently partnered with Salmon Unlimited to host the event.

If you're interested in learning more, pleasee email rob at robechotail@gmail.com

              http://takeavetfishing.org/

MADISON CHAIN
Waubesa
Shallow bite - Extremely high water levels have caused fish to move in extremly close to shorelines. Shorelines containing rock bolders have been found have high concentrations of bluegills. While smaller baitfish are in closer than normal, many gamefish are not far behind. The 1/2 oz ECHOTAIL tipped of with two inch Kalin's grubs have been a good lure to cast and retrieve as a lip-less crankbait.   Both straight retrieves and rod pumping retrieves have produced fish to trigger. Casting a 3/8 oz White SwimDunkin swim jig over the weed tops has also been catching largemouth bass and northern pike. Be sure to use caution around the home owners peirs and docks. Many of them are under water and are not visable.

WAUBESA

  LAKE MICHIGAN
The King Salmon are moving in to the harbors and are being caught up and down Wisconsin Eastern shores. Trolling lures with lots of vibration such as crank baits, blade baits and rattle baits have been producing fish. Electronics can be used to locate high concentrations of chinooks allowing for precise jigging presentations. 3/8 oz, 1/2 oz, 3/4 oz and 1 1/4 oz ECHOTAIL® blade bait jigs in bright colors such as firetiger,chartreuse and bright green are recomended. The ideal weight will very depending on depths and current.   Be sure to stay on the move to locate schools as they move around. Be sure to experment by tipping the ECHOTAIL® off with scented plastics. There are many good product on your local retail shelves. Remember, their is no wrong way to fish an ECHOTAIL® so get creative!

LAKE MICHIGAN


FISHING REPORTS

ROB BLANCHAR

MADISON CHAIN

 

Shore fishing is some of the best fishing there is, Babcock Park on Lake Waubesa Is one of my favorite areas to fish for all species of fish in the Yaharra River chain. What brings fish to this area? Bait fish, slow current close to heavy current oxygenated water and cover. Babcock Park is accessible by walking; biking, kayaking or driving it is one of the oldest parks in Dane county. Check out the Dane county bike paths and Dane county parks for more information. See Native American Mounds in Madison and Dane County.

The history of this area is amazing the shoreline around Babcock Park boat launch is the same shoreline that was used thousands of years ago by the Native Americans; I have a friend that has found copper spearheads next to the shoreline that were traded from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. I can only imagine how they fished for their families from Lake Waubesa, which translates to swan. They wintered around lake Waubesa and area lakes because of the fish and game in the area plus gathering of nuts, berries, cattail root and many other edible food sources around the lakes including growing corn to feed their families. The Effigy Indian mounds are abundant around the lake Waubesa area, a good place to take your children when you are fishing, walking, biking, kayaking and traveling.

Babcock Park boat launch pier and shore fishing the locks down stream and upstream from the bridge including the lagoon along the park and the inlet from the lake to the lox. Babcock park has a bicycle/pedestrian paved trail that runs next to the lagoon, this trail is under water in a few places because of the high water. There is a road for campers that runs through the center of the park that can be used. Babcock Park has a Canoe/Kayak Launch, two restrooms one at the boat launch and one at the park, picnic areas, playground equipment, campgrounds, fish cleaning facility and plenty of parking. Babcock Park is a great place for family fishing along the park lagoon. Make sure your small children are wearing life jackets any time you are fishing. Growing up on Camp Leonard Road the family that lived next door to us lost a son that drowned in the lagoon I believe back in the 1940's. They thought he slipped off the bank into the lagoon, when he was pulled out they tried to resuscitate him but it was too late. Please clean up after yourself when bank fishing, I like to take a small trash bag along to pick up a few trash items on the way out. Help keep our parks clean, birds including songbirds, ducks, herons, hawks and eagles are around, if they eat a hook or get fishing line caught around them it may kill them.

The closest bait shop is the BP across from Babcock Park; they have a good variety of fishing tackle and live bait. Keep it simple stick with hooks worms and minnows and a few lures to cast plus snacks. They should be able to tell you what fish are biting and what they are biting on. The Kwik Trip next to the stoplights is a good place to pick up a sandwich, hot dog or brat; they are open 24-7 and have a variety of food and beverage. I like to support the local businesses wherever I travel especially the small mom and pop shops.

Babcock Park boat launch piers are on the top of the list for pier and shore fishing on lake Waubesa, this is a multi species fishing area with two boat launch piers plus wood piers on both sides of the launch piers. With the high water this year, the wood piers have been under water and may not be safe so be careful around the piers and shoreline. My suggestion is to wear a life preserver mandatory for kids, it only takes one fall or slip and you can be in the water plus this area has water currents that vary depending on the time of year and rainfall.

The area between the boat launch and the locks is a good area for shore fishing; bring a lawn chair and bobber fish for panfish bass and pike. Casting for game fish can produce good results, I like to throw out a bobber, and then cast for bass and walleye. For summer pike use six-inch suckers, when the water level is low boats cannot use this area so it is left alone. This is a great place for kayak fishing especially around the island.

Back in the 60's the DNR used this area for containing carp that were netted from Lake Waubesa, their was heavy fencing on both sides from the island to the shore, They would bring in the barge with a underwater holding pen to the gate on the locks side, they raise the carp pen gate up and let them swim into the pens. When they had enough carp to fill a semi truck or two they would take long nets and coral them to the shore. A large structure was built about 30 ft by 40 feet and about 15 feet high with a slide in the middle. They would use a large net 6 feet by 4 feet tied onto a rope to a pulley on the structure. When the net was full a pickup truck would pull it up to the structure and dumped it onto the metal slide, the carp were checked as they slid down the slide into the semi parked next to the structure. The men working would be on both sides of the slide making sure only carp went into the semi, kids were able to stand behind the DNR workers and watch the fish slide down the shoot and into the semi. I remember seeing turtles and catfish in with the carp that were released back into the lake. When the semi was full of carp it was driven to New York where the carp were sold.

Babcock Park locks is a great place to start the opening day of fishing for walleye's and bass, get there early to reserve a spot as many shore anglers know this area well. The season starts at 12 midnight, don't put your lure in the water until then as this area is closed for any fishing before opening day. The Yahara river is a walleye spawning area restricted from fishing before the opener. A few years ago the water level was low so the water was held back including the boat access to the river trapping walleyes below the locks that were trying to get back to the lake after spawning. The water was gin clear you could see fish swimming around, after dark if you shined a light down you could see the walleyes eyes. Bait of choice was minnows with a sinker or a jig and a minnow by most anglers. I heard many limits were caught the opening night so I fished it the second day using the 1/4 ounce gold Echotail strait down jigging and casting out then snap jigging back, the bite starts just before sunset, I noticed I was the first angler to catch fish, I had two before anyone else had a bite, it had to be the vibration of the lure attracting active fish. I fished during the morning also. One thing you must realize when shore fishing is many of the anglers that shore fish keep and eat what they catch including bass, I do not agree with this but do understand why they keep the fish they catch. Growing up on Lake Waubesa, I fished every day during the summer, my family ate fish three times a week, we cleaned what we caught as long as it was legal to keep, and I never kept more than my limit of any fish. If I wasn't going to clean the fish I would release them. I fish the locks most anytime of the year during the season as fish move through this area to feed on the minnows that gather around the edges.

Below the locks under the bridge on Highway 51 is one of the best places to fish on the opening day of fishing season you will see anglers in waders fishing walleye casting spoons and jigs with minnows. The 3/8 and 1/2 ounce Echotail works well here casting across the river up stream and working the lure back. This fall I have been using the SwimDunkin and Funnybone throwing up stream and reeling in keeping a tight line. A hook and a small bobber works well with 8 lb test mono or braid a great tackle tactic for walleyes just cast the bait upstream and let if float downstream. Lindy rigs were made for this type of river current. I like to use 3/8 weights on a snap just keep adding weights until you have the weight you want so the rig slowly drifts downstream. Try casting to different areas looking for rocks and holes where walleyes are hiding, my dad taught me this technique using in currant for walleye. Use leaches during the summer and minnows starting in September. The fall walleye bite can be exciting in this area, most anglers have stowed their fishing gear so you may have no competition. Make sure to wear a life jacket when fishing rivers or anyplace that does not have good footing, also as the water temperature declines the chance of hypothermia increases if you fall in.

The left and right side of the Babcock locks on the lakeside is a great casting area for game fish, I like to use a medium action rod and make long casts to weed beds and lily pads. The 3/8 SWIMDUNKIN™, with the Sizmic Shad or Sizmic Frog work, the 1/2 oz ECHOTAIL® and 3/4 oz FUNNYBONE™ are my three lures of choice. These three lures each have a different action and vibration when retrieved. I spend about 10 minutes with each, and then change up lures until I have a bite or fish on the bank. Always try different retrieval methods when fishing casting or jigging lures, you have to find out what the fish want for the day or moment. When you catch a fish remember what you were doing when the fish hit, fast retrieve or slow retrieve, strait or pumping action. Crappies are one of the first pan fish to spawn usually starting in April, a minnow on a small bobber works well, try a slip bobber with a 1/10 oz ECHOTAIL® for crappies. Growing up in this area we fished with minnows and caught our limit of crappies around the locks, the night bite was some of the best crappie fishing I have ever had.

 

Fishing the lagoon area along the park is perfect for bluegills and bass. Bobbers and worms around the weed areas will produce fish with an occasional bass. The lagoon has an average depth of about 3 feet, this is a great place for families to spend an afternoon fishing and playing in the park letting the children have fun. This park is equipped with bathrooms picnic tables and charcoal grills my favorite park to go to growing up in the 60's.

Fish Species in the Babcock Park area are as follows:

BLUEGILLS: Summer worms and small ice fishing jigs with wax worms small bobber. Fish the shallow areas and weed beds. When I was about 10 we went with our neighbors to fish the lagoon, all I had was a cane pole and caught twice as many fish as everyone else.

CRAPPIE: The spring Crappie bite is before and during spawning usually starting in April with water temperatures in the mid 50's. Fish at the locks on the lakeside using a hook and minnow; try a small spinner above the hook. Small casting baits, 1/10-ounce Echotails small lures with small plastics work using light tackle. Colors: chartreuse, pink, white. The bite can be during the day while spawning but mostly starts just before sunset.

WHITE BASS: Spring and Fall casting small lures including the 1/4, 3/8 and THE 1/2 OZ ECHOTAIL®. Small buck tails and spoons Colors: White, gold and silver.

BASS:  Spring to fall casting to center of channel and to the weed areas including under the piers from shore. Casting the 3/8 SWIMDUNKIN™ works great around these areas, try a KALINS® Sizmic Shad and Frog. Late September minnows to match the hatch, bluegill minnows are about two inches and the bass minnows are about 4 inches. Minnows are gathered around the shore under the bridge and along the walls. Use light tackle minnow with a small bobber.

WALLEYE: Spring to Fall mostly before sunset and cloudy days, fishing is usually better when the water levels are high with the heavy current. Opening day bite at the locks can be some of the best fishing of the year, Casting and jigging around the Locks, try light tackle, but remember you have to lift the fish up from the water to the locks.

NORTHERN PIKE: Spring to fall, Waubesa is full of small pike and should be good fishing as they grow; a 26 inch pike is fat and healthy. Casting covers water fast if pike are around they will usually bite if you can give them the presentation they are looking for. A big bobber with six-inch suckers using a quick strike rig is a good way to fish, make sure you carry the tools to remove hooks and a glove to hold them. Fishing on the piers by the boat launch will produce pike.

MUSKY: Musky can be caught around the Babcock Park most times of the year, they spawn when the water temperature is around 55 degrees in shallow flat marshy areas. About the same temperature crappies spawn. After the spawning ritual, they follow the bait fish. Make sure you have your travel fishing tools with you, a mouth spreader, pliers for hood removal, heavy wire cutters for hooks and a net. Educate yourself on Musky fishing, it will help the population stay healthy, when the water temperature is in the high 70's try a water release, it will help the musky survive for someone else. If you are fishing for pike, use a quick strike rig and set the hook immediately.

CARP: Carp fishing can turn a good day of fishing into a great day of fun and a great way to let the kids learn to bring in a big fish. The carp are around the shallows as soon as the water starts warming up they spawn around the same time the bluegills are on their beds. Tackle should be medium action to heavy; 15 lb mono will work to bring in the big ones. I like to use a single hook with corn or dough ball made from bread or make up your own recipe, strawberry was my favorite. Find a place with few or no other anglers are fishing so you don't tangle lines with them. Carp are bottom feeders so wrap your dough ball around the hook, cast it out, tighten your line and loosen your drag so the fish can pick it up and run. When you see the line move let it run about 6 feet, tighten the drag, set the hook and hang on. You may need a net and pliers to assist in landing the fish, the boat launch should have a barrel to dump the carp or try-smoked carp, the smaller ones are better.

CATFISH: Cat fishing in Lake Waubesa and the Yahara Chain use to be some of the best fishing there is when the fish are moving from deep water holes to the shallow marshy areas after Ice out around the time the season opener. Growing up on Waubesa our neighbor who lived about five houses up from the boat launch fished for big catfish at night, sometimes he would leave his pole out on his pier overnight. Since we were up early we would go to his pier and watch him hall the fish in, he caught many catfish that were two to three feet long. Catfish bait can be bought or just use a glob of night crawlers on a hook with sinker fishing on the bottom. We were at the carp pens in the 60's we had a neighbor that had a Chesapeake bay retriever named King that could catch catfish. When there was about half in to one inch of ice in the carp pens he would break the ice next to shore, catfish would come up to the surface and stick there heads out and suck air. King would stick his head down and grab a catfish and through it back to shore. He had about six catfish each about two feet long.

 

In closing, shore fishing can be some of the best fishing you will have from rainy days to clear sunny days you will find anglers testing there skill against other shore fisherman. It's a great way to relax with family and friends and have a great time.

ROB CASTS IN EARLY FALL FROM A PUBLIC PEIR IN DANE COUNTY

LAKE LEVEL WARNING
With flooding and record high water levels are effecting the entire Madison Chain of Lakes. As of September 15th, is still under a "slow no-wake" has been declared by Dane County. Couny Park boat launches are still open for use


RON BAREFIELD

LAKE WISCONSIN | WISCONSIN RIVER


I am still catching Walleye in the Wisconsin River . They are starting to go on blade baits . ECHOTAIL® and silver buddies. Lake Wisconsin is also starting to produce in the deeper holes. ( Walleye & White Bass ) . Madison the musky bite has been fair . Best early and late in the day. Bass has just been so so . River is back up to 14 000 cfs so pretty high again . This next week will be interesting fishing with the high water again. From Ron Barefield

If you're interested in booking a trip with Ron, he can be reached at (608) 235-7685

LAKE MICHIGAN

MADISON CHAIN
Waubesa
Shallow bite - Extremely high water levels have caused fish to move in extremly close to shorelines. Shorelines containing rock bolders have been found have high concentrations of bluegills. While smaller baitfish are in closer than normal, many gamefish are not far behind. The 1/2 oz ECHOTAIL tipped of with two inch Kalin's grubs have been a good lure to cast and retrieve as a lip-less crankbait.   Both straight retrieves and rod pumping retrieves have produced fish to trigger. Casting a 3/8 oz White SwimDunkin swim jig over the weed tops has also been catching largemouth bass and northern pike. Be sure to use caution around the home owners peirs and docks. Many of them are under water and are not visable.

LAKE MICHIGAN
The King Salmon are moving in to the harbors and are being caught up and down Wisconsin Eastern shores. Trolling lures with lots of vibration such as crank baits, blade baits and rattle baits have been producing fish. Electronics can be used to locate high concentrations of chinooks allowing for precise jigging presentations. 3/8 oz, 1/2 oz, 3/4 oz and 1 1/4 oz ECHOTAIL® blade bait jigs in bright colors such as firetiger,chartreuse and bright green are recomended. The ideal weight will very depending on depths and current.   Be sure to stay on the move to locate schools as they move around. Be sure to experment by tipping the ECHOTAIL® off with scented plastics. There are many good product on your local retail shelves. Remember, their is no wrong way to fish an ECHOTAIL® so get creative!

 

WAUBESA


ROB WENDEL

LAKE MICHIGAN | ROOT RIVER


HOBIE KAYAK REPORT

SOUTH EASTERN WISCONSIN
Right now is is the prime kayak fishing time for king salmon on Lake Michigan. These fierce angry fish are coming in to the harbors and River miles to spawn right in range of kayaks. And kayaks are the perfect platform for catching these brutes. This is the perfect time for the novice salmon fishermen to get out and catch a a trophy salmon. Bass tackle will work just fine casting and trolling a variety of baits. I prefer lures with a lot of vibration and noise to really aggravate the fish into biting. Blade baits and crankbaits are good choices this time of the year. Latley the color choice of the fish have been switching back and forth between bright firetiger patterns and pearl or Wonder Bread patterns especially glow in the dark. The average fish right now is between 15 and 25 lb and they will take your kayak for a sleigh ride. The great part about this time of the year is the fish are inside the break walls.                     
        FOR MORE INFORMATION, CALL ROB AT:
                                        LAKE MICHIGAN ANGLER | HARBOR,                                  
ILLINOIS (224) 789-7627


TOMORROWS CATCH  

  "TOMORROWS CATCH" is to help our customers place odds in their favor to simply catch more fish.
(While many patterns are predictable, weather and water temperture along with many other varibles can influence our patterns in the Midwest.)

OCTOBER | NOVEMBER

BASS: 3/8 OZ SWIMDUNKIN swim jigs & swimbaits over weed beds.

WALLEYE: Original ECHOTAIL in sizes from 1/10 OZ | 3/16 | 1/4 OZ | 3/8 OZ | 1/2 OZ | 3/4 OZ | 1 1/4 OZ
                                   
                    ECHOTAIL PRO TIPS: AUTUMN WALLEYE


SNAP JIGGING:
     

Try various sized until the fish start smacking them. Walleye can be selective, especially during fall with unstable weather patterns. Small and lighter profiles can be very effective when walleye are behaving neutral. When walleye are more aggressive try using larger profiles such as the 1 1/4 oz  or 1 1/2 oz as the walleye start feeding more heavily before winter.

CASTING:
Walleye can be caught near areas with current. Many of these places can be targeted from shore with public access. Vibration is key making the ECHOTAIL the perfect lure of choice to cast. Try using a STRAIGHT RETREIVE with lighter weights such as the 3/16 oz or the 3/8 oz. The blades that contain a round head generally retrieve straighter and requires minimal skill level to properly tune. Try a wide varity of plastics... Especially products containing scent. The middle hole is walleye a good spot to start.

 

Casting the blades away from the boat or shore and hopping them along the bottom on the retreive. Position the rod tip at approximately the ten-o-clock position on the retreive. Turn the real handel 1/2 to full revalutions in short bursts stoping abruptly. The technique is a common method among saltwater anglers in Japan who enjoy fishing from shore. The technique has been labeled "SHORE SLOW JIGGING". Vary your cadiece until the fish start responding. Make sure to allow for short pauses in between bursts to allwo the jig to fall back down to the bottom. Allowing pauses in between rod pumps can trigger fish to feed. Be sure to keep your line tight for detecting bites. Using braided line with 3 to 6 feet of flourcarbon leader is our personal preference. The braided line allows detection of fish inhaling the blade bait as they tend to pin the lure to the bottom. The longer fluorocarbon provides the stretch needed to prevent fish detecting the angler! The fluorocarbon is also stiffer then the braid and prevents tumbling of the lure on the cast. When the lure tumbles, it can have a tendency to get tangled around the braided line. Tumbling can occur more often during windy conditions. A small barrel swival may be necessary to prevent line twist in stronger currents. Use the swivel to connect the the braided line to the fluorocarbon. 

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