Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Peshtigo River fishing excursion

On Saturday, November 7, 2009, I took a trip with my buddy Steve up to the Peshtigo River. He wanted to check out an interesting property for sale right on the river, and I tagged along to see if I could get some fishing done.

It turned out to be a beautiful fall day, with high temperatures in the low 70s. He dropped me off at the Medicine Brook public access on High Falls Road, and I began the hike along a gravel road back to the river. It turned out to be quite a hike. I didn't realize there were rapids downstream of the little parking lot down by the river, so I began working my way upstream. That stretch is designated as a fly fishing area, but I would imagine one would only be able to catch smallmouth bass on the fly in that stretch. I saw no structure that would appeal to trout. Perhaps further downstream off Fly Fishing Road would be a better location. In any case, this stretch of water had a sandy streambed with very muddy shorelines.

I ended up hiking most of the way upstream through the surrounding woods on the north side of the river. I had gone so far that I figured making my way to the Johnson Falls Dam would be a shorter distance. I called Steve and left a voicemail telling him to pick me up by the Dam, since we had scouted that spot earlier. I was not sure how far I had to go to reach it, but I could finally hear the humming of the generators from the hydro plant. I kept going until I finally hit some decent pocket water and riffles within sight of the dam. I fished that stretch of water for another hour as dusk fell. I could continue fishing and working my way to the shore because of the lights on the hydro plant.

In all that time, I didn't have any hits or see any fish that I spooked. The water temps may have been too cold, and the water levels may have been to high from the dam discharge. I had difficulty keeping my Panther Martin deep enough to induce strikes in the low light conditions.

I do look forward to fishing other stretches before November 15 or next season.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

October 19, 2009, Wolf River excursion

I took a little day trip up to the Wolf River in Langlade County yesterday (October 19). I managed to get about 5 hours of fishing in throughout the afternoon. I started at a public access off East Wolf Road just south of Lily. I had planned to fish off Wolf River Landing Road, but I ended up in the wrong location. I only realized my error when I had to hike about a quarter mile to get to the river. I fished the stretch I found there, which seemed to have some decent pocket water, but I did not have a single hit. I then moved downstream to the public access off West Hollister Road. The access there is a very beautiful spot located right on some minor rapids and pocket water. I managed to land three browns in the 10 to 11 inch range over an hour of fishing this little stretch of water. I ran out of daylight before having a chance to actually fish the Irrigation Hole. However, I did wade the area for about 20 minutes just to see what it looked like, and I did not see much productive water near the public access. I drove home down 55 through the Menominee Reservation. That is a very fun road to drive, very much like being on a roller coaster. I stopped to try eating at a Golden Corral just south of Stevens Point. For a total of $13 I was treated to pretty mediocre food. I don't recommend it.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

June 2006 Quetico Trip Report

I finally reorganized and redesigned the trip report I wrote for my June 2006 Quetico canoe and fishing trip. If you are interested in the Boundary Waters and Quetico Provincial Park or just paddling and fishing in general, take a look at the report.

Inaugural Post

This will be the first of many posts. I plan to post at least once a week in each of the four subject areas listed in my welcome message. Below is a sample of the type of content you will find at the Wold Wide Web.

Trout fishing in Wisconsin

I am planning to take a short trip up to the Wolf River to fish the extended trout season in the northern streams. I fished it on October 24 of last year, a beautiful 82 degree day. Something tells me I will not be so lucky this year. I will be using this blog as a chronicle of my attempt to fish as many Wisconsin trout streams as possible. I hope to write a book about the experience using the blog as my notebook.

Libertarian and conservative U.S. politics

I consider myself to be essentially a libertarian in the political spectrum. Thus, you will get a chance to agree or disagree with me on many issues as I try to contribute to some very important debates. Currently, health care reform is one of the hot topics, and I am worried about our current road to socialism. The speed with which the Obama administration is attempting to further involve government in every aspect of our lives is troubling at least, alarming at worst.

Graphic design, illustration, and animation

If you have a moment, take a look at my portfolio website at I am currently revising it. Also, I am currently selling stock vector illustration on iStock. My gallery of available vector illustrations can be found on the iStock website.

Movies, television, and pop culture

I am looking forward to the upcoming season of Chuck. If you haven't seen this show, I implore you to watch episodes on Hulu. I will be posting recaps of each episode of the upcoming season. So if you are a Chuck fan already, be ready to check out my take on the season as it unfolds.