July 2014 Fishing Report

Since end of June I've fished some, but worked lots, and have spent most of my time back in Chicago. I've caught fish, but none in my mind worthy enough ...

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Northwoods Report, June 2014

I recently returned to Chicago from my second major trip of the year, to work for 10 days until my next trip. I fished May 31st thru the 15th. Just ...

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Northwoods Report, May 2014

I recently returned from a two week adventure to the north only to do laundry, produce a few videos, let the bass spawn, and painfully work a 60+hr work week. ...

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Posted by Andrew Ragas On July - 27 - 2014 0 Comment
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Since end of June I’ve fished some, but worked lots, and have spent most of my time back in Chicago. I’ve caught fish, but none in my mind worthy enough to make posts about them. Based on how poor the month of July has been, I’m glad that my real day job as design consultant and communication specialist gave me something to do and kept me busy. The joys of being an independent businessman. Share this:EmailPrintFacebook

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Posted by Andrew Ragas On June - 19 - 2014 0 Comment
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I recently returned to Chicago from my second major trip of the year, to work for 10 days until my next trip. I fished May 31st thru the 15th. Just like my incredible month of May with the smallmouth bass, June was spectacular as fish were in midst of spawning, or concluding. As for other species, I didn’t spend too much time on them, and the musky fishing was the worst and most atrocious I’ve ever experienced in Wisconsin for early June. This won’t be much of a musky report. Share this:EmailPrintFacebook

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Posted by Andrew Ragas On May - 29 - 2014 0 Comment
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I recently returned from a two week adventure to the north only to do laundry, produce a few videos, let the bass spawn, and painfully work a 60+hr work week. Because time is a commodity this week, before I leave again for the next trip on Saturday the 31st, here’s my northwoods report from May 10 through the 25th. I was originally planning to write weekly reports and post entries during my weekends but the fishing was too good to be sitting at the ‘net cafe. Share this:EmailPrintFacebook

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Posted by Andrew Ragas On March - 17 - 2014 0 Comment
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If you were to ask any northern muskie angler what his or her favorite muskie fishing destinations are, the waterways of Northwestern Ontario, North central Minnesota, the clusters of lakes in Northern Wisconsin, and the Great Lakes are the likely unanimous choices. Two of these regions are undoubtedly mine. For anglers looking to escape the winter cabin fever and ditch the ice for more reasonable climates, word class muskie fishing can be sought south of the Mason-Dixon Line in the underfished, flourishing waterways and river systems of Tennessee. Share this:EmailPrintFacebook

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Posted by Andrew Ragas On November - 19 - 2013 0 Comment
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Each November a phenomenon occurs in some our, deep, clear and colder Northern waters. If you don’t fish for muskies or any meaningful trophy fish this late in the season, you may think it involves winterizing the boat or preparing for first ice. However, if you understand the forage complexions and underwater ecosystems of these lakes, you may figure out that the annual cisco and whitefish spawns take place. Share this:EmailPrintFacebook

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Posted by Andrew Ragas On November - 7 - 2013 0 Comment
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Some of you are friends with me on Facebook while most of you probably aren’t. This catch hasn’t been made public anywhere on the internet than through my Facebook page photos. For all the right reasons, I am reluctant on sharing much information about the subject, my location, all the wheres and hows and whys, and how to best approach something of benefit to the local fisheries. I like to keep what I know to myself. On Sunday, October 27th, I fished my backyard of Salt Creek. I’ve fished this small flow for the last ten years and it still  [ Read More ]

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Posted by Andrew Ragas On October - 28 - 2013 0 Comment
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I’m back in Chicago. Besides for a few long weekend trips I’ve got scheduled in November I’m finished with the north. While down here in the Chicago area I have little interest with the local scene other than the small river that flows less than 5 minutes away from home. I’ve fished very little since my return, but have gotten opportunities to fish this past week. On this particular small flow, I only fish it after dark. This time of year, I focus almost entirely on our underutilized walleye fisheries. Nearly every river system in the Northern Illinois region contains  [ Read More ]

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Posted by Andrew Ragas On October - 24 - 2013 0 Comment
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Since my hot streak of muskies and the tournament win in early October, the fishing cooled off for me considerably in the Northwoods. The lack of recent reports since then probably gave you that idea. I wish I could put ten muskies into the boat during 4 day periods all the time. I concluded my month-long fall trip on October 20th as we closed up shop for the 2013 season, and recently returned to the suburbs of Chicago. The trip ended on a pretty sour note as I was hit with the worst fishless streak of days I’ve ever endured.  [ Read More ]

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Posted by Andrew Ragas On October - 6 - 2013 0 Comment
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It’s been one of the better weeks of muskie fishing since I can remember. In fact, it’s been the best I’ve experienced in the Northwoods in all of 2013! Due to the recent cool down, water temperatures on area lakes have finally fallen below 60 degrees, and turnover on the smallest waterbodies (300 acres or less) has finally begun! I gave up bass fishing last weekend. It was time to call it quits but I still may give deep water jigging a try for some of the biggest fish I can find. I think I made the right choice in  [ Read More ]

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Posted by Andrew Ragas On September - 29 - 2013 0 Comment
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A week from today, all of this information you are reading today will have absolutely zero meaning. This is because Indian Summer conditions are supposed to switch over into autumn, and even pre-winter conditions. Whenever this happens, I will be fishing for muskies. I’ve been fishing up north since Tuesday the 24th of September. I’m here until October 20th. Due to work schedule, I hadn’t fished anywhere in five weeks, or since I returned from my August Canadian trip. It was brutal, and I survived, but this week has been a blessing. I finally feel alive again. With this week’s  [ Read More ]

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