The threat of severe thunderstorms did not discourage the group of 16 chapter members that participated in our first Friday night outing. As the start of the fishing hours neared, the cloudy skies cleared, the sun came out, and the temperature reached a daytime high of 88 degrees. The water temperature was 73.9 degrees and winds were out of the West/Southwest at 10-15mph. By the time we reached the boat launch we heard that Mike Phelps had already caught a 35″ muskie casting a Heli Dawg (Bull Dawg with a spinner). This bait was so good that it not only caught a muskie it caught Mike too! After an emergency trip to the hospital for a hook removal procedure, Mike joined us back on the lake for more fishing. It was a good night for fishing (both casting and trolling) as six other muskies were caught in the outing. Dave Dawson caught a 37″ casting a green/firetiger D2 Cowbell (homemade Cowgirl), Roy Hinkforth caught a 35″ trolling a DB4, Rick Wyrwas caught a 32″ casting a bucktail, and the top honors went to Jim Dembiec, who caught 3 fish trolling crankbaits: 32-1/2″, 33-1/4″ and a 36″. Nice job everybody,that is a new outing record!
Thanks again to our hosts John and Gordy, we appreciate them allowing us to continue to have ourgatherings at Smokey’s Muskie Shop. As usual, the food and gathering at 9:00PM was very enjoyable. The new grill worked out great for the chicken and beef stir frys.
Good Luck fishing and we hope to see you at the next outing!