President Cliff opened our meeting by welcoming our guests and then introducing our officers.
Whitebass were active at Orihula. Walleyes on Winneconne for Editor Chuck, plus an 18” smallmouth.
Pine Lake, in Waukesha County, gave up a 16½” largemouth bass. Crappies have not yet spawning. 8-10” crappies and bluegills were taken on Monona. The crappies were bigger. The Olbrich Park launch costs $8.00 now, and it has no attendant or place to throw trash. This was our outing location. Secretary Larry caught some largemouth on a Lightnin’ Shad crankbait, and his friend caught a couple of pike on a Mepps inline spinner. Vice-President George had bass action and Kids Clinic Coordinator Wayne found pike.
VP George took a nice 36” northern from Crescent Lake. He also fished Boom Lake, a backwater of the Wisconsin River, for crappies. Star Lake served some northerns, walleyes and perch. On the east side of Wind Lake, panfish are hitting between the reeds and shore.
A rainbow and a coho were landed in Port Washington.
Secretary Larry read the minutes, and they were approved as read. Treasurer Dan said we have $916.70 in our account. Dan’s treasury report was unanimously approved.
Smaller hats are not yet in. See VP George for the latest rosters.
We will not have a meeting on June 14th, as the special Door County outing is scheduled at that time. Our next meeting is on Jun 28, and it features honorary member and popular WFC speaker Jim Lagonowski who will discuss “Bass Fishing on Big Muskego Lake.” Jim has many years experience on this lake both as a sport angler and a guide.
An extra day has been added to the Door County outing. For those who want to start a day early, the fee is $88.00. A pre-meeting for those attending the outing will be held on June 1 at Yester Years at 6 p.m.
After our raffle, 10 year Pro Bass angler Justin Newkirk, a freelance writer for MidWest Outdoors and for Fishing Facts magazines, and a person who does TV spots for MidWest Outdoors was our speaker.
Newkirk uses weedless jigs for walleye below Winneconne on the east side by the breakwall. He also casts Pointer SP crankbaits for walleyes.
Another Newkirk favorite is a drop-shot rig with a snap-on cylinder sinker and a nose-hooked Gulp Minnow. Cast to reefs and rockbars.
For springtime largemouth bass, he fishes in channels by tossing jigs and pigs, Texas rigged twin tail curly tail rigs. Use 50# braided line when fishing in heavy cover. Cast as weedless frog over matted grass. The Bomber Square A dives 4 feet and Mann’s Minus 1 dives one foot, and it is tested by the manufacturers. For a leader, use 10# line. Crawfish and bluegill patterns work great in channels.
Newkirk next covered smallmouth bass on Winnebago. He said the fishing just keeps getting better. Fish the west side and start with a crankbait. If the water is stirred up, use a Rattle Trap to attract strikes via sound.
When using a tube jig in rocky areas on Lake Michigan. Make sure to hope the jig hops along the bottom as this action imitates a Gobi.
Larry Van Veghel
WFC and WCSFO Secretary and Media Director