1. Proof that catch and release works! Here is a close up of my last post, a largemouth caught first in late August and again a few days ago. The cold water has made ...more the lateral line more pronounced, but you can see the same spot pattern, as well as the uniquely colored fin that I didn't even notice the first time I caught him! He was only about 20-30 yards from the first place I caught him.

    Largemouth Bass

    1. Jimbo Harwood 0
      Thats sweet Jacob.. Yes it does work!!. but it helps when the lakes arent over pressured either. Great job on identifying that fish 👍
  2. Felt really good to set some hooks again after a month long break! Broke through some ice at the launch, but got on a great bite and put 20+ in the boat. However, ...more as I was looking through my old photos, I realized that my largest fish from this trip was actually the same fish I caught back in late August! See my next post for a closer view.

    19 in. Largemouth Bass with a Ned Rig

  3. I'm sure there were better options than bass fishing on this 45 degree day😂 Made the best of some bad weather and a really tough bite. Not exactly the size ...more I'm looking for, but every bite is special this time of year. Ice and snow will be here before we know it.

    19 in. Largemouth Bass with a Lethal Weapon Swim Jig

    1. Capt Morris Campbell 0
      Nice bass Jacob. We still have a few weeks before the ice and snow arrive here:)
    2. jeff mcelroy 0
      fish like that make the trip worthwhile
    3. Robert Coleman 0
      Pretty nice Bass Jacob! 👍👍👍
    4. Josh Sommerville 0
      Good Bass Jacob👍👍
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  4. Yesterday I broke my PB largemouth! Had to battle high winds, rain, and even hail for a little while but I made the best of it and caught a true northwoods giant. ...more A 6 pounder is next on the list 😜

    5 lb. 2 oz. 21 in. Largemouth Bass with a Lethal Weapon Swim Jig

    1. Robert Coleman 0
      Negative Ghost Rider!!!!! Cubs Rule, Brewers Drool!😁😁😁😁 We gave you today, so we can win more games than you..... and the WS!!!!
    2. Jacob Anderson 0
      Thanks everyone! Hey now, the Cubs had their year, it's the Brewers turn! 😂
    3. Christopher Pereira 0
      nice one buddy
    4. jeff mcelroy 0
      congratulations, nice catch
    5. Robert Coleman 0
      Very nice Jacob! Congrats on PB!👍👍👍👍 And listen to Rich..... Cubs want the division more!!!😁😁😁
    6. Rich Pardy 0
      Congrats again Jacob!! Now tell your brewers to slow down a bit!! :)
    7. Capt Morris Campbell 0
      That's a Hawg!!! Nice work Jacob
    8. Josh Sommerville 0
      Nice one Jacob👍
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  5. Second one from today. Didn't think the largies got this big in this part of the UP. Glad I was proven wrong!

    19 in. Largemouth Bass with a Lethal Weapon Swim Jig

    1. Arthur Huttemeyer Sr. 0
      Very nice Bass Jacob
    2. Christopher Pereira 0
      freaking pig gut
    3. Robert Coleman 0
      HAWWWWWG!!! WTG Jacob! 👍👍👍👍
    4. Capt Morris Campbell 0
      That's a UP Lunker!! Nice work
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  6. Stuck two UP giants today and tied my PB!

    20 in. Largemouth Bass with a KVD Dreamshot

    1. Arthur Huttemeyer Sr. 0
      Get em
    2. Robert Coleman 0
      Very nice Jacob! 👍👍👍👍
    3. Capt Morris Campbell 0
      Fine Bass!!!
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  7. Two days ago was easily the craziest day I've ever had in this spot. I lost nine pike on tubes, a jerkbait, and a swimbait, all in a stretch of water less than ...more 50 yards long. They were inhaling everything I was throwing for bass. Most were a few inches smaller than this, but I did lose one giant that felt much heavier. Great Lakes pike have always fascinated me, they're really beautiful and healthy fish!

    31 in. Northern Pike with a Tube

    1. Robert Coleman 0
      That's a good looking pike Jacob! Awesome catch! 👍👍👍👍
  8. Felt good to finally stick a big one again! Cracked 20" for the first time this year. She ate the tube once and I swung on her and missed. I let it fall back ...more to the bottom and waited a couple of seconds before picking up the slack and she bit it again. This time I didn't miss 😁 I've found that killing the bait after missing a hookset can often get you a second chance at the fish, as long as you didn't drive the hook into it's mouth. This time it paid off with my biggest smallie of the year.

    20 in. Smallmouth Bass with a Tube

    1. jeff mcelroy 0
      good fish!
    2. Scott S 0
      Congrats....that is a nice size smallie
    3. Vern Hall 0
      Hell of a smallie nice one!
    4. Robert Coleman 0
      Nice Smallie Jacob! 👍👍👍👍
    5. Jimmy McDaniel 0
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  9. Skinny 19"er in the shallows at last light. My longest Chain bass of the year; too bad she didn't have more girth! Fall is not far off, days are getting ...more shorter and big fish are on the move. This is the most exciting time of the year!

    19 in. Largemouth Bass with a YUM Dinger

    1. Jimbo Harwood 0
      Nice catch Jacob!!
    2. Josh Sommerville 0
      good bass Jacob👍
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  10. This one never skipped shoulder day 💪

    Largemouth Bass with a Dropshot Roboworm

    1. Arthur Huttemeyer Sr. 0
    2. jeff mcelroy 0
      nice catch
    3. Christopher Pereira 0
      green monster!
    4. Robert Coleman 0
      Right on Jacob! 👍👍👍👍
    5. Capt Morris Campbell 0
      That's a fine bass Jacob!!!
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Fishing has been my favorite hobby for as long as I can remember. I grew up fishing small rivers and lakes around my home in Central Wisconsin ...more for bass, trout, and panfish, and as a mechanical engineering student at Michigan Tech, I've had great opportunities to fish some of the many beautiful lakes in the UP. I fish for just about anything that swims and enjoy targeting new species, but I especially enjoy the fight of a smallmouth bass and the serenity of wading a trout stream.

Fishing Favorites

  • Species Smallmouth/Largemouth Bass
  • Waterway Waupaca Chain O' Lakes, Vilas County lakes, Wisconsin River
  • Lure Plastics, Topwater, Swimbaits