22 Jun 2011

Hi again

Thought I had better inform all again about the fishing changes that are taking place here towards the end of June.


Finally I can say it “They’re heeeeeeerrrrrre!!!”  We are seeing full coolers now and have been for the past few days.  Fishing over the weekend was just OK, but by Sunday night all hell broke loose.  Had three fathers and sons out and they experienced several triples.  Monday morning a little slower, but we filled the box and were in an hour early.

Too windy to fish yesterday, but today they bit like piranhas again.  All quality fish also.  One group fished two days and went home with $2,400.00 worth of salmon which is priced here in our markets at $12/#, so needless to say they won’t need to buy fish for awhile.   Catches are mostly King Salmon with a few Rainbows mixed in and an occasional Laker.  Largest fish we have caught this year so far is 24#, but heard of a few fish being caught which were approaching 30#s.  All the fish we are seeing are great looking and they are making reels scream coming from the cold waters, so don’t hold off any longer, get your calendars in hand and give a call.


Walleye slowed a little bit last week , but the fisherman are now taking them in good numbers again on crawlers slow trolled behind bait walker rigs.  With this technique they are also getting some really nice perch.

Bass are still on or around their beds and in the spawning areas (even with it being so late in the year) and the guys fishing them are also having record days.  One bass fisherman was complaining he caught so many bass one day that he had to put on a wrist brace,  Gary asked me not to tell anyone, so I won’t unless he changes his mind.

Also for you fishing enthusiasts, go online to “The Lodge at Leathem Smith” website in the next few days.  We have a dock camera and when you bring it up it is a live feed and looks right at my Nooo Problem boat.  You can look at this anytime to see what is going on at the dock, with most activity at 4am 10am 1pm and 6pm. Saturday around 10-11:00am we will be shooting a You Tube video of the fish and fishing for that morning.  So that will be a video that you can look at anytime.

The Lodge has been remodeled and reopened and I had a Salmon BLT there today and Eric had fish taco’s, both excellent, so we have another place to eat now and we can walk there.  Also the boat is on the left dock now and in the first slip.  Got to move because the docks were dredged, so remember that when you get there, don’t walk all the way to the end of the right dock and then have to walk back and over to the left dock and out to the boat like my last customers.

Many changes at the docks and the lodge, we are excited and our thanks go out to the new owners and their staff, they have spent a lot of money with these upgrades and it is all coming together now.  Thank Chris and Paul next time you see them, and if you don’t know them stop in they are here all the time!!
We will also have a fishing report for you updated 5 days per week.  I believe you will access this report by calling Leathem Smith Lodge (920-743-5555), but not ready yet. They think it will be up next week, so I will send more info when available.  This will be a great way for you to get your fishing information and I will guarantee it’ll be an honest and accurate report.

Thanks and tight lines and light winds for you and yours…….Capt Bill
11 Jun 2011

I know I just sent a fishing report last week, but with the changing conditions out on the lake it’s time for another. Salmon/Trout The fish are now staging in deep water off the reef in record numbers along with the alewife’s. (We see them on our very expensive sonar units) You can watch them come up to look at your baits and head back down to the bottom again without a bite!! Most fish being caught are in the 120-140′ depth and they will be spitting out alewife’s when they reach the boat. You ask why, well, they want to eat, but the water is still so cold they cannot metabolize very well, so they still act like winter fish. They feed and then virtually go dormant while they digest. Imagine what’s going to happen when the water warms, these fish need to eat to grow, so eat they will and we should be out there.

The warmest water is around 50 degrees now, so it’s starting to warm. This week we’ll experience 70 degrees every day, calm winds will also help let the lake warm. As this happens the fish move up in the water column and get active, so it’s time for you to look to your calendars.

Normal season of late has been May through July into August, this year’s season will be late June through August into Sept and maybe even Oct. This year’s will be just like what we had years ago, so will I have all my hair with no gray and will Eric be chasing teenagers? Wait Eric still does chase teenagers! So now through August is when you should book and as the season progresses we’ll even be looking at Sept for some of the monsters to be biting.

I also realize in talking with you guys that the economy is having a big impact on your businesses and your fishing groups. You guys tell me that in your group of six guys two are on reduced hours one is laid off and two more don’t know day to day if they will have a job. You guys have all been loyal customers, I realize this economy is an issue, so please call me and we will work something out.


Bass fishing remains second to none (how many do you want to catch in a day), walleyes have slowed some and drum have moved into the traditional walleye trolling areas. People say they eat freshwater drum, I haven’t tried them, but catching these 10-15# fish on light tackle is a ball. My bud’s caught 23 of them this weekend before they had had enough! A few perch being caught yet and good sized drifting with minnows off the shelves in 20′ or so water.

Bout all for now, good fishing and tight lines to you and yours………..Capt Bill

09 Jun 2011

Hi again,

It’s been two weeks since the last update and many of you are calling, so thought I had better send another update out.


The salmon and trout fishing on Lake Michigan waters has not changed much over the past two weeks. We were starting to see 7-8-10 fish per trip two weeks ago, then the winds came, stirred up the water and the fish went away. Now we are seeing 3-4 fish per trip again this week, but it has been very windy and not many guys are getting out. When they have ventured out the rough seas have made it difficult to get what fish are out there to bite and a lot of the bites are coming 120-140′ down where the water is warmer, so the hook ups have been less than you like also. Water temps still in the 40’s, so we need heat and calm winds for a few days to warm the water and bring the fish in and up.

Wisconsin, (along with a good portion of the country) has been colder and wetter than normal for 5 or the last 6 months and this has pushed back spring a minimum of 4-5 weeks. They say La Nina is now weakening and will allow normal temperatures to soon return and will also reduce the amount of storms and winds we have been seeing all spring. We certainly don’t need any more tornadoes!!!

Please remember we have been canceling the trips in early June and pushing their dates back due to “lack of participation by the salmon”, so the later calendar is filling. Better call and at least pencil in a date so you aren’t left in a quandary later in the season. We can always make changes later!


This late spring has done some good things. For one it has prolonged the walleye and perch bite. This week the guys are catching limits of both when trolling with crawlers in shallow water (8-12′). Or they are fishing perch with minnows on the bottom in 18-25′ of water and doing well.


I don’t think this bite could get any better. A friend of mine has caught over 200 bass in the last several days on tubes and grubs. When you catch that many color doesn’t really matter does it, but the darker colors have been good.

So tomorrow morning, depending on the wind I will be going walleye/perch or bass fishing. I will let you know and send you pictures.

Tight lines and following seas to you and yours…………………Capt Bill