When open water season starts, we can target panfish in the shallow waters with a variety of tactics. From opening day in May until Labor Day, I will be fishing Polk county, Barron County, Hayward area lakes and Upper St. Croix for bass, panfish and the occasional muskie.

Once Labor Day comes, I will be more focused on smallmouth and largemouth bass in the Hayward area lakes, Barron County, and Polk County. We can also target smallmouth on the Upper St Croix river above Taylors Falls and muskies in late fall in some area lakes like Deer, Bone, Wapogasset, and the Apple River.

When the lakes freeze over in early to mid December, I will be targeting first ice walleyes until New Years Day. Then I will switch my target species for perch, bluegills, and crappies for the rest of the ice season. The fishing only gets better when March gets closer.

In the summer and fall, you will be fishing out of a Ranger Comanche 519 with a 150hp Evinrude. My boat has 3 GPS Lowrance locators, a Minn Kota trolling motor, and plenty of St. Croix rods and Shimano reel combos to fish with.

During the ice-fishing season, you will be kept warm in 3 Clam portable fish shacks. The holes will all be drilled with a Strikemaster ice auger and I have Frabill and Thorne Bros rods and Shimano reel combos to keep us fishing all day. If the jig bite is not there, I have 25 Frabill and Beaver Dam tip-ups ready to go.

What do I bring?

Summer fishing, Please bring a Wisconsin fishing license, sun tan lotion, camera, sunglasses, rain gear, proper clothing for summer, food, and drinks. For Fall fishing bring all the same stuff, and proper clothing for fall. Winter fishing bring all the same, but a lunch will be cooked on the ice (grill type food) (brats, hotdogs, burgers)