An Evening on Windigo Lake

by | Aug 9, 2022 | fly fishing Wisconsin

bass-on-flyI’ve been drooling over Google Earth Maps a few evenings now that it gets dark earlier.  There is so much water to fish within just ten miles of our house here in Hayward, WI its almost unbelievable.  While I’m certain may of the lakes are far from epic fisheries, all are fun to explore.  Late this afternoon Granny and I took the boat to Windigo Lake.


Windigo-lakeWindigo is a pretty one, however, when you read the signs at the boat ramp it is concerning.  I guess there’s a large concentration of mercury in the lake and the fish are a little sketchy to eat.  We would love to whack a few walleyes but like most trips, tonight was a full catch and release night.




Granny-CurrierIt turns out, catching not releasing would be our biggest issue.  Despite the lake being beautiful, the fish were hard to find.  With the motor we covered a lot of ground.  We fished shallow weeds with streamers on wire for pike and only hooked one.  We lost him.  We tossed poppers hoping for some bass but the only bass was a tiny smallie.  And at dark I dredged a Clouser down deep for walleye but nada.  It was a tough one with this nice bluegill being our top fish.


flyfishingBut bad fishing is hardly ever a problem.  Granny and I were stocked with local Leinenkugel’s and brats.  Just like old times we packed the grill and had a relaxing party with the loons under a gorgeous sunset.  As I always say, “It’s not often about the fishing”.


flyfishingI believe we have this quick departure with the boat thing down.  Expect a lot of fishing jaunts in upcoming weeks. While Granny has a job doing retail in Hayward, she’s only working three days a week.  Next on our agenda is a lily pad filled flowage I eyeballed the other night.  There has to be some nice bass hidden there for sure.  Stay tuned!


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I started fly fishing at age 7 in the lakes and ponds of New England cutting my teeth on various sunfish, bass, crappie and stocked trout. I went to Northland College in Ashland, Wisconsin, where I graduated with a Naturalist Degree while I discovered new fishing opportunities for pike, muskellunge, walleyes and various salmonids found in Lake Superior and its tributaries.

From there I headed west to work a few years in the Yellowstone region to simply work as much as most people fish and fish as much as most people work. I did just that, only it lasted over 20 years working at the Jack Dennis Fly Shop in Jackson, WY where I departed in 2009. Now it’s time to work for "The Man", working for myself that is.

I pursue my love to paint fish, lecture on every aspect of fly fishing you can imagine and host a few trips to some of the most exotic places you can think of. My ultimate goal is to catch as many species of fish on fly possible from freshwater to saltwater, throughout the world. I presently have taken over 440 species from over 60 countries!