Bonus Ice Fishing in Wisconsin

by | Feb 8, 2015 | Uncategorized | 1 comment

blog-Feb-8-2015-1-icefishing-with-tip-upsThis is a short and sweet trip and on Sunday morning everyone is free to do as they like.  Do as you like but you must make it back to meet at the Pea Patch for some pool games and lunch followed by the cigar room at Little Bohemia for a few hours of dice.  I chose to fish, so Joe, JR, Brett and I went fishing close by to Chippewa Retreat while everyone else opted out based on the slow previous days.  We got an early start and had our first tip-ups down by 8 AM.


blog-Feb-8-2015-1-tipup-ice-fishingWho knows whether it was the early start or the location, but the bite was on.  We didn’t get more than three tip-ups set and a flag popped.  I landed a respectable pike and by the time I released him (he was barely hooked) two more flags popped.


blog-Feb-8-2015-3-ice-fishing-for-pikeFor the next three hours the four of us were busy tending to flags.  Being the guest, the guys let me try for every flag one man could handle – that would be about thirty.  I caught fourteen pike and one yellow perch.  Most of which we released because almost all were lip hooked.


blog-Feb-8-2015-4-jeff-currier-icefishing-for-pikeWith all the action you’d expect at least one good fish.  Sure enough we got one.  I landed this hefty 34” northern that I was lucky to catch.  There were some walleye around so our hooks were small and the tippet was light.  The fight of this bruiser started easy but at the hole he put on a fierce attempt to escape.  Head shakes with these toothy beasts usually end in disaster but luckily the line slipped through my hands with no resistance and the angry pike didn’t bite me off.  Instead we got him and he posed for a couple quick shots before I released him back to his under ice wonder world.


blog-Feb-8-2015-5-bald-eagleIt was a nice four days up in Northern Wisconsin.  There were a lot of highlights ranging from a couple of quality pike to eating fine food with terrific friends.  One of the best highlights was when a bald eagle snatched a small pike from the ice seconds after we caught him.  John was literally about to carry him to Joe to prepare for lunch but as he put his gloves back on the eagle came from nowhere and snatched him.  This aggressive behavior shows the fishing has been tough for everyone!


blog-Feb-8-2015-6-manitowish-waters-icefishing-invitationalAfter some competitive games of eight ball and a smoky-room afternoon rolling dice with fine cigars, we ended this outstanding annual fishing tradition with a massive celebratory feast at the Little Bohemia.  Just to give you an example, George had me order twelve shrimp appetizers and eight lobster tails (for additional appetizers) to go along before our dinners.  Here’s to an epic first fishing adventure for 2015!


Now it’s back on the speaking circuit.  Next stop, Lynnwood, Washington this weekend for the Fly Fishing Show.  I hope to see you there!


Jeff Currier Global Fly Fishing

1 Comment

  1. Howie

    The Chippewa retreat is on my list of places to go. Every time I drive past Little Bohemia on my way to the new house or the UPI think of your past trips up there. We did a little fishing on island lake but only caught one small Bass. I hope to learn the lake soon. Take care. What a place!

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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!