2002 FISHING REPORT - NEWS AND VIEWS.
WHAT A YEAR! The final count on legal muskies out of this Lodge is again high (35 in 2000, 47 in 2001,42 in 2002). The list looks longer as we continued, and will continue, our philosophy of FISHING IS FOR FUN. If you enjoyed catching it, we invite you to put it on the chart. People often ask about the current agitation to raise the "legal" size to a trophy level of, perhaps 40". Our succint reply is that our guests release almost 100%, except damaged fish, and that humankind's definition "legal" is irrelevant to the musky's sex life and their well being! We advocate two categories recordable (30"-45") vs. trophy of 45" or larger. So, we intend for our musky chart to list the fun you had!
May - saw less catch that usual
June - saw a few more
July - saw fewer musky (perhaps all our guests were golfing in July 2002 as the resort had the biggest month of July yet for both Lodge and golf!)
August - was average,
September - was best in years (even without the big day of Sept. 10/11 when there were twenty guides and ten extra boats, and we needed traffic cops and valet parking for guide trailers!)
October - was disappointing earlier but later the fishing turned excellent, especially for walleye..
STORIES, STORIES, STORIES.....I am happy so many of regular, repeat superb fishermen were successful. The Ott family and Bob and Pat Altergott in September. Young Mike Wilson was as enthusiastic (fanatic?) as ever and Granma and his guide, John Myhre, had a hard time keeping up. Joe Schart was successful in June, boating his 25th, and also remembering those now dead he had fished with for those 25 fish: his father, Bert Hardenbrook, his guide Ken Eck - but also enjoying being with his own son, who now fishes with Dad, golfs with Mum, and photographs the Lodge in its many moods on his own (when the web page gets updated for 2003, most of those pictures will be Jody's).
In 2002, we all mourned Ken Eck's passing - a legend of fishing and of fishing stories, both by him and about him. His name is to be in the Fishing Hall of Fame here in Hayward.
AS USUAL, SOME WEEKS JUST EXPLODE when you aren't expecting it: this year they were June 21-24, JUNE 29-30, Aug. 11-13, Sept. 4-7, Sept. 15-18, Sept. 26-28.
AS USUAL, there were constant reports of musky right off the dock, or very close in where you didn't need a boat, except to chase it. No musky went after bait under the big central dock this year. However, there were a couple of stories where the musky favored your arrival day and seemed to like the smell of the car still on the line, before the suitcases even got unpacked. Moral of the story? Settling-in can wait - go fishing immediately!
However, the bigger talk around here is twofold: the BASS fishing has provided a lot of fun, mostly small-mouth but also large mouth. The other chatter in the area, and at our local Happy Hooker bait and tackle store, is that FLY-FISHING for musky is on everyone's tongue. If you want to try it, we can get you guides for this as well as conventional fishing. The Orvis dealer down the road is very involved.
"The big day" was Sept. 10, when one corporate customer at the Lodge put thirty boats on Teal, Lost Land and Teal River, (20 of them guides) for one grand tournament. This unique and wonderful day was totally catch and release, the musky being released immediately under Muskies, Inc. tournament rules, and other categories being kept in live wells, brought in for weigh in and then released. They offered equal prizes for the top three fish in five categories: musky, northern, bass, walleye and crappie. It meant that the usual emphasis of the fall was not preoccupied with musky, and many musky guides were lured away by these incentives! All categories brought in substantial fish, so it was a wonderful measure of "one moment in time."
Top prize winner in each category were:
Northern Pike: 4.9 lbs.
Bass: 2.4 lb.
Walley: 2.3 lbs.
Crappie: 15 oz.
Teal Lake is well and very happy! Thank you for this terrific moment, to measure what is today against "how it used to be."
Guides are italicized
|26-May||DICK BATZ||NORTHBROOK, IL||SMALL MOUTH BASS:4.3LB, 18" GIRTH!||Teal|| || || |
|27-May||GEORGE PAPANATOS||COON RAPIDS,MN.||NORTHERN 23""||Teal|| || ||2 hrs out of the car - any slime is good in May! |
|28-May||STEPHEN KRAUSS||CHICAGO, IL.||39 1/2"||Teal||QUICKSET||Milt Dieckman|| |
|7-Jun||X JIM JACKSON||PALM CITY, FL.||38 1/2"||Teal||QUICKSET||BERT, KEN & DAD||25th legal MUSKY! |
|12-Jun||JOE SCHART||DES PLAINES, IL.||36 1/2""||Teal||QUICKSET||too small||Had to cut the barbs|
|15-Jun||KEVIN KIMES||OTTAWA, IL.||37"||Teal||MEPPS MINNOW||The fathers and the sons!||day of arrival - in the evening. |
|16-Jun||X RYAN KIMES||OTTAWA, IL.||36"||Teal||MEPPS MINNOW||The fathers and the sons!|| |
|19-Jun||KEVIN KIMES< ||OTTAWA, IL.||38"||Teal||MEPPS MINNOW||The fathers and the sons!|| |
|21-Jun||PETER NELSON||DARIEN, IL.||44"||Teal||QUICKSET||Milt Dieckman||VERY, VERY WET! |
|23-Jun||MIKE BUCK||DEERFIELD, IL||37"||Teal||SUICK||JOHN MYHRE|| |
|23-Jun||JOHN MYHRE||HAYWARD, WI.||30"||Teal||ORANGE BROOMSTICK||MIKE BUCK|| |
|24-Jun||MIKE BUCK||DEERFIELD, IL||32""||Teal||WHIRLYBIRD||JOHN LEVY|| |
|24-Jun||MIKE BUCK||DEERFIELD, IL||BASS 17""||Teal||WHIRLYBIRD AGAIN!|| || |
|29-Jun||AM: MILES COOPERMAN||HIGHLAND PARK, IL.||31"||Teal||QUICKHIT/CRAPPIE||Milt Dieckman|| |
|29-Jun||AM: MILES COOPERMAN||HIGHLAND PARK, IL.||33"||Teal||QUICKHIT/CRAPPIE||Milt Dieckman|| |
|29-Jun||AM: MILES COOPERMAN||HIGHLAND PARK, IL.||36"||Teal||QUICKHIT/CRAPPIE||Milt Dieckman|| |
|29-Jun||PM: MILES COOPERMAN||HIGHLAND PARK, IL.||34"||Teal||QUICKHIT/CRAPPIE||Milt Dieckman|| |
|30-Jun||PAUL IMLE||GONVICK, MN.||40"||Teal||Bluegill||Nick Andres|| |
|3-Jul||NICK ANDRES||VERNON HILLS, IL.||35"||Teal||Bluegill||MILT DIECKMAN|| |
|3-Jul||RICH ANDRES||VERNON HILLS, IL.||35"||Teal||Bluegill||MILT DIECKMAN|| |
|18-Jul||LARRY FRAZIN||MILWAUKEE, WI.||34"||Teal||Bluegill||MILT DIECKMAN|| |
|18-Jul||LARRY FRAZIN||MILWAUKEE, WI.||36 1/2"||Teal||GRIM REAPER||MILT DIECKMAN||Milt's first this year on artificial |
|18-Jul||LARRY FRAZIN||MILWAUKEE, WI.||37"||Teal||Bluegill||MILT DIECKMAN||Two in one day! |
|21-Jul||X WILLIAM KRENN||FOND DU LAC, WI.||33"||Teal||YELLOW CLEO/RED DOTS||friends & parents||OFF THE DOCK -6LB TEST |
|1-Aug||STEVE THROESSEL||ENDORA, IA||32"||Teal||TWIN SPIN CRAPPIE||ALONE||Lovely morning, before the storm. |
|2-Aug||X CARMEN BRANDEL||JORDAN, MN.||35"||Teal ||Quickset||MILT DIECKMAN & Dad|| |
|7-Aug||ANTHONY MONTELLEONE||ANTOCH, IL.||40"||Teal||MANTA JERK BAIT||JOHN MYHRE|| |
|11-Aug||TOM PURNELL||MILTON, WI.||32"||CHIP.||GHOST TAIL||DYLAN PURNELL, son|| |
|12-Aug||MIKE WILSON||CHICAGO, IL.||32"||Teal||SUICK||JOHN MYHRE|| |
|12-Aug||TOM PURNELL||MILTON, WI.||37"||Teal||MEPPS MUSKY KILLER||OFF THE PIER, KIDS ALL THERE|| |
|13-Aug||MIKE WILSON||CHICAGO, IL.||32"||MOOSE||SUICK||JOHN MYHRE|| |
|13-Aug||MIKE WILSON||CHICAGO, IL.||31"||MOOSE||STOMPER||JOHN MYHRE|| |
|16-Aug||CHUCK INDIHAR||SAVAGE, MN.||32 1/23"||Teal||BLUEGILL||MILT DIECKMAN & Dad|| |
|30-Aug||STEVE WAGER||HAWTHORN WOODS, IL||44 1/2"||Teal||QUICK SET||MILT DIECKMAN & Dad|| |
|30-Aug||ROB WAGER||HAWTHORN WOODS, IL||32"||Teal||QUICK SET||MILT DIECKMAN & Dad|| |
|4-Sep||ART SMITH||MILWAUKEE, WI.||38"||Teal||YELLOW BUCKTAIL||PEG SMITH|| |
|6-Sep||ART SMITH||MILWAUKEE, WI.||36"||Teal||YELLOW BUCKTAIL||MILT DIECKMAN|| |
|7-Sep||ART SMITH||MILWAUKEE, WI.||37"||Teal||YELLOW BUCKTAIL||Nobody, but I have picture|| |
|7-Sep||JOSH BUGEL||WOODURY, MN.||36"||Teal||QUICKSET||MILT DIECKMAN & 8 yr. old grandson|| |
|10-Sep||JOHN ATTI||ORLANDO, FL.||42"||Teal||THIS GROUP WAS ALL TOGETHER (a corporate outing)|| || |
|10-Sep||JOHN PETTY||CLEVELAND,OH||37 3/4"||Teal||WITH 20 GUIDES, AND FISHING IN || || |
|10-Sep||JOHN PETTY||CLEVELAND,OH||31"||Teal||COMPETITION FOR ALL SPECIES. || || |
|10-Sep||STEVE BOROD||CLEVELAND,OH||42"||Teal||ALL MUSKIES WERE WITNESSED UNDER|| || |
|10-Sep||STEVE BOROD||CLEVELAND,OH||36"||Teal||MUSKIES INC. RULES OF 2 WITNESSES.|| || |
|10-Sep||LARRY HOERNER||PITTTSBURG, PA||34"||Teal||ALL OTHER SPECIES WERE BROuGHT IN LIVE|| || |
|10-Sep||LARRY HOERNER||PITTTSBURG, PA||32"||Teal||FOR WEIGH-IN AND RELEASED|| || |
|10-Sep||DAVE TREAKNER||PHILADELPHIA, PA.||33"||Teal|| || || |
|10-Sep||ALBANWOWSKI||?||4.9 LB NORTHERN||Teal|| || || |
|10-Sep||JANASHEK||?||2.4 LB BASS||Teal|| || || |
|10-Sep||LANDREVILLE||?||2.3 LB WALLEYE||Teal|| || || |
|10-Sep||GRAHAM||?||15 OZ CRAPPIE||Teal|| || || |
|15-Sep||CONNIE RIGGLE||CHANDLER, AZ. ||39 1/2"||Teal||QUICKSET||MILT DIECKMAN|| |
|16-Sep||BOB ALTERGOTT||PALATINE, IL||45" apx. 25 lbs.||Teal||QUICKSET||Late afternoon, 6 ish, with one cast off the dock!|| |
|16-Sep||PAT ALTERGOTT||PALATINE, IL||38"||Teal||QUICKSET||each other ||&|
|16-Sep||BOB ALTERGOTT||PALATINE, IL||32" apx. 25 lbs.||Teal||QUICKSET||each other ||&|
|18-Sep||PAT ALTERGOTT||PALATINE, IL||33 1/2" apx. 25 lbs.||Teal||QUICKSET||each other ||&|
|18-Sep||PAT ALTERGOTT||PALATINE, IL||36"||Teal||QUICKSET||each other ||&|
|26-Sep||GARY PEPPLER||WATERFORD, WI.||43 1/2"||Teal||QUICKSET||DARYL NEIBAUER|| |
|26-Sep||JOE OTT||ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, IL.L||40"||Teal||Quickset||John Myhre|| |
|26-Sep||GEORGE OTT III||ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, IL.L||33"||Teal||TOP RAIDER||JEFF EVANS|| |
|26-Sep||JOHN OTT||ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, IL.L||32"||Teal||SPINNER||JEFF EVANS|| |
|26-Sep||SCOTT BRODKORB||ALGONQUIN, IL.||31"||Teal||SUCKER||DARYL NEIBAUER|| |
|27-Sep||MARTY RODGERS||MILWAUKEE, WI.||39"||MOOSE||SUCKER||DARYL NEIBAUER|| |
|27-Sep||GARY PEPPLER||WATERFORD, WI.||33 1/2"||MOOSE||SUCKER||DARYL NEIBAUER|| |
|27-Sep||MARTY RODGERS||MILWAUKEE, WI.||31"||MOOSE||SUCKER||DARYL NEIBAUER|| |
|28-Sep||GEORGE OT, JR.||ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, IL.L||36"||Teal||Quickset||TERRY PETERSON|| |
|30-Sep||KARL ILG||ST. CHARLES, IL.||40"||Teal||SUCKER||JOHN MYHRE|| |
|1-Oct||KARL ILG||ST. CHARLES, IL.||42"||Teal||SUCKER||JOHN MYHRE|| |
|24-Oct||DAN BELZ||FT. ATKINSON||39"||Teal||Sucker||B.J. JAMES|| |
|24-Oct||UNKNOWN|| ||43"||Teal ||SUCKER||JOHN MYHRE|| |
|25-Oct||UNKNOWN|| ||40"||Teal ||SUCKER||JOHN MYHRE|| |