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Lost & Found lakes for musky, walleye & pike

9/29/2005
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    EAGLE RIVER, Wis. — Fishermen usually associate bigger fish with the bigger lakes in Vilas County, Wisconsin. Not so for Lost Lake at 544 acres and Found Lake at 326 acres.

    Much of the success on these lakes can be attributed to the stocking of muskellunge and anglers practicing catch and release.

    One of the most effective methods at Lost and Found Lakes is to fish a sucker under a float.

    Drift the suckers around the three 20-foot holes located in the middle of the lake; find these holes by using your locator and drifting around the 15-foot level.

    On both of these lakes, you either want to fish above the weeds or through them.

    On Found Lake, fish anywhere but concentrate on the good coontail and cabbage weeds (musky/pike weeds) on the west shore and around the island and the humps.

    Heck, just jump in the boat and forget the big motor — use your trolling motor to explore and hunt musky paradise just to the left of the boat landing — drifting along in 5 to 15 feet of water, casting and working the rocks and openings and edges of the weeds, through them too, keeping your hopes up, seeing a couple of exciting follows, and then, bam, the sighting, the stalk, and the strike of a musky finally comes.

    My friend, if you aren't already hooked on musky, your obsession has just begun.

    Walleye

    Some people may not agree, but fishing the same areas that you fish musky has always been one of my tactics for walleye.

    Use weedless jigs, small one-sixteenths-ounce in a chartreuse or fluorescent orange, tipped with a leech this time of year, produces good results. Or use a heavier jig and rip it through the weeds. That will get a trophy walleye's attention.

    Trophy walleye swim in Lost Lake, but I'll bet on Found for better results.

    Try using those leeches under slip bobbers during low-light conditions. Remember the Snowman, that Vilas County super walleye fisherman?

    Well, several of us Yoopers have taken his advice and tipped our jigs with the leech hooked through the tail — the sucker end weaving and bobbing and getting those eyes of the 'eyes to pop open.

    Northern pike: Now here's a fish that you either love or hate. People love them for their aggressiveness — the fierce fight to the end, requiring a steel leader so the line doesn't get bitten off.

    Plus, they are great to eat if you learn to fillet them properly. Others hate them because they are slimy and those sharp teeth can stick you pretty good.

    Handle using a glove and a pair of spreaders to open the jaws and a long pair of needle-nose pliers to get the hooks out.

    Some guides say that there are still some 5 to 10-pound pike in these two lakes. Must be true, right? Well, only way to find out is to get some small Mepps spinners and find out.

    Run them across the weeds, fan-casting as you drift along on a nice summer breeze.

    Maybe you'll catch a few here and there, some only 20 inches or so, while you wait for the big strike. Might even get a musky with these spinners.

    Info

    Eagle Sports (715-479-8804).


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