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We fished both the Chippewa and Flambeau today. The summerlike weather conditions continued with highs in the mid-seventies and the water temperature in both rivers was up a degree at sixty-nine. Large puffy cumulus clouds dotted the skies and you couldn’t find a more gorgeous day to fish in northern Wisconsin. The fishing started out slow. We worked over several spots that typically hold migrating smallies at this time of year, but caught very few fish. If they were there they weren’t feeding. Of course, you find on any given day of fishing that the fish “shut down” during certain periods of the day for some reason, and then all of a sudden you enter a feeding window and then it is game on. It is certainly possible that I was fishing water that was not holding fish at the time. Around five in the afternoon we were drifting down a shoreline and found a ┬ánice concentration smallies. We managed to catch twenty-two in about an hour and a half of fishing. No giants, but a lot of hard fighting sixteen and seventeen inches weighing two to two half pounds. The big fish of the trip came earlier in the day from a deep sandy hole on the Chip that can house large concentrations of migrating smallies during this time of year. True to form Cindy caught that stout eighteen incher which weighed three pounds and nine ounces. The picture of her again holding the big fish of the day is included in this report. Thunderstorms are in the forecast for tomorrow afternoon and evening as a cold front makes its way into western Wisconsin. That could turn the fish on or possibly send us scurrying to the ramp. We shall see…

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