Guide Fishing with Chris and Starla-Fishing blog May 26th, 2018

Chris and Starla Guide Fishing May 26th 2018I had a great guide fishing trip today with Chris and Starla from Beaver Dam ,WI.

We put the boat in the water at the Bay Shore County Park early this morning, with the conditions starting out nice with a breezy south wind and sunshine that was perfect.

Started out by pulling crawler harnesses in 18-20 feet of water, concentrating on a nearby structure.  Shortly after getting six lines set we had our first eye coming to the net.  It was a nice twenty incher.

We continued trolling this same area for the next couple of hours putting several more eater size walleyes in the box.

After a while the bite changed a little bit due to the boat pressure moving the fish.  I adjusted a little and got right back on the fish, putting several more in the box.  The walleyes started short striking and we lost several while reeling them in today and some of those lost were right at the back of the boat.

As the morning wore on the fishing slowed a little but we were soon giving high fives as a board went flying back.   After a good fight by Chris we put a beautiful 27 incher in the net.  Took some quick pictures then back in the water it went for another fight.

We finished the trip with one more eater and called it a day.  The wind had died down to next to nothing and air temperatures were getting into the upper 80’s.

I had a great time teaching Chris about trolling and exchanging conversation and fishing stories with him.

I love teaching techniques and the in and outs of fishing those elusive walleye.  If interested in learning just let me know.  When you book a guide fishing trip with us, just tell me what type of fishing trip you want.  If you want a guide fishing trip where you learn and do a lot of hands on, just say so.  If you’d rather sit back and just reel in the fish, that’s perfectly fine too.  It’s your trip so let me know what you want.  I’m happy to oblige.

If you would like to see what our guide fishing clients are putting in the boat and taking home check out our photo gallery and videos.

The bite is on and we still have a few dates open.  Give us a call and book now!  Let your fish’n tales begin with Fish’n Walleye Guide Service.


Memorial Day What’s the True Meaning?

Fish'n Walleye Guide Service Captain Todd in Iraq what memorial day is about

Memorial day, let’s take a moment to recognize the true meaning of this day. What is it really about?

We, here at Fish’n Walleye Guide Service, would like to take a step out of fishing mode for a moment.  We would like to talk about what Memorial Day is really about.  The military service members that gave the ultimate sacrifice.  That sacrifice was for we the people of the United States of America.  Those sacrifices gives us the freedoms many other countries do not have.  Sometimes we all take that for granted.

Memorial Day weekend is this coming weekend.  Many people look at this as the official start of summer.  Who can blame us? Many shopping places use it as a reason to have a sale.  The media boasts it’s the first unofficial weekend of summer.  We are all thinking of going camping and boating.  We are thinking fishing trips, guided and not.  There is summer vacations and family fun.  As a result of this the true meaning of Memorial Day has seemed to have gotten lost in the shuffle for many of us.

Our family understand what those sacrifices are all about very well because we are proud to be a military family.  Captain Todd served 23 years in the military, some of it in combat situations.  The worst of it was over a year in Iraq on convoy duty.  Soldiers lost their lives on that mission.  THOSE are the people Memorial Day is meant to recognize and celebrate.  Those soldiers need to be remembered on Memorial Day, we are celebrating those who lost their lives serving this great country.

If you are out there celebrating this coming weekend please remember to recognize the real meaning of this holiday.  Raise your glass, bottle, cup, whatever you may be drinking from and toast those who gave their lives because their sacrifice gave you the very freedoms you have today.

Bow your heads in a moment of silence and say a short prayer to your God, whoever that may be.  In this one nation under God, there are many religions from many different cultures and backgrounds.  This is a result of the sacrifice of these soldiers. Each and every one of those cultures and religions owes a depth of gratitude to these soldiers and their families that sacrificed so much.

Due to the ultimate sacrifices made by United States military members all of these cultures and religions are able to live as a blended nation making up the United States of America.  We are able to practice the religion of our choice, freedom of speech, the right to bare arms and so many more freedoms.  Things that are not allowed in the very countries many of  our ancestors came from nor where the current immigrants are coming from, seeking life here in the United States of America for those very freedoms.

So thank your Lord for those soldiers who gave their all.  Thank your God for where you are right now in life, good, bad or otherwise, you are still here to live a life, those soldiers are not. They sacrificed theirs so you could live yours freely.

While you are giving thanks and prayer, you may want to offer up a prayer for the families that lost those loved ones.  Due to their soldiers sacrifice these families have suffered as well and people tend to forget about the family’s sacrifice for us to have our many freedoms in this great nation.

So please remember what the upcoming Memorial Day is all about.  Give that moment of recognition.  Then carry on with your fun filled weekend!

If you are out there having a good time with adult beverages, please be safe out there and drink responsibly. Remember drinking and driving or drinking and boating can take a life.  It can take the life of my loved one, your loved one, someone else’s loved one, not just yours but someone else’s.  It’s just not worth it.  If you want to drink, don’t drive anything, be a passenger.  If you want to drive then don’t drink a drop and be someone’s designated driver.  A designated driver is truly the life of the party!

Have a great three day weekend everyone and happy summer!

Would you like to start your summer out by catching some walleye, the walleye are biting.  We have a few dates left open so give Captain Todd a call and let’s go fish’n.  Book now, before the dates are all gone, and let your fish’n tales begin!

A trip with Tony Seahorn a Vietnam Veteran & Author-Captain Todd’s Fishing Blog

Tony Seahorn walleye catch on the bay of Green Bay, WI. with Fish'n Walleye Guide ServiceI had the honor and privilege of guiding a great guy and Vietnam veteran Tony Seahorn this morning.   Tony Seahorn and his wife Janet are the authors of Tears of a Warrior, a great book for veterans returning from deployment. Tony was in town for a seminar on PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) at the vet center and talking about his book.

Our trip started out from Bay Shore County Park knowing we had bad weather and rough conditions coming in.  We knew we had limited time the forecast predicted the storm was going to get bad early into the morning.

I normally would have called off the trip, however, Tony had changed his plans to take the trip and was looking forward to it.  The chance to meet and talk with this man was too valuable to pass up, as well.  I knew we would be safe as long as I kept an eye on the sky.

Tony Seahorn is a truly likable man and we hit off conversation immediately.  He is quite the outdoors-man and told me about his many adventures in his home state.

We worked the shallows along the shore not far from Bay Shore County Park.  We did not want to get to far from the marina just in case bad weather kicked up.  One walleye smack a lure but shortly came off.

We continued working the shore line and soon had another board go sliding back and it was fish on! Tony took control and slowly reeled in a nice eater size walleye to the waiting net. Tony was excited to have his first Green Bay walleye.

Just like expected the rain came down, lightly at first and then quite hard.  The winds picked up soon after and we rode it out for a bit.  It eventually became a safety factor and I had to make the reluctant call to end our trip early.

At the dock, after loading the boat and some quick pictures, Tony surprised me with a signed copy of his book.  He is truly a great guy and spends a lot of his time helping veteran’s cope with PTSD.  If you are a veteran dealing with PTSD pick up a copy of Tony Seahorn’s book, Tears of a Warrior.  The book is a valuable tool for soldiers and their families, both my wife and I had previously read it when I came home from my tour of duty in Iraq.

It was truly an honor taking Tony out, talking with him and getting to know him.  I look forward to getting him out again some time in better weather.

While we are talking about military service and sacrifice, we would like to let all of our military veterans and their families, past and current, know how much we appreciate the sacrifice they make on a daily basis.

We have been there and we know what it is like.  It can be hard on a family or relationship, especially during and after a combat deployment.  The deployment memories never really go away.

Spending a relaxing day fishing together as a couple or a family can help relieve some of that stress. Even strengthen the relationship.

To show our appreciation Fish’n Walleye Guide Service offers a 10% military discount to all military members, past and present.  All we will need from you is to see a valid military ID card (veteran or active duty) or a DD214 with the service members name on it with an honorary discharge, as proof of service before the discount is given.  The service member must be a member of the party in the boat for the discount to be valid.  Discount will be given at the time proof of service is shown.

If you would like to see more fishing pictures and read reviews left by our clients check out our Facebook page.

Let us get you fish’n for walleye on the world class walleye waters of the bay of Green Bay, WI.  Book now and let your fish’n tales begin!

Captain Todd

Captain Todd’s Fishing update for May 8, 2018

walleye catch on the bay of Green Bay, WI. with Fish'n Walleye Guide ServiceIt was a good but tough day fishing with our clients Steve and Ike from Chicago, Illinois.  Our trip started out by trolling south of the Bay Shore boat launch pulling crank baits.  We managed to get a few good eater sized walleyes in that area.

Then we moved down to some warmer water by Point Vincent.  Steve and Ike reeled in a couple more eater sized walleye from this area.  We just weren’t able to put a good program together in that area either.

After some thought and conversation we decided to go try something different.  I moved us out into some deeper water and started pulling deep diving cranks.  Immediately Ike caught a nice 26 inch walleye.

Since we caught one we continued in this area and caught several more eater sized walleye in deeper water.  Unfortunately the wind was picking up and it switched direction.  Because of the change in the wind speed and direction, I decided to slide into shallower water adjacent to where we were.  We caught another eater sized walleye in that area.

Our time together was almost up so we were trolling slowly back to the dock.  All of the sudden a board buried back and Steve grabbed the rod.  After putting up a good fight Steve had the fish to the back of the boat.  He just had a couple cranks left, only to disappointingly have it pop off.  Of course it had to be the biggest walleye of the day.  We guessed it to be between 28 and 30 inches.  The loss of this fish marked the end of our trip together.

Over all it was a tough day fishing but we managed to have Steve and Ike bring home some walleye fillets.  They also left with some good fishing memories of the one that got away.

Thank you for coming up and fishing with Fish’n Walleye Guide Service, Steve and Ike.  I look forward to taking you out again.

If anyone else would like to book a trip give us a call!  Book now and let your fish’n tales begin with Fish’n Walleye Guide Service.

CPT Todd Tilkens

Let’s talk walleye conservation-Fishing opener is coming quick!

Fish'n Walleye Guide Service bay of Green Bay catch

Think walleye fishing!!  Opener of fishing in Wisconsin is this coming weekend, May 5th.  We can start keeping 5 walleye that are 15 inches or bigger per person in the boat.

Our latest fishing update for you is below.  We would  also like to take a few minutes to talk about how all of us anglers can do our part in keeping the bay of Green Bay the world class walleye fishing destination that it is.

We are coming off from an extremely cold spring. The walleye productive cycle is not where it should be on opening weekend. They are also not located in the water depths where they normally would be.  They are still in the shallows.

In a normal year the females would be spawned out and back out into the big open water.  However, because the water temperatures are cooler than normal the spawn has not yet completed.  It usually would before opening weekend.  This puts our fishery in danger of being fished out by those that are not educated.  Sadly some anglers just don’t care about protecting our fishery for generations to come.

Big females, that have not yet spawned, are still in the shallows. Captain Todd, personally, will be releasing anything not yet spawned out and anything over 22 inches.  He will also be encouraging our clients to do this as well.

We would like to encourage all anglers that will be fishing the bay of Green Bay in the next couple of weeks to do the same.  If we all ban together to help protect our fishery we can keep the bay of Green Bay one of the finest walleye fishing destinations in the world for generations to come.

Everyone that agrees with helping out please share this post on your social media pages. We need to try to get this out to as many people as we can.  We need to help educate others on ways to help protect our fishery.  This will preserve it so our kids and grand-kids can enjoy it as we are, or maybe even better.

We at Fish’n Walleye Guide Service would also like all of you anglers to share photos of you releasing these bigger fish.  Please share them on our Facebook page.  This will help educate other anglers on protecting our fishery for generations to come!

Fishing update- April 30, 2018

Captain Todd went and did some pre-fishing for some clients in the Oconto River.  He was pleasantly surprised to find the launches all free of ice and water temperatures were warming up nicely.  He did not run into any ice issues.  However, that’s not to say there is not an ice chunk or two floating around out there.  Please keep a cautious eye out and remember safety first!

They were fishing in 7-10 feet of water.  The bite wasn’t extremely strong.  Everything they caught was post spawn. They had to work to put the fish in the boat that they did.  Jigging with Rapala’s rippin raps seemed to be what the fish liked the most.

Good luck this weekend anglers! It can get extremely hectic out there!  People can get downright rude and crude.  Patience is a necessity out on the water, especially on opening weekend!  Be courteous to one another and be safe!

Remember, let’s all do our part and put the fishery of the bay of Green Bay first. Please consider releasing all females over 22 inches for the next couple of weeks.  Give them time to add to the numbers and let them live for another year.  It will only strengthen the awesome fishery we already have!

If you would rather have an insured, licensed, professional guide do the work for you then come on let’s go fish’n!  Let Captain Todd do the work while you just sit back and enjoy the fishing! Or if you the hands on type, let him teach you some new tips and tricks to reel in those big fish!  He is always happy to get you out on the water and on some fish!  Book with us now and let your fish’n tales begin!