Archive for June, 2012

Weekend Outlook Fishing Wheatley

Wheatley Fishing Outlook June 30 – July 3

This weather really looks good to set up some great fishing out of Wheatley. It is exactly what we need to bring the bows in, bunch up baitfish and develop a thermocline. I see good things ahead for the Wheatley walleye and rainbow fishing.

I have put together a little information graphic using the data I will be looking at for my weekend fishing. I hope to have the SS Minnow out on the water Saturday morning. Looks like the winds will be pretty light and I just need to ensure no thunderstorms will move in on me. The data is complements of my software purchase from “Prime Times Solunar Tables“. I have no financial interest in their product. I just feel they are the best on the market!

Weekend Fishing Wheatley

Weekend Fishing Outlook Wheatley

SS Minnow Catches Walleye and Rainbows Wheatley

Rainbow Walleye Fishing Wheatley

SS Minnow Catches Walleye Rainbow Fishing Wheatley

SS Minnow Catches Walleye Rainbow Fishing Wheatley

Things are really picking up steam fishing out of Wheatley. I went out today and boated 9 walleye and 1 rainbow. I badly mishandled the net and lost 2 additional nice walleye.

I caught my walleye SE in 54 feet of water and my rainbow came at 60 feet of water.

I was releasing walleye by 8:00 AM and packed up for the day at 11:00 AM. My new RDP Yeck lure painted for me by Yeck lures did some real damage today. It is a rainbow color and I will post an image later on. Doug Strzynski (Yeck Lures and Polecat Charters, Ludington Michigan) painted these up for me and sent them out me couple months ago.

Yeck Spoons – Don’t Leave home without them

My lineup Wednesday – it’s all Yeck – notice New Color at Right!


Yeck Spoons

Yeck Spoons

The colors are a bit subdued on some spoons due to sun angle.



Wheatley Fishing Beginning

We are not quite there yet but we are very close. I went out yesterday morning and started at 48 feet of water and worked out to 60 feet of water and started back. I caught 4 walleye and headed in at 10:00 A.M. I was experiencing battery issues. Two of the walleye weighed about 7-8 pounds and came at 58 feet of water. My son was out in his boat and caught 1 rainbow in about 60 feet of water.  Looks like we are getting close to fun time!

Best Fishing Days and Times

Best Fishing Times June 22 - June 24

Best Fishing Times June 22 – June 24

Best Fishing Periods

I have always believed that the sun and the moon movements affect fish and wildlife activity. I generally pay considerable attention to the moon factor when fishing. It is not an absolute but all too often I notice the most active times for the fishing that day happen at predictable times. Weather is also a factor that comes into play and can have a major influence.

A long time fishing guide and pro fisherman, Joe Bucher has recorded stats and activity for many years. He often pondered the validity of factors such as full moon, dark moon, and major and minor activity periods.

In 1976, when Joe decided to become a full time fishing guide, he began documenting daily fishing catches and solunar chart predictions. He was then able to use his data from catches that included hundreds of muskies, and thousands of bass and walleyes on a daily, monthly, and yearly basis. He cross referenced his data to the predicted activity levels from some of these solunar tables and learned more about determining the best time to go fishing.

One conclusion immediately came to mind. His analysis convinced him that some of the traditional solar, lunar criteria proved all too often to have no validity. He came to the conclusion that most of the solunar tables published offered no real consistent correlation to fishing success and at that point he decided to put these theories on the back burner.

Over time he just couldn’t continue to ignore this popular theory. Why do you suppose it kept nagging at him? It was because he actually discovered that there was in fact a certain solar and lunar effect on fish activity. His discovery worked so well that it was hard to believe at first. His daily fishing logs had surely disputed the commonly accepted predictions, but they just as surely pointed to indisputable evidence that here did exist solar and lunar factors that were worthy of closer attention.

He gained a new respect regarding the solar and lunar theories being offered. He confesses that he went from totally disbelieving to being totally convinced. In fact, He now will tell you that he can predict the most probable daily, monthly and even yearly times when the biggest fish are most likely to be caught. He discovered that his own predictions about the best time to go fishing were correct almost every single time!

He had concluded that the true secret to determining actual daily solar, lunar influences was nothing more than observing when the sun and moon rose and set on a 24 hour basis. The answer to using this data could be best utilized by determining to the minute, when the sun came up and went down, and when the moon came up and went down each and every day. His 21 year old fishing log revealed without question that fish were active during a 90 minute window surrounding each one of these four daily influences.

Unfortunately many of today’s publications do not make their predictions based on these four vital factors sun rise, sun set, moon rise and moon set.

It is certainly no secret that feeding movements of both fish and game is accelerated during dawn and dusk. This correlates with sun rise and sun set. Moon rise and set is a bit trickier to key in on though since they can often occur at mid-day or mid night.

Another fact that his logs identified was the predictable frequency of big fish catches during the peak moon phases of full and new moon. Many more big muskies, walleyes, and bass were taken right on the scheduled calendar day of both the full or new (dark) moon peak, and continued for a three to five day period afterwards. This would indicate that if the full moon peak is on June 10th, June 10 thru 15 have great potential for trophies.

He came to the conclusion that you should plan your fishing trips to fall during the peak of the full or new moon. Then you want to be on your favourite big fish spots during the daily rise and set of both the sun and the moon.

He also discovered that you should consider one other factor. That would be the influence caused by the local weather changes. Whenever a major weather change occurs during the daily rise or set of either the sun or the moon and during a peak monthly moon period, he expects to catch big fish. Given a severe summer thunderstorm right at sunset, and just before moon rise during the new moon period and he is comfortable in claiming that he will catch some of the biggest muskies or the year’s biggest catch of lunker walleyes.

His ultimate conclusion is now that the rise and set of both the sun and moon has far more impact than any other daily sun or moon position. That is without exception the single most important daily triggering factor of both fish and game. Monthly peaks in both the full and new moon are a secondary factor definitely worth considering.

When fish of all sizes are feeding infrequently due to a prolonged streak of bad local weather conditions, that small “window” of three to four days right after the actual moon peaks, full or new, may be the only time that the largest fish of any species is truly catchable. Fishing during the daily rise or set of the sun and moon during these key monthly moon phases should be your priority when arranging your fishing schedule.





Wheatley Fishing Waypoints and Fishing Locations

Wheatley Waypoints

Wheatley Fishing Waypoints

Wheatley Fishing Waypoints

I have received numerous requests for waypoints out of Wheatley. I have put together a few general waypoints and location references that you might want to use to plan your fishing for the day. These are only general and are relative to Wheatley Harbour.


*** DON”T TAKE THESE as ABSOLUTE GOSPEL – USE YOUR OWN COMMON SENSE These co-ordinates are combined from Google Earth and my PC Mapping Software

Direct Route To 59 Feet of Water

42 00 284

82 20 266

Approx 7.5 miles heading out 121 degrees

Direct Route To 60 Feet of Water

42 01 799

82 19 201

Approx 7.75 miles heading out 106 degrees

Direct Route To 62 Feet of Water

42 03 334

82 17 716

Approx 8.7 miles heading out 93 degrees

Direct Route To White stake 48 Feet of Water

41 59 458

82 26 051

Approx 5.1 miles heading out 163  degrees

Direct Route To Hillman Creek 40 feet of Water

42 01 350

82 26 285

Approx 3 miles heading out 154 degrees

Wheatley Harbour Entrance

42 03 676

82 27 816



Fishing About to Turn On at Wheatley

I broke the ice yesterday fishing out of Wheatley.

I went out to my usual stomping grounds SSE and started around the well marker there. I worked out and east and picked up 2 walleye in 52 feet of water. It was not a huge day but picking up 2 fish was significant. I marked a number of fish down deep and surface temp was 65 degrees. Things are looking good and setting up nicely again. We just need a few warm days and calm winds. I suspect we are only a week to 10 days away from things really cranking on.

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