Dave's Pewaukee muskie caught casting Mike's Pewaukee muskie Chris M's with a Pewaukee muskie casting bucktails Pewaukee muskie trolling at dark Pewaukee muskie Steve's Pewaukee muskie Mike's Pewaukee muskie Travis's Pewaukee muskie Kids like big muskies Paul gets a 41-inch muskie Adam and Cristal start out with a pike Happy couple with a pike Another pike for Adam and Cristal A huge 23-inch smallmouth bass Dave gets the second fish at 5:55am Dave catches the 4th fish at 8:02am

The 2012 Season Review

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The 2012 open water fishing season is now over and the Fall hunting season is also over. Here I sit at my computer working on my web site thinking about all the time spent on the water and in the woods. What a great season 2012 was for fish and deer hunting. Lots of clients got their "personal best" and "most fish" caught ever on a fishing trip. Fishing this past season was a huge challenge for me with the limitations I had to deal with. I was happy to get out fishing with my clients and feel privileged to teach others things I have learned over the last 30 years of fishing.

My hunting season ended early December with a 163 4/8 inch giant 10 pointer I shot with my bow. I am very proud of this buck because he was so smart and the time I had to put in to get him was far more than any other buck I targeted. Since I had restrictions due to my surgery I spent way more time in the woods than on the water this past Fall. Hunting allowed me to get my walking exorcise and do my neck therapy stretching while still being outside. My doctors didn't want me im my boat due to the waves and pounding that could cause a set back in my rehab after surgery. Having a multi level cervical fusion was not anything anyone wants to go through.

May 2012 was a challenge for everyone because of the early spring and fast growing weeds. Pewaukee Lake had the most and tallest weeds of any year I can remember. The recreational boaters and fishermen were out in force this past May due to the unusually early Spring. Also the tournaments were every weekend week after week. Muskie and bass tournaments are very popular in May on Pewaukee Lake. Don't let that stop you from going out in May because the muskies and bass are all very shallow and visible. It's a great time of the season to learn the lake structure and hot spots that these fish stack up in every spring. There is some very good areas where the muskies and smallmouth both hang out for two to three weeks. These areas are very good every season and both hold some of the biggest fish of both species. Please remember to catch and release these big fish when you catch them. So May is a great month to get out fishing, see fish and learn the lake. But catching muskies is another story because May is the hardest month to catch them. The spawning cycle is the biggest issue because you have prespawn, spawn and post spawn in May usually. By the end of May the muskies, walleyes and bass are all actively feeding and a blast to catch. Memorial Day weekend is always the best action of the month of May and the start of the great casting action.

June 2012 was outstanding. The casting bite was great all June and even the trolling bite got going sooner than usual due to the heat and early Spring. The best casting bite is always the first three weeks in June every year. This past June I was very limited to the time I could spend on the water because of various reasons. But the time my boat spent was out was outstanding for me and my clients. Lots of great stories and action all June this past 2012 for my guide service.

July 2012 started out smoking hot for action casting and especially trolling. The heat kicked in early July and had the water temperatures pushing into the 80's very early in the month. Every half day guide trip was multiple fish trips. I was averaging 4 to 6 fish per half day outing. Pike and muskies were very active and gave all my clients the action they were looking for. Bonus walleyes and bass were also hitting so you never knew what was going to be on the end of your line when the reels started to peel out drag. The night bite was also extremely good in July with lots of muskies in the 38 to 42-inch range. Some mid 40's were mixed in just to keep you waiting for that upper 40's or rare 50-inch class muskie to show up. The bad part of all this action was the water temperatures kept going up and now we had to only fish the coolest part of the mornings or late night because of the high water temperatures. Once the water gets over 80 degrees it's all about water releases. This is done with no net and only a long nose pliers. This is the only way to protect the muskies during this sensitive time of delayed mortality due to low dissolved oxygen and high water temperatures. I suspended my guide service the second week of July due to this situation. I only fished a few night before I put my boat away because my surgery was scheduled for the third week in July. As it turned out my cervical neck fusion surgery was pushed back to August 2nd and that was the end of my fishing for a few months.

August and most of September 2012 was spent in a neck collar after my cervical neck fusion. Zero fun, zero fishing, just rehab.....

October 2012 was the start of my getting back out on the water on calm days. Most of my October was spent in physical therapy, doctors offices and walking as much as I could to try and get my body back to where I can function some what normally. Nothing was easy for me and everything was a challenge. Take it from someone who had everything taken away from him because of the negligent actions of a driver who pulled out in front of me on Capital Drive December 5th 2011. I will remember that accident every day of my life because it changed my life forever. To this day I still can't do everything I want without limitations. Like typing this report with pain in my neck from the time spent looking at this computer and bending my neck up and down. Side to side it's not that bad but up and down doesn't work very good anymore. Just something I will have to live with and accept for the rest of my life. Please don't take life for granted, it can change at any time.

November and December 2012 was mostly spent in the woods because deer hunting was much easer on me than standing and looking down into the water for hours. I just couldn't fish without the pain being too much to handle. At least hunting was relaxing and my side to side looking was the therapy that my doctors had me doing each day. So my silver lining was getting the buck I was after in December after two month of dreaming the time would come where he would be in range and at the perfect angle for a shot. Since I had limitations of height and length of time I could sit in a tree this buck made my whole season and 2012 year.

So after all 2012 was a very up and down year for me. Hitting the lowest of lows sitting in my recliner for 6 weeks with a neck brace on when the muskies were extremely active and guide job after guide job was being referred to other guides I know. Not only my income was taken away from me but also my love for the outdoors. 2013 is now here and my health is back to as normal as it's going to get. Life goes on and so will my guide service and the love for the outdoors.

2013 is going to be a great year. I am already getting lots of guide requests and starting to book dates in May, June and July. My 14 months on 3rd shift ended in November 2012 as my job bib was accepted for a 1st shift job. Feels great to be back to normal life after that 3rd shift stint I had to do to get this new position I was looking to get. 29 years of my life has been spent at Waukesha Electric and I can say it's been a great job. But nothing is better than the outdoors, on the water and in the woods. May through October is my time on the water and April, November and December is my woods time. January and February is ice time.

I want to thank everyone who supported me during this last year and look forward to 2013 with high expectations on the water. With this winter being very cold and the ice up to 18-inches thick with snow cover I expect the weeds to be down this Spring so May fishing will be some of the best action we have had in years. June will also be very good if the weeds are limited like I am expecting. The decline of weeds usually runs in cycles and 2013 is a decline year witch also helps. All in all it's already a very promising 2013 season outlook. Feel free to e-mail me with any questions you might have. I will be glad to help you in any way I can.

Mike "The Extreme One" Koepp


Dave's 2nd Pewaukee muskie caught casting Chris R's with a Pewaukee muskie casting bucktails Nice Pewaukee muskie casting Llungen bucktails Pewaukee muskie trolling after dark 8 year old's can catch big muskies too Jonny's Pewaukee muskie Natalie's Pewaukee muskie Mike's water released muskie Paul gets a 43-incher on Pewaukee Lake Paul scores a 38-inch muskie Happy couple with a muskie Adam gets another pike Adam's nice smallmouth bass First fish of the trip 5:33am Another pike caught at 7:09am Six week in this collar sucks!!!
Dave's Pewaukee muskie caught casting Mike's Pewaukee muskie Chris M's with a Pewaukee muskie casting bucktails Pewaukee muskie trolling at dark Pewaukee muskie Steve's Pewaukee muskie Mike's Pewaukee muskie Travis's Pewaukee muskie Kids like big muskies Paul gets a 41-inch muskie Adam and Cristal start out with a pike Happy couple with a pike Another pike for Adam and Cristal A huge 23-inch smallmouth bass Dave gets the second fish at 5:55am Dave catches the 4th fish at 8:02am

The 2012 Season Review

For the best monthly review or full season review please use my REPORTS link and REPORTS HOME navigation section to read all the reports I have done over the last 12 years.

The 2012 open water fishing season is now over and the Fall hunting season is also over. Here I sit at my computer working on my web site thinking about all the time spent on the water and in the woods. What a great season 2012 was for fish and deer hunting. Lots of clients got their "personal best" and "most fish" caught ever on a fishing trip. Fishing this past season was a huge challenge for me with the limitations I had to deal with. I was happy to get out fishing with my clients and feel privileged to teach others things I have learned over the last 30 years of fishing.

My hunting season ended early December with a 163 4/8 inch giant 10 pointer I shot with my bow. I am very proud of this buck because he was so smart and the time I had to put in to get him was far more than any other buck I targeted. Since I had restrictions due to my surgery I spent way more time in the woods than on the water this past Fall. Hunting allowed me to get my walking exorcise and do my neck therapy stretching while still being outside. My doctors didn't want me im my boat due to the waves and pounding that could cause a set back in my rehab after surgery. Having a multi level cervical fusion was not anything anyone wants to go through.

May 2012 was a challenge for everyone because of the early spring and fast growing weeds. Pewaukee Lake had the most and tallest weeds of any year I can remember. The recreational boaters and fishermen were out in force this past May due to the unusually early Spring. Also the tournaments were every weekend week after week. Muskie and bass tournaments are very popular in May on Pewaukee Lake. Don't let that stop you from going out in May because the muskies and bass are all very shallow and visible. It's a great time of the season to learn the lake structure and hot spots that these fish stack up in every spring. There is some very good areas where the muskies and smallmouth both hang out for two to three weeks. These areas are very good every season and both hold some of the biggest fish of both species. Please remember to catch and release these big fish when you catch them. So May is a great month to get out fishing, see fish and learn the lake. But catching muskies is another story because May is the hardest month to catch them. The spawning cycle is the biggest issue because you have prespawn, spawn and post spawn in May usually. By the end of May the muskies, walleyes and bass are all actively feeding and a blast to catch. Memorial Day weekend is always the best action of the month of May and the start of the great casting action.

June 2012 was outstanding. The casting bite was great all June and even the trolling bite got going sooner than usual due to the heat and early Spring. The best casting bite is always the first three weeks in June every year. This past June I was very limited to the time I could spend on the water because of various reasons. But the time my boat spent was out was outstanding for me and my clients. Lots of great stories and action all June this past 2012 for my guide service.

July 2012 started out smoking hot for action casting and especially trolling. The heat kicked in early July and had the water temperatures pushing into the 80's very early in the month. Every half day guide trip was multiple fish trips. I was averaging 4 to 6 fish per half day outing. Pike and muskies were very active and gave all my clients the action they were looking for. Bonus walleyes and bass were also hitting so you never knew what was going to be on the end of your line when the reels started to peel out drag. The night bite was also extremely good in July with lots of muskies in the 38 to 42-inch range. Some mid 40's were mixed in just to keep you waiting for that upper 40's or rare 50-inch class muskie to show up. The bad part of all this action was the water temperatures kept going up and now we had to only fish the coolest part of the mornings or late night because of the high water temperatures. Once the water gets over 80 degrees it's all about water releases. This is done with no net and only a long nose pliers. This is the only way to protect the muskies during this sensitive time of delayed mortality due to low dissolved oxygen and high water temperatures. I suspended my guide service the second week of July due to this situation. I only fished a few night before I put my boat away because my surgery was scheduled for the third week in July. As it turned out my cervical neck fusion surgery was pushed back to August 2nd and that was the end of my fishing for a few months.

August and most of September 2012 was spent in a neck collar after my cervical neck fusion. Zero fun, zero fishing, just rehab.....

October 2012 was the start of my getting back out on the water on calm days. Most of my October was spent in physical therapy, doctors offices and walking as much as I could to try and get my body back to where I can function some what normally. Nothing was easy for me and everything was a challenge. Take it from someone who had everything taken away from him because of the negligent actions of a driver who pulled out in front of me on Capital Drive December 5th 2011. I will remember that accident every day of my life because it changed my life forever. To this day I still can't do everything I want without limitations. Like typing this report with pain in my neck from the time spent looking at this computer and bending my neck up and down. Side to side it's not that bad but up and down doesn't work very good anymore. Just something I will have to live with and accept for the rest of my life. Please don't take life for granted, it can change at any time.

November and December 2012 was mostly spent in the woods because deer hunting was much easer on me than standing and looking down into the water for hours. I just couldn't fish without the pain being too much to handle. At least hunting was relaxing and my side to side looking was the therapy that my doctors had me doing each day. So my silver lining was getting the buck I was after in December after two month of dreaming the time would come where he would be in range and at the perfect angle for a shot. Since I had limitations of height and length of time I could sit in a tree this buck made my whole season and 2012 year.

So after all 2012 was a very up and down year for me. Hitting the lowest of lows sitting in my recliner for 6 weeks with a neck brace on when the muskies were extremely active and guide job after guide job was being referred to other guides I know. Not only my income was taken away from me but also my love for the outdoors. 2013 is now here and my health is back to as normal as it's going to get. Life goes on and so will my guide service and the love for the outdoors.

2013 is going to be a great year. I am already getting lots of guide requests and starting to book dates in May, June and July. My 14 months on 3rd shift ended in November 2012 as my job bib was accepted for a 1st shift job. Feels great to be back to normal life after that 3rd shift stint I had to do to get this new position I was looking to get. 29 years of my life has been spent at Waukesha Electric and I can say it's been a great job. But nothing is better than the outdoors, on the water and in the woods. May through October is my time on the water and April, November and December is my woods time. January and February is ice time.

I want to thank everyone who supported me during this last year and look forward to 2013 with high expectations on the water. With this winter being very cold and the ice up to 18-inches thick with snow cover I expect the weeds to be down this Spring so May fishing will be some of the best action we have had in years. June will also be very good if the weeds are limited like I am expecting. The decline of weeds usually runs in cycles and 2013 is a decline year witch also helps. All in all it's already a very promising 2013 season outlook. Feel free to e-mail me with any questions you might have. I will be glad to help you in any way I can.

Mike "The Extreme One" Koepp