Musky America Magazine

Bill Janney – Musky Angler Extraordinaire On November 15, 2013, I had the opportunity to interview renowned Musky angler Bill Janney. The interview was arranged by my good friend Rich Reinert who considers Bill a Musky mentor, as do many of the successful and competent guides on the Chippewa Flowage. Bill was kind enough to invite me into his home that is situated on the shores of the Chippewa Flowage. Over a cup of coffee, Bill touched on a lifetime of guiding experiences, giving credit to such Chippewa Flowage greats as Bruce Tasker for Bill’s 35 years of guiding success. It was a real pleasure to hear Bill recount the camaraderie between guides. Bill noted that the guides would congregate at Herman’s Landing and, over a beer and a bump, would share locations where they or their clients had action. Bill mentioned that back then the guides were as focused on the success of their fellow guides as they were on their own. Bill also shared with me his insight on the productivity of the Chippewa Flowage from years past to today. One could not help but be impressed by Bill’s knowledge of the fishery based upon his first-hand observations. It was interesting to hear that "winter kills" were not uncommon when the flowage was drawn down 11 feet in years past. Even though there were winter kills, the Chippewa Flowage continued to have productive seasons year after year; a testimony to the overall health of the fishery.