First off, a couple of things to note.
1.) I'll be speaking Tuesday, July 3rd at the Okauchee Lake Fishing Club meeting on night fishing Nagawicka and other area lakes.
2.) If you're in town for the holidays and looking to get some fishing in...call or email me.
Panfish have moved into their summer patterns. Small panfish can be
caught in shallow water, especially around docks or swim platforms, while
better sized fish are being caught out of the deeper water, where they
are suspending about 12 feet down over 18-25 feet of water. There's a
third batch which is still relating to weed clumps in 6-12 feet of water, . Best Bets: The Gennessee Lakes, Silver, Ashippun (Including from Shore), Ottawa (Great for shore) Upper and Lower Nashotah, Fowler, Garvin, Okauchee, Nagawicka, Forest (Shore Option) and Pine.
Largemouth bass are relating to weed edges in 8-15
feet of water. These fish can be taken on swimbaits, spinnerbaits,
crankbaits, texas rigged worms, nightcrawlers or small suckers fished
just along the outside edge. Skipping piers is
producing a few fish as well. Wacky Worms, Shakey heads and tubes are
all producing. If you're an early riser, topwater poppers, spooks and
buzzbaits are catching some nice fish off the weedflats in 5-12 feet
right now, but only consistently at first light. Slop bite is picking up, especially with the heat. Best Bets: Okauchee, Moose, Golden, Nagawicka, Pine, School Section and Kessus.
Smallmouth bass fishing has been spotty, but there are lots of
fish using rocky points and bars both early and later in the day. It
seems like most fish are patrolling the flats, and most anglers are
reporting that they are not finding active smallies near weeds. Skirted
grubs, tubes, wacky worms, shakey heads and small suckers are catching
some consistent bags of fish. If you see lots of baitfish around rocky
areas, try a jerkbait or floating rapala. Best Bets: Nagawicka, Pine, Lac Labelle and Oconomowoc.
Walleye fishing has been slow with the heat this past
Fish are being caught along shallow inside and outside weed edges or
off deeper flats with sandgrass. Vertically jigging with live bait or
plastics has been better during the day, while throwing cranks and
minnow baits has been producing early and late. Suckers, backtrolled on
lindy or a slip-sinker rig has been producing the larger fish. Lac
Labelle, North, Druid, Oconomowoc and Pine.
Pike fishing has been red hot lately. Lots of smaller pike are
using the shallow weedflats to feed on small gills and juvenile perch.
Spinners baits, lipless crankbaits, small bucktails or buzzbaits will
produce when fished tight to weedclumps. Looking for something bigger?
Move out to the weedline in 12-18 feet of water and fish with suckers
or large shiners on a slip sinker rig. Try, Fowler, Fox Emily, Moose (including from shore), Kessus, Golden, Nagawicka, Garvin, Okauchee and School Section.
Musky fishing slowed down with the heat wave, although some of the drop off in action is certainly due to people staying off the water this past week.
Some anglers have been catching suspended fish out over deeper water
pulling crankbaits. Some fish are also being taken by targeting points
along the deepedges of the weedline by fisherman casting with
bucktails, gliders, jerkbaits and swimbaits. Suckers on a quick strike
rig continue to convert fish, even this late into the summer.
Oconomowoc, Pewaukee, Okauchee, Garvin and Fowler.
Shore fishing was extremely limited this past week due to the heat....but watch for more information after the holiday.