Early June fishing is in full effect.
Right now most lakes are in the low to mid 70s. Weed growth varies from lake to lake, but is advanced for this point in the year.
Bass Fishing has been steady, producing some
quality bags of fish. Fish are starting to move into an early summer
pattern, with lots of areas and techniques producing. On cloudy days,
topwater and crankbaits are catching lots of fish over open water areas,
especially weed patches on the mid-depth flats in 6-12 feet of water.
On sunny days, especially those with lots of wind, fish are tighter to
cover or using shallow rock bars in 3-8 feet of water. Plastics,
flipped, skipped, pitched, wacky or texas rigged are great ways to
target these fish. Live bait on slip sinker rigs are catching some nice
fish for anglers making solid drifts over productive areas.
Pike fishing has been solid and steady, with lots of quality fish coming in. The
number one way to catch pike right now is a small sucker or medium to
large shiner on a slip sinker rig with a flourocarbon leader. Drift
along the deeper edges of weeds and you'll find some fish. Lipless
crankbaits, buzzbaits and spinner baits are also producing, especially in the
Musky fishing continued to be steady last week. The larger fish have
started to move out to the breaks, but there's still a solid number of
fish patrolling the shallow water, feeding on schooled up panfish.
Walleye fishing has been pretty good, but much better on cloudy or windy days. Fish on Lac Labelle, Oconomowoc,
Pine and Fox Lake are still using shallow weeds and weed edges. Jigging
with live bait or drifting with lindy rigs/ spinner harnesses has been
productive Trolling with Shad Raps is picking up on both Winnebago and
on Koshkonong. Slower speeds over the deeper part of the basins appears
to be the trick. Pulling boards is working, but more than one angler has
reported doing much better with hand held rods.
Bluegills are spawning on most area lakes. If you're looking for action,
areas of beds can be found in the shallows, but if you want some bigger
fish, move out to 9-15 feet of water and look for beds in gravel and
sandy areas. Vertical fishing with a split shot and live bait rig works
great, as does pulling a 1/8 ounce lindy rig with a short leader through
likely areas. (Try panfish leaches or leafworms) It's not the bobber
approach which works great in the shallows, but it can really produce
some quality keepers.