Make sure to thank a vet this weekend.
water temps are back in the Mid to high 6o's. Weedgrowth is behind normal for
this time of the season, and Mayflies are in the middle of the hatch on a
couple of area lakes.
Bluegills are starting to
congregate in shallower water. A few nests are starting to appear in the traditional sandy and gravel areas.Look for them
in 4-10 feet of water, and be ready to move shallower as the
temperatures warm up. Current areas and spawning areas (like sandy or
gravel areas) will have fish, as will isolated patches of weeds in 6-10 FOW. Waxworms, butterworms, redworms and
plastics are taking fish, but bigger gills have been hard to come by in
any significant number. (Try Okauchee, Garvin ( red hot!), Golden Nagawicka, Upper
and Middle Genessee, School Section, Ashipunn, Pretty, Phantom and Lower
Crappie fishing has been slow. Most crappies
are in shallow bays near weeds, wood laydowns or reeds. Some fish have spawned. Minnows, hooked through the tail on a small hook (#8 or #10),
waxworms and plastics have all been taking fish. Lots of fish are in small areas, so move until you find fish, and then set-up on them. (Try: Okauchee (especially the North Flat, Bay
Five and the Crane's Nest), Garvin (North End and Wood Laydowns),
Kessus, Nagawicka (Channels), Golden, Silver, and Pine.
bass are post spawn and fishing has gotten much tougher this past week. Anglers are catching fish
targeting them in shallow water, but a few fish are still being caught
off the open areas on flats with scattered weeds. It might be hard to
consistently find bigger fish, but on warm afternoons, the
action could be good. Shallow water presentations like jig and chunk or
craw, wacky, texas rigged lizards, spinnerbaits or lipless crankbaits
will all catch fish right now, but don't overlook smaller topwater
presentations. Live bait, nightcrawlers, leeches or
small suckers are your best bet. (Try: Okauchee, Lake Five, Oconomowoc,
Pine, Lac Labelle, Kessus Nagawicka, Silver, School Section, Golden, Fox
Smallmouth bass have been active, but are in the process of finishing the spawn. Rock structure,
scattered weeds on sand and major points are all holding fish. Expect
them to be a little spooky, especially in the shallow water on sunny
days. Skirted grubs, jigworms, jig and craws, tubes, and soft jerkbaits
are all catching fish. Go natural with your color choices this weekend.
(Try: Oconomwoc, Pine, Lac Labelle, Nagawicka, Pewaukee, Lower
Nashotah and the Nemahbin Lakes.)
been active, with some keepers being caught in 8-12 feet of water.
Slip bobbers, Jig and
minnow, jig and leech, and split shot rigs with nightcrawlers or small
suckers have been the best way to target eyes. In the evening, a few
anglers are catching fish by working rapala minnow baits over isolated weed
clumps. This weekend should be red hot for walleyes, especially in the
evenings. (Try: Oconomowoc, Lac Labelle, Nagawicka, North, Pine and Fox)
fishing has picked up some and as the bass move into the post-spawn cycle, pike might be your best option for some action this holiday weekend. I personally caught multiple 30+ inch class pike this week. Spinnerbaits,
buzzbaits, lipless crankbaits, or suspending jerkbaits (like Husky Jerks
or Rouges) are catching fish around shallow weed clumps, or at the
edges of coves and marshy areas. If chasing pike with live bait, look
for them in 6-12 feet, using small suckers or large shiners on a slip
sinker rig. (Try: Okauchee, Kessus, Garvin, Nagawicka, Pine, Fowler,
Golden, School Section, Emily)
Musky Fishing has
been slow, but steady. There are lots of fish in the shallow water
chasing, and a few are even being caught on topwaters, but the
most consistent action has been coming in 8-15 FOW around mainlake
structure. Gliders, jerkbaits, swimbaits and bucktails have been
productive, but many anglers continue to describe lots of lazy follows,
so having a sucker out on a quickstrike rig is a great idea, and figure
eights are required on every cast. Gold blade/balck skirt seems to be
the color of the
season, but white/copper combos have also been catching a few. (Try:
Pewaukee, Fowler and Lac Labelle)
Around the area:
Fishing on the Rock River has picked up again, and anglers are still
catching a few whitebass south of Ft Atkinson, and catfish between the
Jefferson Dam and the mouth. The action has been good when its on, awful when its not.
If you're in town for the holiday and want to talk some more specific tips, email or call me.
Have a great holiday weekend. Again, thank a vet.