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Saturday, September 28, 2013

Fishing report 9-28-13

Fall patterns are starting to catch on. Water was in the mid to high 60's on most area lakes. Weeds are still up, and fish schooling up on bait is becoming more and more common.

Bass are holding deep, but making foraging runs onto shallow breaks with baitfish. Fish are feeding hard mid morning and again in the later afternoon. Cover water, and be ready to catch a mixed bag of fish out of spots. Hit areas with visible baitfish hard, and don't overlook fish suspended off the first deep break over weeds.

Reports have the walleye bite as active. The fish I have been catching have been on the smaller side, but I heard some reports over the last couple days of some bigger fish being caught. The Rock River is very low, but Pine, Nagawicka, Oconomowoc North and Lac Labelle are giving up some fish. Vertically jigging weed edges adjacent to the drops has been producing, as have rapala stickbaits worked over submerged weeds, especially in the evenings.

Pike have been active, but quality fish have been harder to come by than would be typical for this time of year. Spinners, lipless cranks, spoons and buzzbaits are producing, especially on the flats with scatttered weeds. A few people are catching some bigger fish drifting deeper water with live bait on a slip sinker rig.

Musky fishing is really picking up. Fish are still on the deeper edges, but a few are coming in shallow to chase juvenile perch. Bucktails were the hot bait this week, with a handful of fish over 40 inches being reported. Sucker rigs caught some decent fish, especially on suckers fished in 18-25 FOW. Pewaukee has been very active, but Okauchee and Oconomowoc are giving up the larger fish. No word of Lac Labelle or Fowler for ski's this week.

Good Luck...stay safe,


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