We look to be in for some mixed weather
this week so consider getting out this week. The lakes won't be too busy
as many guys are thinking about their treestands and less about their
Water temps are in the mid to high 70's, but the cooler nights will start to bring that number down quick. Weeds are still very heavy, and at their end of summer peak. Baitfish populations are very high right now with a couple of big hatches in the last ten days.
Panfish are schooled up along the deep weed edges at the end of points, and in the deep sandgrass. A few are still suspending.
Bass are moving into their fall
patterns, feeding heavily for a couple of short periods of time each day. They'll follow the baitfish into rocky areas and the inside
weedlines, so keep your eyes open for schools of minnows. In the mornings and early evenings look for them to be roaming on the shallow flats and
rockbars in search of food. Floating Rapalas, wacky worms, jigworms, skirted grubs, lipless
crankbaits, jig/chunk combos and texas rigged lizards are all delivering right now. If
you find some fish on a weedline, a small squarebill crankbait, drop shot or crawling a big plastic worm will get you some
Northern Pike have finally turned on. You can still target them with live bait along the deep
weedlines, but lipless crankbaits in a silver and blue pattern can
really produce. Spinner baits and small bucktails or Mepps will also catch fish.
should be moving into shallow water, especially early and late,
although I haven't heard or seen it happening just yet. For now trolling
slowly with spinner rigs along the breaks between 10-15 or 18-22 feet
of water is your best bet. The Rock River is very low, but Pine, North, Oconomowoc and Lac Labelle have all been giving up some decent numbers.
Musky fishing is just on the edge of
getting started...I'd say it will get going in about two weeks. I saw lots of people throwing some big hardware over the last few days, and I'd recommend a downsized approach...smaller bucktails, jerkbaits and gliders. Most of the baitfish that are being targeted by larger species are still fairly small. Until the water cools a bit more, the realk fall feeding won't begin. Many fish have moved out of deeper water
and are holding around the deep weed edges. A few are even roaming the
shallow flats and a handful have moved onto the shallow rocks in search
of juvenile perch. Most fish are being taken around weed edges by
casters, but a few are still being caught while trolling crankbaits.
Concentrate your efforts in areas with visible baitfish for the best
chance at success.