Fishing has been hit or miss the last week as fish have been feeding during blocks of time each day. If you're on them when they feed, the fishing has been good, but this run of unstable weather has made them very hard to pattern.
Right now most
lakes are in the mid to high 70s. Weed growth varies from lake to lake,
but is about average 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 when its not raining cats and dogs,
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 slow but steady, with a fair number 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
shallow water, with topwater baits producing before first light or after dark.
Musky fishing continues to be slower than average. 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. Gliders and bucktails seem to be producing the most follows, but converting fish has been difficult. A few people are starting to troll the deeper basins, but I haven't heard about much in the way of success.
Walleye fishing has been pretty good, but much better on the windy days of after dark. Fish on Lac Labelle, Oconomowoc,
Pine and Fox Lake are still using shallow weeds and weed edges. If you can find a weed edge in 15-18 FOW, sit on it. Jigging
with live bait or drifting with lindy rigs/ spinner harnesses has been
productive Trolling with Shad Raps is picking up, as is typical for this time of year....slower speeds over the deeper part of the basins appears
to be the trick.
Bluegills are almost done spawning on most area lakes. If you're looking for action,
areas of beds can still 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.