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.
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.
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.
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,