Conditions have been relatively stable.
Water temps around the area are in the low to mid 70's.
This is the Okauchee Tie-Up Weekend...so you might be looking for another place to fish on Saturday.
Panfish are in the late summer pattern. A few quality fish are still with the little fish in the dense shallow
weeds, but the large majority of keepers are suspended in deep water. Look
for schools of fish 14-22 feet down over deeper water, or along the
bottom in 18-22 feet. Slip bobbers or tightline vertical presentations
are you best options, and if you can get a good drift going, that's your
best bet. Panfish leeches, plastics tipped with waxies, leaf worms or
chunks of nightcrawler will work.
Largemouth bass fishing has been surprisingly good the last week all
things considered. Lots of fish are suspending just off of mainlake
structure that has a steep drop into deeper water. If you're out early,
you can connect with some of these fish on topwater until about 8:30am,
then you'll have to go deeper. Shallow fish are using the docks and
isolated clumps of weeds along rock/weed transition areas. Flipping
jigs, or skipping plastics has been very effective, and has even pulled
in some decent fish. The slop bite has been so-so, but docks have been hot. Out deep: crankbaits, drop shots, big texas rigged worms
(10-12") and slow rolled spinnerbaits are catching some fish around deep
weed edges and off the secondary structure located on major points.
Smallmouth bass fishing was so/so the last week. Lots of fish are
cruising the shallows, but getting a consistent bite has been very
of smallmouth are patrolling the rockbars and shallow rocky points a couple of times a day. Skirted grubs, jig
and chunks and tubes in natural patterns work great, as does the old
standby, the Rebel Crawfish.
Walleye fishing continues to be a hit or miss proposition. On cooler
days with some wind/cloudy conditions, some anglers are catching fish
out of the weeds vertically jigging the holes with live bait. Evening
fishing has been about average, with lindy rigs and nightcrawlers
catching most of the fish. Look for fish on the weededge in 12-18 FOW and again between 22-27 FOW on deep gravel, rock or in the sandgrass.
Pike fishing has been slow and steady. Lots of smaller pike are chasing
spinners, lipless cranks and buzzbaits around mid-depth weed clumps, but
bigger pike have been hard to come by consistently this year. As the days start to get shorter, the photocycle will
start to trigger some more fish to chase yellow perch or small suckers
into the weeds.
Musky fishing...has been pretty slow. A few fish are using current areas with lots
of baitfish, but they have been hard to catch. Topwaters are producing a few early and late, as is trolling the main basins with deep diving stickbaits.
Good luck out there. Be safe.