Water levels vary from system to system, but weed growth is still very heavy, Water temps are in the low to mid 70's.
Panfish have slowed down over the last two weeks. Crappie and bluegill
continue to bite along weedlines or suspended out over deep water, as
well as in mid-depth weeds, but keepers have been hard to come by unless you're working deeper fish.
Plastics tipped with live bait, tail hooked minnows and leafworms fished
vertically or with slip bobbers will produce. Evenings have been
better, as is typical for this time of year. (School Section, Lower
Geneessee, Lower Nashotah, Forest and Golden)
continue to run late summer patterns. Fish are feeding in short spurts throughout the day. On the hot sunny days, look for
them around docks or slop, or out deep in 12-15 FOW. On the cooler cloudy days, look
for active fish in sand/rock or rock/weed transitions in 4-8 feet.
Topwater bite will be good, especially early in the morning. (Silver, Moose, Ashippun, Okauchee, Nagawicka, Garvin)
fishing has been spotty. If you can find some active fish, you can do
well, but making that connection can be a tough nut to crack, especially on the hot days with little or no wind (like today). Look for fish around the edges of the shallow structure like rock bars or
sand/rock transition areas. The fish will be deeper than you think they
should be in most cases. Jigworms, grubs, minnowbaits and small white
crankbaits can be dynamite, but don't skip the tubes and lipless crankbaits. On tough days, live bait rigging, especially with large shiners can save a day on the water.(Oconomowoc, Lac Labelle, Nagawicka, Pine and North)
Pike fishing has been slow,
but steady. Lots of undersized fish are being caught in the shallow and
mid-depth areas. I'd consider moving out deeper and using live bait on a
slip sinker rig, trying to connect with active fish in 18-22 or 22-25
feet of water. (Okauchee, Nagawicka, North, School Section, Pretty and Kessus)
Walleye fishing has been entirely inconsistent lately. People still
fishing at night are reporting some success off the deeper sand flat
areas, but a few decent fish are being caught out of the shallow weeds
very early in the morning using rapalas or similar minnow baits.
(North, Nagawicka, Pine and Oconomowoc.)
Musky are getting more active, but
anglers are still reporting lots of lazy follows. Gliders, bulldogs and
cow-girls have all produced limited action in the past week, but most of the fish are
mid-30's to low 40 inch fish. Topwater is working just before the sun gets up and just after it goes down. As the water begins to cool, the action
will pick up considerably. (Pewaukee, North, Okauchee, Lac Labelle Oconomowoc)