Sorry about last week gang...school starting up kept me very busy (for those who don't check in regularly, I teach journalism at UWM) and I didn't double check to make sure the report went up (I tried to send it in via my mobile)
Anyway...it very quickly became Fall. And as things go...so far, so good and remember some of the best fishing of the year
is between now and the end of the season.
The cooler nights during the last week or so have really changed the
conditions on local lakes. Water temps have dropped significantly, and you'll find some in the 60's on most lakes. The late algae blooms we had this season are clearing
up quick as a result, and the baitfish numbers, which were thinner this year, are really starting to thin out as fish turn on for fall.
Bass fishing will remain really good for a couple weeks, then it will be time
to put away the plastics and start fishing live bait for a trophy.
Smallmouth (usually) go on a tear on our area lakes in the fall, and we're getting real close to that kickoff. For now... expect the fish to make a couple foraging runs a
day, but if you're having trouble connecting with active fish, look for
the in the deep water, adjacent to the shallow structure. Plastics,
cranks and jigs will work, but as the days get shorter, live bait
becomes a better option, especially for bigger fish. Leeches will still be good for a bit, but it is time to start using the biggest shiners you can find, or small suckers if you have to.
Walleye fishing is hasn't really started pick up on the area rivers, and
fishing the area lakes has been slower than average for this time of
year. I'd expect that to change real soon. On the area lakes, the fish will be
anywhere there's baitfish around weeds or rock/weed transition areas in
8-12 or 15-22 feet of water. Fishing cranks and stickbaits around weeds works well for active fish, and if you get one out of a patch of isolated weeds, fish through the area very
Pike have been active in 10-22 feet of water along
weed edges, points or sand/gravel transition areas. Spinners are always a
solid option for pike, but as the water cools I usually switch back to
crankbaits, especially wide wobbling deep divers in natural or red/white patterns. Jerkbaits
can really shine right now, especially suspenders worked around weed
clumps where there are visible baitfish hovering.
Musky fishing has been picking up, but is sure to get really good. Ditch the tree stand and/or your goose blind nowis
the time to start working for this years trophy. Gliders, bucktails and
jerkbaits are all solid options for casting, and remember to keep a
sucker out on a quick strike rig for lazy followers. Right now, look for
the them to be using weeds in 12-15 feet of water or rocks in 8-12 feet
of water. As the water cools, they'll follow the ciscos in, and
that's when things start to get really interesting. Pewaukee has been giving a fair number of smaller fish (30-36"), and lots of guys are starting to see some bigger fish on Lac Labelle and Oconomowoc. I know Okauchee and North have guys fishing them, but I don't have a current report as of this morning...and I have heard nothing on Fowler.