Well gang, we have some serious fishing going on right now. The bite is very good, and the water conditions have stabilized, even if the weather hasn't. If you've been waiting to get on the water, you're missing some solid fishing right now. You can even make good use of my Father's Day Special. Information Here
The bluegills are almost done spawning. Better panfish are being caught out of the deeper sand and suspended over deeper water. You'll still find some fish up in the shallow to mid depth on the nests, but the bulk of the fish are starting to set up for summer. If you're looking for decent keepers, you need to look for those fish in
12-15 FOW. They are hard to find with the naked eye, so you'll need to do some
moving around with your electronics. A good starting point is the deeper
water adjacent to areas where you see beds in the shallow water. (Best
bets: Middle Genessee, Lower Nehmabin, Nagawicka, Okauchee, Garvin,
Keesus, School Section)
Bass are working traditional summer patterns, but the weather is
making patterning fish difficult from day to day. Docks, rockbars,
slop, scattered weeds on flats and the deep weedlines have all been
producing. The best bite for largemouth has been weed edges in 6-12
feet of water. Slop bite is picking up steam on many of the smaller
lakes. The topwater bite has been steady, but most topwater fish are
being caught before 8am on sunny mornings. Pop-R's with an orange or
red belly have been producing some nice schooling fish and Redfins and
jointed rapalas are catching some nice smallies. When on the feed, fish are patrolling shallow flat areas, and covering water on the larger flats can really run up your numbers right now. As the sun gets high, look
for fish around (but not necessarily under) docks and in the mid depth water adjacent to longer points.
Wacky, Jigworms, Jig/chunk, Skirted grubs, Pre-rigged worms, Texas rigs
and Sliders will all catch fish. (Keesus, Okauchee, Pewaukee,
Oconomowoc, Golden, Forest, Silver, Ashippun.)
Musky fishing continues to be good but the pattern has been evening or night fishing. Day time patterns have been inconsistent. The most active fish have come on deep divers,
gliders and large tubes fished along the deepest weedlines you can
find. A few are being caught on
topwaters, especially on Okauchee, Fowler and Lac Labelle, but the trolling crowd put some quality fish in the boat this past week including at least one 51" on Okauchee.
Walleye action has picked back up. Leeches under slip bobbers
are catching fish in 12-15 feet, especially around weed/rock transition
areas. Suckers fished on a split shot rig have been taking some
better fish, especially in the late evenings. Weededges and sand
grass are the areas to key on, especially in 15-22 feet of water. Lake
Koshkonong has a hot bite going on in the main basin in 4-6 feet.
Pulling harnesses or cranks has been giving up a mixed bag of
walleyes, pike and whitebass. Most walleye action is coming at less
than 2mph when trolling with meat.
Pike action was red hot this week, with lots of people fishing for bass catching bonus pike. Fish the weed flats and outside
edges with spinners or live bait. Smaller, wide wobbling crankbaits,
buzzbaits and lipless crankbaits are really producing for the action
seekers. Reapers, inline spinners and large jerkbaits are catching some
better fish. Northern pike fishing with live bait is a great way to fish right now. Look for major
structure in the early mornings and late evenings and drift with
lindy rigged suckers catching the majority of the
Final Thought: I was out several times in the last week, and on most days I fished more than one lake. The fishing has been unreal the last 10-12 days. Drop that golf club, grab your kids and get on the water.
If you've got specific questions: Feel free to email me.