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Monday, September 9, 2013

North Lake Article

I received more than a few emails over the past couple of days about the trip to North Lake. Many people had questions about the fishing out there.
Picture from JSOnline.

I can only say this...we didn't fish very hard, or very long, but we caught a mess of bass there along some shallow drops and near some scattered weed clumps. It was an incredibly enjoyable experience to be with John and Paul that day, and I for one am very interested in getting out on the lake again soon.

Here's a link to JSOnline's Outdoors Page where you can read about the trip and John's incredible knowledge of the lake and its structure.

Fishing Report 9-9-13

Well gang,

We look to be in for some mixed weather this week so consider getting out this week. The lakes won't be too busy as many guys are thinking about their treestands and less about their trolling motors.

Water temps are in the mid to high 70's, but the cooler nights will start to bring that number down quick. Weeds are still very heavy, and at their end of summer peak. Baitfish populations are very high right now with a couple of big hatches in the last ten days.

Panfish are schooled up along the deep weed edges at the end of points, and in the deep sandgrass. A few are still suspending.

Bass are moving into their fall patterns, feeding heavily for a couple of short periods of time each day. They'll follow the baitfish into rocky areas and the inside weedlines, so keep your eyes open for schools of minnows. In the mornings and early evenings look for them to be roaming on the shallow flats and rockbars in search of food.  Floating Rapalas, wacky worms, jigworms, skirted grubs, lipless crankbaits, jig/chunk combos and texas rigged lizards are all delivering right now. If you find some fish on a weedline, a small squarebill crankbait, drop shot or crawling a big plastic worm will get you some action.

Northern Pike have finally turned on. You can still target them with live bait along the deep weedlines, but lipless crankbaits in a silver and blue pattern can really produce. Spinner baits and small bucktails or Mepps will also catch fish.

Walleye should be moving into shallow water, especially early and late, although I haven't heard or seen it happening just yet. For now trolling slowly with spinner rigs along the breaks between 10-15 or 18-22 feet of water is your best bet. The Rock River is very low, but Pine, North, Oconomowoc and Lac Labelle have all been giving up some decent numbers.

Musky fishing is just on the edge of getting started...I'd say it will get going in about two weeks. I saw lots of people throwing some big hardware over the last few days, and I'd recommend a downsized approach...smaller bucktails, jerkbaits and gliders. Most of the baitfish that are being targeted by larger species are still fairly small. Until the water cools a bit more, the realk fall feeding won't begin. Many fish have moved out of deeper water and are holding around the deep weed edges. A few are even roaming the shallow flats and a handful have moved onto the shallow rocks in search of juvenile perch. Most fish are being taken around weed edges by casters, but a few are still being caught while trolling crankbaits. Concentrate your efforts in areas with visible baitfish for the best chance at success.

Good Luck,