Okauchee has a WABTA bass
tournament on Sunday.
Panfish, especially bluegills were already spawning on many local
lakes. Some fish were starting to make nests in the shallow sand. Look for active
fish along the inside edges of weedlines at the end of points, a key
staging area for panfish before the spawn. Some
crappies can be caught off deeper fish attractors/brushpiles...but
fishing vertically, tightlining tail hooked crappies minnows is probably
your best approach. I heard some decent crappies were coming from
Ashippun, Kessus and Pine, but I have not verified this.
Largemouth bass are more or less done with their spawning activity. Lots
of fish are still schooled up and chasing bait on the shallow to mid
depth weed flats with scattered cover. Baitfish remains the key factor
on fish location so presentations made
slow and very tight to cover (like flipping or texas rigs for example)
willcatch fish. If the wind is laying down, one of my better
tricks for these conditions is to twitch a size 11 floating rapala
minnow, pop-r or pop-x around shallow structure/cover. This is also
prime time for live bait presentations, especially larger shiners or
small suckers on a slip sinker rig.
Smallmouth were finishing up the spawning ritual. Likely will be a tough bite
until conditions stabilize a little, but when the bite is tough
sometimes your best approach for brown bass is to get unconventional.
I'd throw spinnerbaits and crankbaits for smallmouth, especially around
the deep edges of transition areas. Tubes on the rocks or crawfish pattern crankbaits bounced
through the sand and rocks in 8-15 FOW might just be the ticket to stick
a big fish this weekend.
Northern Pike have been active-throw spinnerbaits, buzzbaits or lipless
crankbaits around shallow patches of weeds for some action. Bigger fish
can be taken on slip sinker rigs tipped with larger bait around the deeper edges of the roadbeds or rocky points.
Walleye: The bite has dropped off substantially with a lake fly hatch this past week, but some fish are being caught on live bait in 8-12 FOW. Oconomowoc has been active while the bite has dropped off some on Pine, North and Lac Labelle.
Around the area: Trout are still coming, although in
limited numbers, from the stocked lakes and ponds.