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Thursday, October 1, 2015

Okauchee Launch Opens October 3rd

Just in time for Musky Season:

October 1, 2015
OCONOMOWOC, Wis. - The Department of Natural Resources will re-open the Okauchee Lake public access site beginning Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015. The public access site is located in the Village of Oconomowoc and was closed this summer for construction.
Work at the site involved reconfiguring traffic flow through the site, construction of additional parking, storm water control measures, and installation of a kiosk.
The launch is open every day from 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Contact(s): John Olson, DNR state boat access engineer, 608-267-7484; or Lance Stock, DNR property manager, 920-988-9835

Monday, September 28, 2015

Fishing Report 9-28-15

Sorry I've been away gang...that whole teaching thing has limited my time on the water.

Around the area water is hovering around the high 60's to low 70's, but with rain and cooler weather on the way, expect the shorter nights to start dropping water temps. Weeds are still thick, and water levels are around average for this time of year. Baitfish are still very plentiful since many of them hatched late.

Panfish have begun to transition to fall patterns. Look for keepers at the ends of long weedy points, or suspended around shallow grass in current areas. Plastics tipped with small live bait are usually solid options this time of year, but don't overlook the use of larger live bait for keepers.

LM Bass fishing has settled into a traditional early fall pattern. Fish will bite periodically through out the day, but usually in short feeding spurts, and the afternoons and evenings are the best times of day. Topwater, especially buzzbaits and poppers will pull up active fish. Fishtight to cover early, but get more active around 10am. Be ready to move around to find active fish, but concentrate on areas with rock/weed transitions.

SM Bass is time to break out the live bait. Fish will relate to breaklines, moving up to shallow water to feed, but then out to deep water between feeding runs. Deeper breaks off of points or shallow rocky areas are the best place to start. Don't be shy about the live bait, but deep diving crankbaits in white or crawfish patterns can save a day this time of year.

Walleye fishing has been on the slow side for the last ten days. I expect the fishing to get better as the weather stabilizes over the next period of time. A few anglers have been heading to the rivers to get a jump on the fall runs.

Musky fishing has been a little slower than I would have expected. Based on my own fishing and some reports, I'd say its below average. It is sure to pick up soon. In the meantime, gliders, dawgs, bucktails and jerkbaits are solid options, but it is the start of sucker season, make sure to keep one out while targeting muskies.

Good Luck,