Fishing Report:

As we are getting into the late summer fishing can, at times, be very difficult. This year the lakes have never reached their normal summer temperatures due to the abnormal weather we have had. We are beginning to see some scum forming in the end of bays and some green water in some of the areas of the lake. Fortunately, it is not as bad this year due to the cooler water. Water levels remain high and the boat landings are still in good shape.

There is still a lot of traffic in the area, but this will slow down soon as the kids are back to school and many of the cottages owners will start closing up after Labor Day weekend. As Fall approaches and the water temps drop, we should get some great fall fishing, but not for a few weeks yet. We have had some warm fronts in mid-September in the last few years, but let us hope that does not happen this year.

Walleye fishing has been very slow, but, in general, not bad. It appears the fish are a little deeper in the lakes and that has certainly been the case during these cold fronts. Look in the holes for these fish, then on the mud flats with crawlers. Half of a night crawler on a spin rig or Lindy rig has worked. Just drift over 12 to 18 foot of water over the soft bottom and hard bottom areas. You will also be able to find fish in the weed edges and rocky structure areas in the evening. Jigs and half crawlers or minnows will work for these fish in the 6 to 10 feet of water. Best times for walleye is still early morning or early evening into dark.

Bass fishing has been good, but the fish were driven deeper by that last cold front. They had been surprisingly shallow, but went deeper as the water temps went down. When it warms again for a few days they should come up to the shallows again. The nights have been cool and is keeping the water temperatures down. Smallmouth have been hitting both plastics and crankbaits and can be found in both weeds and on rocks. Largemouth have been mixed with the smallmouth in weeds and on rocks. They also are deeper due to the cooler weather, but will return to the weeds and the shallow rocks. Wacky worms and plastics have worked, along with crankbaits in deeper water and surface baits in the shallows.

Northern pike are hitting in the weeds, as usual. They were not affected by these passing fronts and have hit well all year. Any flashy bait or surface lure will be effective for these fish. Try some larger minnows on slip bobber rigs over the weeds.

Musky action has been fair and all bait types will work. Anglers are moving a lot of fish, but only with moderate success. These fish are both in the weeds at times and suspending over deeper water during the daytime. On calmer mornings and evenings use surface baits over the weeds.

Panfish action has been good, with bluegills leading the way. Smaller bluegills are in the weeds and bigger ones off the weed lines. Leaf worms or wax worms will work for these fish. Smaller ones are in the weeds or under piers and provides plenty of action for the youngsters. Crappies have gone into deeper water and have been schooling there. If you have good electronics, you can locate these schools and drop bait down to them. Try some TattleTails, Mini-Mites or small tube jigs, pink and white has performed the best. Slip bobber rigs with a minnow will work also. Perch are both in the deeper edge of the weeds and in deeper water with the walleye.

Let’s Go Fishing

Here are the species of fish available to catch in the “QUIET LAKES”

MUSKY

The king of freshwater fish. They are the top predator and least populated fish in our lakes. Catch and release is the common practice these days. It’s known as the fish of 10,000 casts, but hiring a guide will cut those odds.

NORTHERN PIKE

Wisconsin’s second largest predator fish, second only to their relative the Musky. Pike are typically very aggressive and will feed anytime the opportunity allows. They prefer weed flats and other ambush points.

WALLEYE

The walleye is the largest member of the perch family and is often targeted for its table fare. Walleyes can be tough to find, but when they are located, they typically cooperate and bite. Bait secret: minnows, nightcrawlers and leeches, and back to minnows as the season starts and finishes.

PERCH

A small fish that most anglers seek more for the taste than the tug. Adults average 7 to 10 inches which make it a good fish for all ages to catch. Perch have a tendency to congregate in large schools making it a one-stop spot to catch your dinner.

BASS

Large and smallmouth bass are brothers, but like family they do take separate paths. We have several small backwoods lakes that offer untapped largemouth fishing, and several area lakes that offer numbers to trophy fishing for smallmouth. NOTE: the season for smallmouth isn’t open to harvest until the 3rd Saturday of June. Regulations for harvest of largemouth are different from lake to lake.

PANFISH

These fish are probably one of the most popular sport and eating fish in Wisconsin. Crappies, bluegills, and sunfish are our most common “panfish”. Probably the most targeted fish in the spring, and often over harvested. Remember to take only enough for a meal and leave some for another day.