Fishing Report:

Water temps on the area lakes are fluctuating somewhere between 40 to 45 degrees depending on the day and what lake you are on. One thing is certain, they will continue to drop. This last week we have seen plenty of cold temperatures, rain, wind and even some snow and that has made fishing touch and go. Anglers must versatile in choosing what to wear.

Walleye anglers are finding some success using 1/4 oz jigs tipped with fathead minnows and/or slow trolling crank baits will yield some limited success. Late afternoon and evening hours are still the best times. 

Crappies are schooled up off of drop-offs. Best bite seems to be the 8 to 12 feet of water for crappies and a few bluegills.  A variety of jigging tactics are working.  Some anglers using ice fishing tackle tipped with plastics.  

Smallmouth are also hitting crankbaits and plastics near various types of rock areas and timber structures.  

Northern pike and largemouth bass are hitting spinnerbaits, crankbaits and plastics. Wacky worm rigs has been a great tactic for the bass. Fish the weeds and weed  drop offs. 

Musky anglers are also finding success, especially using live bait on quick strike rigs. Look for vegetation near the shallows for the fish. Anglers using artificial bait are finding very limited action. 

Still time to enjoy the fall colors, but the leaves are fading and falling fast with the weather we have been having.  

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.