Fishing Report

After a rather slow period the fishing has steadily improved over the past few days.  Anglers have taken multi species with some regularity throughout the day.  A few have been pleasantly surprised to catch a walleye in the middle of the day.  Who said you have to get up early in the morning or stay out late to catch a walleye?  Not me, well, maybe most of the time it is better.  The key for walleye lately has been transition zones, mud to weeds, rocks to mud, sand to rock, etc., and if you can find these transitions areas next to deep water, all the better.   A half of a nightcrawler on spinning rig or Lindy rig has put the majority the walleyes in the boat.

There are some lakes in the Northwood’s that do not have shallow weeds, only deep weeds.  Normally weeds in a lake will start shallow and then end at 10-15′ depending on the water clarity. Some lakes the weeds will not start until 9′ and then go to 20′.  Again, you must fish the weeds. both shallow, deep and the weed edges.  

Be flexibility with your baits.  If you are fishing for crappie, or other panfish, using a minnow under a bobber rig and it is not producing switch tube a tube jig or some other small plastics. Gulp minnows has been a good producer also.  Try tail hooking the minnow under the bobber rig also.  Tip baits with a piece of nightcrawler or waxie, it just might make a difference.    Anglers fishing the shallow weeds have had good success with panfish, although the majority are small.  Move a little deeper for the larger fish.   

Bass action has been slow this past week, but a few have been, mostly by anglers fishing other species.  I think anglers are concentrating on other species other than bass.  The largemouth are still in the weeds and smallmouth are still in the deeper rocky/gravel areas.  Night crawlers, rigged worms and topwater plastics will still produce largemouth.  Fishing the deep water rocks/gravel with tube jigs, diving crankbaits will produce smallmouth.

Northern pike action has been good and some nice sized ones have been caught.  Fish the shallow and deeper weeds for northern.  Spinnerbaits, chatterbaits and a larger minnow under a bobber rig has produce.  Northern pike are aggressive and will bite on almost anything.  This is all day action if you are fishing for this species. 

Top water baits and medium size bucktails have produce well with the musky these past few weeks.  Anglers are reporting moving a lot of fish and a lot of follows.  Local guides have produce well for their clients this week and some nice sized fish were boated.  Fish the weed edges and drops to deeper water for musky.  Some anglers are starting to float a musky sucker on a quick set rig while casting.  When doing that be sure to retrieve your lure near the sucker in case of any follows and always do the figure eight at the boat.  A lot of fish have been boated just by doing that. 

Water levels are still up and water temperature is still in the mid to lower 70’s.  The weather patterns have not changed much, we are still in our progression of highs and lows passing through the area.  Giving us a mixture clouds, sun, cool, heat and humidity.  The only thing missing this week was rain.  As we are in the waning day of summer things will only improve as the daylight hours grow shorter and water temperature start to decline.  Looking forward to some fall fishing conditions.  

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.