A couple of updates on the lake conditions.
1.) Every Lake in the Oconomowoc River Chain (Okauchee, Oconomowoc, Fowler and Lac Labelle,) as well the navigable river sections has been declared slow no wake until further notice. Lower Nashotah, and Upper and Lower Nemahbin are also slow no wake. The water is very high and shoreline damage can occur. Note that this means everywhere on the lake, not just the regular areas, will be slow no wake.
2.) The launch at Lac La Belle will be open starting at 3pm Friday and will remain open until 8am (or so) Monday morning. This will be in effect for weekends until further notice. You may be able to get in or out at other times, but the only time the launch will be guaranteed to be open will be during this weekend window. You can still park on the side streets, but not the one next to where the church accident occurred.
If you are considering Labelle for fishing this weekend, the launch situation will be dicey. Park and Rec recommends that you not try to launch alone, and bring your waders. You will literally be launching the boat in the beach parking lot. Expect these conditions to continue for some time, especially if we get additional rain ver the next few weeks.
3.) The flow in the Oconomowoc river is very, very strong below the Okauchee Lake Dam. If you are considering Oconomowoc for opening weekend, make sure you'll be able to make the return trip to the public launch.
4.) If you are considering heading up north for the opener, I suggest you do some online research or make some calls to make sure that you won't need your ice fishing gear. Many lakes in the northern part of the state still have ice of them.