Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Labor Day Weekend

Well gang, the end of summer is nigh. At least it looks to be a nice weekend to wrap up summer.

Bass fishing has been steady, if a bit slow at times. Fish are using the weedlines in 12-18 feet of water, as well as the piers and the slop. Shallow fish can be taken on jigworms, skirted grubs, tubes or jig/chunk combos. Deeper fish are being taken on crankbaits and by flipping the weededges. The morning and evening is producing a topwater bite, especially over shallow flats with scattered weeds. Nightcralwers on a split shot or slip sinker rigs are catching some fish in the weeds as well. Okauchee, Golden, Nagawicka, Pine and Kessus have been the most consistent, but bass can be caught on any area lake.

Walleye fishing has been good, but much better in the low light hours. Small jigs with live bait, or lindy rigs have been the best producers. A few fish are still being caught on spinner harness/bottom bouncer combos while trolling. Evening hours is the time to be fishing minnow baits around weeds. Pine, Oconomowoc, Pewaukee, Fox, Lac Labelle and Lake Koshkonong have all been giving up walleyes.

Northern Pike are still biting in the shallows. Buzz, spinner and swimbaits are catching these fish. Larger fish are still using the weedlines and are moving onto some deeper rocks and can be targeted with larger chubs, shiners or small suckers on a slip sinker rig. Vertically jigging structure in 22-28 feet with a jig/repear tail combo has caught a few fish in the last ten days. Try Okauchee, Golden, Pine, Delevan, Fowler, Lake Koshkonong and Moose Lake for pike.

Musky fishing remains the realm of the trollers. Pulling deep diving crankbaits continues to produce throughout the day, but there's definitely a better bite in the late afternoon/early evening hours. Topwaters have still been catching a few fish, especiallyin the morning. Okauchee, Oconomowoc, Pewaukee, Lac Labelle, Fox, and Fowler are all producing to one degree or another right now.

Good Luck and be safe this weekend when on the water.

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