Thursday, August 21, 2008

Weekend Update 8-21-2008

Hey Gang,

Labor Day is right around the corner. You've certainly noticed the days getting shorter. Its getting on towards Fall.

Fishing gets pretty good this time of year. The chief obstacle is often the weather. As Fall approaches, unstable weather can set in quick. That certainly looks to be the case this weekend.


As for right now, things have been fairly stable. The best bite seems to be moving from the early morning to late morning and early evening.


LM and SM Bass have begun moving into staging positions. Lots of fish are being taken off the edges of deep weeds, but fish have also been coming from the mid depth flats and shallow rocks. Start with topwater baits in the morning, then move to wacky worms, tubes and jigworms as the bite dies down. If you're fishing deeper, stick with live bait on a split shot and/or slip-sinker rigs or texas rigged plastics. If the bite is extra tough, try a shallow diving shad (white) colored crank around the rocks.

Walleye have been deeper this season than ususal. I've not been able to figure out why, but the active fish are still hanging in 18-25 feet of water. Look for sandgrass with baitfish holding nearby and you'll be in them pretty quick on Lac Labelle, Pine or Oconomowoc. If you want to make the trip, the bite on the Koshkonong is still happening. Either way, pulling bouncers with spinner harnesses, crankbaits or slip bobbering with live bait has been productive.

After a slow start, Northern Pike fishing has been more consistent this season than I've seen in many years. As fall sets in, the deeper fish will move to the weedlines. This is a great time to target them with spoons, small bucktails, or crankbaits. It may be a little early yet, but don't be afraid to start trying these techniques over the next 20 days or so. In the meantime you can still target smaller pike in the shallows with spinner or buzzbaits and larger fish with suckers, chubs or shiners along the deep edges of weedy points.

Panfish are still being caught deep, but look for them to move into mid-depth water over the next few weeks. For now, tightlight vertically with splitshot or slip bobber them off deep weeds and sand with live bait.

Musky fishing is set to get good. Reports indicate that topwaters are still catching a few fish ealry and late, but the majority of fish are being caught off the deepest weeds on crankbaits, soft plastics and jerkbaits.

I'll be out this weekend, and I'll make sure to bring a first hand report on conditions to you early next week.

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