Monday, October 20, 2008

Fishing Report 10-20-2008

The cooler nights are finally driving down the water temperatures. For fall, the water has been much warmer than is typical. This morning, water temps finally stabilized in the upper 50's.

Musky fishing continues to be the hot action on our local lakes. Okauchee and Oconomowoc have been absolutely red hot with Garvin, Lac Labelle and Fowler trailing behind. Fox and Pewaukee lakes have also been giving up fish.

Best bet for now is to pull suckers on quick strike rigs while casting into areas that stil have green weeds. You can catch fish anywhere from 3-18 feet right now, but I'd focus on water in the 5-12 foot range, especially if you can find weeds: 1.) adjacent to rocks 2.) a drop off 3.) or with visible baitfish nearby.

Hot baits for the casters have been swimbaits (swimming joe especially), Bulldogs and jerkbaits like grandmas or jakes. A few anglers report success using gliders, but universally anglers are reporting success on larger baits. As the water cools, larger suckers and casting lures will produce.

Walleye fishing continues be a viable option. Lac Labelle, Pine and Nagawicka lakes have walleyes biting right now. Fish the deep drops with live bait on a slip-sinker or lindy rig while drifting. Shiners and walleye suckers will be your best bets. At night, cast large rapalas over the tops of weeds. Rock River walleyes are biting, somedays better than others, fish the river mouth at Blackhawk or the holes from Jefferson to Ft Atkinson. Controlled drifting with jigs tipped with live bait has been the best bet in the river.

Good Luck


One other note: Ben Kueng will be giving a presentation on Musky Fishing our local lakes tommorrow night at the meeting of the Okauchee Lake Fishing Club. The club meets at the Knights of Columbus Hall in West Allis. The Hall is on 92nd street and the cost for non-members is $2. Ben is a friend of mine and the shop and he knows how to catch musky on our local lakes. If you can go, I'd recommend it.

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