It's fisheree time. Some nice pike were brought in over the weekend for Mapleton, with the Stone Bank outing this weekend, expect the number of people out on the ice to increase. Be safe, especially if you're considering taking a vehicle out.
Heading out early this weekend? We'll be open until 10:00pm Friday night and again at 4:00am on Saturday.
By popular demand: Musky Mike's Garlic Waxworms are back! (You can thank me after this weekend!)
Onto the fishing report:
Conditions haven't changed radically over the past several weeks. The pike continue to bite, and while the numbers are down slightly, the size of the fish has been above average most of this season. Keessus, Okauchee, Golden, Moose, and Nagawicka have been consistent producers, especially in the deeper protected bays and over bottom transitions on mid-depth flats. Any green weeds indicate a high percentage area. Most fish continue to be caught on a flourocarbon or mono leader with a red treble.
The panfish bite has been steady on most lakes. The lakes along the Oconomowoc River have all been producing, but Lac Labelle keeps coming up when people are running into a nice sized gills and crappies. If hitting Lac Labelle, remember the bag limit is lower. Wigglers and spikes on a tear drop or ratfinkee has been the best presentation.
On the other area lakes, most reports have the best panfish moved out to suspend in deeper water. Crappie typically suspend higher in the water column than bluegills. I wouldn't take that as gospel, but that's an observation I've made from time to time. Once you've located a school with your electronics,. set up and fish just above them, you won't believe some of the fish you catch. Where to look for them? Think summer structure: points, rockpiles, humps and dropoffs in 15-25 feet of water. The closer to the mainlake or to current, the better. Silver, Lower and Middle Genessee, Forest, Bay five and Ice House bay on Okauchee, Tierney, Garvin, Fowler and School Section have been active the last week to 10 days.
Walleye fishing has been slow, but steady, especially by anglers fishing at night under the moon. Look for fish in water 8-22 feet deep. Its quite a range, but spread your tip-ups out until you find fish, then concentrate on that area/depth. Pine, Nagawicka, Pewaukee, Lac Labelle and Fowler are all giving up a few fish.
PS Here's a picture that was sent to me tonight.