Hey guys. Anyone knows if the lake is open and if so, what the conditions are. Any info helps. Just trying to get out tomorrow. All the rivers are flooded so thought about doing some catch and release here. Thanks for the help if you can
Heidecke Lake, Grundy County
MOON PHASE (21%)
71° - 75° F
61° - 65° F
Started at the crack of dawn....we tried several spots ...drifting through bait balls...and we found a few....guy's spread out ...but a few areas had groups....trolling is popular...may give that a shot in the near future....almost pulled the plug early...had a bunch of line get caught in the trolling motor...hate doing that repair on the water...My buddy Jim kept 5 for dinner....nice to share time out there Paul...see you guy's out there again soon...
56° - 60° F
56° - 60° F
report is from May-24
started late to miss the rain....found the wind...ran the new "Bird" and tried to dial in the auto-chart(live mapping) feature....seeing a ton of fishable structure....drops...roadbeds...rock piles....very interesting lake that I don't spend enough time on for sure....crappie run bigger than shab...not the same kinda animal ...no cribs or standing timber to go by....the fish relate to things,just not things I'm used to fishing...LOL...
56° - 60° F
Went out from 4:30 - 8:00 and had little luck I caught three yellow perch which beats getting skunked but was hoping for something better. First time on the lake so I guess we did ok. Drifted crawlers by the buoy line on the south side 10 foot depth seemed to get the best results drifted over 20 feet and seen lots of marks on graph they just were not interested.
Pick your day to fish (if you can). Weekdays with low lying clouds and prefrontal conditions are best. Throw in some sw winds at 5-15 mph and it's even better. Fish the wind blown shores with # 4 Shadraps or # 5 Flickershads (casting parallel to shore) in silver and firetiger. There are breaks off of the south side of the center dyke of pool #1. You can troll on the breaks focusing in an up and down (zig zag pattern) or troll right over the tops of the different breaks. I have found that if I pop a fish on 1 crank, I quickly switch the other rod over. The bite window can be very quick based on wind speed and direction. Troll for a short period longer. If the bite dies on the same color, switch the other rod back to original crank color. It is not rocket science out there. On Good Friday, I had a 40 inch muskie hit a # 5 Flickershad and then pull the planer board under. There can be some interesting drama out there at times.
There is very little structure in Heidecke, I personally have had the most luck trolling. Follow the shore lines 5-10 feet out use small crank baits (white seems to work). If you don't wanna troll get some minows. Heidecke can get rough real quick, if you have a smaller boat make sure you watch the wind and lake flags.