I'm coming to Buckatabon with some friends next week for the first time. We want to do some pan fishing. Any help on whats active and possibly what bait would be best for this time of year?
Any help would be appreciated.
This time of the year, topwater was always good in early mornings and evenings.
I'd avoid fishing the lake during the bright sky hours. I would fish into the night time, though. Big bucktails.
During the day I'd hit other lakes with darker water in the area. Or bass fish. You can have 50+ bass days on Bucky. Little pike, too.
Heading up in just over a week and a half. Sounds like the Muskies are finding some hooks. Any tips please message or post but my kids like catching anything so even "lake snakes" are a thrill and good fighters. Last year I was schooled by my 6yr old on doing figure 8 for bass... Turned out he caught a nice 18" right by the boat doing that after I told him not to as that was only for Musky. Had a extra tall glass that night of humility.
Nice pics Luke. My son caught a 42" musky on lower last week while fishing a small crank bait for bass. Bright sunny day with no wind. Go figure. He was just glad it didn't bite off on his light tackle. It too was solid. Lots of feed in that lake for their appetite.
Didn't fish upper much but lots of boats by the public boat launch as always and around the islands and SE bay as well. Marked lots of fish just deeper by Musky Bay (East bay on Upper) but didn't fish them as kids gear wasn't set to go that deep.
Weed growth was not top side yet on Lower which surprised me as water temps were warm. Mid 70 all week.
Best luck and tight lines.