Big Muskego Lake, Waukesha County

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10/15/17 @ 8:36 AM
Snorkel
Snorkel
USER since 7/30/16

I thought about going to big M on Saturday but was a bit concerned about the rain so I ended up going to a smaller lake closer to my house 8 minutes vs 25 for the drive and ended up doing ok (9 bass) 

Its interesting that none of the techniques I use on Big M work at this other lake, I can cast cranks around all day and not get a bite, but if I use light 3/32 jigs with minnow colored zoom flukes I get fish :-)

Next weekend is looking better :-)

Edited on 10/15/17 8:38 AM
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10/14/17 @ 2:22 PM
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cardinal3
cardinal3
USER since 11/17/04

MOON PHASE (27%)
Waning Crescent

CONDITIONS
Raining

AIR TEMP
56° - 60° F

WATER TEMP
56° - 60° F

Good to get back on Big M, I think it has been 4 weeks since I was last out here.

Had a decent day in the rain (hard rain didn't start until noon).  Ended up with 11 pike, all small.  Also got 3 bass, largest was 17".  Not bad considering that hunters were occupying 2 of my favorite spots.

Good luck to all.

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10/11/17 @ 10:55 AM
Snorkel
Snorkel
USER since 7/30/16

Some videos from Columbus Day 

Gear used:

Daiwa BG 2500 spinning with Bass Pro 6'6" bionic blade slim grip

Daiwa Tatula Baitcaster with 6'6" daiwa AIRD casting rod

Kastking Centron 3000 on Bass Pro Graphite Series 5''6"

Bandit Lures Footloose in baby bass, red craw and pearl.

All fish except one where caught on the baby bass pattern crankbait. One pike was on the red craw pattern. Buzzbaits including whopper ploppers where unproductive.

If you would like to see them all this is the link to my channel:

Snorkel's Youtube Channel





Edited on 10/11/17 11:14 AM
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10/11/17 @ 10:32 AM
Snorkel
Snorkel
USER since 7/30/16

As of today the water is probably up a bit after all the rain, however on Oct 9th I was out and the water level was fairly low, it wasn't any higher than it has been since end of Aug.

Saw some people trying to get around with a bigger v hull and they could not trim the outboard high enough in certain areas and it was like a fountain of mud. There are many areas that are only 1.8 to 1.5 feet deep, with 5 or 6 feet of muck.

I didn't have any problems finding bass or pike on the 9th of Oct, but the conditions where outstanding until early afternoon when the wind really picked up.

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10/10/17 @ 11:13 PM
Come Honor
Come Honor
USER since 4/27/10

Thanks jimmy, I learned years ago where the rocks are ounce you get out of hunters nest channel, only took one time hitting them lol.

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10/10/17 @ 9:24 PM
Fishn Jimmy
Fishn Jimmy
USER since 7/21/01

Yes the water is back up some  and the weeds are down a lot.. 14'er  w/20hp... you should  be OK esp if you KNOW were the rocks/bad areas are :)

of late the fish are harder to find..

Edited on 10/10/17 9:26 PM
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10/10/17 @ 7:05 PM
Come Honor
Come Honor
USER since 4/27/10

Was wondering if the water level has come up to more normal level.  Anyone know if you can get around fairly easily on the main lake with a 14ft with a 20 short shaft?

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10/9/17 @ 4:28 PM
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Snorkel
Snorkel
USER since 7/30/16

MOON PHASE (80%)
Waning Gibbous

Columbus day on big Muskego was awesome, best day yet for me on the lake. 18 fish total including a perch and a Bluegill all on a shallow baby bass crankbait retrieved slowly to keep no deeper than 6 inches.

Got out around 8:30am and stayed until 1:40 

Topwater bite was on until the wind picked up around 1:30

Many pike and bass, pike all small, bass from 12 to 18 inches.

Fish were splashing all over, so I basically sight fished the splashes, I would paddle over to a splash and start casting.

Most I caught on the far north end of the lake, water was 74 when I left.

With the lower sun angle north side is place to be :-)

Got some videos as well will post later.

All fished released unharmed except for sore lips :-)

Edited on 10/9/17 5:22 PM
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10/8/17 @ 2:14 PM
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Snorkel
Snorkel
USER since 7/30/16

MOON PHASE (89%)
Waning Gibbous

Was out from sunrise to 11am, got 8 pike and 1 bass.

Water temp was 60 degrees at sunrise and was about 64 when I left.

Fish (pretty much pike only)  were active to around 10am

All fish hit shallow crank baits.

Did try a spinner bait with no luck.

One notable event that occurred was a great blue heron flew out and actually picked up my red craw crank bait and took off with it :-)  I was casting parallel to the edge of a reed island and he didn't see or hear me and flew out and grabbed it.  When he saw me he dropped the crank bait LOL. 

Battery in action cam died so I did not get video of the last two pike.








Edited on 10/8/17 7:16 PM
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9/30/17 @ 12:07 PM
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Snorkel
Snorkel
USER since 7/30/16

MOON PHASE (74%)
Waxing Gibbous

Was out from 6:30am until 11am

Water termp was 60 degrees, air temp early on was around 50.

Did ok, 3 pike one decent sized and 4 bass.

Got one bass on a size 90 Whopper Plopper all other fish on shallow crankbait.

Got some nice video of several catches on the Chinese gitup action cam :-)



Edited on 10/1/17 11:28 PM
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