Tichigan Lake, Racine County

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TODAY @ 7:08 AM
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Mr.Bass
Mr.Bass
USER since 5/18/02

MOON PHASE (92%)
Waning Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
71° - 75° F

Started off after crappies.  Surprised to see shallow river bays still holding them.  Many very small.  But managed 10 keepers, with one beauty--a blue-white 12"er.  Fish were particulary tight to older piers.   Worked the big lake for LM bass.  Got one 17" and 2 smaller ones before resorting to slow shoreline drive around the whole lake.  

Somewhat surprised at the amount of thick matted weeds in lake bays and shallow water.  So thick in some spots, one couldnt fish there. Guess this comes with clear water.  Found numerous large gill beds.   Gills just starting.  Water is clear and fish are easily found.  With scheduled warm weather for this week, they could be really thick for the holiday weekend.  

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5/22/16 @ 4:55 PM
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Gill 1774
Gill 1774
USER since 6/17/03

MOON PHASE (99%)
Waning Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
71° - 75° F

WATER TEMP
66° - 70° F

   Can't believe how fast the water warmed up out here, pushing 70.  Took the grandson out today minus the boat as I have it parked at another lake.  Few bluegill and a few bass nothing big.  Couple real small cats including the one that sliced my finger with its sticker as I tossed it back in.  High point of the day was a really big fish that just burned my drag out with 8lb test line and couldn't stop it at all. Let the grandson fight it but ran out 20 yds line without stopping.  Thinking might have snagged one of the carp that were bouncing around under the pier.  Lots of fun and a beautiful day out.

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5/22/16 @ 8:17 AM
09mccoyb
09mccoyb
USER since 5/21/16

Thank you Mr. Bass for your reply. I know there probably isn't a hole lot of options for shoreline fishing. I'm just looking to waste a couple hours during my day. I will definitely be scouting out the areas you recommended to me this afternoon, after work. Maybe later this week I'll head on out there.

I would really like to get a small boat, however; living in the apartment with an attached single car garage that really isn't an option right now. 

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5/22/16 @ 1:14 AM
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Miltown Steelhead
Miltown Steelhead
USER since 3/24/12

MOON PHASE (99%)
Waning Gibbous

Got out on Tichigan for my first time ever in the new to me boat. I launched at the North DNR launch and once I got out of the river and hit the marsh, boy did I learn a lesson... I got stuck in the mud, clogged the motor's pee hole with mud, and had a hell of a time getting out.. I then watched where other people were coming in and out of and took another crack at it once I cleared out the motor. 


Once on the lake I landed a nice 30" pike and 5 bass, smallest being 15" & biggest at 18". Lost what was probably close to a 4lb largemouth at the boat.. I tried to be a pro and boat flip it.. Facepalm..


All in all was a good first outing to a new lake. 


I've got a question about the river north of the lake. Is it any good for bass? I generally only fish for bass and am curious. The water was very muddy and stained so I didn't wet a line before heading to the lake. 


I really hope to get to know some of you guys on here! Hopefully meet a few on the water soon.


- Jason

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5/21/16 @ 8:39 PM
Mr.Bass
Mr.Bass
USER since 5/18/02

If you are looking for a shoreline spot ON Tichigan, I think you are out of luck.  However, there are two spots nearby on the Fox River that you may want to check out.  First, in the town of Waterford, there is a park below the dam.  A small DNR boat launch is above the dam.  I have seen some folks fishing there (above and below the dam) for panfish.  North of  Lake Tichigan on the  Fox River there is an iron bridge and a larger DNR boat launch.  You might want to check that location out as well.  You may have to park in the launch area and walk back to the bridge.

Otherwise, check out Little Muskego Lake which has an island park complete with fishing pier on the north end of the lake.  Great site for kids.

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5/21/16 @ 7:31 PM
09mccoyb
09mccoyb
USER since 5/21/16

Greeting, I can't help but smile at all of the positive reports I see from the majority of you. I'm new to the area, and have not been fishing here, at all. I'm encouraged by all of the positive talk about the gills that are being caught, which is what I'm looking for. 

I currently don't have a boat to launch, which is fine. Due to that I'm looking to spend the majority of my time fishing from the shoreline. Is there any general ideal shoreline fishing spots that you would recommend? I'm not asking for your honey-holes, however; just to be pointed in the general direction. 

The last thing I want to do is fish from someones private property and ruffle some feathers. I plan on driving out to the lake Sunday, 5/22/2016, and performing some scouting. 


Thank you for your help. Brent. 

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5/21/16 @ 7:54 AM
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matt&matt
matt&matt
USER since 9/1/06

MOON PHASE
Full Moon

went out yesterday with my cuz from cincinati, ohio and fishing partner joe. had a very good day, some nice large mouth bass, a nice cat fish,and a 14.5 slab crappie. a total fo 64 between the 3 of us. all caught in the little lagoon under road, up from the launch. looks like the warmer weaather is turning them on.

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5/19/16 @ 6:58 PM
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Plmlk
Plmlk
USER since 12/18/07

MOON PHASE (96%)
Waxing Gibbous

You seem to find the Crappie more consistently than anyone else Mr. Bass - good job!

The female Gills I caught last night were full of eggs, and the males were squirting all over the place.

The bite will only get better.


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5/19/16 @ 6:26 PM
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Mr.Bass
Mr.Bass
USER since 5/18/02

MOON PHASE (96%)
Waxing Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
66° - 70° F

Focused on crappies the last few times out. Find one or two, and there are 10 or more nearby.    Nice sized fish--10.5" to 12".     Small minnows on a bobber.  Passed up on gills.  

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5/19/16 @ 4:55 PM
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Sully
Sully
MEMBER since 7/21/01

MOON PHASE (96%)
Waxing Gibbous

river water temp.. 68*'s   the shallow bays  70-72*s  crappies STILL have eggs AND the gills are getting ready as well THEY also have eggs.. crazy weather pattern... 8 gills 3 sunnies..( 7 3/4 - 8 1/2"s) and 1 black crappie 11"s  NICE one.. FUN day  ! ! !   ALL on  1/64th oz. jig ....red and white plastic...   Close to shore...  1-2' ....3 bass still swimming...

Edited on 5/19/16 4:57 PM
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5/18/16 @ 9:21 PM
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Billeye
Billeye
USER since 6/16/15

MOON PHASE (91%)
Waxing Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
51° - 55° F

Fished with slip bobbers in 1-3ft, off shoreline using #8 hook and piece of worm.  Hit the sunny shoreline from the first island (going up river from library) worked down to marina, ate at Doc's came back up other shoreline.  Even went under the road into a back bay.  Got a small bluegill and micro bluegill and one large shiner.  Heading back, we fished by a dock close to where two rocks, marked with buoys, guard the opening to a back water bay on east side of river.  At about 3 pm something grabbed the line and started swimming away at a fairly slow pace not concerned at all that I was trying to pull it back and then dropped the line.  Beautiful day on the water and burn on my neck.  Hopefully will find some fish someday.

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5/18/16 @ 8:43 PM
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Plmlk
Plmlk
USER since 12/18/07

MOON PHASE (91%)
Waxing Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny

AIR TEMP
56° - 60° F

WATER TEMP
61° - 65° F

Made it out for a few hours after work.  Started on the river and got skunked, drifted the lake and caught nothing there as well. 

Went to a shallower back bay and found a dozen or so 7 1/2 to 8 inch Gills.

HF - Lots of folks troll Tichigan proper. 


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5/18/16 @ 8:19 AM
HuntinFishin
HuntinFishin
USER since 5/18/16

New to fishing Tichigan and Fox.  Does anybody do any trolling? If so, what areas?  Any help would be appreciated!

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5/17/16 @ 10:08 PM
Gill 1774
Gill 1774
USER since 6/17/03

   You can forget all the fancy catfish bait out here. Crawler/halves or whole crawlers will catch you more. And as my compadre Plmlk said in the river fish near shore with a bobber no less and you'll get cats and a little bit of everything else. Toss the chicken liver and stink bait out here.

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5/17/16 @ 8:26 PM
FishNDude55
FishNDude55
USER since 2/16/10

BTW best stink baits I have luck over the years with is Sonnys, Catfish Magic, and Catfish Charlie. Don't forget to bring a small bottle of vegetable oil to get the bait a better consistancy. If it is warm or you let it sit in the sun then you shouldn't need the oil additive.

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