Fished Saturday 10/6 out of fisherman’s. Started out on a popular crappie spot, it was very crowded so we cpred a few and left to look for walleyes. Seems like there are a lot of folks out there these days who don’t respect the voluntary quiet area. Picked up a dozen or so on our first spot, with some rock bass mixed in. Also got bit off by a large fish. Continued on our way, picking up a few fish here and there, mostly deep wood on the flambeau channel edge. Mostly small eyes under 13” with a few nice crappie mixed in. Blew a lower unit seal, luckily it was on the run from our last spot to the landing so no serious damage done. Water temps mostly 49 on the main lake. XL fats w/ jacks weedless, bright colors. Crappies on 1/16 oz jig with small chartreuse power minnow, always outfishes the guys with bobbers and minnows.
41° - 45° F
51° - 55° F
Spent a couple hours on Flowage on 10/6. Underdressed for the cool weather. Did well as soon as we got out and it slowly tapered off later in the day. All fish in 17-21 fow with hard bottom.
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46° - 50° F
51° - 55° F
I have 15 minutes for a brief report, been busy since I got back from Ak, today was my 7th day of fishing since home. After fourteen days without a jig pole, my left hand was forgetting its primary function from May-October.
First day back was musky fishing, found them slow, had a follow boat they caught a 31".
Been walleye fishing since, we've been catching 20-50 walleyes a day but 85% have been released fish in the 11-12-1/2" range. Kept fish have been on the smaller size 13-16" range. We've been mainly fishing deeper rocks and hard sand bottom in the 16-28' depth, casting 1/8 oz. jigs and extra large fatheads. A few perch, pike and crappies have been caught as non target but gladly kept fish. Yesterday we had a heavy 19" smallmouth on some 10' rocks (released).
Been some brutal weather today especially , solo customer and I managed 21 walleyes but only 4 keepers and a big perch. The fish were mostly very non aggressive, customer Rob is an excellent jig fisherman or our catch would have been slimmer. Lot of the "bites" were just a little weight on the line often we gave the fish 15-20 seconds before setting the hook.
Of the last 7 days we had one that was a real clunker (Wednesday) we endured the poor bite for about 6 hours. I went to an always catch fish spot, told my customers,"this is pretty pathetic to have to fish a spot like this in early October". We caught one perch to go with the crappie and one walleye in the live well. With the oncoming bad weather approaching we threw in the towel, something I never do. It was a very weird weather day, I'll blame it on that. Fortunately they were regular customers who know I can catch fish, I let them know they enjoyed 6 of the poorest hours of fishing I've had since I started guiding.
Questions often asked:
Turn over: yesterday still thermocline in Baraboo at 30' didn't look today water temp about 50*
Fall colors: really nice peak next few days.
Water level: really high for this time of year, probably full pool.
Where to fish LOL if you are looking for bigger fish and not numbers you might try throwing stick baits over wood structure and wood flats in the 5-10' range.
Ladies fishing group at Donner's Bay enjoy the weekend good luck!
check down a few posts...sportsman’s is closed for now due to repairs. Just thought if you fish north you should know. I’m new to this water, so can’t help with specifics as to spots. Want to get there when I’m up first weekend of Oct. let me know how you do.
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I was up the week before labor day, my second time there in 10 years. If you go to the south end I found there to be a lot more islands than the "Hot Spots" map shows. I suggest grabbing one of the free maps at the boat launch which shows the remote camping sites. Using that in conjunction with the site markers will help you keep your bearings.
I used a similar approach on Trude lake but with minnows and did pretty well. I also drifted the river channels with a split shot and minnow and kept a rod free to cast towards structure as I passed by. I caught some nice crappies and perch.
Also, as cautious as I was I still beaned a sunken rock hump with my outboard. stuff pops up out of nowhere there.
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I was just up there 2 weeks ago and fished Trude lake north side over the weeds .. just after you get into the main lake after the long channel ... drifting in 3 to 10 fow using twister tail type jigs and it was none stop catching.. i'm sure worms/crawlers would work as well under a bobber.
GOOD LUCK !