This tournament on Sunday? Where is the takeoff?
MOON PHASE (3%)
Not a bad day today. 16 gills and two perch. Fished East & South of Hog Island with most of our fish caught just off the bottom in 15-19 fow using big reds and waxies. My partner used small jigs as I did also but I also used TruTurn hooks tipped with a half big red worm. Slowly lifting the bait right off the bottom triggered the most hits for me in the four or five areas we tried. Launched at 7:30 to a perfect drifting speed with very light air movement and that slow moving bait right off the bottom worked very well also. My slip bobbers produced pretty much nothing so I concentrated on what worked and that was slow straight line jigging. Partner caught six gills. Pulled the anchor at 12:15. Perfect weather, heavy overcast and light breeze. Again, some areas the surface water and caught fish felt colder than others. Tight lines.
College tournament out here this weekend and although I am a die hard from Wisconsin and have fished these lakes for a while, I won't be representing the Badgers... Iowa State this time!!! Just wanted to know if anyone knew the water temp or how the bass bite has been. Its been about a month and a half since I was last able to fish the chain and I was hoping they are still in summer mode. Thanks yall and tight lines!!
Why dont u try small jigs tipped with plastic, and add red worms or wax worms(to theplastic). Always works for me. Has worked on the 3 Madison lakes I have fished this summer. Also catches many eyes. I caught them up to 22 inches. Mainly weed edges. I am not a believer in hook color matters.
MOON PHASE (15%)
81° - 88° F
66° - 70° F
A bit late but out Thursday the 14th 7:30am to 1:20pm. Worked mostly east and south of Hog anywhere from 7fow to 19fow. Slow for us. Tried a drift northward from 25 fow to 16 as the breeze was perfect for that but nothing doing. Worked slip bobbers and straight lines off the bottom but caught a few suspended. Gills could be cold to the touch in one area and fairly warm in another. Used waxies and leaf worms on pink/white, bright orange jigs. 14 gills, one walleye just making the size limit, and one keeper perch between us. Keep thinking I could have done this good close to Milwaukee and saved 150 mile round trip and the better part of a day. Partner doesn't agree and I keep hoping for more than one meal for the effort.
Nocatch thanks for the information. I don't get up there as much as I would like but its still a fun place to fish. I have fished it with my grandson since he was 3 he declared himself an expert at age 6 and he now is 9 and is a pretty good fisherman. It can be as simple as hook color sometimes last time we were there they like a gold hook. Last year it was a red hook so go figure I just assumed that if there was bait being gills they did not care. My wife and I will be hitting it next week so I will post any success we have. Again thanks for the info and enjoy tight lines.
Jnewville, once you locate fish or the place you want to fish, try Wax Worms, 2/3 on a plain brown hook, nothing fancy, over the side of the boat or with a slip bobber. You may want to try different hook colors as well.
Someone suggested this to my wife years ago. She shared it with me. Best bait information I've received.
Hope this helps you have a fun fishing trip with your daughter (very special time). Tight lines!