Not much to report for first trip out this season. High winds kept us close to the leeward shoreline this past Wednesday, the 17th. Pulled into the little bay on the North edge of Hog Island and found lots of pre-spawn gills moving around over the bed area. Managed to catch one female pretty swollen with eggs and gently put her back. Most of what we saw were in the six to seven inch range and not worth fishing for but it was fun to watch as the water was clear in the three feet we anchored in. Lots of carp activity against the banks. Water temp in the bay shallows was 71. Couldn't find any crappies in front of Lake Farm launch, thinking they're finished. Lots of blooms of the green slime in the shallows hugging the bottom. Gill fishing should be good if these cold fronts ever end. Tight lines.
MOON PHASE (87%)
71° - 75° F
61° - 65° F
Divers pulled up an interesting assortment of junk, but nothing spectacular. Lot of anchors, couple transom savers, and a steering wheel (no boat attached to it). They tell me Waubesa's a lot cleaner than it used to be.
Handful of Smallies, Walleye and Rock Bass this weekend. Kinda slow, and nothing real big. Caught a decent pike bumping a banjo frog real slow across the bottom. Water temps in the launch area around 60-62.
If you're out Saturday by Babcock keep an eye out for Scuba divers (by law stay at least 100' away from their flags, which are red with a white diagonal bar). It's the annual clean up dive, starting around 9am. They'll be walking out from the house to the left of the channel.
Fished Waubesa for eyes 3 times this past week with not a bite. Been trying shore spots and made it out on the kayak once. Jigging, Iindy rigs and rapala stick baits is what I have been throwing. Any help would be great. Would be willing to share trout info for the area if anyone is interested.
56° - 60° F
Fished Tuesday 3pm-6:30pm....slow with east winds, only picked up 2, 11" males on tube jigs. water 56.3F at surface
Came across a little 35-40" dead ski floating...always a bummer. It's throat was torn apart, hope that was from carrion feeders and not a dope ripping out his hooks.
Pray the weather moves through and we get winds from anyplace but the east...
Note, hog island weeds are as thick as I've seen them in recent years...they will be emergent in another 3-4 weeks in normally 5' of water...good to see. Saw several nice LM bass sitting on beds in 4-6 for near hog island...
MOON PHASE (95%)
51° - 55° F
51° - 55° F
Was out Saturday and Sunday. Went to Waubesa for the opener. What a great day. Was targeting largemouth bass and found them. Then was able to develop a pattern. Caught 23 bass with 12 keepers...ranging from 15" up to 18" The best five were 18", 17", 17", 17," and 16 1/2" Judging by the builds of the fish...all prespawn females. Sunday went to Monona and tried the same bait and same pattern. 5 bass and 2 keepers....18" and 15" Good luck and tightlines to all!