Water Temps are rising yesterday on the river I found some Temps 77-78. Today they started out at 77 and quickly rose to 80. Didn't spend much time fishing because of the high Temps. Mainly just cruised around scouting new areas. On a side note I've noticed some boats pulling kids on tunes on the river in very shallow water. Also today a few wave runners cruising over sand bars under water. One person flew off today and hit the bottom pretty hard. I realize some of these can go through shallow water but when you fly off and hit bottom you can get hurt very badly. Be careful out there and find some deeper water if your going to be bombing around like that. Also back channels are not a great place to be flying through either. There's to many hidden corners and trees to see what's around the corner.
MOON PHASE (84%)
86° - 90° F
Above 80° F
Late report from earlier in the week. Out Tuesday 7/19. Mayfly hatch ! Very slow, so tried to find where fish might be feeding off the bottom on the hatch. Have been lucky to do that on (rare) occasion and been successful with crawlers. Not this time. Only a few sheeps.
Out again Thursday 7/21 for a couple hours in the heat just trolling around before I knew storms were due. Got a couple of shorts and a 21" slot walleye,(carefully released) a bit before the storms hit. Have seen that before too, where the bite picks up JUST before a bad storm blows in.( But got off the lake in plenty time.) 84 deg. surface temp. Fish came out of 16 ft of water.
Speaking of storms... I knew the forecast, I could watch the NOAA La Crosse Radar on my smartphone, and knew when it was time to get off the lake. But later saw people still out when the storms actually hit and were struggling to get in and back on their trailers when the storm was already raging. (would have offered help but with multiple people in these boats, did not need any from me.) With all the smartphone technology and weather apps we have now, and a little common sense,(common sense more than anything) no reason for anyone to find themselves in these dangerous situations !
Not a report. Never been to the lake. Heading there on the big family reunion for the next 4 days. Looking to get the kids on some fish. Any fish. If anyone has some ideas where to start looking I am all ears. Panfish would be great but anything to make the rod bend will do. Will post a boat full of smiling kids if we can find some action.
Thanks for any advice.
Can someone tell me a good bait store on lake Wisconsin to get some fishing information and also what part of the lake to fish daylight hours for walleyes.like 7 am to 11 am. Im not sure which launch to use as I the lake is very large and my boat very slow.
MOON PHASE (94%)
Took the kids out to a local boat launch and caught a few smb and goats. Lost a dandy smb at least I'm guessing that's what it was. All fish caught in shallow water next to a bluff on a small jig and crawler sitting on the bottom.
My suggestion for kayak fishing would be slow down and pick apart certain spots. Alot can be caught on just a crawler and hook and sinker. Or a heavy enough jig head with crawler. Fish shorelines for smb, Alot of fish can be caught just feet of shore. I like shady spots with rocks and over hanging trees and a little current or slack areas just of a current break. Where you find one there's often more there or very close by. You can find lmb hiding under matted cover in back waters and deeper bays. Watched a boat the other day working white frogs have a blast catching lmb back in a channel just straight retrieving over thick weeds.
Up on lake Wisconsin this weekend and really trying to figure out the lake. I've thrown so much at the fish and not even gotten a bite. I'm mainly targeting smallmouth and largemouth. Just wondering of anyone would share their knowledge on the large and smallmouth here. I'd like to go home with at least one fish this weekend. The photo below is the area of the lake that I'm fishing for the weekend since I'm only in a kayak
76° - 80° F
76° - 80° F
Got out again yesterday and hammered the fish. Everything big is hungry, you just have to match the hatch. They were not in the same location as the other day, but they were still hungry once I found them. Water temp was 80 on the surface. It was great that there were no boats on the lake yesterday compared to a normal weekend.