Water temp 59-60. Out from 7-1. Only saw 4 boats the whole time. Tried everything from jigging to casting to trolling. Only managed 1 short and sheepshead. The current is very fast, and watch out for debris. Almost hit a tree floating down the channel. Buoys have all been pulled. Fishing is very slow right now, should be picking up in a couple weeks or so....hopefully
MOON PHASE (17%)
66° - 70° F
Went out later Saturday from 4:30pm - 6:30pm to Okee Bay bridge. Limited on time but was somewhat happy with trip. 4 Stripe bass, 3 saugers (shorties), 1 sheephead and mid 20's catfish.
Light bite all caught on medium fatheads. The 3 or 4 boats I saw drifting the area caught nothing while I was there and I was on shore.
MOON PHASE (26%)
61° - 65° F
Got out Saturday morning. As Mark said, the current was strong by the railroad tressel. Tried jigging for a while with no luck. Moved around trolling a few areas. Caught a few shorts, few white bass, few small mouth. Guy in our boat hooked into something big, but we never got to see it. Might have been that 20lb walleye. Got 1 keeper walleye (15.5"). Cold when we got hit with that rain for a short time. Water wasn't quite as bad as I thought it would be.
D-Roc, the main lake level itself will not vary much, but with the flooding up river from it, as well as all the run off, the water color can turn to something similar to chocolate milk. Spring Creek flows into OKee bay, and most likely would dirty that area up pretty badly under these conditions. Narrowing areas such as the RR bridge will see some strong currents as well as up by and past Tipperary.
You may also see increase in debris,including in main lake, and stumps that were barely covered at normal pool, may now be invisible . So use caution when boating.
NOAA predicts Wisconsin River at Portage will reach flood stage today ( Sat 9/24.)
Not sure this rain will help the water temps much, need a stretch of more normal weather for that,which would bring nighttime air temps down into the 40s. Just still been too hot.
I've fished this lake a few times on land and less in a boat. My only experience in boat has been to fish near the ferry bridge and around Okee bay. Would the recent rain fall have any major effect on these areas?
A report or two down indicated the water temp heading in the right direction and with this much rain, I'm guessing it's cooling off quicker.
66° - 70° F
66° - 70° F
Tried the lake last night from 7-11:30 near the rr bridge. Water temp is hovering around 70 and is super muddy with all the rain and high water we currently have. Only managed one 33-inch channel catfish around 10:00. Fun to catch, but was not the target species. I think I will wait until the water drops down a bit and try the river, or try the lake closer to the mouth next time.
Re Sturgeon, years ago when the season went well into October, I used to fish for them. Never actually caught a keeper size, (Would not have kept anyway) but caught numbers and a couple close to keeper, and it was lots of fun tangling with these big fish.
I usually did not catch many until the October weeks when water temps were a little cooler. Used to see lots of boats fishing for them various places, from the RR bridge all the way up toward Tipperery and north. When they shortened the season to end of September,I quit fishing for them, as I never really caught much until into October. Seemed to me, fishing for them in September would be mostly unproductive. I don't really see many out fishing them anymore, so could be that others felt the same? Maybe the Dells a more productive area ?