Swan Lake, Columbia County

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TODAY @ 10:04 PM
FISHING REPORT
barefoot
barefoot
MEMBER since 8/24/01

MOON PHASE (86%)
Waning Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny

AIR TEMP
81° - 88° F

WATER TEMP
71° - 75° F

24 big bull gills this morning, few off each of several sets of beds in different areas of lake, blunt forehead, thick, round fatties. Took out cousin and his girl this evening to several spots, showed them where to cast since I could only catch one more for the day. they landed 15 before sunset. most 8-9 1/2". Several females were over 8" and one female at 9 1/2. That is HUGE for female gills that normally run 7" or less.

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5/24/16 @ 8:58 PM
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barefoot
barefoot
MEMBER since 8/24/01

MOON PHASE (92%)
Waning Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
81° - 88° F

WATER TEMP
71° - 75° F

Carp shooters shoulda been out last couple days (I saw a few out) for chance at some big Black Buffs. Cruising shallows last few days and this evening sloshing all over the lake. Never seen so many! Normally only see them near surface for 3 or 4 days then they go deep rest of the year. Water clear=prime shooting opportunity NOW. Kid was whackin em off the dock this evening, some fillets in freezer for smoking. They are good, firm white flesh. one of the prettiest, native fish in our waters.

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5/23/16 @ 9:23 PM
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barefoot
barefoot
MEMBER since 8/24/01

MOON PHASE (97%)
Waning Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
81° - 88° F

WATER TEMP
71° - 75° F

located many gill beds today, fished a few spots and got some over 8". They were not staying on the beds though, coming and going, roaming around general area. It's just startin at 72deg water in shallows. Lot of small Green Sunfish making large beds in very shallow water. Look the size of LMbass beds with 6"er sitting on it.

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5/21/16 @ 7:46 PM
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barefoot
barefoot
MEMBER since 8/24/01

MOON PHASE
Full Moon

CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny

AIR TEMP
71° - 75° F

WATER TEMP
66° - 70° F

Fri. surface temp just shy of 70deg by late afternoon and some gills making beds. Gizzard shad by thousands streaming all over the shallows, one scoop with musky net had 8 of em up to 16+". they spooked the gills out of the beds too.

    Today with a little breeze water never got above 66 so, no sign of the gills or shad but, son had a great day shooting carp, several other boats doing same.


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5/19/16 @ 9:02 PM
barefoot
barefoot
MEMBER since 8/24/01

onion, don't forget runoff from entire village of Pardeeville and the 60,000 acre watershed upstream which has a lot of heavily fertilized cropland. The water clarity overall has improved much since the mid 1980s and the last few years has been extremely clear most of the summer season. During late '60s-'70s the bluegreen alga blooms made the lake look like a can of green paint spilled, zero visibility, go swimming your hair turned green and smelled like dead fish, that stuff can be toxic to dogs and humans at times but, we didn't know any better back then. Ya, very fertile, loaded with phosphorous etc. but, is getting better. Lake Assc has tried to educate land owners about lawn fertilizers, mowing to the shoreline, no buffer strips etc. Only a handful of lakeshore folks follow the Zoning rules. Every time a new stretch of shore is clear-cut, hillsides mowed etc. , contact the county zoning office about violations=they do nothing! County Land and Water Conservation office has done a great job working with upstream farmers and is doing more studies on Swan Lake along with Lake Assc. to try and improve water quality for the future. We can all be glad we have a lot of wetlands around the lake as well as upstream that should never be developed and filled or developed (unless Gov. Walker has his way that is).

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5/19/16 @ 11:44 AM
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little onion
little onion
USER since 1/27/08

MOON PHASE (96%)
Waxing Gibbous

Caught some suspended whitebass yesterday on slipbobber. They kept stealing my bait while walleye fishing. Did manage one keeper eye and a few shorts as well as some nice crappies before things shut down. Hooked into two norts a short time later which explains why. Lots of slime still floating in the water column. You can thank the golf course and fancy homes on the lake for using all that lawn fertilizer to help feed the algae.

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5/18/16 @ 10:02 PM
chuckc
chuckc
USER since 3/21/14

Thanks for the intel.  I really enjoy fishing that lake via kayak, but haven't been out yet this year.   Soon.   I really like to try to find the white bass,  My favorites

ChuckC

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5/18/16 @ 9:38 PM
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barefoot
barefoot
MEMBER since 8/24/01

MOON PHASE (91%)
Waxing Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
66° - 70° F

WATER TEMP
61° - 65° F

Surface temp shot up to 65deg today, some gills coming up in shallows, just cruising around. Also, carp up basking in the sun and by dusk they were starting to roll.

Water still very clear but still blobs of "turtlesnot" floating all over with filamentous green stringy stuff that fouls lures.

there are thick weedbeds in a few spots not up to surface yet but easy to see. All covered with that stringy green slime too. I never was at inlet end today but, lilly pads in areas where I was are not to surface yet either.

Fishing report=Out 3 different times today, tried for perch, crappies, gills, later in day threw musky lures and jigged leeches and minnows till sunset. I got one bluegill. 4yr old Fishergirl with me had a nice bass on a rubber worm. Had a good fight but, got under a dock on her and got off.

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5/18/16 @ 7:20 PM
missedagain
missedagain
USER since 6/1/14

Thanks for the info Barefoot.

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5/18/16 @ 6:05 PM
chuckc
chuckc
USER since 3/21/14

How are the weeds coming along ?  Are the lily pads in the "in" end on top yet ?

ChuckC

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5/18/16 @ 3:37 PM
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Oxman
Oxman
USER since 5/4/08

MOON PHASE (91%)
Waxing Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny

AIR TEMP
61° - 65° F

WATER TEMP
56° - 60° F

Out casting for ski's yesterday from 4-730pm. Didnt raise any but did catch about a 25 inch northern. I blame the northeat wind lol. Visibility was probably about 3-5 feet. Fair amount of floating crap as well. Good luck out there!!

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5/14/16 @ 8:44 PM
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barefoot
barefoot
MEMBER since 8/24/01

MOON PHASE (60%)
Waxing Gibbous

missedagain: Only public is boat landing off S. Shore Dr. which could be good spot at certain times and off end of Blank Rd. wade out and toward west can be good in a  couple weeks for gills. West end of lake is DNR land but over mile walk thru marsh without a boat.

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5/14/16 @ 10:46 AM
missedagain
missedagain
USER since 6/1/14

Is there any public shore fishing spots on this lake?

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5/13/16 @ 7:13 PM
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Bass Pro
Bass Pro
USER since 12/21/05

MOON PHASE
First Quarter

Earlyretirement, ended up with about 10 Largemouth and 5 snake Northern. Also, had a Musky swipe at a jerkbait twice. Seemed like it was more annoyed with my bait than actually trying eat it. Other than that, it was EXTREMELY slow for me! My normal spots hardly produced. 

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5/12/16 @ 11:12 PM
earlyretirement
earlyretirement
USER since 3/2/13

well barefoot, you made me feel a little better- glad I did not bother sticking around.

basspro, i saw you out there- any luck for you.  I am going to chalk that up to a cold front after a rain storm equals a bad day. Up north ripping up the floor in the mobile home today, suppose to be 28 degrees up here on sunday morning. 

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