MOON PHASE (91%)
71° - 75° F
71° - 75° F
86° - 90° F
66° - 70° F
Enjoyable weekend for catching Crappie.Surprised to see the water temp so warm already.
Sounds like a no wake in the bay is in affect but not the large part of the lake at this time
All those flooded trees really did make for a bass fishing paradise. I had a good friend, who has since passed, that loved this lake. He caught a 25# 5 fish limit out of here, roughly year 2000. Jig & pig, flipping up in the wood.
Had the pleasure of fishing there on many occasions, all the way back into the early 80s. Giant crappies back then, fish over 14". Then the LMB took over, and for a while, it was special.
But hardly a real secret. Is the lake still surrounded by shore fishermen in the spring? Used to be hundreds out, fishing the gills, seeds, and crappie.
MOON PHASE (7%)
Crystal was the best numbers bass lake I have ever fished, I probably have fished over 100 lakes in SE WI so that is saying something. I can remember 150-200 bass a trip with 3 guys in boat. Wasn't a ton of hawgs but would get a 3-4 lb fish once in awhile, used to be excellent crappie and gills also. I have no clue what lake is like now, havent been there in 8 years. I do know that the only lake in WI that has ever had Stripers is Lake Columbia. I can remember lots of coworkers telling me they kill the Stripers in spring, it was always White bass or Yellow bass they were talking about. Funny stuff with all the Striper (Stripper) talk. Im glad Crystal isnt what it used to be, it was 1.5 hrs to get there and I don't have the time to drive that far these days, glad I was able to experience the glory days, I am sure many others did also. It was one of the few lakes I fished in WI that had great wood to fish, it looked like a bass fishermans paradise.
I've only fished here once but the bay across from the campground was pretty good. I caught a decent sized bass, small panfish and bullheads. I also caught some tiny perch under the pier at the boat launch, could have been excellent bait for bigger fish but I didn't have time to try that.