Heidecke Lake, Grundy County
81° - 88° F
71° - 75° F
You are right about the crappie and the year classes. I know crappie are one of the most desired fish for the table, but with responsible limits and others that just practice catch and relesase, they can thrive here. They do become much tougher to catch as the weather warms, but ironically, the two biggest I caught were in August with the water temp in the low 80's.
Good to see another fisherman that wants to see the lake get back to it's glory days. We are not alone, as I see and talk to alot of great guys. Nothing wrong with putting meat on the table as long as it is done responsibly and within the rules of the lake. As for me, I'd just as soon go to Jewel and get my fish...but that's just me.
Edited for these numbers: Law Enforcement: 815 942 6020 Dave Wollgast (leave message) Heidecke Lake: 815 942 2899
I'll never forget a few years back...it was mid summer and fishing was slow, no one shore fishing but a couple guys together at the bridge with a zillion poles in all directions. As I'm approaching the bridge the guy pulls in an undersized walleye on one of his half dozen + illegal lines. Then he starts cleaning the fish on the spot, all the while grinning from ear to ear. I stopped to watch, popped my phone and called the poacher hotline, all the while thinking to myself, no one will show up. I shook my head and walked farther down the dike. Not 20 minutes later here comes a DNR vehicle flying down the center dike from west to east, passes right by me and pulls up to the poacher on the bridge. He spent about 30 minutes there with them and then they all left together out the east gate. Victory for the fish that day, I couldn't have been happier!
Be aware, Friday DNR trucks were parked out on the center dike most of the afternoon and several times this spring DNR is waiting in the shore fishing parking lot checking everyone coming off the lake. I wish they could be there full time...
This seems to be a banner year for crappie. My comments from last month don't echo what the lake is producing right now. I have always caught crappie on this lake, but only a few here and there. Sunday I was able to catch all the 8-10" crappie I wanted, with a few 12"s thrown in as well. They were spawing in the rocks in various locations and I caught them in as little as a foot of water. Most were black, with the larger ones being white caught in deeper water.
If we practice selective harvest (I rarely keep fish), this can end up being a real dynamite lake for big crappie in the next few years. It already has a good amount of slabs now (see my pics below).
Good luck to all, and PLEASE report poaching on this lake, or any lake for that matter.
As he said, crappie are few and far between. As for walleye go, those were to be had at the bridge early morning when boats were allowed to fish there.
I know that Topwater went out on Sunday, he did good. Let's see if he posts up his report or post pics. If not, I'll post up some pics.