Heidecke Lake, Grundy County

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8/4/14 @ 10:56 AM
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Ratman34
Ratman34
USER since 5/25/11

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
81° - 88° F

WATER TEMP
71° - 75° F
I fished Heidecke Lake last week and this lake seems tuff every time I fish it. There was no action going on the 5 hours we were there. We trolled along the weed bed and rocks before leaving and I was able to hook a 18" 3 1/2 lb largemouth using a black and blue Booyah jig with a crawdad trailer.

Edited on 8/4/14 11:38 AM
Heidecke Lake, Grundy County Photo
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8/3/14 @ 7:53 PM
chibear
chibear
USER since 7/3/14
Going to fish it on a boat thursday.Just wondering whats doing good?

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7/20/14 @ 9:38 AM
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Big'n
Big'n
USER since 7/20/14

CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny
Fished Heidecke Lake Sat. 7/20/14 Caught 6 fish, 4 stripper's, 2 Crappie. Lake was calm, no wind, water temp. 79 degrees. Catch and release for all.

Edited on 7/20/14 9:39 AM
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6/5/14 @ 1:42 PM
Buckuuu
Buckuuu
USER since 3/20/12
Do they have wax worms at gas station?

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6/3/14 @ 5:10 AM
Trucker_Mike
Trucker_Mike
USER since 11/4/09
in my last post I said the bait store did not sell minnows. I was wrong. They do. They are hide in back just ask for them sorry for the miss info. fished Sunday caught a 2 pound 10 oz. stripper, a small stripper, and a small walleye. let go all fish to get bigger and caught again

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5/29/14 @ 8:24 AM
Topwater Tornado
Topwater Tornado
USER since 4/3/08
Dave-good job! If you call the number and give a description of the person and what they are wearing, they WILL show up. These people are not ignorant and know exactly what they are doing. Best thing, you don't have to get involved at all other than being responsible enough to get on your phone and call. Heidecke was once a great fishery, I believe it is still a very good fishery, and can be great again. A big fine, loss of gear and the possibility of arrest should make these people think about what they are doing.

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.

Great Fishing,

TT

Edited for these numbers: Law Enforcement: 815 942 6020 Dave Wollgast (leave message) Heidecke Lake: 815 942 2899

Edited on 5/29/14 8:34 AM
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5/28/14 @ 2:19 PM
wallidave
wallidave
USER since 4/28/13
Topwater, it's great to hear comments like yours regarding selective harvest and releasing fish. It is the only way to keep waterways such as Heidecke a quality fishery. For several weeks now I had only been catching very large crappies and was some what concerned there might be only a few good year classes in the system. This past thurs and fri I finally C&R good numbers of smaller crappies as well. This confirms there are several year classes present in the lake and they are having successful spawns. With the forage base in the lake the skies the limit on how big they will continue to grow, as long as we ALL practice selective harvest.

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...

Edited on 5/28/14 3:12 PM
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5/28/14 @ 9:53 AM
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Topwater Tornado
Topwater Tornado
USER since 4/3/08
Hit the lake Sunday, first in line, and glad I was. Beautiful day and it brought out all the boaters and shore anglers. Pretty much caught everything minus a catfish and smallmouth. Casted the north shoreline and had a golden roach hanging over the side on a bait clicker. I would advise anyone that fishes this lake consistently by boat to invest in a bait clicker, such as the Daiwa President baitcaster. The bait clicker feature allows enough tension on the line to hold your bait in place, but when a fish strikes the tension is very low and the fish can take it with little resistance. Musky fisherman use this technique for sucker fishing.

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.

TT

Edited on 5/28/14 9:55 AM
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5/27/14 @ 11:51 AM
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Billamcustom
Billamcustom
USER since 8/11/13

CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny

AIR TEMP
81° - 88° F

WATER TEMP
71° - 75° F
Went out Monday. Caught more crappie than ever before. For some reason, other than some small walleye, nothing would hit lures. All caught using live bait.

Heidecke Lake, Grundy County Photo
Heidecke Lake, Grundy County Photo
Heidecke Lake, Grundy County Photo
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5/25/14 @ 11:08 PM
torchd
torchd
USER since 5/24/12
Hey Topwater.... You mean MY best Eye was ~6 lbs LOL... I've got the pic to prove it too!

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.

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