First time fishing this flowage ever. I have heard there is an abundance of walleye and all I have is a trolling motor since my 9.8 lower unit doesn't work. Launched by the park and tried trolling for a little bit but water was really muddy so I decided to fish some humps/reefs. Marked fish while drifting and casting rippin raps since water was dirty and you can hear the rattles 20 feet down. Had one hit but only had him on for two head shakes and he poped off. Then tried vertical jigging with gulp minnows and pink 1/8 oz jig had fish come up and look but no takers. What is the average water clarity for the flowage. I could only see a foot or foot and a half.
In response to bassbill,
The Big Eau Pleine is a reservoir used to augment the flow of the WI river. The water level will vary based on precip, anticipated precip, river flows etc.
At any time you can go to www.wcic.com and see the current reservoir levels updated on a daily basis. It is in the upper RH corner of the page and is shown in feet below full.
I also go to the USGS Stratford web site to see the weekly precip, river flows and river height.
I reached out to WVIC regardingthe rate of drawdown and received this:
"Mosinee Expera had to do a repair at their dam and when they were refilling for nearly two days we had to augment flow from the Eau Pleine. Since then we have been releasing quite a small amount of water compared to the other projects and in fact I cut back even more today."
MOON PHASE (60%)
81° - 88° F
76° - 80° F
Does anyone know why they appear to be drawing down BEP and DuBay? Fished Thursday July 20th and did well with a limit of 10"-12" crappie and a couple legal eyes. My family was up this weekend from Milwaukee and got them out Saturday anticipating they'd have a great time. What a bummer for them. Appears the water dropped 18"-24" in a week and the fishing sucked. I was told DuBay is way down too. Any explanation? It's way too early for the Fall drawdown.
Looking at camping/fishing here this weekend. Does anyone know if the non-reservable campsites get filled up every weekend or can you normally pull in on a Friday evening and get a site? Don't need electric or waterfront.
Anyone help on the walleye bite? Plan on trolling spinners with crawlers to start. What is the best target depth?
I mark a ton of fish on this body of water. I assume most of what I am marking are carp. What is the best way to distinguish carp vs walleye?
Thanks for any information anyone can share. I will share my results and any information on what works if I figure that out.
MOON PHASE (66%)
Had slow start with the wind and bite but it picked up in the afternoon we got 43 crappie about 25 between 10-12" kept 15 also 3 legal eye under 20" traffic was pretty good most fish in the 11-14 close to the bottom.Good luck to all be safe
MOON PHASE (66%)
71° - 75° F
Fished from 6:30-9p dragging harnesses for walleyes west of the park. Netted one slot fish(21.5") and that was it. Fish came on a chrome blade in about 10 FOW.
Surprisingly low boat traffic for a holiday weekend.
I am going to be fishing Eau Pleine for bass for the first time. I heard that its not the easiest to bass fish. Does anyone have any information what works well out hear and what parts of the reservoir are better than others? Is there a good shallow bite, because I heard that all the fish were deep? Any tips you have help, thanks.