Any opinions would I be better off targeting panfish under these clear blue high pressure situation than game fish?
MOON PHASE (83%)
46° - 50° F
46° - 50° F
Took the boat out one last time on Sunday. I love fishing this time on year on Big Green. Without the boat traffic, the water clarity is amazing. Could see bottom in 15' of water.
The launch piers are up, so I launched out of Beyer's Cove.
As has become a tradition, the last trip out I target perch. I found a pattern that has held true the last 3 years. Find a sandy flat with decomposing weeds and drag a small jig tipped with a crappie minnow. Bring lots of minnows. Kept 20 in the 9-11" range while out for only 1 1/2 hours. You catch a bunch of 7-8" ones too, but those get tossed back to grow up. It's fast fishing, which is a good way to finish the season.
Saw several muskie and pike in the deeper water patrolling the edges of where the perch were.
Beyer's Cover was 43 degrees, while the main lake was still around 50.
Tight lines everyone. Time to winterize the boat and prep for ice fishing.
MOON PHASE (85%)
Was up this morning had a one man trip from 7am till noon we started throwing a 9 to 14 foot flat with tubes and c-rig had two bites no hookups so we moved to 32feet drifting the c-rig and casting the tube we drifted into 22ft then slid back out to 26ft. I had a couple hits on tube still no hook-ups so we move to 18ft and drift out too 32ft we see fish on depthfinder and have hits still no hookups. We downsize and keep drifting and bang a 3lb smallmouth so we redrift but nothing at this point I am told to head in to warm up so we sit in truck warm up for 30min and head out to do a drift in 14 to 26 feet this time its the c-rig and swimbait and it was the swimbait crazy fight and landing a 49 inch 32.14lb musky landed on 6lb with a bass rod. I am sorry to say that he is having fish mounted but I can not blame him being there and seeing what it took.
MOON PHASE (30%)
jigging off the drop offs from 18 to 50 feet has been most productive for trophy size CPR smallies with occasional northerns in weeds and edges of weeds. have not tried much trolling,mostly jigging and fan casting the weed edges with lucky strike minnow hardbaits...slashing and jerking around 18 feet. Fish are deep avoiding the crazy changing temps. Can never go wrong if you fish the thermocline around 30 to 35 feet in this Lake for the big ones. I have had good luck with heidel bar, shale bar and off Peacocks.
So making the last open water trip of the season. Just wondering if anyone has any intel they'd care to share. Trolling Rapalas mostly for northern, smallies, the occasional walleye. With the water temps as they are, do you think the 13 to 18 foot range or 20 to 30 foot range would be more productive? This late in the year I've had mixed results. But wondered if anyone is having any particular luck. Thanks!
MOON PHASE (10%)
56° - 60° F
56° - 60° F
We went on our annual overnight fishing trip to Green Lake for the second year this year. While the fishing was slow we were able to pull out some 20+ inch Small Mouth Bass.
The first day we caught the first Small Mouth on a Green Bay Packer, Green and Gold Spoon as seen in the pics. Only one hit and we landed it while casting in 15ft of water over weeds just South of the Baptist Assembly.
The second day we fished the weed line in front of Nortons restaurant. We hammered the perch that were all thrown back due to their small size. Must have caught over 50 of them. In addition, my father caught his nice Small Mouth Bass on a Lindy rig in the same area as the perch were biting.
Marked substantial large fish at 100ft of water but did not fish them as we believe they were most likely Lake Trout. Weather was misty rain on and off with Temps in the low to mid 60's Water temp was 58 degrees. Wind was approx. 5-8 mph.
Best of Luck to all who fish Big Green.. The big fish are there.. Find the bait fish and the big fish are right there too...
What a difference a guided trip can make.
We've been fishing this lake 4 or 5 times in the past few years, and have never caught a walleye. (or a trout yet) so we hire Tim Euting of Get Em Hooked Guide Service. Money well spent. We went 9 for 11 for a half day cruise. The biggest being 25 inches. Unfortunately i lost an even bigger one, and caught 5 on our own the next 2 days. So yes we learned and excelled.
Very professional, and hard working. he was go, go, go.
So thanks Tim, hopefully we'll get you next year for a day on Winnebago.
Mike still wants his trout tho, so who knows, maybe two trips. Lol
MOON PHASE (20%)
I know I landed right on the smallies at 7:00 am today they were chasing baitfish and smashing the surface all around me but I just couldn't get one to bite I couldn't even get a follow. I was throwing jerk baits and just couldn't make it happen. I switched to senkos and drop shots around 8:00 and started putting fish in the boat. Once that sun came up they moved deeper and I had a hard time getting them to bite. I didn't crush em today but I had 2 friends catch their first smallies so that was a big success.