Looking to get out this weekend for White Bass. Has anyone been doing good?
Fox River Oshkosh - Rainbow Park
MOON PHASE (56%)
66° - 70° F
Late report from Saturday. Started out fishing from shore by 41 at the first bridge across from Skipper Buds. That is a LONG walk from where you park. At least I was rewarded with a 20" walleye on a red fly as part of a jig/fly three way rig. Hard to tell if it had a minnow on at the time as I'd been losing a number of them on the cast or retrieve. Also had something big on for a few seconds but it came unbuttoned without seeing it.
Moved over to Rainbow Park and fished the T docks. Wound up with a nice 20" channel cat, but that was it. Pink fly with a pencil weight three way rig. Again, hard to know if minnow was still there or not.
I find the pic of the walleye to be funny because it looks like it's ready to chomp down on my dog's nose lol
56° - 60° F
Spent a couple of wet hours on the river. The wind was blowing opposite of the current and the fish were definetly not in a cooperative mood. One small ( 12") catfish. Tried lots of different tackle and baits, but nothing seemed to work. But, at least I got to spend some time with my son. So, it was still a good day.
Its over, nothing but sheephead above and below the surface. Might as well sell the damn rods and go to the bar. Every other cast smelly azz parasite ridden goats. Them things got more tumors and who-know-whats hangin off them. Couldn't possibly be enuff of them things floating. Sheesh.
MOON PHASE (14%)
Went out Wednesday with my good buddy and neighbor Russ. Fished by boat near Rainbow park on the Fox and around the bridge.
Figure we caught over 60 fish. 8 species in all ( a record for me). The most common was the same 12" walleye over and over (it seemed). Not complaining. Loved the action. Was able to scrounge 7 that we kept roughly 15" - 17".
Also caught 2 pike, 2 very large carp, a couple dozen goats (including a 10lber that hit a crank bait), 1 bull head, half dozen perch, a large smallmouth, and a dozen or so catfish near dusk with stink bait. Very steady action with the catfish. Caught all within a half hour. Would've caught many more, but lost most of the bait holders in the stomachs of some of the cats. Started with 6 bait holders and ended up with 1 despite setting the hooks promptly. Was time to go in anyway. NO white bass at all surprisingly.
We fished with half a crawler on a red or gold hook and a sinker 12" from the hook for most of the walleye. Also were casting Blaze crank baits - silver and orange/yellow were working the best, with quite a bit of success. Lost 3 or 4 due to being snapped off by larger fish.
I hadn't fished here in years. Either blind luck, or they are stacked up.
Slight downside to the trip... Even on the weekday, there were TONS of other boats mostly fishing the center of the channel by the bridge. I stayed away from there. I found a spot without any boats and was having steady action. Within an hour TWO boats came over and parked about 15 feet from me. I had a snag an hour later about 20 feet from where I was, went to retrieve it, and one of them "drifted" into the same spot I was anchored in. Used to being pretty much by myself on the lakes I fish, even populated lakes. Saw a lot of boats stacked/anchored or trolling way closer than I would have liked. Can't imagine what a weekend would be like. Still a great trip, the two boats didn't bother me much, just not used to it.
Good luck all!