Pier is out at Golden
MOON PHASE (1%)
76° - 80° F
Above 80° F
My first ever fishing report!
Went out Tuesday. Once the 6:00am skiier left, traffic was pretty slow, but so was the bite. Two Largemouth by the time I called it at 11am, weren't even legal sized. Caught on a small swim bait that I let sit on the bottom a while before a very slow retrieve.
I really like this lake (have fished it about a dozen times this year), but lately the bite's been tough everywhere I go. I'd blame the conditions, but it's probably that I just don't know what I'm doing.
There are a number of lakes where the local authorities acknowledge that there are often multiple users on the water competing for space. These lakes often have a no wake rule from 7:30 at night to 10:00 in the morning to accommodate those people who would like to fish, canoe, wakeboard or have a quiet pontoon boat ride. Elkhart Lake has this along with no wake areas near the shore. I found that the water skiers and jet skiers most often keep a reasonable distance from fisherman on this lake and seem to be enjoying their sport.
It is against WI state law to tow aperson on a ski or tube within 100' of an anchored boat. WI statutes 30.69 3. (a). Next time get part of your gunwale in the photo so the distance can be can be accurately determined in a court.
MOON PHASE (11%)
As an angler, I can't complain about the no wake law. Who fishes from 12-4 anyway? Do you want to run to the other end of the lake at 3mph at 5 am? Not me. I applaud the rules on this lake. Pleasure boaters have rights, as hard as that is for me to admit. No one needs to change the no wake rules, just enforce WI state laws. Take pics and let law enforcement know what violations are occurring.
Several years ago, I was fishing on Golden with a friend on a Saturday. We saw several fishing boats get pulled over by the Lake Patrol for going a little over the no wake limit. At 4:00 p.m. when the no wake limit was not in effect, the Lake Patrol was gone and the reckless water skiers were back on the lake. Several boats were pulling their skiers at extremely high speeds with little regard for the other boats fishing. One guy commented to me at the launch that he thought one of these boats could easily end up in the middle of Highway 18 with the speed that they were traveling. In all of my years fishing, I have never seen the local lake Water Patrol give a ticket to a lake resident. Guys fishing seem to be their most frequent targets.
The reason the no wake rule was placed is the lake association doesn't want any "outside" boater on "their" lake. The no wake rule should be in place from dusk til 10 am next morning and let boaters play during the warm hot times and leave the fishing times available to those appreciate a nice calm lake. Complaints should be directed to the lake association and the DNR. I used to boat, fish and ski this lake until the no wake rule. It's a joke.