I saw a report from one of the guides last Friday that he was with the DNR on Musky Bay. He said the bay was open and they had post spawn fish in the nets.
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I have been fishing in 10-15' of water in Musky Bay every day, usually from mid-afternoon until dark though occasionally you might see me out there during the morning hours if I am not working. If you see a green Silverado, feel free to stop over and say hi.
The fishing was fast and furious around 1/21, 1/22, and 1/23 for panfish. I caught some large bluegills and few crappies during those three days and I saw two guys near me catch a whole mess of crappie on 1/21. Since then, the bite has died off (at least in my case) and I barely caught a fish worth keeping until 1/27 and since then it has been fairly slow unless you enjoy catching 3" bluegill and perch. Every depth and every place I've tried for the past few days I've caught the same bait-stealers. Unfortunately I'm fishing old-school right now -- no fish locator, no power auger -- and so I don't know what exactly might be swimming around and I only drill a few holes each day.
If you do drive out to Musky Bay from Thors Ln., there is a pretty good road to follow. Avoid the south side of the bay though, as that ice is has a lot of slush on top (though there still seems to be plenty of solid ice under). Ice depth in the bay seems to be around 18" everywhere I've drilled and the few holes I drilled in the channel, I've found about 24" of ice.
I'm not sure where all the crappie and bluegills have moved to but I sure wish I could find them. I know a lot of people fish in the channel near the edge of the weeds going into Musky Bay but I'm not sure what they are fishing for. I'm guessing a mix of panfish and northern. I've never caught anything in that area myself.
Now that I'm signed up, I'll continue to post reports. I'd love to hear from anyone else on where the fishing is hot, as well, especially since I'm new to the lake (and area)!
Fishing has been fairly good on LCO. Northerns keeping tip ups active during the day and walleyes from late afternoon and on. You'll find Gills up in the weeds as well with a few Crappies mixed in as the Crappie bite is solid early morning and at dusk. Give me a call if you want to chase some flags or tip downs!
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We just got back from a trip up there a few weeks ago. Northern and largies. in 10 to 3 feet of water. Heavy weeds. spinner baits an spoons were best. Color maters!!! We caught a good amount of Small mouth doing the same but close to deep water on shallow flats with sperratic light weed areas. Also had 2 muskie on big spinner baits, both in 10 to 15 feet suspended. Only 1 walleye the whole time. Lots of gills and perch. Pm me and I will more then happy to let you know the spots we got fish
I have only fished this lake 3 or 4 times so I am not an expert but everything is deeper. The lakes are exact opposites of one another. One stained and structure filled and the other very clear and not nearly as much structure to fish. The water clarity was such that we caught very little under 15 to 20 feet except for the few weed filled areas. Good luck.
My husband and I are going to LCO the 14th-17th. He will spend a day musky fishing and rest of the time mostly for walleyes unless the crappies or panfish are active. We have never fished the lake before and are looking for a little bit of guidance on any of the species. I read that in August people were using leeches. Is that still the case? We are both experienced fishermen, just not this lake. We usually stay on the Chip but thought we would do something different this time.
Thanks in advance!