Fished here a few times throughout the past week. Crappies and bluegills were quite active. We had no problem catching 6-8" bluegills (nothing bigger, all catch & release) and 9-11" crappie (kept 30, released many). Jig and Gulp minnow. Matched the hatch, and caught one of the hatch. Lol. Tried for muskie very briefly before the storms Thursday night with no luck. Fun lake(s).
Lake Buckatabon (upper&lower), Vilas County
MOON PHASE (36%)
81° - 88° F
76° - 80° F
Spent the week fishing upper buck. After figuring a few things out week caught a lot of crappie, that made great filets. The largemouth was plentiful as well as 18-23 inch Northern’s. Couldn’t find the bigger boys. Will work on that next trip. Great lake to spend a week on.
MOON PHASE (98%)
81° - 88° F
71° - 75° F
Late Report: Fished 6/23 upper and lower in bays and near islands. Caught 19 panfish assorted sizes and species. Used crawler chunks on slip bobber about a foot off the bottom. Others caught an assortment of bass, walleye, and northern that were released. It was a great time on a Great Lake with great friends/brothers. Got to love spell checker!
MOON PHASE (1%)
Senkos work on the lake. Both of them. Big time action from smaller bass.
I would get big ones jigging weed edges with an 1/8 ounce leadhead jig with a lip hooked medium fathead. You will catch pike, bass and crappies with that rig...and get cut off my muskies. Maybe you get an occasional walleye.
But that weedline jig bite is where I would get the big bass. Got one once that was 22 inches...fought better than most muskies I got off of that lake.
Hit the Larsen's Bay weedline. Hit the weedline off of the point just north of Larsen's Bay. Hit the weedline between the islands on the southeastern side. Hit the weedline around the little 16 foot basin on Lower.
If you get a little cloudcover...hit the lilly pads with buzz baits. Man they blast the crap out of those things.
Have fun. Bucky can produce 50+ bass days. But...you aren't going to find many of size unless you get out deeper.
Crappies are easy. Deeper weedlines. 1/32 ounce jig. Crappie minnow. Throw it out, jig it back. If you want, put a bobber on there. That is daytime. The greener the cabbage weeds, the better the crappies will be.
Evening, pull into the channel, Lower side. Crappie minnows with bobbers or those little pinkie jigs.
This is a universal method to put inexperienced fishers on bass:
Get a couple of bags of 5" sinking stick baits. You may go through a bunch. I prefer Yamamoto Senkos, or Strike King Ochos, but other brands may work. I have not had the same results with other brands, but YMMV. Green Pumpkin, or watermelon, are usually good choices for clear northern lakes. Texas rig them on a 2/0 EWG hook, weightless. Cast them to bassy cover like brush, emergent veggies, or a well defined submergent weed edge...and DON'T move the bait. Let it free fall on slack line, and then just watch the line for a telltale tick or movement from a fish moving with the bait. Then SET THE HOOK! If after a minute or so, nothing appears to be happening, slowly take up the slack, and feel for weight. It is feels heavy, SET THE HOOK! If not, reel it in and repeat, at a new cover spot.
My Grandson has the patience of a tornado, but loves to catch bass. He starts out wanting to chunk and wind, so we start out with something "go fast" like a crankbait, spinnerbait, or topwater popper. If the fish aren't in the mood for "go fast" we go to dead sticking Senkos. I have to tell him constantly to stop moving the bait after his cast, and when he settles down, he catches fish...A lot of fish. One would think this would convince him to make that his favorite fishing method, but no, he wants to chunk and wind, and only after he gets tired of me catching fish, and he doesn't get a bite, finally concedes to start dead sticking stick baits.
One note, this method can have a number of deeply hooked fish. If hook removal may injure the fish, just cut the hook off, and release. Bring plenty of 2/0 EWG hooks.