I'm coming to Buckatabon with some friends next week for the first time. We want to do some pan fishing. Any help on whats active and possibly what bait would be best for this time of year?
Any help would be appreciated.
Was up at the end of July and into early August. Caught a 41" Musky the first night on the lower lake along the east shoreline, in 11ft of water on a homemade bucktail. Due to water temps rising into the lower 80's for the rest of my trip I switched to bass and got around 30-40 bass all in the range of 12-16 inches, couldn't find a big one, but the docs were I was finding most fish and catching them on a swim and flipping jig. I will be back up this next week.
This time of the year, topwater was always good in early mornings and evenings.
I'd avoid fishing the lake during the bright sky hours. I would fish into the night time, though. Big bucktails.
During the day I'd hit other lakes with darker water in the area. Or bass fish. You can have 50+ bass days on Bucky. Little pike, too.
Heading up in just over a week and a half. Sounds like the Muskies are finding some hooks. Any tips please message or post but my kids like catching anything so even "lake snakes" are a thrill and good fighters. Last year I was schooled by my 6yr old on doing figure 8 for bass... Turned out he caught a nice 18" right by the boat doing that after I told him not to as that was only for Musky. Had a extra tall glass that night of humility.
Nice pics Luke. My son caught a 42" musky on lower last week while fishing a small crank bait for bass. Bright sunny day with no wind. Go figure. He was just glad it didn't bite off on his light tackle. It too was solid. Lots of feed in that lake for their appetite.
Went up last week for four days. Only fished musky. Got a nice fish on the lower that was 47" and had to be around 26-28lbs was a very heavy fish. Than on our last day I got a 37 1/2" sky on the upper in between the islands in 20' of water on a crankbait. Solid 4 day trip. Bad news is I won't make it back up until August so I'll post more when that time comes. Two of the pictures are the same fish.