I will be on east side but only have a 12' fishing kayak. No depth finder. I do have the navionics app to find my way. Assuming waves and wind are not too bad, is it reasonable to fish from kayak and be able to find a reef or two on east side?
MOON PHASE (8%)
I would agree that when fishing reefs you need wind.. However that doesn't mean you can't catch walleyes some of my best days out Here have come on calm days... I was also out last Tuesday fished in 15-16 fow trolling flickers and got my 5 in just over 2 hours plus a bonus crappie... I caught 6 fish total that evening.. No goats or whites
Fishing Winnebago can be challenging. Some days we got 0 and some days we caught walleye. In August I have been fishing reefs south of Garlic Island (launched at Menomonie Park which is close to that area, nice launch also). We have been drifting across the various reefs and casting small crank baits with the wind. Start out in about 10 FOW and drift into shallows. We have catching walleyes in 3-5 FOW. Some weeds help but don't want a lot. Most fish were caught on the windward side of the reefs. It hasn't mattered to much on wind direction but you need to have wind/chop on the water. Out this last Tues., sunny and calm, no walleyes. A guide I know was fishing same day for 8 hrs. and only had 3 small walleyes. No wind, no walleyes. Color can matter sometimes. Baits with orange bellies have worked well. There have been a lot of minnows swimming around which can make it tough at times. Some are trolling live night crawlers on harnesses with bottom bouncers, others are trolling the mud flats (18-20 FOW). Spin casting the small crank baits over the reefs has bee the best for my guys so far and is a fun way to fish. Still will catch some whitebass, shepshead, and catfish. Hope this helps.
MOON PHASE (8%)
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Saturday on the water about 10am , west side reefs. Moved twice , wind was helpful. Jig and half crawler took most of the fish. This lake has been unbelievable this year for quality and quantity. Kept a nice limit for a family fish fry