Puck 40 , I don't know where you've been lately , I wore my bug net last Sunday mid morning , let's just say I had 3 for breakfast and I would say they were rather annoying . With that being said a little breeze does seem to help. Take a net along just in case you won't be sorry
Since Winnebago is only 20' deep there isn't anywhere for Walleyes to "go deeper" like there is in other lakes with water over 40' and a thermocline. None of that traditional walleye pattern logic applies to this body of water, just like it doesn't in a river.
The impact of cooler temps and shorter days are less weeds and reduced bug hatches. This has two impacts. The mud bite stops and the eyes leave the weed edges.
I have to admit that I don't have a solid pattern for fall walleye fishing on this lake. The bite gets really tough because there is so much forage and the typical spots slow down. The fish follow the food and I believe that is towards the rivers and possibly start staging for spring. I hear of the edges and points south towards Oshkosh get active. I do know the reefs north of Oshkosh slow down quite a bit. I would also bet that the Walleye are gorging on the same shad that the Whitebass start chasing in earnest this time of year.
These are just my humble opinions based on observations and some limited success with the late summer/fall fishing. I think a guide would be a better source of intel on fall patterns. However, I think most of them switch to an easier bite like Green Bay in the fall.
MOON PHASE (31%)
Fished Monday and Tuesday. l tried trolling the mud out by the Armada on Monday and caught nothing. Also tried trolling flat on the reefs and caught weeds.Finally changed to anchoring up on the reefs and started catching eyes and small perch. Used a half crawler on a 1/64 oz green jig under a slip bobber. Fished the reefs connected to shore on the outer NE edges. Thats where the wind was from.The eyes ranged from 14.5 to 19". The largest were shallow in mixed weeds.
Took the neighbor kid (13 tears old) and we hit a reef outside of Asylum Launch at 5:30 AM we got 10 Eyes all 17-19 inchers lots of misses we went through almost 6 dozen crawlers. We were home by 9:00 AM. Did the same reef a week earlier and got 8 all in the same size range plus 10 bonus 10+ inch perch threw about 30 5-7 inchers back. The strangest parts was both times out not a single Goat.
My Dad and I are going to be hitting the Winnebago system the 2nd weekend in September. Neither of us have ever been on Winnebago before and would appreciate any fishing tips. Looking primarily to be perch fishing. Thanks in advance!