Place used to be a gold mine for bass and panfish but it's over fished now. When you used to have to go onto McCoy to get your permit it kept anglers off. Now you can get it online the fishing has gone downhill. I been fishing it for 13 years and this is last year I'll buy a pass. Not worth the money anymore. I've seen people not obeying the size slot on bass and call them into fisheries but can't stop everyone. It's a shame that such a great lakes got ruined. They worry about making money like mwr on permits to stock trout rather than keeping lakes quality.
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16° - 20° F
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MOON PHASE (99%)
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61° - 65° F
Good Luck Fishing People.
Mike and I left my house early dawn wanting to arrive at Fort McCoy first light. We haven’t been to the flowage since late May and only a few times in total, we didn’t want to get tangled up in the dark on the winding way North, so we did it in broad day light…lol
After a short detour we were back on track and fishing around 8ish. Being on the lake a few times we did have a game plan before arriving, with that being a time saver there were baits dropped through a pile of holes in 7-12fow water in short order. We fished in wood, around wood and, the open never finding anything to brag about. The smaller fish were somewhat active but anything worth a filet seemed to be tight lipped for us on this morning. Bright red marks would rise from bottom just to hover on the offerings only to turn nose and slide away. After I iced an 8incher Mike tossed another my way later, perfect for breakfast, thanks Mike!
Plenty of fish were being marked tight to bottom. Mike found the bumble bee gill pill tipped with a waxie to be the best offering of the day catching 4-7inch fish. There will be better trips to come.
The pics are action shots of Mike doing what we love to do best during a Wisconsin winter season, search and destroy…or in this case, search, shoot the bull, and take some pics all while enjoying a resource that is under utilized.
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