Here is a report to go with the photos that were posted yesterday - According to a local fishing guide - If you're an outdoor person now is the time of the year to get out and enjoy the beautiful fall colors that our area is providing. We are near peak or peaking in north central Wisconsin. Our area has experienced an influx of hunters pursuing birds and deer and with some success. Actually anglers who have been able to get on the water are also enjoying some heavy nets. Muskie action has been very good with s strong shallow water bite. Suicks, bull dawgs and live bait are seeing action. Anglers should look for any green weeds in shallow water. Muskies have been on those shallow weed edges. Lunar activity has provided for some bigger fish catches. Our shallow lakes are mixing with water temps around fifty. The large deeper gin clear lakes are still in pre turnover but a few cold nights and some heavy winds should get them mixing as well. This is a great time for our sportsman to get in on the blast and cast.
Price County Lakes, Price County
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MOON PHASE (35%)
A local fishing guide report: The fall colors have begun to pop! Water temperatures are dropping. The walleye and muskie action were good this past week. Muskies have moved up really shallow. Buck tails, jerk baits and some top water baits saw action. Many of our fish were right at the boat. Perch color baits received the most amount of action. Casters should be putting baits very close to shore on the inside weed line. Weeds are dying but there are still some good green patches left. Sucker action has also picked up with more fish aggressively grabbing baits. We also had some success on walleyes on the weed edges working twisters and ¼ oz jigs. Casting parallel to the weed edges and slowly popping the baits back to the boat. The fish were aggressive and the bite was during the afternoon. These fish have also followed bait fish from deeper water. This pattern should remain until after turnover. PRICE COUNTY TOURISM DEPARTMENT PHOTOS NOTE:These fall color photos were taken one day apart, 10/1/18 and 10/2/18, at the Lower Dam Flowage boat landing on the North Fork of the Flambeau River in Park Falls.
MOON PHASE (97%)
A local Muskie Guide Reports - There is definitely a change in the air. Water temps have dropped into the mid sixties and muskies are on the prowl. Many of our fish are moving on crank baits but suckers and bucktails are also seeing action. Muskie are beginning to move very shallow while others are located off the remaining weed lines on the first break. Our weeds are disappearing quickly as the days get shorter. This week’s weather is calling for highs in the fifties and lows in the thirties. This should bring water temps more in line with seasonal patterns. Look for muskies to continue to move up shallow until turnover.
MOON PHASE (75%)
Local guide report - There were two different patterns that developed last week that provided some great action. Let’s start with the water temperature. We saw surface temps as high as 77 degrees! This is mid September and to have this type of surface temperature is not the norm. We decided to fish shallow and fast. We casted buck tails over weed beds with a fast retrieve. Muskie were on these baits right away with most action happening at the boat. Speed was key. We used showgirls twin eights which provided the most action. Our second method brought us out in the middle of the lake basin fishing in water depths of 18 – 20 ft of water. Schools of perch were in fifteen feet. We were able to hook 4 muskies and boat 3 legals in less than 1 hour as the muskies randomly fed. This pattern continued this past week. We searched for schools of bait fish and cast crank baits, bull dawgs and invaders. The best baits was 9 inch grand ma baits. Even though air temperatures are cooling water temps will remain unseasonably warm and these patterns showed continue.
MOON PHASE (22%)
As reported by a local guide - Our weather patterns are beginning to change. This may be a welcome sight for some anglers. Water temps have cooled a bit. Surface temps have dropped into the low 70’s and will continue to drop as our day light begins to decrease each day. This seasonal change should begin to move muskies off of the deep weed edges and into the shallow weedy areas. Muskie anglers need to fish a lot of water this time a year. Mid lake sunken islands holding bait fish will also hold muskies. Fish these mid lake structures during low light periods when boat traffic is minimal. Also the mid lake deep basins have suspended bait fish such as perch and ciscos. A main stay in the muskies diet. Anglers can troll these open area spots working these bait pods using deep diving crank baits which will help get these baits down to that twenty foot depth or throwing large plastic and rubber baits allowing them to reach those deep water schools before retrieving them to the boat. Top water baits continue to be a good choice over shallow weed beds during low light. Fast moving buck tails throughout the day cast along deep weed edges will trigger strikes. There are many opportunities this time of year to put your bait in front of a muskie. Its never a bad idea to look over a map of the lake mark out a game plan and go get one!
The other issue with Solberg is the crying shame that the township of Worcester is so cheap and has and continues to be severely damaging the long term health of the lake by the removal of the bridges and the installation of tunnels in the 70's and 80's. This has created a lily pad swamp on the main feeder creek for the lake in Squaw Creek, lesser effect on Disappearing creek but changed the ecology of the creek forever. The DNR nor the township has zero courage to fix this colossal mistake. Not that the flowing water will return to previous water quality but things will improve plus not limit the size of boat you can use in these areas. Shame on you DNR, shame on you town of Worcester enjoy your $750,000 in the general funds account. Feel butt hurt fellow Worcester tax payers?
Let's be realistic about Solberg. There are two resort campgrounds, a county campground with tons of lake side camping, resorts with cabins, house rentals and vacation homes all over a lake a little over 900 acres in size. It gets summer pressure. Spring, fall and winter the lake seems deserted. I find the fishing to be good all seasons, not the easiest lake to learn but plenty of nice fish to be caught. The limiting of pan fish limits can only help with long term size. The lake is fertile. How about some cribs lake association? If the DNR can let bridges be replaced with tunnels certainly we can get a few dozen cribs put in? The wood is disappearing because of lake age. They are doing a good job with the rock drop but the fish sticks are a joke and a waste of time in my humble opinion.
We have a place up there. The fishing was great until the Association and the DNR took aim at the Musky's. The Association at the time thought the Musky were eating all the panfish (LOL, joke). The DNR came in and removed as many as they could. Musky fishing dropped to about nothing, Largemouth bass population exploded, and we lost a few year classes of walleye because of the bass explosion. Thank you Lake Association and the DNR for Fixing? our lake. Now stocking had to happen to boost the walleye population. All that being said, the fishing is generally pretty good if you know where to look. Until the joy boaters come out, it gets annoying pretty fast. Pontoons are driving me crazy, they feel they can come right next to you for some reason. I've had a few this year that I could not cast because they felt ok coming that close. I will start photoing and turning people in for the 100 ft rule.