Little secret lake in South east wisconsin.
Southeast Wisconsin Area Lakes, Rivers and Ponds
MOON PHASE (10%)
Got out on a Waukesha County lake from 630 to 9 pm. Was searching for big gills, on this lake they usually suspend over deep water in the middle of summer and also mid winter. However some days small pods will move shallower and chase tiny minnows just before dark. It was fun watching BIG gills leaping out of the water chasing minnows, also some bass. Depth was 10 to 12 ft. I put on a 2 inch floating Rebel stick bait I use for crappie fishing. Caught 3 big gills 8 1/2 to 9 inch and 4 bass on it, that was fun. Several big gill blow ups and missed strikes also. Finally downsized to a panfish jig 5 ft under bobber and cleaned up. Only caught one gill UNDER 8 inches all evening. Kept 8 from 8-9 inches and let all the rest go
61° - 65° F
Out early on a Waukesha County lake in kayak. Great topwater bite from 5:30 until 7 am. Caught several largemouth on popper and missed several more strikes. Unfortunately wind picked up after 7 am and shut topwater bite down. Managed a couple of additional LMB after that on black rooster tail spinner. Action was completely done by 9 am.
MOON PHASE (89%)
Got out on a 120 acre lake after the storm from 7 to 9 pm, and the fishing was weird. Couldn’t catch bass on my bass rod, only pulled in one. Couldn’t catch panfish on my panfish rod the first couple hrs, but caught 10 bass on the panfish jig! And not little ones either. 13 to 15 inches. I could barely pull them in with my whippy panfish rod, so that was fun. Finally the last 15 min of twilight I finally caught 5 gills from 7 1/2 to 8 3/4 inch. Released the fish
MOON PHASE (94%)
Went catfishing the 1st time, in a long time, last night on the fox river. Not something I generally care to do. But my wifes cousin wanted to go so I showed him an easy spot he can take his kids. Anyways, we got a couple kittys and a large bowfin on crawlers. Missed other fish as well. I think this was my first cat in maybe 5 years. Nice change of pace and a fun couple of hours.
81° - 88° F
Out on a small Waukesha County Lake today for a couple hours. Managed some largemouth and rock bass, nothing of any real size. When the overcast skies gave way to sun, the fish got skiddish. Downsized plastics worked in weed beds in approx 15 FOW and under docks as well. As the fish we turning off, the pleasure boaters were arriving en masse so it was time to pack up and go.
MOON PHASE (94%)
71° - 75° F
71° - 75° F
Buddy and I kept 28 bluegills and 4 crappie. Gills were still on the beds and the female gills, which we threw back, were still full of eggs. The males were still squirting and all of them were between 8 and 9 inches. The crappie we kept were 9-10 inches. Gulp minnows on 1/32 oz. jig and flys on the flyrod took all the fish. My buddy even caught and landed a 22 inch Northern on the flyrod with a 2 pound tippet. Released all crappie under 9 inches per our agreement. Water temp was 72 degrees and wind was brisk out of the east so we fished the windward shore. The crappie were in 18 feet of water and the gills in about 3 feet.
Thanks to the two ( at least) guys who found two rods and a kayak paddle of mine at Genesse Lakes launch and set them aside on the grass instead of taking them. Apparently my head was in the clouds and I drove off without them. The next morning loading up work equipment I noticed they were missing and drove back 10 hrs later to find them. Nice to know that there are still people out there that look out for dummies like me!
MOON PHASE (89%)
Hit a larger Oconomowoc area lake at noon today in the yak. I was really lazy this morning so didnt get out at 6am like I wanted to. Pleasure boaters were many but respectable. Got a walleye on a 5xd crank on my 2nd cast. 5 smallies on a keel weighted fluke in an obvious moving water area on the lake. Also got a largemouth on a frog in the few pads on this particular lake. All fish around 14 inches. Fun little day until the wind got steady and Im crossing my fingers I didnt get to burnt.
MOON PHASE (63%)
Got out with my step son after work in a canoe on a 50 acre lake. The pike were shallow and ferocious. Not only did they hit our shallow running cranks, they grabbed the gills we were reeling in with the panfish rods. Two lures got destroyed. And a few gills were lost to broken line. Landed around 10 pike in 3 hrs up to 30 inches. Also pulled in 3largemouth and kept 12 gills 8-9 inches for a fish fry. Also caught a monster bowfin trolling. Bait was bluegills on a stringer, lol. Fish would not let go, even when we lifted it completely out of the water. Had to whack it with the paddle. Not one, but TWO gills on the stringer were all chewed up, had to be thrown away. Bowfin was very close to the state record of 13 lbs, but because it was not caught with a hook, we would have had to release it anyway. Didn’t have our phones along, no pix.