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bass abductor
bass abductor
USER since 9/13/03

MOON PHASE (66%)
Waxing Gibbous

I don't think the fish have started to really put fall feed bags on yet. When water temp hits high 60's I would say things will get really good.  I feel like the bass fishing can basically be good anytime from 55 degree water in spring till mid 40's in fall/early winter.  There are lakes I would never fish once water gets below 55, I stick to shallower lakes in late fall (Lazy, Big Muskego, and a couple Waukesha lakes that will go unnamed.  

Fishing report from today, fished some of same areas as yesterday, had a close to 5 lb smallie hit on first cast, didn't get a good latch on it.  2nd cast Pike about 28 inches.  Made a few more casts and nothing.  2nd spot smallies were biting decent, caught various sizes, no real big fish.  Switched it up and fished chatterbait today hoping for big fish, will probably just stay with twisters and swim jigs tomorrow.  Water warmed up 2 degrees to almost 75.

Couple pics to get jacked up for fall fishing, if you guys know of a good smallmouth lake or river fish the breaks with spinnerbaits or shallow cranks when water cools to 68 or so, bite can be insane on a windy day.


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9/17/18 @ 11:37 PM
banjo dan
banjo dan
USER since 1/5/04

I agree with BW - just get out there. The worst thing that could happen, is that you don't catch anything. I've packed sandwiches that have made a skunked day very worthwhile.

(Yes, getting skunked isn't the worst thing that could happen, I realize that. Your boat could capsize, your motor could quit, or even Tony Corrente could be a ref in a Packers game.)

I don't think I've ever regretted going fishing. 

Edited on 9/17/18 11:38 PM
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9/17/18 @ 10:55 PM
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Lake king
Lake king
USER since 7/13/18

MOON PHASE (57%)
Waxing Gibbous

Caught 21 bass and 3 northerns today on a Jeff county lake.  All were outside weedline fish.  Same locations they’ve been in for 2 months.  

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9/17/18 @ 10:45 PM
BassWhacker
BassWhacker
USER since 9/4/17

In my opinion it's not "fall bass fishing" yet. I guess it depends on how you look at it: time of year, or water temperature. Sure it's fall, but the weather says otherwise. Lakes I'm fishing are still in the mid 70s as far as water temperature. Does anyone truly know what bass/fish in general do? No. Just get out there :)

Edited on 9/17/18 10:47 PM
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9/17/18 @ 9:20 PM
nicksb3
nicksb3
USER since 5/2/16

So I take it the fall bass bite is on?  I've been struggling, waiting for this upcoming cold front.  Anyone experiencing the same?  Did I miss my window?

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9/16/18 @ 10:09 PM
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bass abductor
bass abductor
USER since 9/13/03

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First Quarter

Nice bass Wacker!!!  I am almost ashamed to post my pics from today after that hawg.    I fished the river, it was still swollen way higher than normal for September.  The high water has fish positioned in same areas I catch them in spring.  Ended up with 26 smallies, 12 of them were over 14 inches with only 2 that would be considered big fish.  Couple pike and other species but smallies were by far most cooperative fish.  Used white or chartruse swim jigs and Twisters.  Water temp 72 and water was brown in color but clarity was decent.  I am hoping Jaybee can join me tomorrow and see if we can get 40-50 smallies, definitely possible in 3 or so hours of fishing.

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9/16/18 @ 9:16 PM
BassWhacker
BassWhacker
USER since 9/4/17

Haha jaybee you said it about my last post. Hopefully it will come true! Thanks guys. And just to let everyone know. I release all fish I catch. These two lmb and a smallmouth I caught up north this year are all going to be on my wall as reproductions. Plenty of photos and measurements were taken. To take a fish of that caliber out of a water system and eliminate it's potential to create fish of that size down the road makes absolutely no sense to me. 

Edited on 9/16/18 9:57 PM
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9/16/18 @ 9:07 PM
Jig'N'Reel
Jig'N'Reel
USER since 7/22/17

Very nice fish, BW!

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9/16/18 @ 8:57 PM
jaybeeturtle
jaybeeturtle
USER since 3/17/06

Looks like you are due for a 7 pounder next week, Basswhacker

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9/16/18 @ 8:06 PM
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BassWhacker
BassWhacker
USER since 9/4/17

MOON PHASE
First Quarter

CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny

AIR TEMP
81° - 88° F

WATER TEMP
71° - 75° F
Well guys I finally did it, I beat my PB lmb by a mile today. It's safe to say that I boated a legitimate SE Wisconsin giant tonight. I have the pattern down right now for size. I have been boating a ton of 3+lb largies this week with the occasional slob mixed in. With the cloudy green water the big girls are up shallow in the weeds chasing bait hard. To catch these two fish in one week is just incredible to me. I love to fish and this just makes the desire that much stronger. 21.25" SIX POUNDS THREE OUNCES. 

Edited on 9/16/18 8:18 PM
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