I have not fished in about 3months, been remodeling my house. For the first time in like EVER my freezer was out of fish. So I just wanted to get a limit of keeper gills today to stock up the freezer. Got out from 3 to 6 pm, was a beautiful afternoon. Checked my fishing records for November and hit a small lake where I have caught up to 150 gills in the past in Nov. Just as my old notes said, they were in a certain mid depth flat suspended 4 ft down. The old notes said to keep the bait moving slowly for the big gills to hit, and that was the case today. Got my 25 from 7 to 8.5 inches. On this lake, pike are usually grabbing the gills as you reel them in. Happened 4 times today but no broken line this trip
Southeast Wisconsin Area Lakes, Rivers and Ponds
MOON PHASE (58%)
36° - 40° F
51° - 55° F
Hit the Fox in Burlington and the water temp was already below 55 degrees. Slowest fishing of the year. 52 to start and got to 56 when we left around 2pm.
One Pike hit a whopper plopper later in the day and only 2 smallmouth and a white bass. wake baits run sub surface and kalins lunker grubs on red ned rig jig heads got the rest.
MOON PHASE (69%)
56° - 60° F
66° - 70° F
MOON PHASE (94%)
Nice mess of gills, good eating. Definitely from now through mid October is great time to get out and catch just about any speices. That windy day smallie thing I was talking about last post, that is happening big time right now. Went out for 2 hours during that massive wind yesterday, wont mention how many smallies were caght because I will be called a liar but it was insane bite. Chartruse and white spinnerbait wherever wind was pounding.
MOON PHASE (94%)
61° - 65° F
Drilled roughly 80 gills yesterday in the 30 mph wind gusts. Kept 30 big pigs that were released into grease.Gills ranged from 6-9.25 inches,,with the majority being 7.5-8.5 inches. Released 7 bass as well from 12-18 inches. All fish came on orange mini mite heads, and multi colored hand painted jigs, tipped with Big reds. But here is the kicker,,,i dipped my baits in Anise extract,,and it seemed to outperform if not dipped,,like major. I think with that,,the fish stacked up shortly thereafter, and went on a feeding frenzy. It was crazy in 2 hrs time. You cant catch fish on the couch people,,fall fishing is upon us.
MOON PHASE (89%)
71° - 75° F
Pounced on some nice gills bass and crappies. Kept 17 gills between me and my buddy that ranged from 7-8.5 inches. Released 11 bass ranging from 11-16 inches. Kept 4 crappie from 10-12 inches,,and released 3 crappie from 13-15 inches.gills took redworms on orange mini mite heads tipped with reds. Bass as well. Crappies wacked charttruse and white slap seeker plastics on eight oz jig head. Skeeters were brutal,,,
MOON PHASE (66%)
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.
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.
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 :)