Have not been to Star this year, but Plum is wide open - so that means Star is too lol
Vilas County Lakes, Vilas County
MOON PHASE (7%)
76° - 80° F
56° - 60° F
Fantastic fishing before the storm rolled in last night. The Walleyes were in 14-18 fow on an island point. Jig and fathead hopped along the break line worked best. Kept three eaters and released the rest. 21 incher was the biggest. Tight lines!
Cool stuff Steve. Thanks for sharing.
I haven't been out a lot, but by reports from friends and my own experience, this has been an amazing fishing window in general in Vilas County. The last week and a half...we'll see how long it continues.
MOON PHASE (2%)
81° - 88° F
66° - 70° F
Today was just an incredible day of sorts! Really needed to do something to make or guest, "The Judge" safe and comfortable with his physical issues. Really didnt want to go all redneck. So started exploring options. Lynn the manager of Rays Landing in St Germain helped me scour the net. Lynn the owner of Cederoma Lodge St Germain offered a pontoon boat if it would help. Then Brian the owner of Premier Powersports in St Germain. Found a captains chair for us in one of his storage buildings. The cat's ass as, "The Judge", put it. Members of a community helping to help a guest of our community. That's what it's about! The pic says it all!! Can't thank these folks enough for the help!!
Now the fishing? Well it was very short lived!! We got 15-20 minutes before unpredicted storms rolled in. As soon as they approached the fish shut right down. The were jumping, hitting bugs/minnows on the surface. Then the switch flipped. I could see them sitting tight to cover, but would not move. We got 5 crappie in a few minutes. Shortly after, not wanting to chance it at all. Ran for the resort. Got them in dry, as well as out of launch. It was pouring rain as I headed home!! Still a great 2 hrs spent with just incredible people!!
Water temp was up again at 69.2. The few fish we got in the short window were all on gulp minnows. In 4 fow, and less.
The Little St Germain Landing was I would say partially cleared today with an excavator. I didn't trim all the way up so smacked rocks coming in. Then again on loading the boat. Much better than what is was yesterday though. When the water level comes up. It should be fine, even for those compensating with the biggest ski natiuge made. Which could not launch today!!
Making more memories to tomorrow!
MOON PHASE (2%)
It's hard to believe we had ice on the lakes a week and a half ago. The warm temps have moved things along at light speed, but what an incredible start to the Season! The walleye bite for us has been on fire since the opener. Outings have yielded 30-50+ walleyes per trip, many of them half days with great average size and top end size. Lots of fish in the 18-24" size class and 10 over the 24" mark with the largest from week one being a 9.1lb giant and a bloated 7.8lber. We have released EVERY female so far this season with the exception of 3 small post spawn females 16-17" from opening day. Some of the walleyes have had eggs, however, most females have been post spawn.
Stained water systems are currently in the 58-68 degree range (large gap due to extreme daytime/nighttime temps) and a solid week past the walleye spawn. Many of the perch are post spawn as well. Musky and sucker spawning activity on many stained water lakes/flowages began over a week ago. It stalled out during the cool down, but resumed hot and heavy with the warm up. Expect musky spawning on most small or stained waters to be completed within the next week if it isn't done already. Crappies, bass and bluegills will be shallow, but expect those spawning periods to be done in short order based on the current forecast
The large/deep lakes have all but concluded the walleye spawn. Water temps are 52-60 with large daily fluctuations again due to recent weather. Musky activity in shallow bays has begun. Perch are still spawning on some, but those with suitable spawning sites in protected bays are mostly done. Crappies gills and bass will be roaming the shallows looking to set up shop. Again, once they begin bedding, don't expect this to last too long based on the current forecast.
It has been interesting to see species like walleye, musky, perch and even pike all spawning simultaneously. With the rapid warm up we have essentially seen several weeks worth of spawning activity crammed into 10 days or less. I would expect to see the same with the bass/bluegill/crappie spawn. On a side note, weed growth has been much better than I expected on many lakes with such complete ice coverage leaving such a short time ago. Another solid week of this warm weather is most welcome after such a long winter and will keep things moving along very quickly. The long term forecast is calling for more heat, so get out and enjoy it! Tight Lines.
Yes Rob, the right side has a lot to do with propwash. and the water is low on LSG. The rest of them big rocks were not there last November. A mutual friend of ours, told me last night. The big rocks there right now were from the ice pushing them up. Seen ice do some crazy stuff, but thats a lot of rock suddenly just in front of the landing. Suppose it could be so. Still folks need to be careful. A guy coming in when I launched had lost 2 props yesterday alone. Also lost his trailer just as I was pulling out. Lucky for him I was there to help. Alone would have been real hard to get it back in the ball, YIKES!