From what i have seen smallies are done. I havent see any lakes that the spawn seemed behind. they went early.
We fished Papoose a little this past weekend. The smallies were not in yet. Warm weather may change that. Only saw one bed.We did find crappies on other area lakes in about 8' of water. Water temp on that lake was 62* on Saturday and 58* on Sunday. Crappies were all caught on minnows.
Heading up to Papoose and area lakes Friday the 11th for five days in the great Wisconsin north. Never fished the lakes up here but did canoe the Manitowish river to Murrys landing a few times. Great trip if anyone is looking for some Smallie fun. Will have my wife, daughters and their guys looking for Pike / Smallies and maybe Muskie. Anyone have any pointers for us? Have not fished water from what I hear is this clear. Assuming shallows for bass or deep weed edges. thanks all and will report on our return. Nanook out
Fished the Manitowish Chain this past weekend for the northern musky opener. Cold temps really put a damper on the bite. Managed just a 37.5" and one other follow but other than that had not much luck locating fish. Caught a bunch of pike with swimbaits up in shallow slop weeds. Mixed in a little bass fishing and found a small handful of smallies and largemouth up in the shallows. Looked like the smallies were just starting to come up and scope out beds but still didn't see a lot up there yet. Warm temps this week should get them going.
Yes, weather was crazy for sure! Bass were all over the board... Some spawning, some not. On a couple of lakes LMB were shallow and on others, they were deeper. Smallmouth were really strange. Some lakes they were cruising shallows, others they were deeper on wood. What this warm weather will do is a great question. Guessing LMB will be active in the shallows.
We fished, White Sand, Big Muskellunge, Plum, Birch, Wildcat, Presque Isle, Van Vliet and Lynx. Nothing consistent with any of them. Fished wacky worms, spinners, cranks, jerk baits, tubes, Neds, swim jigs with and w/o trailers. So, yeah, got into the tackle box pretty deep.
Best of luck to everyone that gets a chance to get out fishing this weekend in the northwoods!
Was up on Little Saint Germain over the weekend. Obviously the weather wasn't great. Memorial Day Weekend and I had a stocking cap on with a fleece and two sweatshirts on Sunday lol. Fishing was pretty slow for the most part. Wound up with a 16" walleye Friday night casting a Mepps spinner off the dock and a keeper crappie on Saturday while fishing solo. Convinced my wife to deal with the sprinkles in the afternoon on Sunday and after those ended we wound up getting 10 more keeper crappie, all up quite shallow in the bay we were fishing. Others were fishing 10' and getting some. 95% of the crappies came on minnows unlike last year when minnows couldn't buy a nibble and plastics were key. What a difference a year makes!
Nice looking fish Mountain,good job .I will be up their all next week,hope to get a couple like yours.
Are the smallies done? Largemouth starting their spawn?
56° - 60° F
61° - 65° F
Fishing multiple lakes Friday thru Monday. Mostly targeted musky, along with a little time out for crappie and walleye. The cool down definitely affected things. 1` musky, 40" and a couple follows. Deep weed edges or rocks. A few small pike, no walleye.
Water temps were in low 60s on the mid size lakes, mid 50s on the biggest lake I fished.
All the fish that were staging shallow seemed to have backed out deeper.
Almost nothing was up shallow (I fished mid size to large lakes, all 25' or deeper). Fish started moving up Monday, but warmer water or stable temps are needed before things heat up shallow again.
Nice report. What lakes did you end up fishing? I'll be on High and Fishtrap for annual trip next week........
56° - 60° F
56° - 60° F