Anybody doing any good on Fence? Coming up soon, any information would be great!
Fence Lake , Vilas County
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Most of what I have caught as far as perch has been small. I did connect on a few in the 8-9" range last year. Maybe they are on the rebound. Caught them on large leeches while chasing walleyes. Didn't target them specifically.
How about perch. I've been told that the perch population has really dwindled, and those that are left are quite small??
Have caught a lot of nice Crappies right in the bay by Lighthouse on the outside edge of the weed line in early June.
Coming up the 2nd week of June. Any ideas on finding Crappies, Bluegills or Perch on Fence? Would like to get my wife and daughter on some action so they don't get bored chasing eyes. Thanks and tight lines to all.
Try in front of or in Bolton Creek on the northeast side. I found them loaded up in there many years ago when the "run" was on. Another spot is by the boat landing where the channel goes from Fence into Crawling Stone. We used seine nets and put on waders.
Good information. I did read about the trout being stocked in an effort to control the smelt. I have old dip net frames we use to use. They definitely need new nets but I wonder how that might work off the side of a boat. Something to try maybe if I ever get a chance to be north at the right time of the year.
Anyway thank you for the responses. I appreciate the information.
There are a lot of Smelt in Fence. Spawning occurs on the East side of the lake in Smelt Bay, probably other areas as well. Many of the Walleyes and Smallmouth caught out there will barf up smelt when in the net or livewell
I believe trout were stocked to control their numbers, and in turn decimated the smelt population. Someone correct me if thats wrong.
There used to be a significant smelt run on Fence Lake, but for reasons I am not quite sure of it seems to have slacked off like the Lake MI runs... I am sure you could go shine the waters at night to see if they are still there or even pull a net if you can find a place to do that now that the fishing season has started.