Night bite was fire. Got to the lake at 2:30am, started fishing about 3:00am. By sunrise had 30 fish. Once it started to get light out the bite died and I didn't want to try and fight the wind to fish the middle of the lake. Went behind the reeds and picked off a few more.
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76° - 80° F
71° - 75° F
71° - 75° F
Eyes and pike biting this morning on worm spinners in 20-25fow. Wouldn't touch a minnow. Few bass in the Reed's and over the mats on spinnerbaits and buzzbaits. Ended up taking home a 19.5 and 18 inch eyes and a 9.75 sunfish that hit a crank. It was a nice day to be on the water.
71° - 75° F
81° - 88° F
Fished with a couple buddies and my 2 young kids yesterday from 0830 - 1230. We drifted around over weed beds and caught some small panfish and one undersized LM on either plastics or leech. There were about 8 boats all huddled up on the humps on the southern part of the lake. After that it was pretty warm so we went back to Ripley to drag the kids around on the tube.
Out shooting some underwater videos on Friday (Aqua-Vu from the boat, not diving this day) and checking areas out with side scan. Was all around the lake, marked lots of fish. On one bar there were a bunch of marks spread around, dropped the camera down and saw a couple Walleyes, and a bunch of Suckers (and of course some Sheephead scattered around). May try and get one more dive in there next week before the clarity turns bad. Rick
Dove Rock Lake this morning. Beautiful day out there! Forgot to write down the surface temp, but think it was around 71°F. Thermocline around 20'. Clarity still good, all the way down to 52'. Had one Walleye laying in the mud just before a rock area in 42 FOW. He just laid there as I swam over him (probably only about 12" fish), never did see him move. No dive light needed today, still plenty of sunlight penetration. Lots of algae in the water, but overall you could see well. Not a lot of boat traffic when we got there. Rick
On Rock Lake yesterday checking clarity at depth (not great yet) for a future dive when it clears up. Water temp was 56.5°F, Seechi disk was 13'. Dead calm when I got out there, little choppy when I left four hours later. Marked numerous schools of panfish in deeper water, and larger fish scattered around. Did a bunch of video taping on some of the bars. One Walleye seen on a quick peek at the videos and a bunch of Gills in 25 FOW, hanging just off a mud hump. Found a few cribs, bunched close together in 23 FOW. Didn't notice any fish on them (which tracks with what I've seen checking structure on the Madison lakes). Expect water to clear up in the next 2 to 3 weeks, will head out again then and see how everything looks! Rick
I’m going tomorrow afternoon with my kid. Gonna find the warmest water I can and go for it! I’ll post a report. Going north next week!
Does anyone have a recent water temp report?
North end launch piers are in as of 4/18/2020.
If you know down town at all down by the VFW there a boat launch you can park at with good shoreline access until about mid June then weeds come in but is still fishable just gotta look. There are three public piers ones at end of Fremont not sure the other two off top of my head. Also can park and walk the drumlin trail to the tressel and fish off there.. and there a little park at north end you can fish from