Water temps still cold. Every morning I’m scraping frost off the truck windshield. I bet in about 10 days the bite really improves. Some are catching now. But not many.
Lots of fish being caught, Pike, Walleye, Crappie and some big Perch. All our fish are on minnows. Current areas are still producing for us. Rock Bars and some flats are also producing.
More great clients and lots of new clients. A few openings in July and August.
“A Nice Opener”, that’s pretty much what the opinion has been about the start to the 2021 season. Overall good weather (sort of cool in the early AM, a bit windy) but warmed up and well attended!
Lakes out performed Flowages to start the season. The very early ice out caused the Walleye spawn to finish early, with most of those who targeted spawning beds disappointed. On the subject of disappointment, despite the month of open water, weed growth is still sparse, Bad News/Good News – the Good News…it has a way to go, so lots of good May Walleye fishing still to come.
Walleye: Good-Very Good – As earlier stated, some bodies of water, notably the Flowages, were poor. Anglers working lakes had very good success working 6-8’ depths with any type of new weed growth (as hard as it was to find). Using 1/16 oz weedless jigs tipped with Dace, large Fats and large Leeches action never seemed fast, but good catches brough in. On some larger lakes, a rock gravel bite was still going on. A bit larger minnow, black chubs or Walleye suckers were more effective.
Crappies: Good – With air temps hitting upper 70’s, Crappie fishing got better and shallower by the afternoon/evening. Wind made afternoons a bit tough, but those out on the water able to hold did well in 3-5’ depths.
Northern Pike: Good – Active bite on spinner baits, swim baits and jig and chubs. Not a lot of anglers targeting, but as Pike tend to do, they were willing to bite.
Largemouth Bass: Good – Spinner baits worked well as water temps were on the rise Saturday. Still effective on Sunday, but a better bite on plastics such as Wacky Worms and jig/Sweet Beaver combos.
Surface temps moved into the low to mid 50’s with Saturday’s temp. Forecast for more nights in the 30’s, highs in 50’s means temps will probably hover in the upper 40’s – low 50’s, delaying more weed growth, but spreading the bite out this month.
Was out today for 7 hours with Mike and Jim, brothers up for the week. Started out with a 27'' in the first 2 min's then got slow but got 4 keepers around 9 am. Then at 11 am they were on fire, we had more than half are fish in 2 hours with us getting 3 over the 24'' 2 slot 4 shorts and 6 keepers and they were still biting when we left. All fish came on minnow working slowly in 8 to 12 fow. As always was great to see you guys again and it was a lot of fun. Thanks
May 1-2-3, 2021.
Beautiful weather and lots of fish.
Reports of fish being caught for the past 3 weeks have been coming in to myself from all over northern Wisconsin.
This was a fantastic Game Fish opener. Some caught big Walleye, we caught numbers and numbers of smaller Walleye. These clients wanted fish and they caught numbers of fish. All on minnows for us and possibly best bait of choice for not just Walleye but Crappie as well.
Current areas were best for us (depending what Lake, River, Flowage) or other areas your fishing .We caught several fish from 5 to 12 ft deep and again many, many smaller fish.
Hard work but good results.
We hit a couple lakes this weekend. Did fairly well Saturday morning but struggled Saturday night. We caught walleyes ,northerns and a couple smallmouths. Of course the northerns we really active. I was really disappointed to see the lack of respect between boaters. Their would be guys anchored and boats would fly by full speed 15 feet from the other boats. One old guy was in a 12 foot flat bottom boat anchored 20 feet from shore and guys were going full throttle between him and shore needless to say their was lots of swear words everytime it happened.
Found some 50 deg + water temps. Small northerns and a walleye. All fish were a jig and a minnow less than 12’ of water.
Got out yesterday for awhile fishing crappie and walleye crappie were not biting heavy but were biting nonetheless ended up getting 15 nice crappie between 10 and 13 Inches on crappie minnows and slip bobbers and walleye on jig and minnows all fish came from 5 feet of water or less
Got out today in the afternoon on a local lake. Just wasn't ready yet. Crappies and bluegills not very active. Did get a bass and a couple of pike between us though. Nice once the wind died down. We were in a canoe. Looks like it'll be a week or so yet on this lake, then things should get really good.