Launch & No Wake Status 7.14.17
Because of the recent rain, below are the following area lakes and their launch and no wake status:
Please provide us with any updates that you hear !
Okauchee- OPEN, Slow No Wake
Moose- OPEN, Slow No Wake
Golden- OPEN, Slow No Wake
Beulah- OPEN, Slow No Wake
School Section- OPEN
Eagle Spring- OPEN
Phantom’s- CLOSED, SLOW NO WAKE
Rock Lake – OPEN
Rock River – OPEN, SLOW NO WAKE
Delavan- ALL BOAT LAUNCHES CLOSED, SLOW NO WAKE
The Madison Chain OPEN
Big Muskego- OPEN
Little Muskego- OPEN
Nemahbin- OPEN, Slow No Wake
Lower & Upper Nashotah – Slow No Wake
Keesus- OPEN, Slow No Wake
L. & M. Genesee – OPEN, Slow No Wake
Pewaukee- OPEN, Slow No Wake
Wednesday July 12thth, 2017
Fishing was been good on the area lakes despite the inconsistent weather patterns. Water temps are in the Mid-70’s.
Bluegills were most active along deep weedlines in 12 to 20 feet of water, especially for bigger gills. Smaller gills were found around shallower weeds and piers. Giant redworms, panfish leeches, spider helgrammites, wax worms, or a small fathead minnow baited on a 1/32oz leadhead jig or a #8 hook produced best. A 1/32oz jig and plastic combo along with a black any fly or bluegill bug baited with a wax worm or spike worked great as well. Vertical jigging while drifting or a slip bobber rig is the best presentation to use in deeper water, while a small pencil bobber works best in shallow water.
Crappies were found suspended along outside weedlines or over deeper water. Casting or drifting with a 1/32oz jig or #6 hook on a split shot rig baited with a small or large fathead minnow produced. A Dick Smith 1/32oz jig with # 6 hook dressed with a 1” to 2” plastic tail such as a Dick Smith’s Panfish Grub, Cubby Mini Mite, Kalin’s Crappie Scrubs, or tube tail also produced.
Largemouth bass were in their summer patterns. During early morning or evening hours, fish the weed flats in 5 to 10 feet of water using Brovarney swim jigs, spinner baits, shallow running crankbaits, or top water baits. Fishing deeper weedlines with Texas rigged plastics, drop shot rigs, jig worms, or wacky jigs have produced. A medium golden shiner, nightcrawler, or large leech fished on a split shot rig or under a slip bobber works best for live bait. Fishing near piers, or other shallow water structure with wacky worms, NED rigs, jig and chunk combos, pre rigged worms, and tubes worked as well. Anglers also had success fishing the slop with plastic frogs.
Smallmouth were active along deeper breaks or cruising shallower rock bars. Swim jigs, suspending jerkbaits, paddle tails, and 5” grubs worked for suspended smallies. Dragging a tube jig, drop shot rig, NED rig, or a football jig with skirted grub has also produced. A slip sinker rig with a leech, baby chub, small sucker, or jumbo fathead works best for live bait. Popper style top water baits or flukes have produced during calm conditions.
Northern pike were very active around weed flats in 4 to 8 feet of water. Casting chatterbaits, Mepps spinners, lipless crankbaits, buzzbaits, or Brovarney swim jigs produced. Larger pike were found along deeper weedlines or deep structure, near baitfish. A medium sucker or large golden shiner baited on a circle hook with a heavy fluorocarbon leader and slip sinker worked best.
Walleyes were active along weed edges in 12 to 18 feet of water, along with deeper structure in 20 to 30 feet. Leeches, nightcrawlers, jumbo fatheads, baby chubs or medium golden shiners worked best for live bait. A slip slinker rig, weedless jigs, or slip bobber rig are the best ways to present these baits. Trolling crankbaits or a nightcrawler on a harness was also effective. At night or early morning, cast minnow style crankbaits over the tops of weeds.
Musky Fishing has improved lately with some 40+” fish being reported. Muskies will be found around breaks or deeper weedlines. Casting bucktails, larger spinnerbaits, or swimbaits triggered fish. Trolling crankbaits along breaks can also be effective.
Catfish were caught from the Rock River, along with lakes Koshkonong and Mendota. Sonny’s Stinkbait on a Dick Smith’s Garlic Catfirsh worked the best. A medium sucker, nightcrawler, leech, or stinkbait fished on a slip sinker rig also worked great.
King Salmon and Coho fishing in the Milwaukee Harbor Gaps has been good. Jigging with Dick Smith’s 3/8oz Glow Darter heads with Kalins Jerk Minnows, 4” Gulp Minnows and Keitech Paddle Tails has worked the best. Anglers also had success jigging Acme Kastmasters or Vibrations Tackle Echotails.
Please practice Catch and Release for the Future of Fishing.
Becky Smith & Mike Smith