OB Outdoors Fishing Report 4/29/16
Are you guys ready for the weekend?! This past week has been pretty cool and windy but that hasn’t stopped the fishing action. Did it hinder it? Yea a bit, but the fish were still had! Looking into the weekend, we are going to get a little bit of a break in this weather, however, be ready for a nor’easter!
Fish are being had on all ends of the Winnebago System but timing is the key. As you guys have seen through the OB Outdoors Facebook page, I have caught my share of some perfect eaters from around the Oshkosh area. I have seen steady fishing action through Lake Butte des Morts all the way into Lake Winnebago where some serious action is being found.
This past week, some of the biggest fish of the year showed themselves in Winneconne on the bridge. While some eyes are still being had from the bridge fishermen and boaters, I have seen a lot more white bass being caught on various different setups – mainly fly rigs. Due to the wind and conditions, it dampened the fishing pressure on the bridge but those who stuck it out were rewarded at times. One guy landed (and unfortunately kept) a gorgeous 27.5” eye along with a couple others. Most of the walters were caught on river rigs brandishing leeches.
Butte des Morts continues to produce in all of the usual areas. Sunset, Oakwood, Sand Pit, the North and South shores, the river channel – all have held eyes this past week and still do at times. Leeches, crawlers, and even minnows, hanging under slip-bobbers and threaded onto jigs, have been the go-tos for most. I, however, have found better success in casting #5 Flicker Shads while fan casting shorelines and rocky structures. The trolling bite is there to be had while running the shorelines, flats and river channels, after clipping on a Rattlin’ Wasp or Flicker Shad.
The 41 Bridge continues to be a hot area at times. Jigging minnows or crawlers has limited the numbers of whities being caught while directing the presentation more so towards the walleye action. Shore fishing by the bridge is achieved through the trail access running the span of the 41 bridge. It’s a longer walk to get there but it can put you right in the fishing grounds. Casting cranks and plastics towards the pilings and shelves on each side, especially around dusk, has shown to be a fun experience.
If you are looking for some fast-paced action, running fly rigs through this area, much less anywhere in the Fox, will result in the white bass and some walleyes finding their way into your boat. When in the Fox, look for the schools of the fish on your electronics and whip out a gulp minnow or twister tail on a jig head and let the casting action begin! I have a feeling with the wind forecasted this weekend, the river will be busy… and for good reason! Don’t forget about the vertical jigging as we talked about on last week’s video! Here it is in case you missed it:
Looking into Winnebago - it is going to be a flip of a coin whether or not the lake will be “fishable” for most on the west shore around the Oshkosh area due to the wind coming in at us. If the wind is less than predicted (the forecasts always change) there is going to be some awesome conditions out there to target west shore points, shorelines, and reefs! All of these areas have been very hot the last two weeks, however, as like with other areas in the system, timing has been the critical variable. One minute a nice wave of fish is moving through, and then before you know it, an hour has gone by without even a bite.
The casting, slipping, jigging, and even trolling, have all been tactics that have produced in Lake Winnebago. This is the best part about our system. If there is a certain tactic you like better than the others, just keep popping around to different locations until you find some fish! Do NOT be afraid to get out of the mouth area and try somewhere else as there are fish being had in many different areas some hotter than the others… One thing I will tell you is that you should at least have both crawlers and leeches with you this weekend. Even if you usually work plastics or life-likes, I have been hearing some fish have been turned off on them. After switching to live bait, these fish have turned back on. If you decide to work slips, have a good spread of both leeches and crawlers until you find what they want. I have been out many times and it seemed as though the fish had left the area… but after switching from a crawler to a leech (or vise versa) the bobbers started dropping!
I hope you all have an awesome weekend on the water! Be sure to post your successes (or fails) on the OB Facebook page. I’ll be out all next week and will have a new video out so be sure to keep an eye out for that. Until next time, “Tight Lines. Stay Dry.” – Kyle Sorensen