Lake Winnebago Fishing Report (4/17/15)
The walleye “run” is ending! What does this mean? It means various species of fish are beginning to venture to their summer homes and our summer tactics are beginning to work!
I have been on the water a few times this past week and have seen some great success. I caught a few very good looking female eyes, and they were spawned out. With surface water temperatures reaching almost 60 degrees already, these fish are being called into the shoreline breaks and rocky points in as shallow as 3 FOW.
Lake Winnebago has been on fire the past few days. What many people do not realize is that only a fraction of the fish in Lake Winnebago actually “leave” the lake during spawning times. With our recent spurts of warmer weather, the fish that inhabit this water year-round, have jumped to shallows to feed. Throw in the returning fish… and BAM! We have some awesome fishing conditions!
I have been on Lake Winnebago the past two days and have been successful in four different tactics:
This is what is so great about the Winnebago system during this time of year. If I had to pick the most rewarding tactic, I would say casting has been the best producer, however, I did catch too many fish to count during a jigging presentation as well. These fish were mainly Sheephead. Today (Friday 04/17) I had a quick limit by one-lining a #5 Flicker Shad (Fire Tiger). I saw double digits in numbers of fish in the boat and was able to secure five perfect eaters.
Areas to look upon have been as far north as Garlic Island and as far south as Wendt’s (when looking to the west shore). Water depths less than 6 FOW have shown high success rates, especially when off a point or any rocky structure/reef. The mouth of the river and Stoney Beach have also been areas to take note of. This is not surprising one bit for this time of the year.
The White Bass have begun to travel through the Fox here in Oshkosh. I ran across various schools in water over 6 FOW by the mouth the past couple of days. I am able to pass along reports of huge success throughout the Fox in Oshkosh. Soon, I’m sure the reports will be coming in from other areas including Winneconne regarding the White Bass. Pumping flies has shown the most promise, but other tactics such as casting paddle tails and spinners under bridges have worked as well. I have been collecting footage from the past two days and will have an action packed video uploaded to the website (oboutdoors.com) early next week. Be sure to subscribe on YouTube to be notified of the upload! Hope everyone has a great weekend!
Until next time, Tight Lines. Stay Dry.