OB Outdoors Lake Winnebago Fishing Report (5/1/15)
The weekend is here and so is the fishing action! Over the past few days, we have been blessed with some stable conditions here on the Lake Winnebago System. With that comes “easy pickings” on the fish which have already made their way back into Lake Winnebago.
Today was a fabulous day on the water. We had three fish in the upper 20’s and I lost count of how many others we put in the boat. The fish were finicky as many tactics we tried today resulted in no success. Once we found what the fish wanted, it was game on.
Today was a perfect example of why you must be prepared for everything on Lake Winnebago. The trolling bite has been on fire the last week but today, at least in my boat, not one respectable fish was boated while trolling. Switching between trolling with boards, one-lining the contours, casting cranks, jigging reefs, slipping shorelines, and working points, were all of the needed tactics to find and have the fun action we had today.
After all of our trials, the golden ticket was drawn when we decided to slip bobber and jig a west shore point. It was just insane action at its fullest. The trick of it was the on and off bait selection! First, the fish only wanted crawlers. Then the action died down so we switched to leeches… and it was back! This went on the whole time. Back and forth and back and forth. It was worth the bait switches because the action was there if we were willing to make the constant switches. I remember at one point, I had a good 25 incher in the net and another bobber plunged, resulting in a nice eater in the net to accompany the big girl which was ultimately released.
This is why you must prepare for your trip. Today (at least in my boat) the fish did NOT want anything artificial. They wanted live bait in the form of crawlers and leeches. I had both with and we succeeded, dearly. Now, this is not to say the next boat didn’t have any luck on artificial baits, but it’s what worked today for us.
Even if you are a big artificial bait fishermen, as I, you need to have all the options with you. The Reel Shot has some tremendously low live bait prices right now and its time to take advantage of it. Thanks to the great storage containers/systems I have from Frabill and Plano, I have had the same live bait for over three weeks and it is still lively and obviously producing! If you are going to make an investment on live bait, be sure to invest in the quality storage options to protect your investment.
This weekend is going to be BUSY on the water. With the somewhat continuing stable conditions, there is going to be some phenomenal action to be had, if you are willing to move and experiment. Please remember to be courteous and respectful on the water (and the launches) and I wish you all a fun filled weekend! Until next time, Tight Lines. Stay Dry. -Kyle