OB Outdoors Lake Winnebago Fishing Report (5/16/15 - 5/19/15)
As we tip our hats to yet another weekend that has come and gone, some of us look back on it with successful memories, others, not so much. As we all know, Lake Winnebago is a great lake. The one factor we need to be very conscientious about while fishing this body of water is the weather, particularly the wind this given weekend.
I stopped down to various launches on the west shore today but rather hear stories of fish being caught, I heard stories of slow travels and wet clothes. Speaking with friends and other reliable sources, some nice walleyes were being caught but in the upriver lakes, with one solid report coming in from the southern portion of Lake Winnebago.
Trolling Flickers and Salmos seemed to be the most common successful response when looking to shoreline areas but pulling/pumping flies were showing some numbers as well. Red and Blue flies seemed to be the most promising colors. Live bait presentations are also still working on reefs and points when used under slip bobbers and also by jigging with 1/8 oz Northland jigs. The two live bait choices have continued to be leeches and crawlers for the eyes.
I stopped at two channels and Miller’s Bay in the Oshkosh area to see if the crappie bite was still on. It was, but it was slow. A father/son duo had three in their bucket but it had taken them an hour to get them.
I went home and picked up my slip bobber poles and headed over to a friend’s “channel” here in Oshkosh. I decided to put out a crawler on one pole and a small shiner on the other. While the action wasn’t steady, we got about 25 fish (crappies, gills, bass) this afternoon and I kept seven gills for supper tonight for me and the “boss”. The fish are sitting in the fridge right now and they will be hitting the oil as soon as this is typed!
The crappies caught were post-spawn and the gills were pre-spawn. The gill action is about go crazy any day now so start checking your local channels and bays. Once the switch flips, its game on!
For Crappies, I love using a slip bobber and gold hook with a lively crappie minnow. Plastics and jigs can also work tremendously but if I decided to pan fish, I like to sit and let my bait do the work. So relaxing. With TRS lowering their live bait prices, and Frabill and Plano offering some great equipment to prolong your bait’s life, you know where I stand.
For gills, a small bait holder hook and a small chunk of crawler will suffice. So simple.
This week is looking cooler so the gills will slowly continue to gather in the channels and the bays. I know if the wind is minimal, I will be back out hunting down walters on bago but I just might slip back into a bay or a channel to snap up some extra action. Hope you all have a great week!
Until next time, “Tight Lines. Stay Dry.”