OB Outdoors - 08-05-15 Fishing Report
It sure has been a busy last couple of weeks in my world, as like many of you, so you know what I mean when I say – fishing time has been at a premium. For arguments sake, there are two different walleye bites going on in Lake Winnebago this time of year: the weed bite and the mud bite. Each day out is a different adventure with the wind being a major factor in our decisions on what we areas we target and the tactic(s) we utilize. The fish will let you know what they want if you are willing to work to find that perfect setup.
There is a great weed bite going on right now with some good numbers of eating size fish being had in 3-4 FOW (even less!) around active weed beds. Whether you are focusing in on a reef, hump, point, shoreline, whatever, find those weeds and cast the pockets and edges. Jigging crawlers, leeches and plastics on 1/8oz jigs (and less) have all been producing. The hot meat/jig combination can sometimes change so make sure you have all at hand and be ready to switch it up if a certain combination isn’t working. If you find fish in a certain type of weed, continue to target this same type of weed in future spots after thoroughly working each spot. Don’t be afraid to cast shallow running cranks.
The mud bite has been hit and miss. This evening (08-05), it was a definite hit. We started in 20 FOW working all the way down to 14 FOW. We were popping a TON of whities in the upper ½ to ¾ of the water column. By constantly changing lure running depths/speeds/colors, while pulling #7 Flicker Shads, we were able to find and present the perfect combination. The targeted speed was 2.1 MPH and the hot color was Fire Tiger. With the speed and color set, we dropped the lure running depth to the bottom ¼ of the water column… and we hit gold. The actual water depth we were in didn’t really did not seem to matter as we pulled eyes in from 15 FOW – 19 FOW. Again, what mattered was making sure the lure was in the bottom ¼ of the water column… without hitting bottom.
The two tanks in my hands were a result of ten minutes passing by. We got some pictures and they went back to fight another day. Anyone who fishes in my boat or ice shack knows that if they hit 19” - they go back. Personal preference totally but three went back today! The fun would have continued but that east wind came up with a vengeance and sent us packing.
The weather is still constantly changing for the weekend outlook but if a good hand is dealt, be ready to go cut some weeds or play in the mud! I hope you all have a great rest of the week and an awesome weekend!
Until next time, “Tight Lines. Stay Dry.”