OB Outdoors - 09-17-15 Fishing Report
Well I’m going to flip a coin and say a few of you might not be in the stand this weekend, rather in the boat, hunting down another white tipped tail, the walleye. If you’re planning on hitting the Winnebago System this weekend, you’re in luck as there are some awesome bites going on right now!
It’s not a secret, the white bass action has been phenomenal the past month (+) here on Lake Winnebago, stretching all the way up to the Wolf River in Winneconne, where the action has been slowly tapering off. Trolling on Winnebago, the deeper water in the 8-9+ FOW range has been showing the schools’ locations, especially when trolling between structure such as points or reefs.
Once you hit a couple of whities on the trolling rods, it’s time get out the casting rods. Clip on a #5 or #7 Flicker Shad (colors really do not matter) and get ready to pull in some fish. This is a great opportunity to get the family involved with some rod bending fun! Heck, even if you’re by yourself, it’s still fun action! Depending on the location and depth of the forage base, sometimes the “diving birds” will show you the location of the fish without you having to do any searching. It’s called “Nature’s Fish Finder”.
If the white bass action doesn’t fit your fancy, maybe the walleyes will. This time of year, the Walters begin to show themselves more consistently in their early summer locations: the reefs and the points. As with any outing, it’s very important to pay special attention to the wind direction the day of and also the day before your fishing excursion. Back to jigging crawlers and casting cranks (did you even stop?). Right now a few weed beds have begun to die off while other patches are still holding strong. Do not overlook the actively growing weeds as these will still hold fish. Weed beds on shoreline structure or beds in the bays still show promise so be ready to target these. Again, casting cranks and jigging crawlers (or plastics) can all produce. I have been given confirmed reports of reefs giving off some decent eating sized fish on Bago. The upriver lakes are still giving up fish when the above mentioned areas are targeted.
And now for the perch. I have heard some say that the perch are almost nonexistent this year but I have also seen/heard of great reports coming in in the past week. As I had previously stated on a past report, target any and all transition areas you have marked during your trolling routes. Some of these will hold decent numbers of fish while others will keep your cooler empty. I was speaking with a gentleman who said he was having hard luck on the perch this year so he decided to do something different. I will remind you of what I always say, success on the Winnebago System entails moving and changing things up, constantly, no matter the time of year. Well this gentleman decided to use his electronics out in the deep mud to “look” for the fish. Whenever his graph would show marks on the bottom or a return that stood out, out would go the anchor and his perchin’ poles. While he didn’t hit them every move, he did hit them a few times and got quite a few meals out of his efforts!
If you are looking for catfish, the Fox River in Oshkosh is still holding some nicer fish. A friend was out and got on them jigging plastics and sure had some stories to boot! While catfishing can put some great meat on the table, it also gives you some great rod bending moments that are great for when the kids want to feel an awesome fight! Plus, what’s easier than a sharp snap of a rod for the presentation?
For the last few weeks, I have had my mind set on the Northwoods of Wisconsin and the muskie that inhabit the area. We got up north about a week and a half ago and the lady of the lake blessed us with a few beauties that were all captured on film (as pictured). A video of that trip will soon be uploaded so be sure to keep an eye out for that! Whether you guys are in a stand this weekend or in the boat, I hope you all are able to make the most of it while enjoying our waters and/or woods.
Until next time, “Tight Lines. Stay Dry.”