OB Outdoors Fishing Report 11-3-15
As we head into the weekend, some of us are wondering where all that beautiful weather went to, while others are happy to see it go as they climb back into their tree stands. Over the past couple days, I got out in the boat one last time and also did something I haven’t done in a while – shore fishing. Both trips were successful in the fact that fish were caught! If you plan on hitting the Winnebago System this weekend, here’s some info to help you in your endeavors.
With a breezy weekend in the lineup, the Fox River in Oshkosh is looking like a good target. Fish are being had throughout the river. The white bass are being taken by the coolers full and there have been a few walleyes showing themselves here and there. The fish are just gorging themselves on the shad and other forage that have been piling up in the trenches and schools which have been pushed to the surface by feeding fish.
On Tuesday, it was difficult to even make it through the Oshkosh Ave and 41 Bridge areas due to the number of boats at times. While I did a little bit of fishing, my main goal was to put my boat through its paces one last time and try out some new equipment for next year’s open water season. I drove the length of the river and saw whities being had throughout. I dropped a line in by the 41 and Oshkosh Ave bridges and yup, the fish were snapping.
There is really only one trick to getting on this insane action and that is finding the schools… that kinda sounds like what I always say regarding the hard water… weird. There’s a lot of different ways to find them and these methods are useful throughout the entire Winnebago System; here’s a few.
First, if you see this, you’ll know it right away – seagulls and divers pounding the water. It’s the easiest and most simple way to know there’s at least one decent school sitting under them. For the second one, it’s important to remember that some of the schools of bait are being corralled up to the surface by the active feeders. This allows for you to see the water boiling in a very erratic feeding frenzy. Very cool to watch. The third way is to use your electronics and look for bait fish. They will be in clumps at various water depths. Usually, you will see larger marks around and under them which signal the feeding fish.
So let’s say the first three tactics don’t allow you to hone in on a school. Don’t give up and do it the old fashioned way! Grab a one line and/or a board or two and just start trolling. Clip on a Rattlin Wasp or Flicker Shad and let them do their work. Once your boards start popping, take note of the location and start making sweeping motions back and forth over the area. If I find them this way, it’s either a one line trolling method or I’m stopping and getting out the casting gear.
Most of the time when I’m on a school, I’m casting. Casting cranks, little spoons, twister tails, paddle tails, and the list goes on. Over the past month or so, many fish have been had with the use of fly rigs, and they are still working as well. These tactics all work from shore as well as I tied on a fly rig, crank, and twister tail, all of which with result.
As we quickly approach the end of the open water season, I hope you guys are able to break free from that pesky thing called work and jump in the boat and enjoy the last moments before its too late! My boat is hitting storage this weekend and the sled is coming home. Always bittersweet but that’s how the seasons go! Whether you are on the water or in the woods, I hope you all have an enjoyable weekend. Until next time, “Tight Lines. Stay Dry.”
- Kyle Sorensen - OB Outdoors