OB Outdoors Fishing Report 2-5-16
Who’s ready for a fun weekend?! We have some warm temperatures forecasted, vehicle bridges are popping up all around Lake Winnebago, events are on the calendar, and most importantly… the fish are biting! What’s more to want?
As many of you know, most fishing clubs have had up or have recently placed their vehicle bridges for their respective waters. Christmas trees are showing the designated roads and the roads have been freshly plowed. Ice depths have varied drastically around the system ranging in almost 12” all the way up 16”+. One thing is for certain, if you are on a road marked with trees, you know that the ice was at least 12” at the time the trees were placed.
I stopped down to Merritt Avenue (sometimes called Merritt Street) in Oshkosh this afternoon to check things out. Two vehicle bridges had been placed and the ATV bridge is sitting in its usual spot. For 1:00pm on a Friday, I could tell the ambitions were running high as there were good numbers of vehicles utilizing the bridges, 75% of them with wheel houses in tow. I could see completely across Winnebago and it was a nice sight, especially seeing the tree line stretching over the wastelands, leading to the east shore.
As always, fishing action has been hit and miss but if you can find the fish, you are sure going to have some fun! Before the storm this week, I was out north of Oshkosh and hit a couple very nice schools of fish. The #2 Jigging Shad Rap (clown pattern) sure got the fish popping until action died off and I ended with a Kastmaster (gold) with spikes. The 17 FOW range was where I found them but I did lose a very nice eye under the ice while in 15 FOW on the last/second spot. I made a video from that day which covers the easiest way to move and find fish on the Winnebago System. The link is on the OB Outdoors Facebook Page.
I have been getting reports in from all sides of the Winnebago System. Most have contained minimal results but a couple verified reports have shown the brawn for those willing to work! There are sure some slush holes out there! They will remain open this weekend too with the warm temperatures forecasted. 4WD is a must if blazing your own trails. You never know when you’re about to hit one, until it’s too late.
East shore 15’-17 FOW off Quinney and Pipe have stood out. #3 Jigging Raps (UV) bare or loaded with spikes have found perch, whities, some crappies, and a couple high riders (eyes). One report consisted of a lot of moving to stay on fish, while the other was an example of my last report, dropping the ducer down with fish waiting.
Some perch have been found off Fisherman’s! One individual went out for a few hours and sure came home with a nice basket. Smallest was 8” leading to 11.5” for the largest! Small waxies on gold tear drops was his ammo. I still have yet to hear of someone catching a tagged perch in the system. If you get one, send me a pic!
Blackwolf has been an interesting report. The gills and crappies have been showing themselves but I have heard of many on underwater cameras which just cannot be coaxed into biting. 9 FOW has been the most active column. Waxies and a variety of teardrops and Northland Forage Minnows have been the baits of choice.
Lake Poygan still remains to produce, for those who land on them. The previously very tight schools have been beginning to expand just a bit. South of Indian Point in 6 FOW has been hot if you can hit the schools but the crowds are tight and being courteous should take precedent in this close quarter fishing… I have received the most reports from Poygan and almost all have had different lures and colors! As I always say, if you get on an active school, they will hit a piece of yarn on a hook if moved the right way!
Poygan is pushing ice depths all the way up to 20” in some spots. There are some slush spots and a few have been getting stuck in them if they hit them the right way and do not have a vehicle to handle it. Make sure to have that 4WD going in you are blazing your own trails, while using due regard. Tree lines and plowed roads are there and utilize them as much as possible.
There are a couple fun events taking place this weekend! Otter Street Fishing Club has their fisheree tomorrow (Saturday) along with ice races to follow. Tonight, there is a band in their heated tent and some good food and drinks will be waiting down in Menominee Park in Oshkosh. I drove down there today and the fish boards are just waiting to hold fish! If you want some more info on this, check out: theosfc.net
Tomorrow, the Walk Across Winnebago will take place where hundreds of people will walk and/or ride bikes across Lake Winnebago to raised funds for the Neenah Animal Shelter. Pretty cool. Paynes Point Fishing Club is making sure this goes smoothly and their club house will be open to talk war stories all weekend. If you want more information of this event, check out: walkacrosslakewinnebago.com
If you choose to drive out this weekend, please use the most safety possible. Drive with your windows down, doors unlocked (unlatched if possible), be carrying ice picks, and always check the ice conditions for yourself… especially if blazing your own trails!!! Help others out if you see them getting stuck, you never know when you might need the favor returned as I know well about. J My recommended form of travel (still) this weekend is snowmobile or ATV. It’s going to be a gorgeous weekend out there, might as well spend it outside (and on the machine)! I hope you all have a fun and SAFE weekend!!!
Until next time: “Tight Lines. Stay Dry” - Kyle