With Labor Day come and gone, the pleasure boat traffic has started to decrease. The fishing still remains very good. With cooler temperatures forecasted, the fish should start moving into shallow water.
Smallmouth bass are still in the deep water. The best depth is 20-25 ft of water. I like rock points with scattered weeds. The two best approaches are lindy rigging nightcrawlers or Carolina rigging grubs and lizards. I like either root beer or green pumpkin colors. The best location has been by Elgin Club or by Maytag Point. The legal fish have been a bit hard to catch. There are still a lot of bites and it’s common to get 15-20 fish in a trip.
With the cooling water, the largemouth are starting to move shallower. They are in the 12-14 ft depth range. A lot of fish are coming off of medium diving crank baits, like the Bandit 300 series. I like either the bluegill pattern or the pearl. Look for the fish by the weed flats in Williams Bay and by Trinkes. You can still catch quite a few fish drifting nightcrawlers on a split shot rig. Most of my live bait fishing has been on the weedline. I’ve been fishing spots like Knollwood and Colemans Point.
Rock bass fishing has been great in the 20-25 ft depth. I’ve been catching really large fish while fishing for smallmouth bass in the recent weeks. Some of the fish are in the 12-14 inch range. ½ of a nightcrawler has been the best approach.
Perch are starting to school up heavy right now. Look for them moving into 12-14 feet of water near the perch grass. The best approach has been slip bobbers and small minnows or leaf worms. I have been picking them up by Black Point, Colemans Point and Linn Pier. Crappies are being caught on the west side of Conference Point. They are still suspended. Look for them in 15-20 feet of water. Slip bobbers with small minnows or tube jigs are the best bet.
Good luck and I hope to see you on the water. For guide parties, please call Dave Duwe at 608-883-2050