With the lousy weather we’ve had this past week, fishing has been difficult. The most consistent bite for me has been the deep water bluegills. As the water cools a few more degrees, the bite will switch from nightcrawlers and leaf worms to fat head minnows and golden shiners.
Northern pike action has been good in the weed flats such as Williams Bay and Trinkes. Most of the success is coming off of trolling medium diving crank baits in a perch or fire tiger pattern. The best depth has been in 12-15 ft of water. This bite should be consistent throughout the rest of the fall season.
Musky fishing will be improving after the lake turns over in the next few weeks. I will be trolling large suckers in 12-15 ft of water. Most time will be spent on the inside turns off of main lake points, like Black Point and the 700 club by Trinkes. The suckers should be between 12-13 inches on a quick strike rig. Depending on the sucker, you may need to adjust your weight to keep the bait down. Some will pull away and naturally keep deep but others may need some weight to keep the bait the 3-4 ft above the weeds.
Walleye fishing remains a constant bite in the overnight hours. Look for the fish in Trinkes Bay or by Knollwood bay. The best depth is 12-14 ft of water. Trolling medium diving stick baits has been the best presentation.
Rock bass fishing has been slow. I’ve been catching a few in 12-13 ft of water. The best location has been just east of Cedar Point near Williams Bay. I’ve been catching them on split shot rigged nightcrawlers trolled right on bottom.
Bluegill fishing has been great, the fish are in 18-20 ft of water. I’ve been catching a bunch by Covenant Harbor, Elgin Club and by Gage Marine. The best success has come where there are light winds where I can keep contact with the bottom using a light sinker and leaf worm. The fish are about 6 inches to 1 foot above bottom.
Good luck and I hope to see you on the water for guide parties, please call Dave Duwe at 262-728-8063