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The Winnebagoland area endured a week of scattered showers, normal temperatures, and a constant breeze this week. The water clarity varies around the lake, and most areas have a modest stain to the appearance of the water. There is some algae bloom appearing in the rivers and bays, well behind typical seasonal patterns. Water temps are in the mid 70 degree range.


Last week’s report still holds a lot of relevance this week. Many of the patterns and locations have gone unchanged over the past week.


Walleyes can be taken on any number of methods including trolling, casting, jigging, and slip bobbers. The constant change last week with wind, hit n miss showers and variable cloud cover really didn’t allow for a single method to outperform the others. Anglers need to be versatile, almost by the hour, until a stable stretch of weather sets in on the area.


Casting Cranks: The weed beds continue to thicken throughout the entire system -- so casting cranks can be a frustrating method of looking for eyes. Try to find the outer edge of the weeds and work it first, and then move in to the pockets with short, controlled casts. The bait fish are hanging out in these pockets, so the strikes can be pretty intense with attacking walleyes. Also give some of the points a try where the bottom composition is gravel or rock.


Trolling: The Kalibus Reef area is producing ‘eyes in the 14-16 inch range on cranks like Flicker Shads in black and gold, blue or Hollywood. The North Shore Golf Club area is still giving up ‘eyes and saugers in the 15-19 inch range, especially on purple colored cranks or bladed harnesses. We worked the southern area of the lake this week. The southwest shore and center portions of the lake were particularly slow for trolling. We were able to pick up some good walleyes in the 16-24 inch size on the first break lines coming off the mud on the east shore (especially in 10 foot depths near Deadwood Point). This was a bright colored Reef Runner rip shad bite in size #5/200 series. Weeds are problematic and lures need to be cleaned about every 10 minutes to keep them running efficiently. 60 feet behind the Off Shore planner board at 1.7-1.9 miles per hour.


While filleting some of these fish, most had emerald shiners of about 2-3 inches in their stomach. This indicates a smaller size crank should be used currently to match the forage.


Jigging/Slip bobbers: The reefs were hit and miss all week. Long Point had some fish on it early in the week and then went quiet. The key to the reefs is to fish the windy side points where possible. One of our members left a post that Blackbird Reef was producing eyes on leeches. Keep the bait deep in the water column whether you are using slip bobbers or trolling.


Perch fishing remains uneventful. There are daily success stories, but in general the guys are picking up a few here and there. The transition zone outside of Fisherman’s Road has the best reports, along with in front of Lakeside Park in Fond du Lac.


My Fishing Partner rolled out some major updates this week. The coolest one is the “On the water updates” via Twitter. On the weekends, I will try to give you updates to what areas are hot or cold, and those messages can be sent via text to your cell phone (or viewed on the website). So if you are on the water, you can get real time fishing reports, in your boat. Just click the “follow updates link” on the front page and get signed up. The service is free, but your cell phone provider text rates may be charge to your cell phone bill, if applicable.

We also introduced the Google Earth partner finder. You can now search for a partner by the interactive map, versus looking thru the entire database of registered users. I would love to hear your opinions on the new upgrades. All of our information is free to our visitors. So get on the water, have fun, catch some fish and send us a report when you are done. [email protected] This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
 

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What a difference a week makes! The best weather in weeks arrived and lake conditions changed drastically on Lake Winnebago. The water clarity transformed from “chocolate milk” to “slightly stained” over the week. Water temps spring boarded back into the mid to upper 70 degree range. There is a lot of floating vegetation in the water column, especially on the south end. Labor Day Monday was an exceptionally busy day on the lake.

Perch fishing is the concentration of most anglers on the lake currently. There are pockets of good activity around the lake, but they tend to be hot for a day or two and then shut down. The average trip is producing somewhere between 5-10 keeper size fish in most areas. Crawler pieces, waxies, hellgrammites, red/leaf worms and Gulp all seem to be working. The fish are tight to the bottom, and presentations need to be in the bottom 6-12 inches of the water. Using a small yellow or orange bead just above the hook has been producing better than a plain hook. The morning hours are by far the best and the bite typically shuts down prior to noon.

Areas producing the best are one mile west of the Fisherman’s Road launch, Kalibus Reef, east of the lighthouse in Fond du Lac, ¾ of a mile south of Abrahams Reef, the Brothertown area, and near Lakeside West launch.

Walleye were scarce for the majority of anglers. The best luck has come either in shallow water weed beds or on the reefs. A half crawler worked with a jig had the best results (pink was a hot color this week). Slip bobbers did pick up a few fish also with either a crawler or leech. The hwy 41`bridge on the Fox River had some positive reports this week. There were very few limits reported anywhere.

We attempted trolling the mud outside of the mouth of the Fox River. The fish were thick in the area, but had a bad case of lockjaw. The south end is weed choked, and very difficult to troll in currently. The area from Abrahams to Stony Point was also exceptional slow. North Shore Country Club area has reported some success recently in the 18+ foot ranges on large stick baits in a purple or fire tiger color at 2.3 mphs.

White bass continue to have the feed bag on system wide. These fish have excellent size and can be found in large numbers in the shallows of the west shore, especially near the bait fish schools. The evening sunset has been an excellent time to target these fish. Spoons, cleos, jigs with twister tails and top water lures will provide a lot of entertainment. Cowling Bay and the Supple’s marsh area have had consistent schools of white bass for the last week.

Sheephead are everywhere. They do not have lockjaw! Small mouths have also been very active near the shorelines and on rocky structure.

Crappie fishing on the Wolf River has been going strong. Check the deep holes with minnows to get good numbers of big fish.
With many of the hunting seasons starting in the near future (and the Packer Season), you can expect much less fishing pressure. I plan to scale back the frequency of these reports slightly (about every ten days or so), as there will be less information available. If something hot is happening, be sure to check the Twitter feed and the forums for up to the minute information. www.myfishingpartner.com This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
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