on the area lakes has been great with the stable weather pattern. Water
temperatures on the lakes were in the mid 60ís. This is a great time of
year to fish with less recreational traffic on the water!
Bluegills were very active along weeds in 6 to 15 feet of water. A small
jig baited with a giant redworm, wax worm, butterworm, or small plastic
tail suspended under a slip bobber produced best.
Crappies were found around weed beds in 8 to 15 feet of water during early
morning and evening hours. During the day, look for them suspended along
deeper weedlines or over deeper water. A 1/32oz jig or #6 Aberdeen hook
baited with a small fathead minnow suspended under a bobber worked best.
Casting a 1/32oz jig and plastic combo was also effective.
Perch were found around shallower sand areas adjacent to weed flats. Use a
1/32oz jig or #8 hook baited with a fathead minnow, hellgrammite,
butterworm, or giant redworm. Present these under a small bobber or on a
split shot rig for best results.
Largemouth bass were most active around weed flats in 4 to 10 feet of
water near visible baitfish. Casting swim jigs, shallow running crankbaits,
spinners, chatterbaits, texas rigged plastics, or jig and chunk combos
produced. A medium golden shiner, small sucker, or nightcrawler worked
best for live bait. Top water baits produced during early morning and
Smallmouth bass were active around rock bars and along breaks. Casting
tube jigs, swim jigs, football jigs with skirted grubs, and crankbaits
have produced. Leeches, small suckers, and nightcrawlers have worked best
for live bait. Top water baits have produced early and late in the day.
Northern pike were very active near weeds and baitfish in various depths.
Soaking a medium sucker or large golden shiner on a treble hook suspended
under a bobber produced. Casting chatterbaits, spinners, lipless
crankbaits, buzzbaits, or swim baits were also effective.
Walleyes were most active during low light periods. Look for them around
weed beds or rock bars in 4 to 10 feet of water. Cast minnow style
crankbaits over the tops of weeds or suspended a golden shiner or small
sucker under a bobber.
Musky action has picked up with the cooler water temperatures. Look for
them around weed edges or shallower rock/weed areas. Bucktails,
spinnerbaits, swim baits, glide baits, and suckers on quick strike rigs
have produced. Top water baits fished at night have also produced muskies.
Rock River in Fort Atkinson has produced crappies, walleyes, catfish, and
a few whitebass. Many crappies were found along fallen trees and wood.
Fish for them using long rods rigged with a small bobber and a 1/32oz jig
& small fathead minnow. Walleye anglers did best fishing current
breaks using a jig baited with a leech or jumbo fathead minnow. Catfish
were caught using stinkbait, cut up suckers, or nightcrawlers. Whitebass
were caught using a jig & minnow or twister tail. Three way rigs with
a streamer fly and large fathead minnow can also be effective.
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