is one of the best times of year to fish on the area lakes and rivers,
with the least amount of anglers on the water. Most of the area lakes have
turned over and are in the process of clearing up. Water temperatures were
reported to be in the mid 50’s. BIG fish can be caught this time of year
as fish are putting the “feed bag” on before the winter months.
Musky fishing was good and will only get better as the water temperatures
continue to cool. The majority of the muskies have been caught using
10”-14” sized suckers on a quick strike rig. Soak one sucker boat side
a few feet down for following fish while casting. Suspend the other under
a slip bobber over deeper structure. Target weedlines, breaks, or rock
bars for best results. Casting plastic baits, jerkbaits, glide baits,
blade baits, and bucktails have enticed a few fish.
The Rock River has produced walleyes, crappies and whitebass. There are
many places to fish from shore in Jefferson and Fort Atkinson to catch
fish. Crappies were found around fallen trees and wood. A 1/32oz jig or #6
aberdeen hook baited with a small fathead minnow, suspended under a
bobber, placed tight to structure produced best. Walleyes were found in
deeper holes, along with shallower structure. A jig or river rig baited
with a jumbo fathead or medium golden shiner minnow will work best.
Casting a jig dressed with a 4” paddletail, ringworm, or twister tail
can also work well. Whitebass were caught using a jig baited with a
fathead minnow or twister tail.
Huge smallmouth have been caught from the area lakes. Target rockbars or
breaks for best results. A small sucker or large golden shiner fished on a
slip sinker rig with a circle hook works best. Casting jerkbaits, swim
jigs, spinnerbaits, or football jigs also produced.
Bluegills and crappies were caught around green weeds or suspended over
deeper water. An ice jig or small hook baited with a wax worm, spike, or
redworm works best for bluegills. Crappies prefer an Aberdeen hook or
1/32oz jig baited with a small fathead minnow. Jig and plastic combos have
produced both crappies and gills.
Perch were active in 7 to 12 feet of water around sand/rock areas with
scattered weed clumps. A small hook bait with a fathead minnow or giant
redworm suspended under a small slip bobber has produced.
Fall is a great time to catch big walleyes on the area lakes. Look for
them around weeds in 4 to 8 feet of water during low light conditions.
Soaking a medium golden shiner or small sucker minnow under a lighted
bobber will produce. Casting a minnow or shad style crankbait over the
tops of weeds was also effective. During sunny conditions concentrate on
structure in 20 to 35 feet of water using a jig or lindy rig baited with a
Northern pike were active near weeds or along breaks. A slip sinker rig or
slip bobber rig baited with a sucker or golden shiner has produced.
Casting spinners, crankbaits, spoons, and chatter baits will also put fish
in the boat.
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