Wednesday September 28, 2016
Water temperatures were in the upper 60’s, but should fall quickly with the cooler weather ahead.
Bluegills were found around weeds in 6 to 18 feet of water, or in deeper water 20 to 30 feet. A small jig or #8 hook baited with a giant redworm, wax worm or a chunk of nightcrawler produced. A 1/32oz jig and plastic combo, jigging spoon, or a black ant fly baited with a wax worm worked as well. Vertical jigging or a slip bobber rig were the best presentations.
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.
Largemouth bass have been scattered in various locations, but most always near visible baitfish. During sunny days, fish the deeper weedlines in 10 to 18 feet of water using medium golden shiners, Texas rigged plastics, drop-shot rigs, or deep diving crankbaits. Fish around piers with nightcrawlers, wacky worms, tubes, or jig and chunk combos. During cloudy days, fish the 5 to 8 foot weed flats using swim jigs, chatterbaits, shallow running crankbaits, plastics, or nightcrawlers.
Smallmouth bass can be found around rock bars and along breaks. Casting tube jigs, swim jigs, skirted grubs, drop shot rigs, and crankbaits have produced. Small chubs, suckers, and nightcrawlers have worked best for live bait.
Northern pike were found along deeper structure near suspended baitfish. A medium sucker or large golden shiner fished on a slip sinker rig with a circle hook or under a slip bobber with a treble hook produced best. Trolling or casting deep diving crankbaits has also been productive. Casting Chatterbaits, Mepps spinners, buzzbaits, swim baits, or lipless crankbaits over weed flats produced smaller pike.
Walleye anglers had their best luck fishing during low light hours. Look for them tucked into mid depth weeds or along deeper structure in 18 to 25 feet of water. A jig, slip bobber rig, or live bait rig baited with a jumbo fathead, medium golden shiner, or nightcrawler produced. At night, try casting minnow style crankbaits casted over the tops of weeds.
Muskies were found around weedlines or deeper structure. Cast bucktails, spinnerbaits, or swim baits near weedlines or vertical jig blade baits or plastic baits in deeper water. Try soaking a sucker on a quick strike rig for following fish. During early morning or night-time hours, try casting topwater baits.
The Rock River has produced walleyes and catfish. Walleyes were caught using a jig baited with a baby chub, jumbo fathead minnow, or a nightcrawler. Catfish were caught using stinkbait, cut up suckers, or nightcrawlers.
The Lake Michigan Harbors of Port Washington, Milwaukee, Racine, and Kenosha have all been producing King Salmon and a few Browns. Spawn Sacs, Casting Spoons, and Crankbaits have all produced.
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