Lakes Area Fishing Report 11/3-11/30
Fishing Report 11/03-11/30
Delavan Lake surface temps dropped considerably cooling to the high 30's at the surface by the end of the day hovering in the low 40’s.
It will not take long for the bays to lock up once we get still cold nights and cold days, but we do need our winds to lie down.
I am itching to get on the ice as much as many other hard water anglers out there. I have running guide trips in the past month with very good success out of the boat.
We are now in post-turnover. Fishing has been steady chasing several different species.
Many areas are still murky, with others at a visibility of 20 feet or more with the water being very clear for the most part.
The largemouth bass bite has been tough with many high pressure sunny days. Fish have been holding in 2-10 feet of water.
Casting lipless baits and suspending jerk baits have produced some days. Fish have also been caught while fishing suckers for pike under floats in 6-8 feet of water.
Casting medium shiners or xl fathead minnows on split-shot rigs or Lindy Rigged has also produced both smallmouth and largemouth bass. Many smallmouth have been caught in 18-25 feet of water.
The Yacht Club, Del-Mar and the Oriental Boathouse have been great producing areas for smallmouth, largemouth have been caught on the large weed flats in front of Lake Lawn, Assembly Park, Community Beach and either side of the Island.
Northern pike have started to bite more aggressively with many large fish being landed fishing shallow weed lines to as shallow as 2-3 feet of water. I have still been catching pike in as deep as 37 feet of water fishing walleyes.
Fishing the shallow weed line in 6-10 feet of water has been a good pattern at times, but many larger fish have continued to follow suspended schools of small pan fish in deeper water.
Casting until your arms fall off comes into play trying to land your presentation at the right place at the right time.
Casting smaller musky baits such as Jakes, Shallow Raiders or Super Shad Raps or X Raps have also taken fish. With the water being gin clear casting baits in natural patterns have been best.
In the past few weeks we have started to move larger fish with a few musky being sighted.
I have started to rig suckers near the boat or on floats for follows. This time of year I will rig suckers in the 12-17” range with a quick strike sucker harness.
Fishing for pike under floats large or extra large suckers in the 7-10” range are perfect.
Casting for musky, slow falling baits, jerk baits or suspending cranks will produce. Casting dense plastics such as Bull Dawgs or large tube baits present that slow fall. Jerk or Glide baits such as Squirrely Burts or Salmos can present both the slow fall and a fleeing baitfish motion.
Suspended cranks in a shad style such running 4-10 feet down worked slowly over deep weeds or breaks can pull out the most aggressive fish.
The Gray Condos, Browns Channel, The Yacht Club and the Island have been very productive areas being home to deep weeds adjacent to deep breaklines holding fish.
On calm days most fish will remain deep, although the early morning bite has been very good.
Clear water requires a stealth approach so killing the engine and utilizing your Minn-Kota to move in the shallows making long casts are vital.
We have had a surplus of windy days, most being in excess, but wind is your friend as the water becomes clearer and clearer.
The walleye bite has remained consistent doing well Lindy Rigging small suckers and the biggest fatheads you can find during the daylight hours.
I have also done well fishing crawlers some days, yes still crawlers. The bite has been best the first couple and last three hours of the day.
Many fish are residing in deep water in 30-40 feet feeding on deep pan fish. On the shallower side walleyes are holding on inside the weeds during the daylight hours and a few fish on the outer weed line out to 18 feet of water.
The night bite has become more consistent as the water begins to cool more rapidly.
Fish areas where deep rock and weeds meet such as Browns Channel, Willow Point, the Island and the Oriental Boathouse. Concentrate on fishing between 17 and 22 feet of water cloudy days, fishing as deep as 45 feet of water on sunny bright days.
The Yacht Club, the Island, the stretch by the Gray Condos and Browns Channel has been great producers. Look for inside bends and points along weed lines to locate fish.
The night-time bite has been very consistent casting floating/suspending baits such as Rapala Husky Jerks, Xcalibur Deep Twitch baits or Floating Rapalas, Xcalibur Twitch Baits. Many weeds are dying or dead, but are still present being inches from the surface.
Walleyes are holding in pockets in the thick weeds waiting to ambush prey and have been in large numbers. Fishing shallow areas between 2-6 feet of water has produced many nice fish fishing the graveyard shift.
Productive areas such as Lake Lawn, Along the Dike near Community Beach, Assembly Park, Jackson Park and the bays near the Island.
Big Bluegill are holding in 30-45 feet of water out to 40 feet of water. Bluegills have also been holding in 2-4 feet of water in shallow weed beds many days, although I have caught many large gills in 12-15 feet of water right in the weeds.
Fishing vertically jigging Hali spoons or small jigs or casting split-shot rigs tipped with crawler pieces, leaf worms or larvae has produced in deeper water. Fishing shallow water using small jigs dipped with plastics or larvae has produced fish.
Fish the large flat weed beds near Willow Point, Yacht Club, Del Mar, The Island and Assembly Park.
Perch continue to bite, but has been very hit and miss along Assembly Park, Community Beach and the Island in 12-20 feet of water. Crawler pieces, fathead minnows or jigs tipped with plastic are the go to bait of choice.
Crappies are still suspended 5-20 feet down in 35-45 feet of water, but many fish are now holding in what green weeds are left in 6-8 feet of water.
I have also landed many nice crappies in the 10-12” range drifting with small jigs in 10-12 feet over weeds on windy days. Plastics have been working in pink, purple and bubble gum.
The minnow bite has also been good fishing small fathead or emerald shiners under floats.
As I had mentioned in my report earlier in November, now is the time to get into some great smallmouth action on Geneva Lake. The calendar says December is a day away, but with our above normal temperatures we are behind in water cooling.
Again, the dreaded “cold snap” most times of the year is actually a great indicator for a “hot” smallmouth bite. Most of the time I am wearing gloves with a stinging face when I have had the best action.
Geneva Lake has continued to produce a few nice large mouth bass and small mouth in the last month. Fishing the large deep weed beds and flats along breaks has produced drop-shotting live bait and fishing swim baits, jerk baits and lipless cranks in natural colors.
Fishing 12-15 feet of water has been the key depth with many fish remaining shallow under the docks and piers. Fish have been chasing perch in shallow water with many follows to the boat.
With our cool nights many smallies have been feeding heavily in shallow water in 4-8 feet on overcast days out to deeper water on sunny days.
Small mouth bass have been caught in 22-40 feet of water. As I mentioned, early morning many fish have been feeding in shallower water, but quickly move to deeper water as the sun rises.
Smallies are still hitting suckers and chubs while fishing pike, but Lindy or split-shot rigs tipped with shiners or chubs for bottom holding or suspended fish. Drop-shotting has been producing fish holding in deeper water.
When pursuing small mouth, target water with steep breaks running from 15 feet of water to 40 to 50 feet of water rapidly.
Fish will be holding to the break at a desired depth day to day. Utilizing your electronics to locate fish will be key.
Look for fish near Black Point, the Military Academy, Cedar Point, Aurora University, and Linn Pier or outside the bay areas with Fontana and Geneva Bay being best.
Northern pike are still hitting chubs and shiners. Chubs certainly getting the nod having a hard time keeping suckers lively fishing so deep.
Pike are still residing in 25-32 being a productive range, although I have caught pike in 10-12 feet of water fishing floats. In deep water present your bait using a Lindy Rig.
Small perch Lindy rigged has also produced nice pike and small mouth bass. Just a reminder, remember to count the perch as part of your bag limit and it is legal to use for bait if it was caught on the same lake you are fishing.
When fishing, target areas such as Fontana Bay, Abbey Springs, Cisco Bay, Crawford’s Bar, the Military Academy, Elgin Club and Trinkes to the Country Club.
Blue gills still remain in deeper water in 25-35 feet of water, as the perch have remained shallow in 4-18 feet of water. Fish vertically drifting spoons such as Hali or Swedish Pimples packing with spikes to cover the hook.
Perch are biting very well in 4-8 feet of water on sandy flat areas. Fishing shiners or fatheads on split-shot rigs, drop-shot rigs or under floats have all produced. For the bigger fish, using medium shiners in the 3-4 inch range has been a must.
Fish large flat sandy areas such as Elgin Club, Abbey Springs, The Country Club or Trinkes.
A few crappies are still being caught near the narrows suspended over 30-40 feet of water fishing 10-20 feet down using white or clear plastics. Windy days have been best.
Rock River/Lake Koshkonong
Fishing in the river has been very consistent, but has been producing more fish fishing near Blackhawk Island and up river from the 26 bridge. Slipping the current with fathead minnows or crawlers has produced best.
With the lack of current most days, casting has been a better producer. Casting jigs tipped with live bait or plastics has been productive.
Crappies have been caught fishing small fatheads or shiners under floats around deadfall and timber.
White bass have also been hitting while fishing walleyes and saugers. Many are running in the 8-10”range. Casting white twister tails or spinners has also produced.
Catfish have been hitting while fishing walleyes on jigs. Many fish have been caught in deeper water fishing slack water behind an eddy or deadfall timber.
Pewaukee Lake/Okauchee Lake
Musky fishing has been very good on Pewaukee and Okauchee Lake this fall. We have not caught fish every trip out, but we have moved and seen large fish.
Casting large profile baits while soaking suckers has been a winning combination. Casting large plastic baits such as Magnum or Pounder Bull Dawgs, Jimmys or Swim baits along 12-18 foot break lines has been productive.
Casting hard baits such as jerk baits, glide baits or deep diving cranks have also moved fish drawing them into the boat.
Baits such as Jakes, Lil’ Ernies, Burts, Slammers or Super Shad Raps are great choices. Use colors in Fire Tiger, Black/Orange, Silver/Black or Blue Gill/Crappie patterns.
I have been running suckers in the 12-17” range on quick-strike rigs under the boat and running at least two on floats.
On Pewaukee fish areas around Rocky Point, Auer Park and the North Shore from the narrows to the west.
Okauchee Lake has very sharp breaklines throughout the lake, but a few areas have been very good for action in the past few weeks. On Okauchee, fish areas such as Breezy Point south to the Volcano and the mouth of the canal near Panfish Bay along the southwest shore around to the east to South Point.
Focus on fishing 12-20 feet of water casting in shallow and deep. Many muskies are holding on the breaklines tightly with a few fish holding shallow, so do not rule it out.
Brown Trout are starting to show up more and more every day as the water cools rapidly. Steel head have also made an appearance with the bite progressively getting better.
Fishing Milwaukee, Racine or Kenosha will find some great fishing moving into early winter.
Now is the time to get into large trophy Brown Trout and Steel head with many shore dwelling fish being catchable with our cold water season starting.
Big browns have been caught in Racine near Reef Point Marina casting cranks such as Berkley Flicker Shads, Yo Zuri Crystal Minnows, Xcalibur Twitch Baits or Rapala Husky Jerks. Patterns in Fire Tiger, Clown or Blue/Black and Silver have all produced.
Fishing spawn under floats has also produced with brown trout or Coho eggs being best. Using cured eggs has out produced fresh.
Using Pautzke Fire Cure or BorX Fire cure, curing my eggs which is infused with Krill Oil has really increased my catch rates this fall/early winter.
I will post a blog on curing your eggs properly going into the steelhead season in the coming weeks.
As we approach the ice fishing season, fishing the harbors will be much easier than trying to pilot a boat. Many areas within the city limits, offer awesome fishing for Brown Trout and Steelhead through the ice and out of the boat. Milwaukee is home to many warm water discharges along with Oak Creek which hold big fish all winter.
With our warm temps lately, the open water season will be around for awhile. Taking advantage of our above normal temps after deer hunting season could be in your plans.
Many big fish are waiting to be caught from a quite a list of choices, get out there because now is the time of year to get into some great fishing and true “Trophy Fish”!
The days are numbered for fishing out of the boat. I am already thinking of the hard-water season coming up, but there are a few open water days left to get into some great fishing!
Good Luck All!
TONY HOLDING TWO NICE WALLEYES FISHING THE GRAVEYARD SHIFT ON DELAVAN LAST WEEK!
John Reddy a local fishing guide operates Reddy Guide Service in the Delavan area. He is a professional fishing guide and educator licensed by the Department of Natural Resources and a United States Coast Guard licensed Great Lakes Charter Captain. John is a community blogger and is not a part of The Gazette staff. His opinion is not necessarily that of the The Gazette staff or management.