Southern Wisconsin Fishing Report – October 5th, 2012
BEAVER DAM/FOX LAKE AREA
Fishing is getting better as the water cools. Some bluegills were being reported around shallow weeds and docks. Walleyes have been tough to catch, but people are catching a few.
Tim Nehls’ Fish Tales Bait, (920) 520-0015.
BIG GREEN LAKE AREA
Bass fishing has picked up, with fish responding to cranks and jig-n-pigs. Fall fishing patterns have started. Trout fishing has been outstanding. Fish are moving shallower, with jigging spoons being one of the best bait options.
North Bay Sport & Liquor, (920) 294-6462.
LAKE MICHIGAN/METRO AREA LAKES
Chinooks have been the main catch on all harbors, with a few rainbows, browns, and cohos in the mix. Stick to 50 to 120 feet of water with spoons, J-plugs and a variety of flies. Metro lakes are in a transitional period and have not turned over yet. Muskie action has been picking up on Okauchee and Pewaukee lakes. Nagawicka and Golden have given up some walleyes. Bass are scatted and are being caught on remaining deep weeds edges and green, inside weedlines. Panfish have moved to shallow weed flats on warmer days but are still suspended on some lakes. Cover a lot of water.
DNR hotline, (414) 382-7920.
Smokey’s Bait Shop, (262) 691-0360.
Dick Smith’s Bait, (262) 646 2218.
Smallmouth bass are biting great on Mendota, with walleye and pike fishing picking up, as well. Concentrate on hard-bottom areas with adjacent green weeds. Muskie fishing is pretty good for numbers, but panfishing has slowed down. Lake Kegonsa has been the best bet for walleyes.
D&S Bait & Tackle, (608) 244-3474.
Dorn Hardware, (608) 244-5403
PRAIRIE DU CHIEN AREA
Bluegill fishing has been outstanding, and a lot of crappies are being caught, too. Bass and pike action has been steady, and walleyes will be going great soon now that water temps are in the 60s. Many duck hunters reported outstanding duck hunting, with some hunters saying it’s been the best they’ve ever seen.
Stark’s Sport Shop, (608) 326-2478.
SAUK CITY AREA
The Wisconsin river is painfully low, making it difficult to fish, but some walleyes are being caught. Lake Wisconsin is giving up white bass and walleyes. Crystal Lake is producing nice bluegills from shore or by boat. More water would really get things biting.
Wilderness Fish and Game, (608) 643-2433.