WEEKLY FISHING REPORT - September 16, 2018

Get your ticket for the crazy weather train

With the rollercoaster weather that we are having, things are mixed up until cooler water temps start to show up. Water temps were down to the upper 60’s, then back up to the 70’s with some cooler weather coming the fish can start settling into their fall patterns. With some weeds starting to die, you will be looking around a little and moving to find fish.                                                                                                                                                          

Northern Pike:  Getting these fish on the deep weed edges using jig and minnows, tossing a bass style spinnerbait usually chartreuse or white in color should get you hooked up.

Bass:  Largemouth Bass are still up in the shallows, so throwing crankbaits and plastics will get you “ol’bucket mouth”. Smallmouth Bass are starting to move up the rocks; some crayfish imitation baits will catch these.

Walleye: Walleyes have really spread out in the last couple of weeks, we have been catching them on jig and crawlers on the soft bottom and rocks. Watch the water temps you will need to start switching over to minnows as it starts to drop.

Panfish:  Perch are starting to show up in the rocks a lot lately; keep on using jigs tipped with red worms or plastic. Still catching some Crappies in the weeds. Bluegills are in the shallow weeds and can be caught slip bobbering tipped with plastic, waxworms, or a piece of crawler.

Muskie:  Bucktails and jerk baits over and thrown parallel to the weeds are getting fish.

Happy fishing!  Selective harvest is the way to go.  Colin Crawford's Guide Service, crawfordfishing@gmail.com (715)891-2715.  Website is www.crawfordfishing.com or you can also find Phelps Outdoors on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.  Remember, if you hire a guide, make sure the guide is licensed as a guide.


t's walleye stocking time at the Art Oehmcke State Fish Hatchery in Woodruff. Hatchery staff earlier this week started moving large "extended growth" walleye fingerlings with a goal of measuring at least 6 inches for stocking in Florence, Fond du Lac, Forest, Langlade, Oconto, Oneida, Shawano, Sheboygan, Vilas, Washington and Waupaca counties.

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Walleye trucks start to roll

Grouse hunters are reporting finding a few birds. Small game hunters last weekend reported seeing a high number of woodcock just in time for the upcoming opener on the Sept. 22.

Mosquitos are still out in full force and will probably continue to be through the weekend. Because of the mosquitos many archery deer hunters are taking a break and waiting for cooler weather, but a few are reporting decent success and have begun to fill tags.

Those who took part in the youth hunt reported seeing large numbers of local mallards, wood ducks and teal while afield. Hopefully cooler weather will draw a few more down from the north just in time for opener on Saturday Sept. 29. Duck hunters that plan to head out into Horicon Marsh by boat opening day should use extreme caution as recent heavy rains have dislodged many cattail bogs which are free floating and creating blockages and potential hazards.

On September 17, northerly winds supported large numbers of southbound broad-winged hawks. Look for kettles of soaring groups of broad-wings across the state over the week ahead as their migration peaks. A diversity of other raptors will also be on the move, such as sharp-shinned and Cooper's hawks, ospreys, American kestrels, and more.



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