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10/3/2019

Well there is good news and bad news. The bad news is the river is coming up. The latest forecast shows 11.8 feet in La Crosse by Wednesday which means it will be almost over the bank here at the shop. It may push the fish into the lake more we will just have to see. The good news is that the fishing in the last week has improved. The bluegills continue to bite well, move around to find a school of big ones. The perch have really come on in the last few days. There are people catching some jumbos over by the lights. The minnow bite has really turned on for them. The crappies still have yet to move onto the lake in force, but I expect them anytime now. Swing in for the latest report!

Thanks,
Chad

By |October 3rd, 2019|Fishing Update|0 Comments

9/26/2019

It looks as though we are slowly creeping towards better fishing. We didn’t get the cool weather that was originally forecasted for this past week, however this coming week looks promising. My latest thought is that the fall migration of fish to the east side of the lake is going to happen in a shorter time than usual which would mean a window where there will be some phenomenal fishing. We are over a month behind schedule and not catching up so something has to give here at some point. That being said you can still go out and catch some nice bluegills along the tracks and out by the lights. A few reports of perch and crappies but no large schools yet. Next week with highs in the 60’s might be the time to get out.

Thanks,

Chad

By |September 26th, 2019|Fishing Update|0 Comments

9/20/2019

My report for this week is not that much different from last week. The bluegills continue to bite pretty well. We did have a couple of slow days this week. The perch have picked up quite a bit. I went out and was able to catch quite a few nice ones. The crappies remain spotty. I think that this next week with cooler temperatures will really get things back on track.

Thanks,
Chad

By |September 20th, 2019|Fishing Update|0 Comments

9/11/2019

We have continued to run behind schedule with the fall bite, which has been the pattern since spring. The bluegill bite continues to be decent but not what you normally see by this time. The perch are slowly picking up, I think it really correlates to the vegetation. As their cover falls down they move out and start schooling. Crappies are around on the lake and you can catch them, but again not to the extent you would expect by this time. You might want to think about keeping the boat out, either the season is going to run late, or their is going to be a compressed window that will be phenomenal.

Thanks,

Chad

By |September 11th, 2019|Fishing Update|0 Comments

8/21/2019

Alright I have finished my vacation from this and you can expect weekly updates from here on out. The warm water fishing as a whole on Pool 7 has been way below average mostly due to the extended high water. The way I look at it though is the fish are still out there getting fatter, and it was also ideal spawning conditions for most species. We should see an overall improved fishery for the next several years because of it.

In regards to the fishing right now we are running a few weeks behind the normal cycle for Lake Onalaska, usually the bluegills are in and feeding heavily. You can still go out and have a good day, however you will have to work to find them. A few guys have been able to find the crappies and perch, take a look at my facebook page to see a picture from last week. If you have been waiting to go out on the main channel we are now close to 6 feet, and the water conditions are probably the best they have this summer and last.

Stop in and get the latest report!

Thanks,

Chad

By |August 21st, 2019|Fishing Update|0 Comments

6/5/2019

I apologize for the lack of updates, the water levels made fishing very difficult this spring. Just wanted to let everyone know who has been waiting the bluegills are up in the shallows and getting ready to spawn. I have not heard of any being spawned out yet, but the forecast is warm so I imagine they will soon. Bass and northern fishing has been good, crappies were and have been really tough, and perch have been so so. Hopefully the water keeps dropping!

Thanks,

Chad

By |June 5th, 2019|Fishing Update|0 Comments

5/8/2019

The high water continues and with the rain we are getting today it looks like we are going to go back up a few tenths. Fishing is starting to pick up a bit with crappies and northern being caught. The water has come down enough to make the landing pretty easy to launch on. Hopefully the water gets back to normal soon!

Thanks,

Chad

By |May 8th, 2019|Fishing Update|0 Comments

3/27/2019

The water is up into the parking lot, we have lost ice at an amazing pace this year.  We lost over 18 inches of ice in under a week.  We are still a week or two out from perch spawning, but they have started catching them up in Blackdeers.  Guys from shore have been doing better than the boats.   We still have two more feet for the river to rise so fishing will become more difficult as each day passes.  Hopefully we can flush all of this water out quickly and get back to normal levels.  I will have a fresh stock of red worms and night crawlers coming in today, and I have plenty of minnows if you need them.

Thanks,

Chad

By |March 27th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Late ice is going by about as quickly as is possible.  Its a real bummer because this is when the fish really start biting well.  As far as ice conditions we are starting to see some significant deterioration of the main ice sheet.  Guys are saying that we have around 15 inches left with probably 10 of it being clear solid ice.  That’s quite a bit of ice lost considering that we were between 25-30 inches 2 weeks ago  Ever since last Friday overnight into Saturday the shorelines got wet due to the lake rising about a foot overnight.  Guys are still able to access off of the docks at the landing with ease, and there was one ATV out yesterday.  As far as the fishing goes guys are hammering crappies with some nice ones being caught.  Multiple reports of fish over 15 inches with an average of 11-12.  If you are willing to make the walk they are down by Marge’s Island.  They are also picking up a few perch but I have not heard of anyone targeting perch successfully.  The high water mixed with the poor clarity is changing the normal fish patterns and guys have really struggled to get on any sort of consistent bite besides the one I mentioned.  That being said if we see an improvement in clarity it should improve the overall bite.  Stop in for the latest report, conditions are changing quickly!


Also another note I don’t mind taking phone calls but please remain brief I have been receiving about 30 calls a day.  If I don’t answer I am on the phone with someone else or helping a customer.  Also I do not return messages when guys ask me to call them back with a report.

Thanks,

Chad

By |March 21st, 2019|Fishing Update|0 Comments

3/14/2019

Well late ice is here.  The rain has knocked down most of the snow and there is standing water on the ice in some spots.  I am already getting calls asking about the ice, we have plenty still and I imagine guys will be driving on for the next week or so especially since the nights are going to be below freezing.  Just be careful and if you don’t know where the ice goes out first hitch a ride with someone who does.  The fish has responded very well to the warm up with the bite picking up across the board.  I know there have been a lot of guys fishing by the airport lights and catching perch and northern.  On my side of the lake the bluegills have woken up and are active in the dredge lines along with a few perch.  The crappie bite is inconsistent still from the reports I have gotten.  As of right now the river in La Crosse is forecasted to crest over the weekend at 9.3 ft which does not normally raise the lake much at all.  I do not see the rise in the river being detrimental to the fishing on the lake.  Overall we are getting through the warm up much better then I expected and for the near future we will have fishable ice.

Thanks,

Chad

By |March 14th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments
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