We got the warm temps that everyone was looking for, and high water with it!  Thankfully the water clarity has stayed good throughout the rise in the river, and guys are still catching fish.  Very few boats going out, but the ones that do most are getting on some crappies.  I know that the bass clubs have been doing pretty well on their outings on the lake this week as well.  If you decide to go out in the next week or two you will need rubber boots or something along that line to launch here at the landing.  It looks like we will be above flood stage until at least Tuesday, hopefully it clears out quickly.  The magic line for the lake is 10′.  If we can get below that the lake returns close to normal.  I am finishing up on a remodel of the shop, stop in and see the changes!

By |May 3rd, 2018|Fishing Update|0 Comments


It’s nice to see some warm weather head our way, although the quick warm up is dumping a lot of snowmelt in the river.  So far the lake is fine, once the river hits 10′ in La Crosse you start to see more dramatic changes on the lake.  I am cautiously optimistic that fishing will keep on improving through the high water, with water clarity being the big question.  I have heard upstream that they are keeping decent water clarity instead of chocolate milk that you can get with high water so cross your fingers.  As soon as it warmed up last week the crappies turned on.  I have been getting good reports from the few guys who have been out.  The pressure has been really light for whatever reason, which has been nice for the guys who are fishing.  The northern bite has been ok, it seems like they are really thrown off with this weird weather.  The bass have started picking up especially in Brice Prairie Channel.  Another interesting tidbit that I heard is that some guys who were floating for crappies last weekend were dragging crawlers on the bottom and picking up some nice perch.  I don’t think there was a ton in the way of numbers but there was size there.  Stop in and get the hot colors and the latest report!

By |April 26th, 2018|Fishing Update|0 Comments


Sorry for the lack of posts recently I am currently doing some remodeling in the shop, and adding three more minnow tanks!  The lake has been slow with the exception of Blackdeer’s channel where guys have been catching perch when the temps cooperate.  Out on the river the story has been much of the same with good days coming when we get consistent warm for a few days.  Next week is looking better with temps steadying out in the fifties so we should see the lake starting to wake up a bit.



By |April 12th, 2018|Fishing Update|0 Comments


It seems like we are really turning the corner into a “late ice” bite.  The perch bite in front of my shop is good, and guys are going East toward Marge’s Island and catching a nice mixed bag.  I have not heard about the airport lights, but the last few days there have been a lot of guys over there which usually indicates a good perch bite there.  The ice out on the lake is great, we are still around 14-16″ average.  The shorelines are bad, guys are still able to access off of the dock at the landing, but in the not to distant future that is going to go away.  I have talked to a few guys who are going out on the river.  Walleyes have been off and on depending on the day at both Dresbach and Trempealeau.   Good luck and stop in for the latest report!



By |March 16th, 2018|Fishing Update|0 Comments


Ice conditions are the talk after a car went through here on the lake.  You need to be extra careful this year due to the fact that guys have been driving in normally questionable areas that became accessible due to good ice conditions.  If you stick to the normal travel corridors there is still around 20″ of ice, and guys are still driving around to the lights from Schafers.  Please stop and check if you are unsure of conditions and do not drive anywhere where you are not familiar with conditions.  This next week we are going to continue to lose ice so the driving on the lake days are numbered.  As far as fishing goes we continue to have wide swings in temperature which slows down the fish for 2-3 days after each swing.  The extended forecast looks promising however with steady highs in the low 30’s and lows in the 20’s.  Lately the northern have come back down to earth but guys are still doing well.  I expect that bite to pick back up as we get warmer.  The perch bite has been steady with big fish still being caught, but not in the quantity that we saw earlier this year.  The crappies have become more active as well as the bluegills and this coming week should continue that pattern.  Stop in and get the latest fish and ice report!

By |February 22nd, 2018|Fishing Update|0 Comments


With the exception of a few days in the 20’s the forecast is looking good with lots of highs in the 30’s and lows in the 20’s.  This should pick up the bite, there is definitely no shortage of fish!  As far as the latest information that I have the northern bite remains excellent, and I expect it to keep up through spring.  The perch schools over by the lights have been scattered, if you can find where they are you are going to do well.  The bluegill bite is steady in the shallows, and when the big schools hanging deep decide to get active it will be a blast to fish them.  Be careful driving guys are pushing the limits in areas that are traditionally bad spots, there is going to be lots of ice for a while but certain areas thin up quicker then others.  Stop in for the latest report!


By |February 15th, 2018|Fishing Update|0 Comments


I hope everyone who fished in the BPCA derby had a good time, the fish board was impressive.  I looked back through the results they had posted on their website and this year was the biggest group of northern that I could find.  On that note the northern bite is continuing, go over by the lights and you will tie into some nice fish.  The crappie bite remains fair, with the biggest challenge being finding out their active times.  Early and late are always a good bet, but lately there has been an early afternoon bite as well.  Bluegills remain most active in the shallows, but you are able to pick a few up in the dredge lines.  Perch continue to move, and if you get in front of them they are a ton of fun to catch.  The key is being willing to pack up and move multiple times in a day.  Ralph came home with 18 nice perch last night, and here are two 13′ monsters that made it into his bucket!

By |February 8th, 2018|Fishing Update|0 Comments


Northerns continue their run as the hot bite with a 44 inch 25 lb monster leading the pack.  There is a video floating around on facebook of the catch, and the gentleman that caught it was nice enough to release it back into the water.  That may be the biggest fish but there have been plenty measuring around that 40″ mark being caught.  If you are into northerns now is the time.  The perch bite continues much the same.  Some guys are getting out in front of the schools and catching a lot of nice perch, and others report not catching a single fish all day.  The key is finding where the schools are moving through that day.  You can also pick up some in the dredge lines but not in any significant numbers.  The bluegills are shallow and deep, but they seem to be more active in the shallower water.  The crappie bite has not changed much you need to fish early and late with very few guys catching many during the day.

The Atomic Derby was interesting this year.  It seemed like there were less people fishing on the lake then the previous Saturday.  I think people who were not in the derby stayed away from the lake, and people in the derby were drawn to pool 8 with the prize tent being at Moxie’s this year.  I have heard from people what the big fish were, but not from any official sources so I would rather not post them.  Bottom line is no need to worry about post derby fishing being any worse than any other day.

On a side note there is going to be a fish crib building day on Saturday February 24th.  If you are willing to volunteer your help is most welcome.  Stop down and sign up when you get the chance, they won’t build themselves.



By |January 31st, 2018|Fishing Update|0 Comments


Weather continues to be the hot topic for the lake.  Luckily we cooled down after the rain and all of the slop has pretty much frozen up.  From what I can tell we didn’t lose any measurable amount of ice, but I would be a bit more cautious in the areas that can be trouble.  The water has become a bit more stained but adjusting colors should take care of that problem.  I went out fishing yesterday afternoon and managed to catch some nice crappies and perch.  The sunset bite is definitely worth sticking around for and I caught my biggest crappie after dark.  The northern bite has continued to be excellent with both good sized fish as well as numbers coming out of the airport lights area.  The perch have also become more active over there but there are still days where they just don’t move through that area.  If you have been out and aren’t having much luck try moving to new areas.  Almost every day I talk to guys who are doing really well, and usually it is because they were flexible with location and presentation.  This weekend is the Atomic Ice Derby and we will be open until 8 PM Friday night and open at 4 AM Saturday morning.

By |January 23rd, 2018|Fishing Update|0 Comments


The big swings in the weather are making it really difficult to give an accurate fishing report.  With the warm up that is forecasted I expect the fish patterns to change from what they are now with the cold weather.  The bite did slow down with the temps dropping, but not as much as I expected.  I think a lot of fisherman who got frustrated were just not able to adjust to the new patterns.  With the 6″ of snow we just got that will lower the light under the ice significantly.  That may bring the crappies off of the bottom during the day.  The crappie bite has improved significantly in the last few days, I have gotten multiple reports of guys catching keepers during the day.  Your best bet is still early and late.  Over by the lights the northern and bass continue to hit well, but the perch bite has been sporadic with more days last week being a bust then good.  That bite really varies day to day so if you are after jumbo perch your best bet is to go check by the lights and move on if you’re not seeing any activity.  Surprisingly there has been a good bluegill bite when the perch are not moving through.  I expect all fishing to improve with the weather this week. Below is a picture of a big perch that an employee of Schafer’s caught yesterday afternoon!

By |January 15th, 2018|Fishing Update|0 Comments