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10/4/2018

As usual the weather is the biggest variable this last week.  Between the rain, wind, and large temperature swings mother nature has been throwing it all at us.  Even with all of the weather the fish bite has remained consistently good.  I continue to hear from guys that are amazed at the size of bluegills that you can consistently catch even with all of the pressure so far this fall.  The crappie bite is in full swing and I would consider this year to be an average year in terms of number and size for them.  The biggest change in the last week is the number of jumbo (12+) perch being caught.  It really seems like some schools of larger perch have moved in and I am seeing a lot of big ones caught.  The bass and northern bite remains good as well, the key is finding the weed beds that are still green.  Good luck and swing in for the latest report.

Thanks,
Chad
By |October 4th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

6/7/2018

The Bluegills continue to confuse a lot of fisherman, after the hot streak around Memorial Day they never returned to their shallow beds.  I suspect they have made beds in deeper water and that is where I would start if you are looking to catch some.  Still getting lots of complaints from panfishermen about the northerns, and guys targeting them are still doing really well.  If you are looking for bass you can catch some nice ones with a lighter colored wacky worm rig.  Stop in and get the latest report!

Thanks,
Chad
By |June 7th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

5/11/2018

Its really hard to give a report that is accurate right now as conditions are changing so quickly.  We were warm and now we have a few days in the 50’s.  Last weekend the water was a good 30 feet up the landing, and now we are only a few inches away from normal levels on the lake.  You really need to stay flexible and be ready for the fish to be in a different area then the last time you were out.  Earlier in the week the bluegills were moving up into the shallows, but now that the temp has dropped they moved deeper again.  I expect the gill bite to be excellent over the next week with the warm temperatures returning and the start of the spawn for them.  The crappies are a mystery this spring with the bite being sporadic and slow.  As far as I can tell they have not spawned yet, they should be going anytime now.  The bass and northern bite has been really good this week, with the pike especially being very active.  Stop in for the latest report!

Thanks,

Chad

By |May 11th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

3/8/2018

Ice is still the main concern for most fisherman.  The shoreline really took a hit on Saturday, but the good news is that the cold temps last night really firmed things back up.  I saw a guy drive an ATV onto the ice from the landing this morning.  I don’t expect that to last long but it will still be accessible on foot for the near term.  Ice thickness overall seems to be around 16″ with the issue really being access like I said.  The snow has really thrown a wrench into things here on the lake.  Late last week the fishing was very good right in front of the shop with numbers and size being caught.  With the snow on the ice is has slowed down.  There have been some guys venturing out to Marge’s Island, and if you are willing to make the trek the fishing has been good over there.  I also have talked to a few guys who are catching some bluegills in Airport bay off fishermans road.  I would bet that the fish are biting in other parts of the lake but I have not been getting very many reports as it seems like most guys have quit for the year.  Now is the time to get out while we still have good ice and the fish start to get more active!  Stop in and get the latest ice and fishing report!

Thanks,
Chad

By |March 8th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

3/1/2018

The ice continues to be the main topic for ice fisherman.  These warm days have definitely cost us some ice but not as much as you would think.  I would venture to say that we are still averaging 20″ of clear hard ice, and guys are still driving their trucks on as of this morning.  The landing is getting rough and without any cold nights coming up it may stop vehicles soon.  If you have a four wheeler or UTV the ramp off of my parking lot is in great shape, it hasn’t been exposed to all of the sand and salt that the landing does.  As far as fishing goes things are picking up.  The bluegills especially are getting active with limits being caught yesterday.  I still haven’t heard of big schools of perch by the lights but guys are catching some big ones to mix in with the bluegills over there.  The northern bite remains good with the east side of the lights producing the best fish.  The crappie bite is fair with some nice size but lacking in numbers.  Hopefully the cribs we built last Saturday help that out.  Late ice is here, get out and catch some slabs while you still can!

Thanks,
Chad
By |March 1st, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

1/6/2018

The bite remains good despite all of this cold weather that we have had.  The extended forecast looks really promising with lots of warmer weather coming up.  The bluegill bite in shallower water has been good, find a hole in the weeds and you will be in business.  The perch bite has slowed down in the dredge lines although there are still some around, but over by the lights depending on the day you can still get jumbos.  The crappies have been frustrating midday but early and late remain good.  The tip ups have been doing well over by the lights with some big bass being caught along with the northern.  There are lots of northern and bass in the dredge lines by the shop as well, but you have a better chance of catching one on a jig pole as you do a tip up for whatever reason.  I was able to get out fishing myself for the first time yesterday, below is a picture of what I ended up keeping.  I found that a widowmaker jig with B-Y baits plastic was the ticket.  Stop in and I will show you what I was using!

By |January 6th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

12/16/2017

As with the last post there is not much new.  The ice has not thickened enough to get much farther out then the docks by the landing, and it sounds like other early spots are the same.  The only good news I have heard is that by the sailboat club people are able to creep out into the lake a bit.  As always be careful in a week or so we will be making some good ice!

Thanks,

Chad

By |December 16th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

12/6/2017

The ice is coming, although the wind is slowing down the formation.  I think guys will start venturing out early next week?  Just to let everyone know I will have a ramp for ATVs and UTVs that goes from my parking lot straight onto the ice.  This is free for everyone to use, no more having to turn around and go back up the hill!  I am also going to have a shuttle run on the weekends from the shop out to Marge’s Island as soon as ice permits.  Stop in if you have any questions about that.  I am excited, we are set for a really good ice season on Lake Onalaska!

I will update the report with ice thickness regularly, so check back to see where it is at.

Thanks,
Chad
By |December 6th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

10/4/2017

The fishing has remained very good, with some variability in the bite depending on the weather conditions each day.  The cold front that has just moved through should kick up the crappie and perch bite a notch.  If you have been waiting to target those two species the next week is most likely going to be the time to get out.  Guys are still hammering nice sized bluegills with reports of moderate sorting.  To sum it all up the fall bite is on, so get out and catch some fish while it is hot!

Thanks,
Chad
By |October 4th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

8/23/2017

The bite overall on Lake Onalaska continues to be good.  Bluegills are still being caught in large numbers with a good ratio of keepers to small fish.  The early crappie bite is also still on, early and late in the day continue to be best, but guys are also doing well midday on cloudy or cooler days.  The northern continue their frenzy with just about everyone catching one whether or not they are trying to.  Stop into the shop and get the latest report!

Thanks,

Chad

By |August 23rd, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments
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