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2/21/2020

I think we are starting to move out of the mid winter lull that we have every year. Although the fishing has been slow this week I expect it to pick up this weekend with the warmer temperatures. Some water running down into the holes is always makes the fish wake up some. Hopefully I get some good reports this weekend so I can give everyone an idea of what the bite going to be like.

Thanks,

Chad

By |February 21st, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

1/30/2020

We are past the Atomic Derby and onto Brice Prairie Conservation Association Derby this weekend. Unfortunately for the Atomic the fish had lock jaw that day and the catch from the lake was down. We are in the mid winter pattern for sure, with most guys picking up their fish for the day in a 1 or 2 hour window. The pike have started biting better, I have talked to guys who are catching them both shallow and deep. If you can’t fish the BPCA at least swing down and get a cash raffle ticket. They have in the past supported projects on the lake and donated a lot of money to the renovation of the landing last year!

Thanks,

Chad

By |January 30th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

1/16/2020

The ice conditions continue to improve. I would say we are averaging 10″, but there are still a few areas of concern. The open water over by the sailboat club is still an issue, and there is a pressure break running east to west from the tracks to the tip of the small islands running off the south east corner of Rosebud. I would think that the cold weather last night and tonight will help those two areas tremendously. There have been ATVs traveling from here to the lights just use caution around the small islands previously mentioned.

As far as fishing goes the bite has remained fairly steady. The northern bite has picked up a bit, and I would expect it to take off at any time here. The big question so far has been where are the big schools of perch. There has been some success west of the lights but not what you would normally see this time of year. They will be in at some point and if you catch them right away you will have a day to remember. The dredge lines east of me continue to hold lots of bluegills and crappies, the key is figuring out their feeding windows. The colder and snowier it gets the smaller the windows are. Stop in for the latest news!

Chad

By |January 16th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

1/10/2020

Ice conditions continue to improve with the average on this side of the lake around 8″. I saw some ATVs drive from here to the lights yesterday, please use caution if you are going to do that. The fishing has remained steady from last week with crappies biting the best. The bluegills have moved around some, don’t be afraid to try different areas. Northerns have really started to take off and some big fish are being caught. Perch have been harder to come by. There was a school off of the sailboat club but that seems to be over for now. Stop in and get the latest news!

Chad

By |January 10th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

1/2/2020

Ice conditions aside we are starting off the new year on a good note. Fishing in general improved over last week, which was good to begin with. Guys have started finding perch again in the deeper water, and you will have a hard time getting away from bluegills there are so many out there right now. Checkout my facebook page for some pictures of big fish caught recently. https://www.facebook.com/schafersriverrentals/ Ice conditions continue to be on everyone’s mind, I would say over the dredged areas we are averaging 6″ with some places with more. The channel close to Rosebud Island across from the shop is thinner due to the flow. There are ATVs going out, if you are planning on taking yours just be careful and check the ice you are unsure of. Good luck and get out while the fishing is good!

Thanks,

Chad

By |January 3rd, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

12/26/2019

I have been getting a lot of calls lately about ice conditions. The good news is the ice is holding up very well. Even if we get rain as forecasted we should have plenty left over with the lake averaging 7-8 inches. As far as fishing goes the bluegills have been biting well, check out my facebook page for a picture of a 10.25 in gill caught this week. The crappie bite has remained better than expected, and guys have found perch over by the lights. The only question mark has been the northern pike. We are off to a slower than usual start to tip up fishing, but I haven’t seen as many people setting flags either. Stop in for the latest report!

Thanks,

Chad

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

12/19/2019

The ice season has started out well with lots of nice bluegills and perch being caught. Most of the action has been east of the shop in 10-12 ft of water. The early ice adage has held true this year, I have seen some really nice fish already this year. We are averaging 6 inches of ice and there has been a few ATVs out. I expect with this warm up in the next week ATV traffic will stop. We should have plenty of ice to fish through the warm temperatures if you are willing to walk.

Thanks,

Chad

By |December 19th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

12/11/2019

Check the ice this morning and we are looking at 3 1/2 – 4 inches. Drilled on the clear ice over the dredge line and the ice thickness was the same. One guy out now I expect by the end of the day there will be people fishing all over the area in front of the shop.

Thanks,

Chad

By |December 11th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

12/10/2019

It looks like we are finally going to get some fishable ice! I took a measurement over at the landing and we are at about 2 1/2 inches. I would not be surprised to see 4 inches by the end of the day tomorrow, but we will have to wait and see. Most of the ice has 1/2 inch of melted snow (cloudy ice), but there is also areas of only clear ice that froze up after the snow stopped. Those areas should be as good or better then the gray areas, but I have not been out that far to check it yet. Use a spud and go with a buddy, the water is too cold to swim in!

Thanks,

Chad

By |December 10th, 2019|Fishing Update|0 Comments

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
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