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9/20/2018

All of the rain we have gotten this week has not slowed down the bluegill bite one bit here on Lake Onalaska.  When the temps got up into the 90’s this past weekend it did slow things down for a day or two but we are right back at it!  If you are looking for crappies a fair amount are hanging out around 8-10 feet.  It is always difficult to get a handle on how exactly the crappie bite is going to be.  I know so far like the bluegills they have been running bigger this year.  My theory is that we are seeing the benefits of poor fishing this spring.  In regards to the perch the 9-10 inchers are being caught with more regularity, and I think there will be a big upswing in both numbers and size over the next 10 days or so with cooler weather moving in.  Stop in and get the latest report!

Thanks,
Chad
By |September 20th, 2018|Fishing Update|0 Comments

9/13/2018

The area is getting exactly what was needed with a stretch of dry weather.  The lake is at normal weather with good water visibility and the river is dropping quickly.  The bluegill fishing has been excellent in the last week, with many reports of big healthy fish with little sorting.  The crappies have also become more active especially in the mornings and afternoons.  I expect that the coming cooldown will really kick them into gear.  Perch are still being caught here and there but it doesn’t seem like they are schooled up real tight yet.  I expect that to change soon!  Bass and northern remain active, some weed beds are starting to lay down and you are able to start throwing something that has treble hooks again!  Stop in for the latest report.

Thanks,
Chad
By |September 13th, 2018|Fishing Update|0 Comments

9/6/2018

It seems like Mother Nature doesn’t want to make life to easy for fisherman with all of the rain we have gotten recently.  That being said we are pretty lucky here on Lake Onalaska.  Water conditions are still normal, and the bite has remained good.  If you are looking to fish pool 8 I would definitely get a report from a shop in La Crosse because I have heard that it is quite a mess right now.  The bluegills are still going strong as I think they will for the next month or so.  Lots of nice sized gills with very little sorting.  The crappies have started moving in with a few guys catching their limits although I think we are still a few weeks off from peak bite.  Perch remain elusive but guys are starting to pick up more every week.  The fall bite is on get out and get your fish!

Thanks,
Chad
By |September 6th, 2018|Fishing Update|0 Comments

8/30/2018

First off to let everyone know who is wondering Lake Onalaska was not impacted by the heavy rains south of here, and the fishing is improving daily.  If you are after bluegills guys are catching a lot of them, and there is not much sorting going on.  I think with the difficult conditions this spring and summer means that there will be more quality fish to be caught this fall.  There have been crappies being caught but we are not yet to peak crappie fishing yet.  I have also started to see some nice perch, don’t be afraid to target them in shallower water.  Stop in to get the latest report and hot baits!

Thanks,
Chad
By |August 30th, 2018|Fishing Update|0 Comments

8/9/2018

We have started to turn the corner into what I call the “fall fishing cycle”.  The bluegill bite has steadily improved over the last couple of weeks, and the crappies have started to filter back into the east side of the lake.  It is still a bit early to get into a steady perch bite, but you will pick up a jumbo or two while you fish for other panfish.  The fishing should continue to get better and better as we get more cool mornings and we get closer to fall.  The river is FINALLY back down to normal levels and I have fished out there a bit myself.  The flow is good and the walleyes and smallmouth are biting on the wing dams.  Guys targeting northern are getting them deep, and the bass bite on the lake has remained good.  Stop in and get the latest report!

Thanks,
Chad
By |August 9th, 2018|Fishing Update|0 Comments

7/16/2018

Lake Onalaska has been one tough cookie to figure out so far this year.  The bluegills remain elusive, I really think late summer into fall is going to be phenomenal.  That all depends of course on water level and how the weather cooperates.  Those two factors have not been in our favor so far this summer which has resulted in unpredictable bites.  A good example is a week and a half ago is a guy came in with 40 nice crappies that he and his wife caught out in the dredge lines.  I have not talked to anyone who was able to reproduce those results unfortunately, and it is rare to see that many crappies in the lake this time of year.  The bass and northern bite has remained good with topwater performing well.  Hopefully the water drops soon and the fishing becomes a bit more consistent.
Thanks,

Chad
By |July 16th, 2018|Fishing Update|0 Comments

6/20/2018

If you haven’t been paying attention to water levels the biggest factor for fishing in the next few weeks will be water height.  We are forecasted to get to 12.5 ft at the La Crosse gauge, which will be 6 inches over flood stage.  It will be really interesting to see how the Bass Masters tournament goes with water rising as fast as it is.  Just because the water is going up doesn’t mean that there won’t be fishing opportunities.  I always like to take the opportunity to explore new areas when there is high water as well.  The fish will be moving off of the main channel and into the backwaters to get out of the current.  I know of guys who do really well on panfish and bass in flooded timber as well as the chutes and sloughs.  If you can target the areas that the fish are moving into you can have a day that will be hard to beat!  Stop in and get the latest water report and find out whats working best!

Thanks,
Chad
By |June 20th, 2018|Fishing Update|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

5/31/2018

The hot weather definitely slowed down the fisherman so I haven’t been hearing as much as usual.  It has also affected the bluegills, with the warm water they have moved off of the shallower beds and are hanging in 2-3 feet of water.  I have not heard of any spawned out females yet, and the gills that I have gotten are not even leaking eggs yet.  Your guess is as good as mine as to when they are actually going to start spawning.  If you like to popper fish for gills they are hitting them.  Topwater has turned on for bass and northern as well, they seem to be in their summer cycle so weed beds or any sort of cover you will find them.  I talked to some guys who have been doing well on crappies off of the main channel in the sloughs.  If you don’t know your way around out there be careful, you can get into trouble real quick in those waters.  I added a power anchor and a remote on the trolling motor for my 30 HP rental, it is really nice to fish out of.  Give me a call if you would like to rent it!

Thanks,
Chad
By |May 31st, 2018|Fishing Update|0 Comments

5/24/2018

The Bluegills are getting into full swing, however the cooler days have moved them off of the beds several times.  With 90 degree temps coming up this weekend they should be very active.  Guys are still bringing in crappies that are really dark which means they are still in spawning mode.  Unfortunately they are not being caught in their normal areas, most of the ones being caught are by guys who accidentally stumble on them.  Northerns continue their hot streak,  I got in on the action Sunday night and caught a bunch in 2 hours with the biggest being 34″.  I have seen multiple pictures of 40″ plus in the last week.  The perch are getting into the weed beds as they thicken up and are getting harder to catch.  The mosquito bite is also exceptional so bring along plenty of bug spray!

Thanks,
Chad
By |May 24th, 2018|Fishing Update|0 Comments
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