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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

3/7/2019

I really think we are about to hit a tipping point in the next week.  We have warm weather on the horizon and the perch are ready to go.  I know the local guides have been able to find active perch but overall they have not picked up yet.  If you only have one shot at the perch I would give it at least another week.  I really do think that my next report will be that the perch are biting.  Hopefully we can get a good 3-4 weeks of late ice and get some quality fishing in.  I do not have much of a fishing report at all, the lake has been a ghost town this week.  Keep your head up though, we are heading into my favorite time of the ice season!  Stop in for the latest report!

Thanks,
Chad

By |March 7th, 2019|Fishing Update|0 Comments

2/28/2019

Update: Fishermans Road has reopened. I guess there was enough of an uproar that they changed their mind.

By |February 28th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

2/28/2019

Once again the weather is the main topic on everyone’s mind. The storm this past weekend has impacted the lake quite a bit. Fisherman’s Rd is no longer open, the airport closed the gate and they are not committing to a date when the road will open again. They had to take the snowblower for the runway out there to get two guys out over the weekend. There are some significant slushy areas on the ice which is preventing guys from driving much farther then Marges Island. They seem to be getting around ok in the dredged areas however. I have spoken to the warden several times now about permanent shanties and if you are having issues removing yours give him a call and they are willing to work with you on it. If you want more information on that feel free to call me as well.

As far as the fishing goes the pressure has been really light this week so reports have been few and far between. The perch are starting to move around, they are starting to pick up some here and there in front of the shop. A couple of groups have also run tip ups out from me and they are picking up northerns. I don’t have any information on bluegills or crappies if you head out let me know how it goes! My report is only as good as the information that I get from fisherman!

You can’t catch them from the couch!

Thanks,

Chad

By |February 28th, 2019|Fishing Update|0 Comments

2/14/2019

Well the snow is the topic of greatest interest for a lot of people now so I will start with that.  We have about 16 inches of snow on the ice after receiving about 12″ earlier this week.  We have plowed paths out from Mosey’s Landing next to the shop to just south of Marge’s Island (small island east of Rosebud Island).  If you have a 4×4 truck or SUV with decent clearance you can still venture out into the snow without issue, there have been plenty of guys driving over to the lights.  The people who are having issue are people with cars/SUVs that sit lower to the ground.  The snow gets packed up underneath the vehicle and you end up becoming real friendly with a shovel.  I have been out with my ATV and I was still able to travel around but it was work.  


Just to let everyone know it is the WIFA State High School Ice Fishing Championship this weekend on Pools 7&8.  We have been told to expect about 1,000 kids to participate.   They are not allowed onto the ice until 6:30 Saturday morning however they start staging at landings as early as 5 AM.  This means that there will be significant congestion at the landings during that time.  They will be prefishing Friday as well.  I will have extended hours for this event- Friday I am opening at 6 AM, Saturday I am opening at 5 AM.  I am loaded to the max with bait so we should not have any issues running out.


As far as the fishing goes I do not have a ton of new information.  With the derby last weekend they were catching crappies suspended in 10+ ft of water about 2-3 ft off the bottom.  The bluegills are both shallow and deep, however I think the best bet is to target them shallow.  The pike are still biting but I have not seen a 40+ incher in 2 weeks or so.  The perch bite is steady and guys have been telling me they are catching them over by the lights.  The beginning of the week there was two days that some guys got on a hot bite in the dredged areas and they were catching perch deep which was unusual.  Keep in mind that the snow on the ice will cause the oxygen to start depleting and fish will be on the move to places with higher oxygen.
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Thanks,

Chad

By |February 14th, 2019|Fishing Update|0 Comments
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