Fishing overall has remained good on Lake Onalaska, however with the changing weather that very well could change. We are close to the lake turning over which may slow down the fishing for a bit. Give me a call if you want the latest update, we will just have to wait and see how the fish react to the coming cooldown.
The perch are the hot bite this week, with many guys getting their limit. The ceiling right now seems to be around 12″, the 13-16″ perch have not shown up yet. There is a strong year class in the 7-8″ range that you will have to sort through, but they will make for some amazing fishing in the next few years. If I was getting paid for predicting when the fall crappie bite would be I would currently be looking for a new job, but the forecast is cooling off next week which should get them more active. Guys are still catching them especially in the morning and evening, we just have not yet had that “fall frenzy” bite. Guys are also destroying large northern without trying that hard. Stop in and I will get you setup with what you need!
This fall is turning out to be great out here on Lake Onalaska. The bluegills continue their run, with guys reporting a bit more sorting. The perch are coming on really strong, make sure that you are trying for them in shallow water as well as deep. The crappies are living up to their reputation of being finicky fish with the bite varying day to day. As the water temp continues to cool they should be more consistent. Guys who figure out what they want for that particular day are doing extremely well, and other fisherman are reporting they are not able to catch a single crappie. The forecast for the river height has slowly been moving down with the crest predicted to be in the next few days at 9.8 in La Crosse. The nice thing about Lake Onalaska is it is able to absorb a lot of water, and the fishing isn’t significantly impacted until the 10′ mark is passed. Good luck and stop in to get the latest fishing report!
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!