I am starting to feel like a broken record but weather continues to create problems! The front that came through on Sunday with the snow completely shut down the fishing. By Tuesday the fish started cooperating and it seems to improve day to day. There have not been a ton of guys out with the challenging conditions, however the guys that I have talked to are catching bluegills and crappies. I don’t have a good feel for the perch right now I haven’t spoken to anyone who has been targeting them specifically. With the exception of Saturday the extended forecast looks pretty steady as far as temps go so I expect the bite to remain decent. Stop in and I will let you know what I have heard!
The weather continues to be the biggest factor in what is affecting the bite. I can’t even give an accurate report with the temps swinging from 60’s to 40’s. The rain we have gotten has reduced water clarity in parts of the lake, and it remains to be seen if the high water coming down the river will dirty the lake or not. With the crest in La Crosse expected to be around 11.2 the fishing should remain good, I think water clarity will be the biggest variable. Through yesterday the bite has been great. I found a few hours to get out myself yesterday afternoon and did very well on perch. What I would take away from this is that the fish are still down there, you might need to try something or somewhere different to get them! Stop in and I can give you the latest info!
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.