The Brice Prairie Conservation Association Derby went well with a lot of people out enjoying the warm weather!  The fish board was loaded with some nice fish, especially the bluegills and crappies.  The rain that came Sunday and Monday really knocked down the snow which was nice, but it looks like we are going to get it all back and more starting today.  The cold snap we had last week put on some ice and guys have been driving from here to the airport lights.  In the last few days especially there have been guys getting on a crappie/perch combo bite in the dredged area east of the shop.    Northern continue to bite well and I don’t expect that to change.  We should have some good fishing for the Lions Club Derby.  Stop in and get a ticket!



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


Pretty sparse report this week due to the cold weather.  I was closed yesterday and on Tuesday there weren’t very many people out either.  The guys I did talk to Monday and Tuesday reported a pretty slow bite all around which is no surprise.  The Atomic derby last Saturday also had a tough row to hoe and their fish numbers were way down.  The good news is this weekend we are going to have some bikini weather with highs in the 40’s.  The question will be how much rain we get on Sunday and Monday.  My hope is we do not get any, but if we do I think we are better off getting a fair amount and hopefully melting most of the snow off of the ice.  Just be aware it may make driving difficult if it creates a crust with slush underneath it.  Next week looks pretty good aside from the rain and we should see the bite pick back up.  The guys with cameras are still reporting seeing a lot of plus sized fish so we just need the conditions to cooperate!  Stop in and get your tickets for the Brice Prairie Conservation Association Derby on Saturday!


By |January 31st, 2019|Fishing Update|0 Comments


It will be nice once I can give a report without leading with how much the weather is impacting fishing, it would be nice to get some consistency in the weather pattern.  We have been adding ice like crazy on the lake, however it is yet to be seen what effect it has had on the ice breaks as well as the bad ice by the sailboat club.  If you are going out for the Atomic Derby on Saturday and you have not yet fished the lake this year, make sure you talk to someone who is familiar with the ice conditions so you don’t go for a swim.  As of today they are still not traveling from here to the Airport lights.  As far as the fishing goes the lights remain steady with the perch bite with a lot of guys saying they go out for half a day and come home with 8-10 nice perch.  It is a guessing game over there as far as the hot bite and you just have to be out there when a school decides to move in.  The crappie bite has remained strong, and continues to outperform my expectations this winter in both size and numbers.  With the weather changing constantly they have really been moving around, and pinning down the school can be some work.  The bluegill bite has slowed, but you are still able to pull up some 9+ inch fish pretty regular.  If you are wondering what is chasing your bait up the water column and not biting most likely it is a bluegill.   Stop in and get the latest ice and fishing report!

One last note Atomic has moved their weigh in to Mosey’s Landing next to the shop due to ice conditions at Nelson Park.


By |January 24th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments


It looks like we are going to get the cold weather that we have been looking for.  Just this morning we have our first truck on the ice, they parked right by the landing.  I imagine people will keep pushing out farther with vehicles over the weekend.  You are still not able to get to the airport lights from this side of the lake.  The northern bite right in front of the shop took off last Thursday, and people have been having a lot of fun with it.  It has slowed down quite a bit since then, but I am sure you can still pick up a few flags without having to trek far onto the ice.  Elsewhere in the lake guys continue to pick up large northern.  The airport lights are remaining a popular destination for a lot of guys, and they are picking up nice perch.  The bluegills and crappies have been moving around in the deeper water, and depending on who you talk to the bite is either good or bad.  I think that if you remain mobile and are willing to move to find active fish you will have a good day.



By |January 17th, 2019|Fishing Update|0 Comments


Start out again this week with ice conditions.  The area in front of the shop continues to thicken with plenty of ice for walking and ATV traffic if you stay in the well travelled areas.  The rain we have had lately has done very little damage to the ice where it was good.  What I am noticing is the warmups and rain will open up areas that were not safe to be traveled on anyways.  The coldsnap we are having this week is definitely making some more ice.  Hopefully we can get some more temps like that so guys can start driving trucks out.The fishing this week has remained good, between the rain and the wind the fishing pressure has been light the last few days.  Not a ton of new information to report.  Perch are still being caught over by the lights as well as some nice bluegills.  If you haven’t seen the picture on my facebook page of the 42″ Northern caught last weekend check it out! www.facebook.com/schafersriverrentals  Tip ups continue to do well both shallow and deep.  In the deeper water it is still a mixed bag, with the perch numbers not as good as they were (I think they have moved shallow).  Crappies still have been outperforming my expectations this winter, if you get them dialed in you can catch some nice fish.  Spoons have been working well out here, stop in and I can recommend a few.Thanks,Chad

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


Much to everyone who called in the last few days surprise the lake did not lose much from the rain last week.  In addition to that at least in the dredged area of the lake most of the ice is getting close to the 10″ mark with some areas over a foot.  Other parts of the lake continue to struggle.  I get a lot of calls about best ways to access the airport lights.  From what I have been told the shortest way is going straight across from the Nelson park landing and cutting over land.  I imagine their is a visible trail by now.  I still don’t think you can get to the lights from by me.  As far as the fishing goes I have been getting a lot of good reports.  The crappies have turned on and been biting with much more frequency then last week and I have seen some nice ones come through the shop.  The perch bite has been good over by the lights both in size and quantity.  I hope everyone is appreciating the world class perch fishery we have, and realizing what that without good water or habitat those fish wouldn’t be here!  The bluegill bite has also been good and the size remains above average.  Northerns have really started to pop, the pressure has been light for them considering the success guys are having with tip ups.

That being said I don’t want to get on a soap box but I want to encourage everyone to get involved with a local conservation club.  This lake is a perfect example of a body of water that needs to be actively managed to prevent it from filling in with sediment from the river.  What I have learned since owning this shop is that the local clubs and groups are the ones able to make the most impact on projects on our fisheries but they are lacking the people at times to get as much done as they would like.  Just remember that if everyone doesn’t pitch in to help preserve what we have it could disappear quickly!
Stop in and get the latest report!


By |January 3rd, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments


As I write this we are getting a good dose of rain which is making for some miserable fishing conditions.  There are still quite a few guys out despite the weather and it seems like the fish are sticking to the same pattern as the last week or so.  It has been good early and late, with some guys doing well midday.  Over by the lights the perch fishing has been heating up, access continues to be the biggest issue.  Hopefully the cold headed our way can tack on a few more inches so wheelers can make it around Rosebud soon.  Stop in for the latest report!Thanks,Chad

By |December 27th, 2018|Fishing Update|0 Comments


This warm weather has slowed down the ice growth.  Luckily in the areas guys have been fishing we had a couple extra inches to spare.  If you have been fishing areas with current just be aware that it may be thinner than the last time you were out.  The good news is colder weather is on the way which should firm up everything quickly.  There are plenty of fish out in the dredge lines anywhere between 10-15 feet, you just need to be on them when they turn on.  Mornings and afternoons have been best with midday being slower.  A few guys have been able to pull in nice fish around lunch time so it isn’t a lost cause.  The fishery here on the lake is really healthy this winter with all panfish species running large, and I am expecting this winter to be dynamite!  With my expanded tanks I am now carrying 3 sizes of shiners, two sizes of rosie reds, crappie, and walleye minnows.  My freshwater tanks keep them healthy and lively!  Stop in to get the latest news.


By |December 20th, 2018|Fishing Update|0 Comments


The fishing has been excellent so far on Lake Onalaska ever since the ice thickened up and guys were able to spread out a bit more.  Ice from the shop to Marge’s Island (with the exception of the dredge line running the shore of Rosebud) is around 7″.  The dredge line next to Rosebud is around 4″ because of the current.  The bite has slowed down directly in front of the shop, but to the east the fishing has been very good.  Guys are catching a mixed bag of crappies, bluegills, and perch with 10-13 ft being the best depth to target.  There are some jigs and plastics that work better than others.  Stop by and I can show what has been working!


By |December 13th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments


All good news to report this week!  We are steadily putting on ice with guys making it out to Marges Island.  Out in front of the shop we have 5+ inches.  Still need to be careful going close to Rosebud Island, although that should thicken up nicely the next few nights.  The fishing has been very good considering the areas that we are still limited to.  Guys have been catching a mixed bag of Bluegills, Crappies, and Perch.  The bite has been pretty steady through the day as well which is always nice.  Down by fishermans rd I have been told the ice is about 5 inches as well, and guys are catching Bluegills and Crappies.  There are also guys doing well on bass using tip ups and small shiners.  I have added minnow tanks so I will be carrying a larger variety and supply down here compared to previous years.  Stop in and get the latest report!

By |December 6th, 2018|Fishing Update|0 Comments