Warm temperatures and steady winds over the past week produced plenty of fishing opportunities on Lake Winnebago, Lake Poygan and Lake Buttes des Mortes. Heavy boat traffic was seen at area launches, and solid walleye action was found system wide. Water temps were generally in the upper 50’s most of the week to low 60′s, with water clarity at stained to mildly stained on Lake Winnebago. A lake fly hatch has occurred over several areas of the main lake. Most fishermen are catching ample number of walleyes on the system, and limits are easy to come by currently. Finding a fish over 20” is a different story, as these fish are very scarce. Many of the walleyes are associated with [...]
A nasty cold front moved through the Lake Winnebago, Lake Poygan, and Wolf River region. Heavy winds battered the area, causing large swells on most open water areas of the system over the weekend. Heavy mud lines have been stirred up, and water clarity in nearly zero. Water temps have dropped about 10 degrees and are holding steady in the mid 50’s as of Sunday. The heavy winds and cold temperatures have really deterred area fisherman from hitting the water. Friday, Saturday and Sunday boat launches remained largely vacant, other than tournament areas. Earlier in the week, boaters were out in droves with the warmer weather. Because of the drastic change in the weather, the report will focus on the [...]
One of Wisconsin’s favorite game fish will be getting a boost. The Wisconsin Walleye Initiative, announced on Wednesday by Gov. Scott Walker and developed by the state Department of Natural Resources, will pump millions of dollars into fish hatcheries to dramatically increase the number of walleye in state lakes. The $13 million plan aims to increase the stocking of large walleye fingerlings from the current 60,000 to 120,000 a year to well over 500,000 a year by 2016. “Fishing is such an important part of Wisconsin’s sporting heritage, and demand for walleye continues to increase,” Walker said in a news release. “With this historic investment, we are making long-term improvements to Wisconsin’s lakes and our state’s fishing and tourism industries.” [...]
Ron Levin and Nick Ingoglia won the WWA event held on Sunday May 19, 2013 with a 4 fish bag weighing in at 13.39 pounds. Klye Harmsen and Rhonda Fryman placed second with a 6 fish limit and total weight of 13.25. The largest walleye of the tournament tipped the scale at 3.72 pounds, also registered by Levin/Ingolglia. The field appeared to have just 15 boats. WWA held the first in a series of walleye tournaments based in Winneconne Wi and Oshkosh WI. The tournament has a 6 fish bag, with a 14” minimum. The next leg is September 8th, out of Oshkosh, WI.
Crappie Pattie Crappie fillets (skinless fillets) Bread crumbs Eggs Can of condensed milk Large Zip-lock bag Dump in the fillets into the Zip-lock, Season with salt and pepper if not done. If you made Crappie over the camp fire, throw in the cooked onions as well add about a handful of bread crumbs, You can use more if you need to spread the meal. Drop in the eggs, about two eggs per handful of bread crumbs Pour in just enough condensed milk to make a batter a little thicker than pancake batter Get the skillet hot and use a little olive oil to fry with. Olive oil is great for skillet cooking over the camp fire because it has a high [...]
The three man team of Mark Schram, Matt Dorow and Mark Dorow took top honors at the Guido and Koeckers Walleye Tournament in Fond du Lac Wisconsin. The winning weight was 7.75 pounds on three fish. 7.25 pounds took second. Big fish was 5.5 pounds. Most of the field took zeros, but had plenty of action with small walleyes. Some reported catching 25 walleyes, with none over the 15” minimum. Nearly the entire field was in and around Kalbus’s Reef near Van Dyne, WI. The field was limited to Lake Winnebago, and the upper lakes were off limits. Winning method was Salmos pulled over reefs tops behind Off Shore Planner boards.
Steve and Russell Wagner took top honors at the 2013 Woodeye’s/Critters Walleye Tournament held on The Winnebago System launching from Winneconne, Wisconsin. Wagner’s lead the field with 18.7 pounds on just 4 walleyes weighed. Peter Vander Maazen/Micheal Buser were the runner ups at 18.07 pounds with 5 fish. Big Fish honor also went to the Wagner’s with a 6.95 fish being the largest of the event. Overall, 4 fish registered over 6 pounds. The 91 team field had approximately 35% of the field return to weigh in with no weight. A few anglers retired early due to inclement weather. About 9:30 am, a gust front came through the Winneconne, WI, bringing high winds and hail through the tournament field. In [...]
Here are the final results of The May 5, 2013 Bago Walleye Club event held on Lake Winnebago and the adjoining Rivers. Please click the link provided below. BWC 2013 Tournament 1
It almost feels like spring around Eastern Wisconsin. Fishermen are out in large numbers, water temperatures are on the rise, and Lake Winnebago is progressing nicely toward normal Spring transitions. Water temps this week have ranged in the mid to upper 50’s on most parts of the system. Water clarity remains stained with about 1-2 feet of visibility system wide. Fish are transitioning quickly with multiple spawns occurring. The sturgeons have nearly completed their spawning dance, and the carp are getting ready for their ritual. The white bass run is underway, but has not peaked. Perch are beginning to stage. Overall, walleyes are scattered throughout the entire system and are in post spawn mode. The Wolf River is loaded full [...]
Tom Hoinacki and Derek Navis’s mastery of the Winnebago system in early May continued this week with a victory at the BWC in Oshkosh on Sunday. The team stomped on the field by nearly 7 pounds, bringing a mind blowing 23.65 pounds to the scale. Hoinacki and Navis won this same leg in 2012, but only by 4 pounds. The team was pulling cranks in the Upper Lakes according to the rumor mill at the weigh in. Overall conditions have been very sporadic leading into the tournament. Almost every team made the turn up the Fox River after launch from Menomonie Park in Oshkosh. Many proceeded to Fremont, WI and beyond, where teams either zeroed or finished in the middle [...]