Fishing remains good throughout the entire system as walleye continue to filter through the river and towards the lower lakes. REMEMBER, the Wolf River has a good population of walleye that stay in the river all year long. The low light periods of early morning and late afternoon are best but they can be caught all day near clam beds, spring beds and sandy shorelines where there is quick access to deep water. A jig and leech is all you need. Throwing crank baits near shoreline structure will also work and either way you should see a mixed bag of walleye, smallmouth, catfish, drum and maybe even a dandy northern pike. Water levels are still above average for this time of year and water temperatures are hovering around 70 degrees. That is why some bluegills have been beginning to show up and the crappie bite in the channels near Winneconne and below Fremont has started to pick up.
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Anglers are catching lots of white bass up in the shallows on spinners and also some on rigs and jigs right off the drop. With really good water levels and plenty of fish around this is a great time to be hear for both walleye and white bass. My friend Dave caught 240 white bass today, Sunday May 11th along with 3 bonus walleye. Smallmouth bass action is also very good and the catfish are starting to bite too. Fishing is good from New London to Lake Poygan for all of these fish. Watch the USGS water level chart linked on www.lifeonthewolf.com, once the levels start to drop dramatically once we get under bank full stage as that will bring even more walleye back.
Lots of anglers are getting their limit of walleye and quite a few white bass but as always, some are struggling to find the fish they want. Walleye in general are done spawning although there may be a few late fish showing up which should keep a few males in the upper river but as water levels drop more and more walleye will return to the lower end of the system. I expect the fishing on Lake Poygan to be quite good very soon if it is not that way already. Crawler harnesses work well in shallow water trolled slowly with Off Shore planer boards. I also expect the fishing in New London to be very good as the males meander down river and look to feed.
White bass continue to show up although activity for them has slowed a bit in the Fremont area. I’ve been told over the years that the fish we were seeing are an early group of Poygan fish that go up stream as far as New London, and above. It makes sense as there always seems to be a group of fish, often BIG ones, that arrive early. The best is yet to come and with predicted rain showers for next week I would expect this to be a banner year for white bass as we will have enough current to draw the fish out of Winnebago.
Crappie continue to bite although the cool off may slow them down a bit. Sunny days near submerged shoreline brush on steep banks make the best spots.
Perch have been showing up in the channels too. One day off the docks at Hahn’s it white bass, the next crappie and the next perch, plus a walleye or two.
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Fishing is pretty good in the lower end of the river as a big group of post spawn females is filtering through the system. Some males are being caught and a few pre spawn females. Watch the water temperatures and for the river to crest and start dropping for the bulk of the fish to return. I’m betting on some early white bass being caught in the next week.
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Well the reports you may have heard about some spawned out females is true but by no means signals an end to the “UP” run. It is typical for fish that arrived early to find areas of warm enough water to be able to drop their eggs. The dynamic of marshes warming at different rates and fish arriving over a period of time allows for a greater chance at a successful spawn. The rising water levels should also do their job of drawing the bulk of the fish out of Lake Winnebago and in to the Wolf River system which should put the river in full gear. I expect a river wide slow no wake to be enforced soon as flood warnings have just been issued for Shawano, Outagamie, Waupaca and Winnebago Counties, which is where the Wolf flows. The docks in Fremont are about covered and the water is 1.5 feet above bank full stage in New London and rising. For those who have been at my seminars, there is a tactic that they can bank on right now. Raft fishermen will continue to catch some post spawn fish but cameras are showing large groups of fish on the move up stream. The morning and afternoon bite has been strong, especially up close to the shore and where current is flowing through the woods.
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There are quite a few anglers out and most of the people I’ve talked to are catching fish. Quite a few are taking limits and others just a few fish, but in general, fishing is good throughout the system. New London to Lake Poygan, fish are on the move. Anchoring in off current areas has been what has been best. More this week.
The river has opened in Fremont with lots of ice moving and typically high and fast water for this time of year.
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