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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It’s started, the fall walleye fun of 2013. From New London to the mouth at Lake Poygan there are reports of anglers catching fish. Water temperatures hit 44 degrees today and should hover in that general area for some time. Even the upper 30′s such as 38 or 39 degrees is OK, they will bite right up to ice up. Long range forcasts look like an extended period of stuff oscillating between the med to upper 40′s and lower 50′s with a little bit of precipitation next week. PERFECT! SEND ME YOUR PICTURES so I can put them in a new video episode of Life On The Wolf. Crappie continue to bite too. Check with Johnnies Shoppe of Bait in New London, Red Banks Resort in Fremont or Chico’s Landing in Orihula, south of Fremont for bait and the best right now on the water information.
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The stable weather has provided some good fishing that should just contiue to get better. water temps have just dipped below 60 and should hover there this week. Walleye in New London have been good, Crappie everywhere and White Bass from Fremont to Lake Poygan. Add some smallmouth bass and northern pike plus some Muskie reports and it’s good reason to come fishing.
Sorry for the long time between posts. I spent most the summer trying to get moved in to our new house in Fremont and traveling doing stand up comedy and music. I didn’t even fish often and did not write articles for Midwest Outdoors for 3 month. I needed the time off from writing and the time to develope the other talents I guess I have. I played at bars, clubs and parties all over the place. I sing 60′s and 70″s stuff behind a keyboard, or do karaoke with a GREAT system. As far as standup comedy, you can see me on a national website RoofTop Comedy at this link http://rooftopcomedy.com/comics/JoelKunz or by visiting JKFUNNY.COM where ther is also a link to my music website. I work at The Skyline Comedy Cafe in Appleton on a regular basis and will be there again November 14 – 16 as opening act and emcee.
Fishing has been very good for the most part in the lower end of the system. Lake Poygan has been hot and cold based on wind and weather patters, but that’s typical for this time of year as conditions move the fish, not the fishermen. The bottom end of the river has also been producing some nice catches of walleye as they continue to filter back through the system. I expect this to continue as good numbers of walleye hang in the river to take advantage of the abundance in available food. In fact, there are still walleye being caught in the New London area, something I expect to continue all summer long. Smallmouth bass are active most days and panfish action is also good from New London through Lake Poygan to Winneconne.
YES IT’S TRUE! There have been a few nice Muskies caught, including a 52 1/2 inch fish brought in to Johnnies Little Shoppe of Bait in New London. Unfortunately, that fish was not able to be released but numerous other big fish have been caught, and released. Again, available food resources and a slight decline in the northern pike population may have played a part in making a prediction I made this spring at ICE BREAKER come true.
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Walleye fishing is better then most people know right now in the New London area. A jig and leech worked in the transitions to deep water should catch fish during the day with shallower transitions and flooded shorelines being prime for the low light periods. Crank baits thrown to this cover and on the long undulating sand flats that I call “whoopdedos” will also produce fish. Catfish are biting as are some smallmouth bass. Bluegills had started to be active but the water temperature dropped to under 60 degrees. Look for them to become active quickly with the warm up. Water levels continue to be slightly above average for this time of year, which again, should provide for good fishing.
In Fremont the cold front really cooled off the fishing but anglers are still catching some white bass along with some walleye and catfish. The warm up should get things going again for sure.
Lake Poygan has been red hot on some days for walleye and white bass. Anglers set to troll are pulling shad raps and Flicker Shads behind Off Shore boards with good success. Others are just drifting and casting for their limits of fish. There have been a few dandy northern pike caught also as well as some perch and crappie.
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