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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Walleye all over the place. Crappie and perch too, plus a few white bass in Winneconne.
Sturgeon rolling in New London and Shiocton, COME SEE!
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Water levels continue to rise and are above bank full stage in New London. The river has also cooled off to around 35 degrees, which should combine with muddy, fast conditions to provide some challenge to the fishing. They might not bite real aggressively but rising water and longer days have the fish on the move. The thunder storms in the area shook the system good and that’s always a sign to get out and fish. Because they are on the move up stream and driven by temperature to enter a marsh somewhere and spawn, look for the bite to change a bit on a day to day basis. BE CAREFUL as there is still some ice coming down the river out of the backwaters and I’ve seen a large number of logs and trees floating this year. Be careful, fish near flooded woods and shallow marshy areas with and you should catch some fish.
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Well the ice is flowing throughout the lower system and people are getting out in boats with limited success. The current is moving pretty good and the water is obviously cold. The big key is to watch out for ice flows as you are navigating and if you anchor up to fish, make sure you are on an inside bend and always have a SHARP knife out and ready to cut your anchor rope should an ice chunk get involved. NEVER assume you are in a safe part of the river!!!
Time is coming for some good fishing once it warms up. That will be soon!
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