Sunday, May 22, 2011
Lake Winnebago Comes Alive
After nearly 5 months under a frozen sheet of ice Lake Winnebago is back in full swing. The pelicans,ducks and gulls are cruising above. The reefs are dotted with boats and did I mention the lake flies? Yes, the fly hatch has a firm grasp on the lake homes and its residents.Yesterday I could hear a low pitched buzzing noise as I put my boat in at the launch.The hatch might last into next week but with some wind they are far less bothersome . Oh yeah, walleyes are back too.
Yesterday we focused our efforts on small reefs on the the west shore. 1/16 ounce jigs cast over the tops of reefs put a limit of walleyes in the boat in short order. I did notice that with all the flies hatching the walleyes seemed to prefer the smaller leeches and very small jigs. We bought jumbos and mediums and the mediums out fished the larger leeches 2-1. The thing about a fly hatch you have to keep in mind, walleyes have food in front of them 24/7 so the profile of your bait needs to be downsized a bit. Most all the fish had lake flies in their stomachs and the walleyes just needs to swim around with their mouth open to eat. They are not chasing the flies down so its an easy meal.
The other thing I will mention here is water clarity. The water is stained so the tops of the reefs will hold fish but as the water clears they will vacate to shadier areas. The way I tell if its too clear is I look at my anchor rope. If I can see down the rope into the water more than three or four feet I move deeper. Not all reefs hold fish at this time of year so remember to keep moving until you find the fish. Now get out and enjoy Wisconsin’s FINtastic Outdoors!
Posted by John McArdle at 8:10 AM