This spring has been anything but normal! Extremely low water levels, fluctuating temperatures and low current has delayed things a bit on the river. The early “up” run for walleyes was probably one of the best in many years and we are seeing quite a few fish coming back down river and filling into the lakes. The whitebass have been taking their time getting up to the normal fishing areas on the wolf but dont let that stop you from getting out because there are plenty of fish around.
Look for current pockets or seams and cast fly rigs down current from those areas and work them back over the top. water depths ranged from 5-14 feet. They are just starting to make their way to their spawning areas in the shallows. water temps were in the 60 degree range and have been cooling each night by a degree or two. once we get some stable weather and sunshine the shallow areas where downed trees lay, fish will start to move in and do their thing.
Walleyes have been coming down in pods and the best way to catch them has been with a 1/16 oz. Northland Thumper jig tipped with a half a night crawler or medium size leech. find the 8-12′ straight flats in the river and just let the current slip you down while your jig crawls along the bottom. I have been getting some fish mixed in while casting the flys as well so dont be afraid to switch things up a bit.
The crappies have started to move into the channels on Lake Winnebago and Butte des morts. Just before dark has been best along the larger wood pilings of the docks or boat lifts. Use a cane pole with a slip bobber and a fathead or cast small tube jigs under the docks and retrieve slowly to get the big slabs to bite!
Out on Lake Winnebago, the lake fly hatch is in full swing and will slow the bite down a bit as well as make it miserable to be out there.
I still have some weekday openings available through the run if you are looking to get out and fill some coolers. shoot me a text and I would love to get you on some rod bending action!