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Redhorse and suckers are running on many Lake Michigan tributaries. Anglers were still catching walleye on the Menominee, Peshtigo and Oconto rivers but the bite was slowing down with more suckers coming up rivers. Over 150 boats were put in at the Oconto Breakwater Harbor on Saturday, and many anglers were reporting mixed success. There has still been hundreds of anglers out to catch a trophy walleye on the Fox River but with the recent weather changes fish haven't been as active.
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Another great day in Oconto. The first one is a 41" pike caught by Brady Stelmacher of Oconto. It weighed in at 22 lbs caught on a large shiner on a tip up, the second picture re is of myself and my son (Dylan) and his friend Bailey Marquardt. We limited out on whitefish using custom painted gobie jigging raps and kast masters with a slider rig and wax worm above them. Thanks to North Shore Bait Company
White fish, Perch and Northern Pike have been great! The ice is a little sketchy right now, because of the recent warmth and ships moving through the ice is changing daily though. Fishermen have been using customs goby jigging raps. Fishing report courtesy of Paul at North Shore Bait Company.
Fall fishing by Oconto is winding down, but still worth it if you can find the time to get out. We are still getting some walleyes on the deeper rocks casting baits like Shiver Minnows, Rapala Flat Shads, or Berkley War Pigs. For the trollers, if you mark fish in deeper water near the bottom, 25 to 40 fow, you can catch them with cranks or harnesses. As the water temp drops with the cold fall nights crank baits like Reef Runner 800 series, Berkley Flicker Minnows, or Sebile Koolie Minnows that can reach deeper depths will work better. Also as it gets closer to ice up the trolling night bite will turn on in the shallows by the left over weeds. This is where you will see some bigger fish closer to shore. Also with the colder water the perch have started to move in which brings in the pike and musky. We've been catching some nice musky near the weeds in less than 15 fow. Soon the Oconto river will be full of perch. Remember the biggest perch will be found out in the lake, that's a local secret:)
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Fishing for walleye has been hit or miss with the fronts, storms, and wind lately. Often water temp is dropping up to 10 degrees over night. Haven't seen a real difference between cranks and crawlers, although these bigger fish came on crawlers in 20 plus feet of water. Limits have been hard to come by but the weeds are holding perch and some eater sized walleyes......Your Fishin Pal Guide Service 262-370-6771 fishinpal.com
Fishing is still solid in and around Oconto. Casting with plastics for nice walleye has been the ticket. The cooler weather over the last week has slowed the weed growth but the fish are still holding on the shorelines. Rippin Raps have also been good but the colors depends on sunlight and water color. There are still a bunch of smaller sized pike in the area to keep you busy between walleye. The Smallmouth are beginning to show up in very good numbers and it looks like the opener will be fast fishing.I would suggest fishing a little bit deeper structure for the next couple weeks until the weeds start to catch up. I've seen some guys already trolling if that's how you like to fish. Here's just a few of the fish Captain Lynn Nicklasch boated last week. Call if you need a charter 262-370-6771
The water temps around the Oconto area are now almost 50 degrees. The spawn is now over and the fish are starting to spread out along the shorelines. The numbers for the last few days have been flat out crazy. We are easily touching 20-25 fish per day and the size is very good as well, most are spawned out females. There are still plenty of fish in the river as well. We are still catching a mixed bag as we chuck jigs and plastics: Lots of pike and a few nice northerns have been mixed into the daily catch. There are also bonus whitefish and JUMBO perch. This is the perfect time of the year to pick a nice day and just go fishing! Captain Lynn Niklasch at YOUR FISHIN PAL GUIDE SERVICE will put you on great Oconto area fish, give him a call at 262-370-6771. Look at just a few of last weeks catch!
Fishing is really starting to get good around the mouth of the Oconto river. The river itself has not been hot, but the shoreline bite in 5-10 feet of water has yielded very nice fish over the last week. Most of the walleye have been caught using either ripping raps or larger plastics. Working the baits back as slowly as possible, while still keeping it moving with a good cadence is the key. There's also pockets of fish on the shallow sand flats from Pensaukee to Peshtigo. Water temps just touched 40 degrees today. Take a look at these fish!! If you're looking for a great charter call:Lynn @ 262-370-6771