We are in that in-between time for fishing. The lakes are starting to show signs of ice in the back channels and smaller bays, most of the piers have been removed from the launch areas, some of the ramps are too icy to back a vehicle down and some of us have already winterized and stored our boats.
There is still some fishing going on for those hardy souls who will fish in heavy winter gear and really good gloves to keep their hands from freezing. The Mississippi River is still accessible for fishing, and the reports have been that the walleye bite has been good, not great, but they are catching a few in Pools 5, 6 and 9.
Lake Geneva is still open, but launches with ice on the ramps are going to be a challenge. The fish are biting deep, 35 to 45 feet deep, on live bait. The only reports from the Chain of Lakes warn that the State is starting to lower the lake levels, so those heading out need to watch their depth gauge, as some areas will be really shallow.
This will be my last article in print, as the RoundTable will cease publication of the bi-weekly newspaper with this edition. I will, however, continue to bring you fishing reports and articles with the RoundTable online edition starting in December, so look me up at evanstonroundtable.com.
Until next time…keep a tight line.
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