Rob’s Fishing Tips

Fishing Big St. Germain Lake ::

Rob Manthei Wisconsin Fishing Guide TipsMuskie ::

Spring: Look for new weeds. The south and east shores will be best. Small to medium minnow baits such as Mania Jakes and Bucher shallow raiders. Bucktails in silver and black and orange and black. Mepps new magnum musky killer is good too. Warmest water at this time is key.

Summer: Weed growth is at the highest now. Big St. will now have weed growth everywhere. Fish the deepest weedlines around the lake. Fishing the weedlines with crankbaits and jerkbaits are best. Ernie and depth raiders for crankbaits and suicks and burts for jerks. When fishing is slow during the day, switch to night fishing. Fish the same areas as you would during the day.

Fall: The weeds will stay green for much of the fall. Fish the deepest weedlines leading to deep water. Also pay strong attention to the rock bars. Fish further outside the weeds than in summer time. Cast big minnow baits and Bulldawgs in combination with a QUICKSTRIKE rigged sucker. Big Jakes, Depth Raiders, and gliders like the Jerko are suggested lures.

Walleye ::

Spring: Typical spring patterns. Look for any type of new weeds. Any like fringe weed will hold baitfish. Look shallow(5-9 ft). Weeds that have wind blowing into them are best. In evening key on the gravel/sand shorelines. Areas along the west and north shore are spawning areas. Walleyes will relate to these areas after the spawn. Small 1/16 jigs in chartreuse or orange tipped with fatheads or redtails are my choice. Once fish are located slip bobbers will also take fish rigged the same way.

Summer: Once the weeds are developed, coontail weeds will appear outside the cabbage beds. Fish these areas with the same presentations. Only switch to leeches and nightcrawlers. Again, pay attention to the wind. On cold fronts, go right into the weeds. As summer progresses, so do the walleyes to rocks(mid August)

Fall: Rocks are definately the pattern now. Look for the rock bar on the north shore and north of the island to produce fish. Big redtails fished on jigs is the best thing going. Fish slow. Fish the rock edge were it meets the mud. Also, don’t overlook fish off the rocks, strictly in the mud.

Winter: Early ice look for the shallow weed areas to hold fish. Mid winter look for the rock areas to produce more fish. Tipups with shiners or smaller suckers and jig with Zips or Jigging Rapalas outside the weeds or on top of the deeper rock bars.

Perch ::

Spring: Shallow bays and sand flats will hold fish. Water warms quickly here. Small minnows on slip bobbers is the best presentation. Check some of the weeds too.

Summer: Bigger perch will school over the mud flats searching the newly hatched mayflies. Cruise the flats watching your graph for schools of these fish. Once located, minnows, pieces of crawlers, or small twisters will take fish. Some fish will relate to weed edges, however the bigger ones will be out deeper.

Fall: Same applies to summer, but check rocks too.

Winter: The shallow weed flats earlier in winter will hold them. Late winter is all mud related. Check the areas off of rock bars in 20 to 25 feet of water. Wigglers, small minnows, and spikes are all good. Each day is different. One day wigglers, the next minnows. Experiment.

Fishing Little St. Germain Lake ::

Rob Manthei Wisconsin Fishing Guide TipsMuskie ::

Spring: Warm water is the key in spring. The shallow areas such as south, east, and upper east bay will warm the fastest. No-fish bay will be the warmest. The name is an oxy-moron. These waters are a little darker than the rest of the lake, brighter colored baits will we better. Smaller bucktails and minnow immitators will work. Fish the new weed growth.

Summer: As the water warms West Bay will be a good place to start. A lot of muskies will suspend now. Divers such as Ernies, Depth Raiders, or heavy bucktails like the Mepps Giant Killer in cisco type patterns are great choices. Check the weeds in west bay leading to deep water also.

Fall: West bay is the only place to concentrate now. Ciscoes spawn here, therefore the biggest fish in the lake will be looking for a meal of these greasy, protein rich food. Rocks like the sunken island bar are great places to look. Bulldawgs, weighted jerkbaits, and live suckers will all take fish. Look for ciscoes and concentrate around them.

Walleye ::

Spring: Fish the shallower part of the lake first. Upper East has two good areas. The creek mouth and a small hump near the narrow part of the bay should hold fish. Fish with jigs and minnows. Slip bobbers will work too. 1/16 oz in bright colors for jigs.

Summer: As summer progresses fish will move deeper. West Bay is now the place to be. Fish in the low light periods around the many submerged rock bars. Also check the cribs in front of HWY 70. Leeches and crawlers on jigs or just a split shot and hook will take fish.

Fall: Fish the same rock areas as summer, only concentrate on the deeper (20 – 40 foot) breaks. Switch to heavier jigs and use redtail chubs. Vertical jigging is recommended.

Winter: The south part of “no-fish” bay and the north part of south bay will be a good first ice location. The abundant weeds will attract walleyes and northerns here. A couple of nice holes are located within the somewhat shallow bays. Standard tip-up and shiners will work. As winter progresses, I like to fish the deep bars on West bay. Tips ups combined with jigging rapalas or zips is dynamite. Chance for a huge walleye at this time.

Rob Manthei Wisconsin Fishing Guide TipsBluegills/Crappies ::

Spring: Best time to catch these tasty fish. All the shallows will hold them. No Fish, South, Upper East. Check all bullrush areas for spawing fish. Small minnows or worms will work. Also for crappies a frizzy(at Ray’s) under a pencil bobber is dynamite for crappies. Seen it out produce live bait.

Summer: Some panfish will still be shallow, however look to the deeper edges for quality fish. Same worms, small leeches, and minnows for bait.

Fall: Go musky fishing!

Winter: At early ice, “no-fish”, upper east attract a lot of the panfish action. As season progresses into late march upper east and lower east become the crappie hot spots. Small ice jigs tipped with waxies, spikes, or little minnows are the choice. Move around in these small bays and drill lots of holes. Move from hole to hole until fish are located.

Fishing Found Lake ::

Rob Manthei Wisconsin Fishing Guide TipsWalleye ::

Spring: Found will warm faster than other lakes do to its smaller size and darker water. The mud creek inlet will attract spring walleye. Also check the SW corner, this is were they like to spawn in the gravel. Standard live bait procedures will do the trick. Bright colored weedless jigs and minnows.

Summer: Key on any weed growth will wind pushing into it. The area to the left of the boat launch has several different bars and weed clumps. As does the area by found creek. Weedless jigs and slip bobbers tipped with leeches and nightcrawlers. Fish around and into the weed pockets.

Fall: The deeper break lines and deeper rock humps will attract the fish. The bars off of the south point will hold fish. Fish 1/8 to 1/4 jigs with fatheads or redtail chubs. In fall always fish a little deeper than summer.

Winter: The shallow weed flats and weedlines that hold fish in the spring will hold them in winter. Tip ups and shiners are the best bet. Be careful at first ice around the creek mouths. Fish the shallow bars to. Put some sets on the bar and cover the perimeter drop off too.

Muskie ::

Spring: Warm water attracts muskies. Mud creek outlet is a great starting place. So is the area to the left of the boat launch. Small minnow baits and smaller bucktails will work. Stick with the bright colors.

Summer: As the weeds develop, the lakes will have several prime areas to fish. The NW shore will have a great weedbed and so will the south shore. Bucktails and topwaters will produce fish when casted over these weeds. Also check many of the bars too.

Fall: With not much deep water available, Found is limited to a couple of 20′ holes. Fish these areas and also look for any green weeds that are left. Slower moving jerkbaits and crankbaits paired with a lively sucker is pretty tough to beat.

Perch ::

Spring: Fish the creek mouths and check the shallows in the small bays. The mud bottoms will warm first. Small minnows or tube style jigs are the weapons of choice.

Summer: Deeper weeds and along the humps and cribs will hold perch. Slip bobbers with leeches or small crawlers drifted around these areas will take perch.

Fall: Go musky fishing.

Winter: First ice is when the perch will relate to the shallower weeds. Once winter progresses, like all the other lakes, look to the mud. Wigglers, small minnows, and spikes are the perch favorite foods.

Fishing The Rainbow Flowage ::

Rob Manthei Wisconsin Fishing Guide TipsWalleye ::

Spring: Depending upon weather, the flowage can be really good. Concentrate fishing on the northern most part of the flowage. The area where the river dumps in can be a hot spot. The walleyes move up river to spawn and will be holding in these areas upon their return to the main lake. Also check any sand/gravel shorelines in the flowage and surrounding islands. Casting shad raps and jigs and minnows to these areas will catch fish.

Summer: Work the areas along the main river channel. Since trolling is legal, backtroll lindy rigs and live bait such as crawlers or leeches along the edges of the channel. Also troll the flats with crankbaits like rapalas and thundersticks. Hot colors are best.

Fall: Fish the deepest areas of the river channel. Also check any points that lead to the river channel. Troll deep diving crankbaits and jig or rig with lively chubs. Locate fish first be trolling, and then set up on them with the live bait.

Winter: Ice fishing for walleyes can be great. First ice can be dangerous due to the current flow, be careful. The stump flats and gravel/sand bars adjacent to the river channel will attract fish. Standard tip up and minnows is the local stand by.

Northern Pike ::

As a whole pike relate to the same stuff that walleyes do. And can be anywhere.

Spring: Typically the same areas that walleyes are found, pike will be right there too.

Summer: As the weeds develop in the back bays, the pike will move to these areas. Minnow baits, spoons, and spinnerbaits will all take pike. Cast the weed beds and move around. The biggest pike will relate to the river channel.

Fall: Any weed bays that are still green and healthy will hold fish. Other wise concentrate on the deeper humps with live bait.

Winter: Pike will hold with the walleyes now too. Typically, pike are caught prior to the evening bite for walleyes. Set you tip ups with wire leaders during the day, and switch back to mono leaders for walleyes in the afternoon.

Perch ::

Spring: Look for shallow areas that contain wood. The oxbow bay is a great location in spring. Slip bobbers and small minnows worked tight in the wood will take perch.

Summer: Perch will be right close to the walleyes. Many times they inhabit the same cover. The perch will also inhabit the weedy bays and large stump fields. Lively smaller leeches and small fatheads either on small jigs or bobbers will work.

Fall: Go musky fishing.

Winter: Perch relate to the shallow flats and stump flats. The larger perch and really nomadic. Set tip ups with smaller fatheads or shiners and spread them out over these flats. This is the best way I have found to catch them. If perch are found, chances are good that towards dark the walleyes will be there too.