Lake LaBelle residents, Jackson and his father Jack, hopped aboard the HookedUp101 Skeeter MX to gain a few tips for targeting a multitude of fish species on their home lake.
LaBelle, located in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, offers a variety of fishing opportunities for this family to enjoy including, panfish, small and largemouth bass, northern pike, muskie, and walleye.
We’ve spoken plenty in the past on the HookedUp101 blog about the quality of fishing fun that can be had on LaBelle, and the first trip of the 2016 open water season was a great way to begin the season with father and son!
Shortly after pulling up to their dock, Jack and Jackson shared a few of their favorite fish stories from their own experiences fishing the lake. I may have just met this family for the first time, but I can tell Jackson is a TRUE fisherman…he was VERY tight-lipped about his favorite ‘hot spot’! When I attempted to ask him more details about his story detailing the day he pulled out multiple perch cast-after-cast he just smirked!
On this trip the goal was to provide the father and son duo with a few more seasonal spring hot spots and techniques in order to have them duplicate our morning and experience even more successful outings on their own.
At first light we targeted some key stretches of shoreline with a combination of presentations including a jig-and-grub tail and a soft plastic stick bait rigged ‘wacky style’.
This 1-2 combo would let us know the mood the fish were in following the overnight air temps that dipped 30 degrees. The jig-n-grub tail would look to appease the aggressive fish and coax a reaction strike, while the stick bait would fall subtly to entice sluggish fish into feeding on an easy meal.
Jackson and his jig-n-grub tail were quickly on the board as a nice chunky smallmouth bass that struck right next to the boat.
After a few smallmouth were caught shallow, we decided to move offshore and begin targeting walleyes in deep water with live bait rigs. After a 10-minute pass dragging small suckers on circle hooks, Jackson was rewarded with a nice 18″ walleye!
Towards the end of the trip, the live bait rig proved to be rather deliberate so we decided to take our game to the fish and start trolling with #5 and #7 Flicker Shads attempting to cover water quicker in search of walleyes willing to bite!
Despite the cold spring weather, the fishing action throughout the trip was just hot enough to keep these LaBelle Lake residents toasty with smiles each time they tied into a fish willing to bite.
I’m very glad to have shown Jack and Jackson some key ingredients to success on this body of water as they take subsequent trips this spring on their own.
We’ll be seeing more from these two as they have a few more trips booked for the upcoming summer on various Waukesha County Lakes!