Anyone know when the muskies start turning on, we will only be able to fish there once so the most detailed you could be would be GREAT! we went there last year but i think it was too early in the year. it was all green and mucky then, but i keep hearing how great a muskie lake that place is in the fall but what time?
I haven't fished French but I did ask a few buddies of mine that have.
It seems that French sets up with a massive algae bloom each year. Most folks seem to think much it has a lot to do with the runoff from farms. Regardless of the cause it does indeed have a massive algae bloom each year.
Their advice was to follow a couple of rules.....
1. Consider using tomato red lures. (I can personally attest to the wisdom in this advice. A buddy and I finished 3rd in a muskie tournament on Lake Wissota ,in Wisconsin, using tomato red lures in the algae). It appears they can see it better. Personally I also found that a large Rapala husky jerk in the tomato red color excelled in these conditions. The tomato red Husky Jerk is no longer in production... but I have spray painted a few and found it to have been an excellent choice as well!
2. Drive your boat as far as possible into any inflowing creeks or water sources until you find the area at which the current has began to dissipate the algae. That transition area can be the exact "spot on a spot" area you want to concentrate on.
3. If your schedule allows it then wait until after turnover to fish French. Their advice was to wait until the water temps were under 60 degrees, or a turnover had happened. This would greatly increase your ability to see and boat ski's.
4. If your schedule will not allow you to wait until the water has cooled after turnover then points 1 and 2 will up your odds of boating ski's.
Hope this helps TBone. As I said, it is second hand from some buddies of mine that fish French, but I have not fished it personally. However, their advice is consistent with what I have found to be true on other lakes that experience extreme algae blooms.