fishing continues to be good on the area lakes. Look for them around weeds
in 6 to 15 feet of water. Fish for them using a Dick Smith’s Panfish
Grub baited with a wax worm, suspended under a slip bobber or a drop shot
rig with a #8 hook tipped with live bait. A black ant fly fished under a
small casting bobber produced as well. Gills were also found suspended 12
to 18 feet down over deeper water. Your best option to catch these fish
are to drift for them while vertical jigging a split shot rig with a
1/32oz jig or #8 hook baited with live bait. Wax worms, giant redworms,
panfish leeches, and a chunk of nightcrawler works best for live bait.
Crappies were found suspended along weeds in 8 to 15 feet of water during
early morning and night time hours. During the day, look for them
suspended near deep weedlines or over deeper water. Casting or drifting
while vertical jigging a 1/32oz jig & small fathead minnow produced. A
Dick Smith’s Panfish Grub or Cubby Mini Mite Jig tipped with a wax worm
also works excellent.
Perch were caught fishing along the bottom near sand/weed clumps during
early morning hours. During the day look for them in 15 to 25 feet of
water. Use a 1/32oz jig or #8 hook baited with a small fathead minnow,
giant redworm or spikes. Present these on a slip bobber rig or split shot
rig for best results.
Largemouth bass action has been spotty. They were found around weedlines
in 10 to 15 feet of water, mid depth structure, piers and slop. Swim jigs,
shallow running crankbaits, wacky rigs, spinners, and jig worms worked
best for shallow water fish. Deeper fish were caught using deep diving
crankbaits, drop shot rigs, texas rigged plastics, and a live bait rig
with either a golden shiner minnow or nightcrawler. Bass hiding under slop
will take hollow body frogs, plastic frogs, and punch skirts rigged with a
creature bait. Topwater baits have produced both early and late in the day
during calm conditions.
Smallmouth bass were found along breaks as well as deeper water, 18 to 25
feet. Tube jigs, swim jigs, drop
shot rigs, crankbaits, skirted grubs, or a slip sinker rig baited with a
leech, jumbo fathead or small sucker will work best. Popper style top
water baits fished over flats adjacent to breaks produced during early
morning hours or at night.
Walleye anglers had their best luck fishing during low light hours.
Look for them tucked into mid depth weeds or along deeper structure in 18
to 25 feet of water. A jig, slip bobber rig, or live bait rig baited with
a jumbo fathead, medium golden shiner, or leech produced. At night, try
casting minnow style crankbaits casted over the tops of weeds.
Northern pike fishing was best in deeper water, 18 to 25 feet. A medium
sucker fished on a slip sinker rig with a circle hook and heavy
fluorocarbon leader will work best. Vertical jigging a hair jig baited
with a large golden shiner was effective as well. Trolling or casting deep
diving crankbaits has also been productive. Many smaller pike were caught
casting Chatterbaits, spinners, buzzbaits, swim baits, or weedless spoons
over weed flats.
Musky fishing has been slower. Anglers had some success trolling
crankbaits over deep water, or along breaks. Muskies can also be found
around shallower weed areas near rocks. Casting spinnerbaits, weedless
spoons, or swim jigs can be effective. During early morning or night-time
hours, try casting topwater baits.
Catfish were caught from the Rock River, Lake Koshkonong and Lake Mendota
near Cherokee marsh. Cut-up suckers, stinkbait, or nightcrawlers worked
best for bait.
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