season is now closed on most inland waters until May 3rd.
Panfishing is open all year. There is still 24”-30” of ice on the area
Perch have provided anglers with the most consistent panfish action. Look
for them in deeper water areas. Jigging with a Ratfinkee, rocker, or
tungsten style jig baited with multiple spikes have produced. Small
jigging spoons such as a Slender spoon, Kastmaster, Swedish Pimple or Hali
baited with spikes or a piece of minnow also worked well. Anglers also had
success using tip-ups to help locate schools of active perch. Rig your tip
ups with a 4# fluorocarbon leader, #14 treble hook and bait with a fathead
or rosy red minnow. Be sure to drill a hole next to your tip-up, to jig
in, when a school comes thru.
fishing was good. Look for them suspended over 20 to 40 feet of water. Mid
depth weeds will also hold active crappies, especially during early
morning and evening hours. Often these fish will only be a foot or two
under the ice. A ratfinkee, rocker, or 1/80th oz ball jig
baited with a wax worm, spikes, small minnow, or ice plastic has produced.
Jigging with a Lil Cecil, Swedish Pimple, Kastmaster, or #2 Jigging Rapala
caught aggressive crappies. Tip-downs or tip-ups rigged with a 4#
fluorocarbon leader, #14 treble hook baited with a small fathead, rosy
red, or baby golden shiner minnow worked well for finicky fish.
fishing should pick up with warmer weather. Water run-off into the ice
holes will provide needed oxygen for these fish to become more active.
Look for them in weeds in 8 to 15 feet of water, along with deeper
structure, 20 to 40 feet. Small #16 to #14 sized ice jigs such as a
Ratfinkee, Moon, tear drop, or tungsten style jig baited with a wax worm
spikes, or ice plastic will prodcuce. A spring bobber and lite 1# or 2#
test line is needed to entice bluegills.
trout fishing has picked up in the Milwaukee Harbor of Lake Michigan.
Anglers have done best using Automatic Fisherman’s. If you use tip-ups,
be sure to be quick with the hook set. Use a 3 to 4 foot 10# fluorocarbon
leader, #6 Octopus hook, baited with a spawn sac or medium golden shiner
minnow for best results.
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