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anglers have been fishing the Rivers in Wisconsin in search of walleyes!
Water temperatures were in the low to upper 40s. With the full moon
period approaching, fishing should be good for both pre and post spawn
walleyes. Please check the fishing regulations, as game fishing season is
closed on most inland lakes and some rivers.
Rock River in Jefferson and Fort Atkinson has produced walleyes, whitebass,
catfish, and a few crappies. Walleyes were found in deeper holes or
current breaks. Shoreline anglers had their best luck using a three way
rig with either a streamer fly or #4 hook baited with a jumbo fathead
minnow. Casting a jig dressed with a minnow or 3 twister tail also
produced. Anglers in boats did best drifting thru deeper holes while
vertical jigging a 1/4oz to 3/8oz jig tipped with a minnow, Moxy or Pulse
R Tail, or both. Whitebass have been caught using a 3 way rig or jig
baited with a minnow or ½ a nightcrawler. Crappies were found in
shallower water along fallen trees. A 1/32oz jig or #6 Aberdeen hook
baited with a small fathead minnow works best for crappies. Catfish were
caught using stinkbait, cut up suckers, and nightcrawlers.
Wisconsin River at the Dells, Praire Du Sac, Nekoosa, and Castle Rock has
produced many walleyes and saugers. Fish the current breaks using a jig
& minnow, jig & twister tail, or a split shot or lindy rig baited
with a minnow.
Fox River at Depere has produced many big walleyes! There is a 28 size
limit and only one can be kept. A jig dressed with a 4 Moxy tail,
ringworm, minnow or both has produced. Casting crankbaits during dark
hours also works excellent.
of the small, shallow lakes just lost their ice covering! By this weekend,
many lakes will be free of ice to launch a boat in search of Panfish! The
key to catching bluegills and crappies after ice out, is to look for the
warmest water temperature along with weeds in 8 feet of water or less.
These areas will usually be found in shallow, dark bottomed bays,
channels, and marsh areas. Northern ends of lakes generally warm fastest,
so concentrate on these areas first. With the cold water temperatures,
small baits and slow presentations must be utilized to catch panfish. An
ice fishing jig or #10 hook baited with a spike, wax worm, or piece of
redworm will work best for gils. An 1/80th oz jig & ice
plastic combo will produce as well as a black ant fly baited with a spike
or wax worm. A small fathead minnow or wax worm baited on an Aberdeen
hook, ice jig or hair jig will produce crappies. Perch will be found in
various depths. A Ratfinkee ice jig or 1/80th oz ball jig
baited with a small fathead minnow or spikes will produce.
Milwaukee harbor has produced many brown trout. Anglers have done best
using a darter jig dressed with a 4 Gulp minnow or paddle tail. Soaking
a spawn sac on a #6 Octopus hook suspended under a slip bobber also worked
great. Casting Cleos, Kastmasters, or Krocodiles can also produce. The
Root, Milwaukee, Menomonee, and Pike Rivers have produced steelhead.
Soaking a spawn sac under a slip float will produce, as will flies, wax
worms, and spinners.
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