water temperatures were reported to be in the mid 70’s to low 80’s.
Bluegill fishing was good. Anglers did best fishing deeper structure in 15 to
25 feet of water with the larger gills being caught near the bottom. On some
lakes, gills were found suspended 15 to 20 feet down over deeper water. A slip
bobber rig, split shot rig, or drop shot rig should be used when fishing deeper
structure. Drifting, while vertical jigging, is the best presentation to use
for suspended fish. A 1/32 oz jig or #8 hook baited with a wax worm, giant
redworm, hellgrammite, or small leech worked best. A 1/32oz jig & plastic
combo such as a Dick Smith’s Panfish Grub, Cubby Mini Mite, or Gulp minnow,
along with a bluegill bug or black ant fly was also productive.
Crappie action was best around mid-depth weeds during low light condition.
During the day, look for them suspended over deeper water or around outside
weedlines. A 1/32oz jig or split shot rig with #6 Aberdeen hook baited with a
small fathead minnow worked best. A 1/32 oz jig and 1” to 2” plastic combo such
as a Dick Smith’s Panfish Grub, Cubby Mini Mite, tube jig, or twister tail was
effective as well. Casting or vertical jigging while drifting is the best
presentation to use.
Perch fishing was best along deeper weedlines, near the bottom. Vertical
jigging a 1/32 oz jig or a split shot rig baited with a butterworm,
hellgrammite, giant redworm, or small fathead minnow produced best.
Northern fishing continues to
be good. Larger pike were found in 18 to 35 feet of water near baitfish. A
medium sucker or large golden shiner fished on a slip sinker rig with a circle
hook and heavy fluorocarbon leader will work best. Vertical jigging a 3/8oz
hair jig baited with a large golden shiner also worked great. Trolling deep
diving crankbaits was also effective. Many smaller, more aggressive pike were
caught casting Chatterbaits, buzzbaits, spinners, swim baits, or shallow running
crankbaits over weeds.
fishing was good. Anglers did well fishing in both shallow and deep water
structure. Fishing around piers and weed flats with wacky worms, jig worms,
swim jigs, shallow running crankbaits, spinners, or a jig and craw chunk combo
have produced. Top water action was great early and late in the day. Plastic
frogs have produced in the slop. Anglers fishing points and weedlines in 12 to
18 feet of water had their best luck using Texas rigged plastics, drop shot
rigs, tube jigs, swim baits, spinner baits, and deep diving crankbaits. A
nightcrawler, medium golden shiner, baby chub, or leech fished on a live bait
rig also worked great.
Smallmouth bass action was best near breaks or rocks in 15 to 25 feet of water.
Dragging a tube jig, drop shot rig, football jig & skirted grub, or a lindy
rig baited with a leech, small sucker, or baby chub will work best. Suspended
smallies were caught casting spinnerbaits, suspending jerkbaits, and swim jigs.
Top water baits produced during early morning hours or at night.
Walleye fishing continues to
be great. Weed edges in 12 to 18 feet of water have held fish. Cast into the
weeds using a weedless jig baited with a ½ nightcrawler, leech, jumbo fathead
minnow, or a 4” to 5” twister or shad tail. A slip bobber rig with live bait
was also effective. Walleyes were also found in 25 to 30 feet of water.
Drifting or slow trolling using bottom bouncers and a spinner rig with a nightcrawler
or leech worked have produced. During dark hours, cast crankbaits over the tops
of weed clumps.
Catfish have been very active on the Rock & Crawfish Rivers, along with
Lakes Mendota and Beaver Dam. Stink bait, suckers, large golden shiners, leeches,
or nightcrawlers worked best for cats.
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