Dick Smith's Live Bait & Tackle

I-94 & Hwy 83
2420 Milwaukee St.
Delafield, WI 53018
(262) 646-2218

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Becky Smith's

Fishing Report

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Fishing has been inconsistent with the frequent weather changes. Water temperatures were reported to be in the low to mid 70’s.

Bluegills were found in mixed locations. Look for them along deeper weedlines, mid depth weeds, or suspended over deeper water. A 1/32oz jig, #8 hook, or ice jig baited with a wax worm, giant redworm, piece of nightcrawler, small fathead minnow or small leech works best for bait. A Dick Smith’s Panfish Grub tipped with a wax worm or a piece of giant redworm were effective as well. Vertical jigging is the best presentation to use while drifting over deeper water, while a slip bobber rig or drop shot rig works best for fishing weedlines.

Crappies action was best along weedlines in 12 to 20 feet of 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 mid depth weeds during early morning hours. During the day look for them in 15 to 25 feet of water. 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 were most active around weeds in 4 to 8 feet of water. Casting swim jigs, spinnerbaits, chatterbaits, shallow running crankbaits, or wacky worms produced. Anglers also did well fishing along deep weedlines and points using drop shot rigs, texas rigged plastic worms or creature baits, deep diving crankbaits, and tube jigs. A nightcrawler on a split shot rig or a medium golden shiner suspended under a bobber works best for live bait. Topwater baits have produced both early and late in the day during calm conditions.

Smallmouth bass were found along breaks near rocks or sandy areas.
Tube jigs, swim jigs, drop shot rigs, crankbaits, skirted grubs, or a slip sinker rig baited with a leech or small sucker will work best. Popper style top water baits produced during early morning hours or at night.

Walleye anglers had their best luck fishing during early morning hours or at night. 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. Casting minnow style crankbaits over the tops of weeds also produced.

Northern pike fishing was best in deeper water, 18 to 25 feet. A medium sucker or large golden shiner fished on a slip sinker rig with a circle hook and heavy fluorocarbon leader will work best. 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 anglers reported to have follows with a few takers casting bucktails, spinnerbaits, and glide baits along weed edges and breaks. 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.

Good Luck!
Becky Smith

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