weather has limited the amount anglers fishing the rivers for Walleyes
lately, but the best fishing is yet to come! Water temperatures were
reported to be in the upper 30ís. The water level on the rivers is low
with slow current. With the cold water temperatures, slow presentations,
live bait, and the lightest jigs/rigs to maintain bottom contact is
needed. A stinger hook must be used for light biting fish.
fishing the Rock River in Jefferson, Fort Atkinson, Watertown, and
Indianford reported catching many small male walleyes and saugers, with a
few keepers. Anglers fishing in boats have done best drifting near deeper
holes or current breaks while vertical jigging. A 1/8th to
1/4oz jig baited with a 3Ē plastic tail, minnow, or both or a hair jig
& minnow have produced. A slip sinker rig or split shot rig baited
with a minnow has produced finicky walleyes. Shore-line anglers have done
best using a three way rig with either a streamer fly, floating jig, or #4
hook baited with a fathead. Casting jig and plastic combos have also
Wisconsin River at the Dells, Prairie Du Sac and Nekooksa; Wolf River at
Fremont and Winneconne; Fox River at Depere and Oshkosh; and the
Mississippi have also been giving up walleyes.
help of wind, sun, and rain, most of the smaller lakes are now ice free!
The large, deep, or wind protected areas should be ice free soon. Itís
almost time to hit the water in search of panfish! Use caution if taking a
boat out on lakes that are partially covered with ice. The wind may switch
and cover the launch area with ice. Donít have a boat? There are many
shoreline opportunities on the area lakes to catch panfish.
will be found in warmest water locations. These 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. Green
weeds or wood will also hold gills. Small baits and light 2# or 4# test
line must be used this time of year to catch gills. An ice fishing jig
baited with a spike, wax worm, redworm, or small plastic tail will work
best. Suspend these under a small bobber and make long casts for best
results. Afternoon hours is the best time to target gills when the water
is the warmest.
should be found suspended outside warm water areas. As warm weather
approaches, the crappies may move in shallower just in search of warm
water and food. A small
fathead minnow or wax worm baited on a rocker ice jig or #8 aberdeen hook
suspended under a small pencil bobber or rocket bobber will work best.
Casting a 1/64oz jig dressed with a small plastic tail can also be
have been fishing the open water of the Lake Michigan harbors for brown
trout. Casting a 3/8oz darter jig dressed with a 4Ē Gulp minnow or
paddle tail was effective. Soaking a spawn sac or medium golden shiner
minnow on a #6 Octopus hook suspended under a slip bobber worked as well.
Casting Cleos, Kastmasters, or Krocodiles can also produce.
Milwaukee, Menomonee, and Pike Rivers have produced a few steelhead. Much
needed rain would help bring more fish up river. Soaking a spawn sac under
a slip float will produce, as will flies, wax worms, and small spinners.
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