water temperatures on the area lakes were reported to be in the low to mid
fishing was best in 10 to 18 of water near sand/gravel areas adjacent to
weeds, especially for keepers. Smaller gills were found in shallower water
around weeds and piers. A giant redworm, panfish leech, or wax worm baited
on a #8 hook or small jig produced. A 1/32 oz jig and plastic combo along
with a black ant fly, baited with a wax worm, worked great as well. A slip
bobber rig or vertical jigging is the best presentation while fishing in
deeper water, while a small bobber works best in shallow water. Foam
spiders, poppers, or a fly fished using a fly rod or an ultralight
spinning rod with a casting bubble was effective during early morning and
evening hours during calm conditions.
were found suspended along outside weedlines in 12 to 18 feet of water or
over deeper water. Casting or drifting with a 1/32 oz jig or #6 aberdeen
hook on a split shot rig, baited with a small fathead minnow produced. A
1/32 oz jig dressed with a 1” to 2” plastic tail such as a Dick
Smith’s Panfish Grub, Cubby Mini Mite, tube, twister, stinger, or Scrub
can be caught fishing along weedlines in 9 to 15 feet of water, near the
bottom. Vertical jigging a 1/32 oz jig baited with a small fathead minnow,
giant redworm, or spikes will work best.
pike fishing was great along weedlines or drop offs in 12 to 18 feet of
water, near baitfish. A medium sucker baited on a circle hook with a heavy
fluorocarbon leader and slip sinker worked best. Casting around shallower
weed flats using chatterbaits, Mepps spinners, spinner baits, buzz baits,
lipless crankbaits or swim baits produced many smaller pike.
bass were near their summer patterns. During early morning and evening
hours, fish the weed flats in 5 to 10 feet of water using swim jigs,
spinnerbaits, shallow running crankbaits, Mepps spinners, or top water
baits. Fishing deeper weedlines with Texas rigged plastics, crankbaits,
drop shot rigs, or swimbaits have produced. Fishing near piers or shallow
water structure with wacky worms, pre rigged worms, and jig and craw chunk
combos worked as well. A medium golden shiner, small sucker, nightcrawler
or leech fished on a live bait rig or under a slip bobber worked best for
live bait. Fishing the slop, with plastic frogs, worked well during warm,
bass were active along breaks or cruising shallow rock bars. Swim jigs,
suspending jerk baits, spinner baits, and swim baits worked for suspended
smallies. Dragging a tube jig, drop shot rig, skirted grub, or football
jig produced as well. A slip sinker rig with a leech, jumbo fathead, or
small sucker worked best for live bait. Popper style top water baits or
flukes have produced during calm conditions.
were active along weed edges in 10 to 18 feet of water. A weedless jig or
slip bobber rig baited with a leech, half a nightcrawler, jumbo fathead,
or small golden shiner produced best. Casting or trolling crankbaits, near
structure, produced during low light hours.
were most active around weed lines. Casting swim baits, spinner baits,
bucktails, and top water baits produced best.
have been very active on the Rock River, along with Lakes Beaver Dam,
Koshkonong, and Mendota. Stink bait, suckers, large golden shiners, or a
nightcrawler fished on a slip sinker rig with a circle hook produced best.
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