was great on the area lakes! Pick your favorite lake and go! Water
temperatures were reported to be in the mid 40’s to low 50’s. Please
practice selective harvesting of bluegills and crappies for future
Bluegills were found in warmest water locations in shallow, dark bottomed
bays, marshes, and channels. When gills are in these shallow water
locations, use your trolling motor so you don’t spook the fish. An ice
fishing jig, 1/80th oz jig, or #10 hook baited with a wax worm,
spike, or red worm worked best for bait. A black ant fly tipped with a wax
worm also worked excellent. Suspend these under a casting bobber or Rocket
bobber and make long casts. Place your bait tight to cover for the best
were found suspended above weeds in 6 to 12 feet of water near warm water
areas. A small fathead minnow baited on a #8 Tru Turn hook suspended under
a pencil bobber or slip bobber worked best. Casting a 1/32 oz jig and
plastic combo such as a Dick Smith’s Panfish Grub, Cubby Mini Mite, Road
Runner, twister, or tube tail worked as well.
anglers have been fishing the Rock, Wisconsin, Wolf, and portions of the
Fox Rivers with mixed success. Much needed rain last week made the water
dirty and difficult to fish last weekend. Fishing has since picked up and
will only get better as post spawn females will be hungry! A 1/4 oz to 3/8
oz jig or a three way rig baited with a minnow, leech or ˝ of
nightcrawler was effective. Casting a jig and 3” to 4” plastic tail
such as a Moxy, Pulse R, ringworm or twister produced as well.
were caught from Lakes Mendota, Beaver Dam, and Koshkonong along with the
Rock River. Cut up suckers, sinkbait, or nightcrawlers have caught cats.
have started to be caught from the Rock River in Jefferson and Fort
Atkinson. The Wolf River will pick up soon. A three way rig with a either
a streamer fly or #4 hook baited with a minnow took whitebass. Casting a
small spinner, Road Runner, or a jig baited with a minnow, ˝ nightcrawler,
or 3” twister tail worked as well.
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