weather and fluctuating water temperatures has not helped fishing as of
late. Weeds are slow growing compared to normal, so if you find green
weeds, fish will most likely be near. Warm, sunny conditions, with light
wind would greatly improve fishing conditions!
Bluegills were found in warm water areas in shallow, dark bottomed areas
with scattered weeds, marsh areas, and along piers. These fish were mostly
caught pestering the bass’s spawning beds. As the water temperature
continues to warm, bluegill spawning beds will start to appear. Gills were
also caught along drop-offs, points, or deep structure outside warm water
areas. Use a #8 hook or 1/32oz jig baited with a waxworm, giant
redworm, hellgrammite, butterworm, or small leech, suspended under a small
bobber for best results. A black ant fly or small jig & plastic combo,
baited with a wax worm, was also effective. Foam spiders or poppers
produced in shallow water areas during calm conditions.
were found suspended above weeds in 8 to 15 feet of water. A small fathead
minnow baited on a #8 Tru Turn hook or 1/32oz jig, suspended under
a slip bobber produced best. Casting a 1/32oz jig and plastic combo such
as a Dick Smith’s Panfish Grub, Cubby Mini Mite, Road Runner, Gulp
minnow, tube tail, or twister tail also produced.
bass were in various spawning stages. Look for them in warm water areas
around piers, fallen trees, or dark bottomed bays with scattered weeds.
Drop-offs, points, or weeds outside warm water spawning areas have held
fish as well. Slowly retrieving swim jigs, wacky worms, pre rigged worms,
jig and chunk combos, or Texas rigged plastics produced. A nightcrawler on
a 3 hook harness, jig & leech, or a medium golden shiner baited on a
#4 hook under a bobber was effective for live bait presentations. Casting
shallow running crankbaits, chatterbaits, or spinnerbaits have triggered
bass were found around shallow rock bars. Breaks or points will also hold
smallies. A leech, nightcrawler, jumbo fathead, or medium golden shiner
fished on a live bait rig produced. Casting spinnerbaits, jerkbaits, swim
baits, tube jigs, or skirted grubs has also been effective.
Walleyes were found around shallower rock bars, humps, and weed beds
during early morning and evening hours. Casting a floating Rapala,
suspending jerkbait, or a jig dressed with a 4” paddle tail has
produced. During daylight hours, look for them along scattered weeds or
drop-offs in 8 to 18 feet of water. Use a live bait rig, slip bobber rig,
or jig baited with a jumbo fathead, medium golden shiner, small sucker,
leech, or nightcrawler for best results.
pike were most aggressive around shallower areas near panfish. A large
golden shiner, medium sucker, or chub baited on a 1/0 circle hook
suspended under a bobber also produced many pike. Casting spinner baits,
Chatter baits, lipless crankbaits, spinners, and buzz baits worked as
were mostly found around structure and bait fish in 5 to 15 feet of water.
Casting 6”-8” sized swimbaits, bucktails, jerkbaits produced following
fish. Be sure to do a figure 8 on every cast! Large chubs or suckers
fished on a quick strike rig suspended under a bobber was also effective.
have been caught from the Rock and Wolf Rivers. A jig
& minnow, small spinner, Road Runner, or a three way rig with a
streamer fly also produced.
were caught on the Rock and Crawfish Rivers, along with Koshkonong,
Mendota and Beaver Dam. Fish
along the bottom using cut up suckers or chubs, stinkbait, nightcrawlers,
can be caught from Lower Genesee, Lower Nashotah, Fowler, Ottawa Lakes
along with the urban fishing ponds. A giant redworm, wax worm or small
fathead minnow baited on a #8 hook and suspended under a bobber will work
best. Small spinners or flies can also produce. Trout can be found
anywhere from the surface down to 25 feet over deep water.
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