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Becky Smith's

Fishing Report

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Don’t forget to purchase a current fishing license. Fishing licenses expired March 31st.

Many anglers have been fishing the Rivers in Wisconsin in search of walleyes! Water temperatures were in the low to upper 40’s. With the full moon period approaching, fishing should be good for both pre and post spawn walleyes. Please check the fishing regulations, as game fishing season is closed on most inland lakes and some rivers.

The Rock River in Jefferson and Fort Atkinson has produced walleyes, whitebass, catfish, and a few crappies. Walleyes were found in deeper holes or current breaks. Shoreline anglers had their best luck using a three way rig with either a streamer fly or #4 hook baited with a jumbo fathead minnow. Casting a jig dressed with a minnow or 3” twister tail also produced. Anglers in boats did best drifting thru deeper holes while vertical jigging a 1/4oz to 3/8oz jig tipped with a minnow, Moxy or Pulse R Tail, or both. Whitebass have been caught using a 3 way rig or jig baited with a minnow or ½ a nightcrawler. Crappies were found in shallower water along fallen trees. A 1/32oz jig or #6 Aberdeen hook baited with a small fathead minnow works best for crappies. Catfish were caught using stinkbait, cut up suckers, and nightcrawlers.

The Wisconsin River at the Dells, Praire Du Sac, Nekoosa, and Castle Rock has produced many walleyes and saugers. Fish the current breaks using a jig & minnow, jig & twister tail, or a split shot or lindy rig baited with a minnow.

The Fox River at Depere has produced many big walleyes! There is a 28” size limit and only one can be kept. A jig dressed with a 4” Moxy tail, ringworm, minnow or both has produced. Casting crankbaits during dark hours also works excellent.

Some of the small, shallow lakes just lost their ice covering! By this weekend, many lakes will be free of ice to launch a boat in search of Panfish! The key to catching bluegills and crappies after ice out, is to look for the warmest water temperature along with weeds in 8 feet of water or less. These areas 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. With the cold water temperatures, small baits and slow presentations must be utilized to catch panfish. An ice fishing jig or #10 hook baited with a spike, wax worm, or piece of redworm will work best for gils. An 1/80th oz jig & ice plastic combo will produce as well as a black ant fly baited with a spike or wax worm. A small fathead minnow or wax worm baited on an Aberdeen hook, ice jig or hair jig will produce crappies. Perch will be found in various depths. A Ratfinkee ice jig or 1/80th oz ball jig baited with a small fathead minnow or spikes will produce.

The Milwaukee harbor has produced many brown trout. Anglers have done best using a darter jig dressed with a 4” Gulp minnow or paddle tail. Soaking a spawn sac on a #6 Octopus hook suspended under a slip bobber also worked great. Casting Cleos, Kastmasters, or Krocodiles can also produce. The Root, Milwaukee, Menomonee, and Pike Rivers have produced steelhead. Soaking a spawn sac under a slip float will produce, as will flies, wax worms, and spinners.

Good Luck!
Becky Smith

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