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Becky Smith's

Fishing Report

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7-24-14

Bluegill fishing was good on the area lakes. Anglers did best fishing deeper structure in 15 to 30 feet of water with the larger gills being caught near the bottom. Some gills were found suspended 15 to 20 feet down over deeper water. A slip bobber rig or drop shot rig should be used when fishing deeper weedlines. Drifting while vertical jigging is the best presentation to use for suspended gills. A 1/32oz jig or #8 hook baited with a giant redworm, wax worm, or small leech worked best. Small jigging spoons, 1/32oz jig and plastic combos, and black ant flies also produced gills.

Crappies were most active during low light conditions. Look for them suspended along outside weedlines. Casting or drifting with a 1/32oz jig baited with a small fathead minnow, wax worm or 2 plastic tail produced.

Perch were caught fishing in 20 to 25 feet of water, near the bottom. Vertical jigging a 1/32oz jig baited with a small fathead minnow, giant redworm, or spikes have worked well. A small jigging spoon or a 1/32oz jig and plastic combo baited with live bait also produced.

Largemouth bass fishing was great on the area lakes. Anglers did well fishing in both shallow and deep water structure. Fishing around piers and weed flats with a nightcrawler on a split shot rig, wacky worms, pre rigged worms, tubes, swim jigs, shallow running crankbaits, spinners, and a jig and craw chunk combo have produced. Top water action has been great early and late in the day. Plastic frogs or punch skirts have produced fishing in the slop. Anglers fishing points and weedlines in 12 to 18 feet of water had their best luck using medium golden shiners, leeches, nightcrawlers, texas rigged plastics, jig worms, drop shot rigs, spinnerbaits, and deep diving crankbaits.

Smallmouth bass action was best near breaks or rocks in 15 to 25 feet of water. Dragging a tube jig, drop shot rig, football jig & skirted grub, or a lindy rig baited with a leech or small sucker will work best. Suspended smallies were caught casting spinnerbaits, jerkbaits, and swim jigs. Popper style top water baits worked excellent during early morning hours or at night.

Walleye fishing continues to be good on the area lakes. Weed edges in 12 to 18 feet of water have held walleyes. Cast along weed edges using a weedless jig baited with a nightcrawler, leech, or jumbo fathead minnow. Walleyes were also found in 25 to 30 feet of water. Drifting or slow trolling using bottom bouncers with nightcrawlers or leeches on spinner rigs have produced. Trolling crankbaits can also be effective. During dark hours, cast crankbaits over the tops of weeds or humps.

Northern pike fishing was best in 18 to 30 feet of water near baitfish. A medium sucker fished on a slip sinker rig with a circle hook and heavy fluorocarbon leader will work best. Vertical jigging a 3/8oz hair jig baited with a golden shiner also produced. Many smaller pike were caught casting Chatterbaits, Mepps spinners, buzzbaits, swim baits, or crankbaits over weed flats.

Muskies were most active along weedlines or breaks in 15 to 25 feet of water. Trolling deep diving crankbaits have produced the most fish. Rock bars adjacent to weeds will also hold fish during this time of year. Target them using bucktails, spinnerbaits, or weedless spoons. Topwater baits have produced during night-time/early morning hours.

Catfish were caught from the Rock River, along with lakes Koshkonong and Mendota. A medium sucker, nightcrawler, leech, or stinkbait fished on a slip sinker rig worked best for bait.

Good Luck!
Becky Smith
dicksbait@wi.rr.com

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