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Becky Smith's

Fishing Report

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Unstable 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.

Crappies 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.

Largemouth 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 reaction strikes.

Smallmouth 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.

Northern 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 well.

Musky 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.

Whitebass 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.

Catfish 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, or leeches.

Trout 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.

Good Luck!
Becky Smith


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