Dick Smith's Live Bait & Tackle

I-94 & Hwy 83
2420 Milwaukee St.
Delafield, WI 53018
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Becky Smith's

Fishing Report

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Surface water temperatures on the area lakes were reported to be in the low to mid 70’s.

Bluegill fishing was best in 10 to 18 of water near sand/gravel areas adjacent to weeds, especially for keepers. Smaller gills were found in shallower water around weeds and piers. A giant redworm, panfish leech, or wax worm baited on a #8 hook or small jig produced. A 1/32 oz jig and plastic combo along with a black ant fly, baited with a wax worm, worked great as well. A slip bobber rig or vertical jigging is the best presentation while fishing in deeper water, while a small bobber works best in shallow water. Foam spiders, poppers, or a fly fished using a fly rod or an ultralight spinning rod with a casting bubble was effective during early morning and evening hours during calm conditions.

Crappies were found suspended along outside weedlines in 12 to 18 feet of water or over deeper water. Casting or drifting with a 1/32 oz jig or #6 aberdeen hook on a split shot rig, baited with a small fathead minnow produced. A 1/32 oz jig dressed with a 1” to 2” plastic tail such as a Dick Smith’s Panfish Grub, Cubby Mini Mite, tube, twister, stinger, or Scrub also produced.

Perch can be caught fishing along weedlines in 9 to 15 feet of water, near the bottom. Vertical jigging a 1/32 oz jig baited with a small fathead minnow, giant redworm, or spikes will work best.

Northern pike fishing was great along weedlines or drop offs in 12 to 18 feet of water, near baitfish. A medium sucker baited on a circle hook with a heavy fluorocarbon leader and slip sinker worked best. Casting around shallower weed flats using chatterbaits, Mepps spinners, spinner baits, buzz baits, lipless crankbaits or swim baits produced many smaller pike.

Largemouth bass were near their summer patterns. During early morning and evening hours, fish the weed flats in 5 to 10 feet of water using swim jigs, spinnerbaits, shallow running crankbaits, Mepps spinners, or top water baits. Fishing deeper weedlines with Texas rigged plastics, crankbaits, drop shot rigs, or swimbaits have produced. Fishing near piers or shallow water structure with wacky worms, pre rigged worms, and jig and craw chunk combos worked as well. A medium golden shiner, small sucker, nightcrawler or leech fished on a live bait rig or under a slip bobber worked best for live bait. Fishing the slop, with plastic frogs, worked well during warm, sunny afternoons.

Smallmouth bass were active along breaks or cruising shallow rock bars. Swim jigs, suspending jerk baits, spinner baits, and swim baits worked for suspended smallies. Dragging a tube jig, drop shot rig, skirted grub, or football jig produced as well. A slip sinker rig with a leech, jumbo fathead, or small sucker worked best for live bait. Popper style top water baits or flukes have produced during calm conditions.

Walleyes were active along weed edges in 10 to 18 feet of water. A weedless jig or slip bobber rig baited with a leech, half a nightcrawler, jumbo fathead, or small golden shiner produced best. Casting or trolling crankbaits, near structure, produced during low light hours.

Muskies were most active around weed lines. Casting swim baits, spinner baits, bucktails, and top water baits produced best.

Catfish have been very active on the Rock River, along with Lakes Beaver Dam, Koshkonong, and Mendota. Stink bait, suckers, large golden shiners, or a nightcrawler fished on a slip sinker rig with a circle hook produced best.

Good Luck!
Becky Smith


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