temperatures have risen back into the low 70’s on the area lakes with
the return of hot weather.
fishing continues to be good on the area lakes. Look for them tucked into
weedbeds in 8 to 15 feet of water or in deeper water 25 to 40 feet. Larger
gills were found towards the bottom in both locations. A small jig or #8
hook baited with a wax worm, giant redworm, small leech, hellgrammite, or
piece of nightcrawler worked best for live bait. A 1/32oz jig and plastic
combo tipped with live bait was effective as well. Vertical jigging, drop
shot rig, or a slip bobber rig were the best presentations to use.
were found suspended around weed beds in 8 to 15 feet of water during
early morning and evening hours. During the day, look for them suspended
along deeper weed lines or over deeper water. Casting or drifting while
vertical jigging a 1/32oz jig and small fathead minnow worked best. A
Cubby Mini Mite or Dick Smith’s Panfish Grub tipped with a wax worm also
were caught fishing along the bottom near mid depth sand/weed flats during
early morning hours. During the day, look for them in 15 to 25 feet of
water near weeds or sand grass. A 1/32oz jig or #8 hook baited with a
large fathead minnow, giant redworm, butter worm, or hellgrammite
presented on a slip bobber rig or split shot rig worked best.
bass fishing will be best around piers and slop, or deeper water with the
warmer weather. Wacky worms, plastic frogs, pre rigged worms, swim jigs,
shallow running crankbaits and nightcrawlers will work best around shallow
structure. Drop shot rigs, Texas rigged plastics, wacky jigs, tube jigs,
and deep diving crankbaits worked well in the deep. A small sucker or
large golden shiner on a slip sinker rig or under a slip bobber worked
best for live bait. During early morning and evening hours, fish top water
baits over 4 to 8 foot weed flats for explosive action.
bass were found around edges of drop offs near rock/gravel areas. Casting
tube jigs, swim baits, spinners, small crankbaits, and wacky worms
produced. Drop shot rigs fished in deep structure in 20 to 30 feet of
water also produced smallies. A slip sinker rig or slip boober rig baited
with a leech, jumbo fathead, small sucker, or chub worked best for live
bait. Top water baits were effective during early morning and night time
pike were very active around mid-depth weed beds. Casting shallow running
crankbaits, spinner baits, buzz baits, swim jigs, and chatterbaits
produced many smaller pike. Larger fish were caught in deeper structure,
18 to 25 feet, using a medium sucker or chub fished
on a slip sinker rig with a circle hook and heavy fluorocarbon leader.
Casting or trolling deep diving crankbaits were effective as well.
fishing was best along deeper structure in 18 to 35 feet. A jig, slip
bobber rig, or live bait rig baited with a jumbo fathead, leech,
nightcrawler, small sucker, or medium golden shiner produced. A lead head
jig dressed with a 3” to 4” paddle tail can also work great. Early
morning or night-time hours, cast Husky Jerks or X Raps over the tops of
were found along weedlines or breaks in 18 to 25 feet of water near
baitfish. Casting bucktails, spinner baits, crankbaits, and swim baits
triggered following fish. Soaking a large sucker on a quick strike rig
suspended under a slip bobber will help put fish in the boat. Try fishing
top water baits during night-time/early morning hours.
have been active on the Rock & Crawfish Rivers, along with Lakes
Mendota and Beaver Dam. Suckers, chubs, large golden shiners,
nightcrawlers, and stink bait worked best for cats.
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