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Becky Smith's

Fishing Report

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7-17-14

Surface water temperatures on the area lakes were reported to be in the mid to upper 70ís.

Bluegill fishing was best along deep weedlines in 12 to 20 feet of water. Some gills were starting to suspend over deeper water. Smaller gills were found around shallower weeds and piers. A giant redworm, panfish leech, or wax worm baited on a 1/32oz leadhead jig or a #8 hook produced best. A 1/32oz jig and plastic combo along with a black any fly baited with a wax worm worked great as well. Vertical jigging while drifting or a slip bobber rig is the best presentation to use in deeper water, while a small pencil bobber works best in shallow water. 

Crappies were caught suspended along outside weedlines or over deeper water. Casting or drifting with a 1/32oz jig or #6 hook on a split shot rig baited with a small fathead minnow or small plastic tail produced.

Perch were active 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 were most active along outside weedlines or around piers. Casting a wacky worm, swim jig or shallow running crankbait has worked best in the shallows. Drop shot rigs, deep diving crankbaits, Texas rigged plastics, or spinnerbaits have produced along deeper areas. A medium golden shiner, small sucker, nightcrawler, or leech fished on a slip sinker rig or under a slip bobber works best for live bait. Anglers also had success fishing the slop with plastic frogs. Topwater baits fished over weed flats have produced during early morning and evening hours.

Smallmouth were found along deep breaks or cruising shallower rock bars. Casting swim jigs, suspending jerkbaits, spinnerbaits, tube jigs, skirted grubs, or drop shot rigs produced. A slip sinker rig with a leech, jumbo fathead, or small sucker works best for live bait. Popper style topwater baits have produced during calm conditions.

Northern pike were very active around weed flats in 4 to 8 feet of water. Casting chatterbaits, Mepps spinners, lipless crankbaits, buzzbaits, or swim baits produced. Larger pike were found along deeper weedlines or deep structure, near baitfish. A medium sucker baited on a circle hook with a heavy fluorocarbon leader and slip sinker worked best.

Walleyes were active along weed edges in 12 to 18 feet of water, along with deeper structure in 20 to 30 feet. Leeches, nightcrawlers, jumbo fatheads, or medium golden shiners worked best for live bait. A slip slinker rig, jig, or slip bobber rig are the best ways to present these baits. Trolling crankbaits or a nightcrawler on a harness was also effective. At night or early morning, cast minnow style crankbaits over the tops of weeds.

Muskies will be found around breaks or deeper weedlines. Casting bucktails, spinnerbaits, or swimbaits triggered fish. Trolling crankbaits along breaks can also be effective.

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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