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
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
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 ½ 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.
PRACTICE CATCH AND RELEASE
FOR THE FUTURE OF FISHING
YOU for supporting your Local Bait & Tackle dealer
us help you, please email us any reports you may have at email@example.com