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I-94 & Hwy 83
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Delafield, WI 53018
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Becky Smith's

Fishing Report

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Water temperatures were reported to be in the low to mid 50’s. BIG fish can be caught this time of year as fish are putting the “feed bag” on before the winter months.

Musky fishing was best around weeds in 8 to 12 feet of water. Casting bucktails, jerkbaits, spinnerbaits, and plastic baits have triggered muskies. Be sure to do a figure 8 on every cast as anglers have reported many following fish. Most muskies however have been caught using 10”-15” suckers on quick strike rigs. Soak one sucker boat side a few feet down for following fish. Suspend the other under a slip bobber over deeper structure.

Anglers fishing the Rock River in Jefferson and Fort Atkinson reported catching walleyes, crappies and whitebass. Crappies were found around fallen trees and wood. A 1/32oz jig or #6 Aberdeen hook baited with a small fathead minnow, suspended under a bobber, placed tight to structure produced best. Walleyes were found on the edges deeper holes, along with shallower structure. A jig dressed with a jumbo fathead, 4” ringworm or both will work best. Whitebass were caught using a jig baited with a fathead minnow or twister tail.

Smallmouth action was best along breaks or rockbars. A small sucker or large golden shiner fished on a slip sinker rig with a circle hook works best. Casting jerkbaits, swim jigs, spinnerbaits, or football jigs also produced.

Largemouth bass were active around weeds in 5 to 10 feet of water. Casting crankbaits, spinnerbaits, or swim jigs is a great way to find active fish. When you catch one, concentrate on that area as there will be many more big bass to catch. A large golden shiner or small sucker baited on a circle hook suspended under a bobber has produced.

Walleye fishing was best during low light conditions where they were found around weeds in 4 to 8 feet of water. Soaking a medium golden shiner or small sucker minnow under a lighted bobber will produce. Casting a minnow or shad style crankbait over the tops of weeds was also effective. During sunny conditions concentrate on structure in 20 to 35 feet of water using a jig or lindy rig baited with a minnow.

Northern pike were active near weeds or along breaks. A slip sinker rig or slip bobber rig baited with a sucker or golden shiner has produced. Casting spinners, crankbaits, spoons, and chatter baits will also put fish in the boat.

Bluegills and crappies were caught around green weeds or suspended over deeper water. An ice jig or small hook baited with a wax worm, spike, or redworm works best for bluegills. Crappies prefer an Aberdeen hook or 1/32oz jig baited with a small fathead minnow. Jig and plastic combos have produced both crappies and gills.

Perch were active in 7 to 12 feet of water around sand/rock areas with scattered weed clumps. A small hook baited with a fathead minnow or giant redworm suspended under a small slip bobber has produced.

Good Luck!
Becky Smith

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