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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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Ice fishing has begun in Southeast Wisconsin! Most of the small, shallow lakes and wind protected bays have between 3 to 5 of ice. Do NOT venture out over the main bodies of deep lakes! With the freezing, thawing, refreezing, and light snow cover, bad areas may be hard to detect. Avoid areas around springs or near current. If venturing out to unfamiliar areas, use a spud bar to check the ice as you walk out, wear a life jacket or floating suit and safety picks, bring a throw cushion with a rope attached, and a friend.

Bluegills will be found near green weeds in 4 to 8 of water. A spring bobber, 1#-2# test line, and a #12 to #16 sized ice jig must be used to entice bluegills. Wax worms, mousies, red or white spikes, and ice plastics work best for bait. Small jigging spoons have enticed aggressive gills.

Crappies will be most active during early morning and evening hours or just before dusk. Look for them around mid depth weeds, just a foot or two below the ice. Tip-downs, or dead sticking with a #14 treble hook baited with a small fathead or rosy red minnow will work best. An ice jig baited with a wax worm, mousie, or ice plastic can also produce. Aggressive crappies have taken small jigging spoons.

Perch will be found around sand flats with scattered weed clumps. An ice jig or small jigging spoon baited with spikes or piece of minnow will work well. Tip-ups or tip downs rigged with a 4# fluorocarbon leader, #14 treble hook, and baited with a large fathead or lake shiner minnow will produce bigger perch.

Northern pike will be found around shallower weed beds. Tip-ups rigged with a 40# fluorocarbon leader, #6 or #4 treble hook and baited with a large golden shiner or medium sucker will produce the most action. Place your bait just above the weeds for best results. Brined jumbo smelt on a smelt rig can also work great especially for big pike.

Walleye fishing will be best during dark hours. Shallower weed flats or rock bars will produce the most fish. Tip-ups rigged with a fluorocarbon leader, #10 or #12 treble hook, and baited with a large lake shiner, medium golden shiner, or small sucker minnow will work best. Jigging lures or spoons will attract aggressive walleyes.

Good Luck!
Becky Smith

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