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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 have risen back into the low 70’s on the area lakes with the return of hot weather.

Bluegill 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.

Crappies 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 produced.

Perch 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.

Largemouth 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.

Smallmouth 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 hours.

Northern 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.

Walleye 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 weed beds.

Musky 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.

Catfish 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.

Good Luck!
Becky Smith

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