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Becky Smith's

Fishing Report

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Fishing should be great this weekend with the warmer weather and sunshine heading our way! Look for water temperatures to rise above the low to mid 40’s and help put fish into a feeding frenzy. The recent colder weather, rain, and snow did limit the amount of anglers fishing the lakes and rivers.

The key to catching panfish in the spring is to look for warmest water temperature along with green weeds in 12’ of water or less. Prevailing winds will help determine which part of the lake to look for warmest water. During warm, sunny days bluegills and crappies will move into shallow dark bottomed bays, channels, and marsh areas in search of warm water and food. When panfish are in shallow water areas, be sure to use your trolling motor so you don’t spook the fish. Afternoon and evening hours are best times to fish when the water will be warmest. Small baits, slow presentations, and light line must be used with the cold water to catch fish.

Bluegills were caught using an ice fishing jig or #10 hook baited with a spike, wax worm, redworm, or small plastic tail. A bluegill bug or black ant fly baited with a wax work also worked excellent. Suspend these under a Rocket Bobber or casting bubble and make long casts for best results.

Crappies were caught using a small minnow baited on a #8 Aberdeen hook or 1/32 oz jig suspended under a pencil or Rocket Bobber. Casting a 1/32oz jig & plastic combo can also be effective.

Brown trout were being caught in the Lake Michigan harbors. Casting a darter head dressed with a 4” Gulp minnow, Power Bait twitch tail, or Keitech paddle tail worked well. Soaking a spawn sac or medium golden shiner minnow on a #6 Octopus hook suspended under a slip bobber was effective as well. Casting Cleos, Kastmasters, or Krocodiles can also produce.

The peak of the walleye spawn will happen soon with the warmer weather, sunlight, and full moon period approaching!

Anglers looking to fish for walleyes on the rivers should try the Rock at Fort Atkinson, Jefferson, and Watertown; Wisconsin at the Dells, Prairie Du Sac, Nekoosa, and Petenwell; Wolf at Winneconne and Fremont; Fox at Depere and Oshkosh; and The Mississippi at Genoa. Look for the walleyes to be holding in deeper holes, near current breaks, or shallower structure. A 1/4oz to 3/8oz jig baited with a minnow, ½ a nightcrawler, leech produced as well as a jig dressed with a 3” to 4” plastic paddle or twister tail. A hair jig baited with a minnow was effective as well. A 3 way rig or lindy rig with either a streamer fly, #4 hook or floating jig baited with jumbo fathead, large lake shiner, or rosy red minnow also took walleyes. Vertical jigging blade baits, Rippin Raps, Shiver Minnows, Jigging Rapalas or casting Husky Jerks, Smithwicks, or Shad Raps has also produced.

Whitebass, Crappies, and Catfish can also be caught from the rivers. Whitebass can be caught using a 3 way rig or jig baited with a large fathead minnow. Jig and twister combos can also work well. Fish for crappies in shallower water along fallen trees using a 1/32oz jig or #6 Aberdeen hook baited with a small fathead minnow. Catfish can be caught using a river rig with stinkbait, cutbait, or nightcrawlers.

Good Luck!
Becky Smith


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