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 40s
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.
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 dont 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
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.
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.
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.
peak of the walleye spawn will happen soon with the warmer weather,
sunlight, and full moon period approaching!
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
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.
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