fishing continues to be good on the area lakes. Weedlines in 10 to 18 feet
of water have provided anglers with the best action. A slip bobber rig or
drop shot rig is the best presentation to use. On some lakes, gills were
caught vertical jigging, while drifting over 40 to 50 feet of water with
their bait suspended 12 to 18 feet down. A #8 hook or 1/32oz jig baited
with a giant redworm, small leech, waxworm, or piece of nightcrawler works
best for bait. A Dick Smith's Panfish Grub, Cubby Mini Mite, black ant fly, or small
jigging spoon tipped with a wax worm also works excellent.
Crappies were most active during early morning or evening hours. Look for
them suspended along outside weedlines or over deeper water. Casting or
drifting while vertical jigging a 1/32oz jig dressed with a small fathead
minnow, wax worm, or small plastic tail works best.
Perch were caught along weedlines in 15 feet of water out to 25 feet of
water. Fish for them along the bottom using a 1/32oz jig and plastic combo
or small jigging spoon baited with spikes, giant redworms, or wax worms.
Largemouth bass were found scattered in various locations. Fish the
outside weedlines or points using texas rigged plastic worms, swim jigs,
drop shot rigs, tube jigs, spinners, and crankbaits for best results. A
medium golden shiner suspended under a bobber or a nightcrawler on a split
shot rig or harness works best for live bait. Anglers also had success
fishing along piers or inside weedlines using wacky worms or pre rigged
worms. Topwater baits fished over weed flats have produced both early and
late in the day.
Smallmouth bass action was best near breaks or rocks in 12 to 20
feet of water. Tube jigs, swim jigs, drop shot rigs, skirted grubs, or a
lindy rig baited with a leech or small sucker will work best. Popper style
top water baits produced during early morning hours or at night.
Walleye anglers had their best luck fishing during low light conditions.
Weed edges, humps, or rock bars have held fish. A jig or live bait baited
with a jumbo fathead, medium golden shiner, or leech along with casting
crankbaits produced best. During the day, look for them in deeper water,
25 to 30 feet. Drifting or slow trolling using bottom bouncers with
nightcrawlers on spinner rigs or trolling crankbaits will be your best
Northern pike continue to be very active on the area lakes. Larger pike
were found in 18 to 25 feet of water near baitfish. A medium sucker fished
on a slip sinker rig with a circle hook and heavy fluorocarbon leader will
work best. Vertical jigging a 3/8oz hair jig baited with a golden shiner
minnow also produced. Many smaller pike were caught casting Chatterbaits,
Mepps spinners, buzzbaits, swim baits, or crankbaits over weed flats.
The Rock River has produced walleyes, crappies, and catfish. The walleyes
were found along current breaks or rock bars. A ¼ oz jig head baited with
a large leech produced best. Crappies were found along fallen trees. Fish
for them using a #6 Aberdeen hook baited with a small fathead minnow
suspended under a bobber. Catfish were caught using suckers, nightcrawlers,
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