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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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Anglers had mixed results during the Wisconsin’s Gamefish opener this past weekend. This was mostly caused by unstable weather patterns. Water temperatures on the area lakes were reported to be around 55-60 degrees.

Crappies were in various spawning stages on the area lakes. Please practice selective harvesting during spawning time. Look for them suspended above weeds or wood in 15 feet of water or less near warm water areas. A small or large fathead or rosy red minnow baited on a gold #6 TruTurn hook suspended under a small pencil or Rocket bobber worked best. Casting a 1/32oz Pinkie jig or jig and plastic combo such as a Dick Smith’s Panfish Grub, Cubby Mini Mite, Kalin’s Scrub, tube tail, or twister tail also caught crappies.

Bluegills were found in warm water areas such as shallow dark bottomed bays, channels, and marsh areas. Green weeds or wood in 8 to 15 feet of water held gills as well. A small jig or #8 hook baited with a waxworm, redworm, butter worm, or hellgrammite will work best. A black ant fly or bluegill bug baited with a wax worm also works excellent. Suspend these under a clear casting bobber or Rocket bobber and make long, accurate casts for best results.

Whitebass have been caught from the Rock, Wisconsin, and Wolf Rivers. Anglers did best using a three way rig with either a streamer fly or #4 hook baited with a large fathead minnow. Casting a jig & twister combo, Rooster Tail, Kastmaster, or a jig baited with a minnow or 1/2 nightcrawler also produced.

Catfish were caught on the Rock and Crawfish Rivers, along with Koshkonong, Cherokee Marsh and Beaver Dam.  Fish on the bottom using a three way rig with cut up suckers, stinkbait, nightcrawlers, or leeches.

Largemouth bass were mostly found in 8 to 15 feet of water near green weeds, points, and drop offs. Smaller males were cruising around shallower, warm water areas during warmer, afternoon hours. Casting jerk baits, chatter baits, swim jigs, square bill and lipless crankbaits have triggered reaction strikes. Slowly retrieving wacky worms, pre rigged worms, jig worms, shaky heads, and jig & craw combos produced as well. A nightcrawler on a split shot rig or suspending a medium golden shiner under a bobber worked best for live bait.

Smallmouth bass were found suspended in deeper water around points and rocks. A small chub, small sucker, medium golden shiner, nightcrawler, or leech fished on a live bait rig worked best for live bait. Casting swim jigs, 5” Kalin’s grubs, wacky jigs, jerk baits, spinnerbaits, or tube jigs will also produce.

Walleyes were found around weed beds or rock bars in 5 to 10 feet of water, especially areas near current. A jig, lindy rig or slip bobber rig baited with a jumbo fathead, medium golden shiner, small chub, small sucker, leech, or nightcrawler worked best. Casting jerk baits or a jig dressed with a 4” Moxi or paddletail will also produce. Early morning or evening hours are the best times to target walleyes.

Muskies were active around shallower weed beds and baitfish. Casting smaller musky baits & bass sized baits put the most fish in the boat. Small, 5” to 6” sized bucktails, jerk baits, lipless crankbaits, swim baits, and swim jigs produced best. A 6” to 8” sized sucker or redtail chub fished on a circle hook rig also worked well.

Northern pike were very active. Smaller, more aggressive pike were found near shallower structure and baitfish. Larger pike were found along drop-offs. A medium chub, sucker or jumbo golden shiner baited on a circle hook rig worked best for live bait. Casting Mepps spinners, spinnerbaits, chatterbaits, crankbaits, and swim baits also caught many pike.

Trout, stocked by the DNR, can be caught from Lower Genesee, Lower Nashotah, Fowler and Ottawa Lakes, along with the urban fishing ponds. A small fathead minnow or giant redworm baited on a #8 hook, suspended under a slip float will work best. Casting a small Rooster Tail or Mepps spinner, Kastmaster or a fly under a casting bubble will also take these fish. Trout can be found anywhere from the surface down to 25 feet over deeper water.

Good Luck!
Becky Smith


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