has been very good on the area lakes, will only get better with the stable
weather and full moon period headed our way! Surface water temperatures
were reported to be in the upper 70’s to low 80’s.
were done spawning, for the most part, on the area lakes. The best action
was in 12 to 18 feet of water near sand/gravel areas adjacent to weeds,
especially for larger gills. Smaller gills were found in shallow water
around weeds and piers. A giant redworm, wax worm, hellgrammite, panfish
leech, dilly worm, or leafworm baited on a 1/32oz jig or #8 hook produced
best. A 1/32oz jig and plastic combo, bluegill bug, or black ant fly
baited with a wax worm worked great as well. A slip bobber rig, split shot
rig, or drop shot rig are the best presentations to use in deeper water,
while a small bobber works best in shallow water. Foam spiders, poppers,
or flies fished using a fly rod or an ultralight spinning rod, with a
casting bubble, was effective during early morning and evening hours with
were found suspended along outside weedlines in 12 to 18 feet of water or
over deeper water. Casting or drifting with a 1/32oz jig or #6 hook on a
split shot rig baited with a small fathead minnow produced. A jig dressed
with a 1” to 2” plastic tail such as a Dick Smith’s Panfish Grub,
Cubby Mini Mite, twister tail, Crappie Scrub, or tube tail also produced.
Northern pike action was great on the area lakes! It’s a great time to
take a kid fishing to catch a “big fish”. Fish the deeper weedlines or
structure near baitfish. A medium sucker or large golden shiner baited on
a circle hook with a heavy fluorocarbon leader and slip sinker worked
best. Vertical jigging a 3/8oz hair jig baited with a large golden shiner
minnow worked as well. Casting around weed flats using Chatterbaits, Mepps
spinners, lipless crankbaits, swim jigs, or swim baits produced smaller,
more aggressive pike.
Largemouth bass were in their summer patterns. During early morning or
evening hours, fish the weed flats in 5 to 10 feet of water using swim
jigs, spinner baits, shallow running crankbaits, inline spinners, or top
water baits. Fishing deeper weedlines with Texas rigged plastics, drop
shot rigs, jig worms, or wacky jigs have produced. A medium golden shiner,
nightcrawler, or large leech fished on a split shot rig or under a slip
bobber works best for live bait. Fishing near piers, or other shallow
water structure with wacky worms, NED rigs, jig and chunk combos, pre
rigged worms, and tubes worked as well. Anglers also had success fishing
the slop with plastic frogs.
Smallmouth were found along breaks in 15 to 20 feet of water. Swim jigs,
suspending jerkbaits, paddle tails, and 5” grubs worked for suspended
smallies. Dragging a tube jig, drop shot rig or a football jig with
skirted grub has also produced. A slip sinker rig with a leech, baby chub,
small sucker, or jumbo fathead works best for live bait. Popper style top
water baits or flukes have produced during calm conditions.
Walleyes were active along weed edges in 8 to 18 feet of water, along with
deeper structure in 20 to 30 feet. Leeches, nightcrawlers, jumbo fatheads,
baby chubs, or medium golden shiners worked best for bait. A lindy rig,
weedless jig, spinner rig, or slip bobber rig are the best ways to present
these baits. At night or early morning hours, cast minnow style crankbaits
over the tops of weeds.
Catfish were caught from the Rock and Crawfish rivers, along with Lakes
Koshkonong, Mendota, and Beaver Dam. A medium sucker, nightcrawler, leech,
or stinkbait fished on a slip sinker rig worked best for bait.
Muskies were found around breaks or deeper weedlines. Casting bucktails,
spinnerbaits, or swim baits triggered fish. Trolling crankbaits along
breaks can also be effective. Casting top water baits early and late in
the day produced.
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