fishing was good on the area lakes. Anglers did best fishing deeper
structure in 15 to 25 feet of water with the larger gills being caught
near the bottom. On some lakes, gills were found suspended 15 to 20 feet
down over deeper water. A slip bobber rig or drop shot rig should be used
when fishing deeper structure. Drifting while vertical jigging is the best
presentation to use for suspended fish. A 1/32 oz jig or #8 hook baited
with a wax worm, giant redworm, hellgrammite, or small leech worked best.
A small jigging spoon, 1/32oz jig & 1” plastic combo, or black ant
fly baited with live bait also produced gills.
action was best around mid-depth weeds during low light condition. During
the day, look for them suspended over deeper water or around outside
weedlines. A 1/32oz jig or split shot rig with #6 Aberdeen hook baited
with a small fathead minnow worked best. A 1/32 oz jig and 1” to 2”
plastic combo such as a Dick Smith’s Panfish Grub, Cubby Mini Mite, tube
jig, twister tail, stinger, or scrub was effective as well. Casting or
vertical jigging while drifting is the best presentation to use.
fishing continues to be great on the area lakes! Larger pike were found in
18 to 35 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 also
put fish in the boat. Trolling deep diving crankbaits was also effective.
Many smaller, more aggressive pike were caught casting Chatterbaits,
buzzbaits, spinners, swim jigs, or shallow running crankbaits over weed
bass fishing was good on the area lakes. Anglers did well fishing in both
shallow and deep water structure. Fishing around piers and weed flats with
wacky worms, pre rigged worms, swim jigs, shallow running crankbaits,
spinners, or a jig and craw chunk combo have produced. Top water action
was great early and late in the day. Plastic frogs or punch skirts have
produced in the slop. Anglers fishing points and weedlines in 12 to 18
feet of water had their best luck using Texas rigged plastics, jig worms,
drop shot rigs, tube jigs, swim baits, spinner baits, and deep diving
crankbaits. A nightcrawler, medium golden shiner, jumbo fathead, or leech
fished on a live bait rig also worked great.
bass action was best near breaks or rocks in 15 to 25 feet of water.
Dragging a tube jig, drop shot rig, football jig & skirted grub,
Carolina rig, or a lindy rig baited with a leech or small sucker will work
best. Suspended smallies were caught casting spinnerbaits, suspending
jerkbaits, and swim jigs. Popper style top water baits or flukes worked
great during early morning hours or at night.
fishing continues to be good on the area lakes. Weed edges in 12 to 18
feet of water have held fish. Cast into the weeds using a weedless jig
baited with a ˝ nightcrawler, leech, jumbo fathead minnow, or a 4” to
5” twister or shad tail. A slip bobber rig with live bait was also
effective. Walleyes were also found in 25 to 30 feet of water. Drifting or
slow trolling using bottom bouncers with a nightcrawler or leech worked
have produced. Trolling crankbaits can also be effective. During dark
hours, cast crankbaits over the tops of weed clumps.
were most active along weedlines or breaks in 15 to 25 feet of water.
Trolling deep diving crankbaits have produced best. Rock bars adjacent to
weeds will hold many muskies looking for an easy meal. Target them using
weedless jigs, swim baits, spinnerbaits, bucktails, or soak a large sucker
under a bobber. Topwater baits have produced during night-time/early
have been very active on the Rock & Crawfish Rivers, along with Lakes
Mendota and Koshkonong. Stink bait, suckers, large golden shiners,
leeches, or nightcrawlers worked best for cats.
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