has been inconsistent with the frequent weather changes. Water
temperatures were reported to be in the low to mid 70’s.
Bluegills were found in mixed locations. Look for them along deeper
weedlines, mid depth weeds, or suspended over deeper water. A 1/32oz jig,
#8 hook, or ice jig baited with a wax worm, giant redworm, piece of
nightcrawler, small fathead minnow or small leech works best for bait. A
Dick Smith’s Panfish Grub tipped with a wax worm or a piece of giant
redworm were effective as well. Vertical jigging is the best presentation
to use while drifting over deeper water, while a slip bobber rig or drop
shot rig works best for fishing weedlines.
Crappies action was best along weedlines in 12 to 20 feet of water.
Casting or drifting while vertical jigging a 1/32oz jig & small
fathead minnow produced. A Dick Smith’s Panfish Grub or Cubby Mini Mite
Jig tipped with a wax worm also works excellent.
Perch were caught fishing along the bottom near mid depth weeds during
early morning hours. During the day look for them in 15 to 25 feet of
water. A 1/32oz jig or #8 hook baited with a small fathead minnow, giant
redworm or spikes. Present these on a slip bobber rig or split shot rig
for best results.
Largemouth bass were most active around weeds in 4 to 8 feet of water.
Casting swim jigs, spinnerbaits, chatterbaits, shallow running crankbaits,
or wacky worms produced. Anglers also did well fishing along deep
weedlines and points using drop shot rigs, texas rigged plastic worms or
creature baits, deep diving crankbaits, and tube jigs. A nightcrawler on a
split shot rig or a medium golden shiner suspended under a bobber works
best for live bait. Topwater baits have produced both early and late in
the day during calm conditions.
Smallmouth bass were found along breaks near rocks or sandy areas. Tube
jigs, swim jigs, drop shot rigs, crankbaits, skirted grubs, or a slip
sinker 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 early morning hours or
at night. Look for them tucked into mid depth weeds or along deeper
structure in 18 to 25 feet of water. A jig, slip bobber rig, or live bait
rig baited with a jumbo fathead, medium golden shiner, or leech produced.
Casting minnow style crankbaits over the tops of weeds also produced.
Northern pike fishing was best in deeper water, 18 to 25 feet. A medium
sucker or large golden shiner fished on a slip sinker rig with a circle
hook and heavy fluorocarbon leader will work best. Trolling or casting
deep diving crankbaits has also been productive. Many smaller pike were
caught casting Chatterbaits, spinners, buzzbaits, swim baits, or weedless
spoons over weed flats.
Musky anglers reported to have follows with a few takers casting bucktails,
spinnerbaits, and glide baits along weed edges and breaks. During early
morning or night-time hours, try casting topwater baits.
Catfish were caught from the Rock River, Lake Koshkonong and Lake Mendota
near Cherokee marsh. Cut-up suckers, stinkbait, or nightcrawlers worked
best for bait.
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