temperatures were reported to be in the low to mid 50’s. BIG fish can be
caught this time of year as fish are putting the “feed bag” on before
the winter months.
Musky fishing was best around weeds in 8 to 12 feet of water. Casting
bucktails, jerkbaits, spinnerbaits, and plastic baits have triggered
muskies. Be sure to do a figure 8 on every cast as anglers have reported
many following fish. Most muskies however have been caught using
10”-15” suckers on quick strike rigs. Soak one sucker boat side a few
feet down for following fish. Suspend the other under a slip bobber over
Anglers fishing the Rock River in Jefferson and Fort Atkinson reported
catching walleyes, crappies and whitebass. Crappies were found around
fallen trees and wood. A 1/32oz jig or #6 Aberdeen hook baited with a
small fathead minnow, suspended under a bobber, placed tight to structure
produced best. Walleyes were found on the edges deeper holes, along with
shallower structure. A jig dressed with a jumbo fathead, 4” ringworm or
both will work best. Whitebass were caught using a jig baited with a
fathead minnow or twister tail.
Smallmouth action was best along breaks or rockbars. A small sucker or
large golden shiner fished on a slip sinker rig with a circle hook works
best. Casting jerkbaits, swim jigs, spinnerbaits, or football jigs also
Largemouth bass were active around weeds in 5 to 10 feet of water. Casting
crankbaits, spinnerbaits, or swim jigs is a great way to find active fish.
When you catch one, concentrate on that area as there will be many more
big bass to catch. A large golden shiner or small sucker baited on a
circle hook suspended under a bobber has produced.
Walleye fishing was best during low light conditions where they were found
around weeds in 4 to 8 feet of water. Soaking a medium golden shiner or
small sucker minnow under a lighted bobber will produce. Casting a minnow
or shad style crankbait over the tops of weeds was also effective. During
sunny conditions concentrate on structure in 20 to 35 feet of water using
a jig or lindy rig baited with a minnow.
Northern pike were active near weeds or along breaks. A slip sinker rig or
slip bobber rig baited with a sucker or golden shiner has produced.
Casting spinners, crankbaits, spoons, and chatter baits will also put fish
in the boat.
Bluegills and crappies were caught around green weeds or suspended over
deeper water. An ice jig or small hook baited with a wax worm, spike, or
redworm works best for bluegills. Crappies prefer an Aberdeen hook or
1/32oz jig baited with a small fathead minnow. Jig and plastic combos have
produced both crappies and gills.
Perch were active in 7 to 12 feet of water around sand/rock areas with
scattered weed clumps. A small hook baited with a fathead minnow or giant
redworm suspended under a small slip bobber has produced.
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