Central Wisconsin Fishing Report
There was an outstanding musky bite this past week with action on many varieties of baits. Top water baits were surprising for this early in the season but the action was very good running the Lake X Lures – Fat Bastard.
In addition to the top water baits doing so well traditional bucktails, twitch baits and jerk baits all executed just as well. Most action was in shallow, weedy areas with less than five feet of water.
Smallmouth bass action continues to be very good with consistent action all day long. Most of our fish have been caught by running small crank baits or jigs with tubes or beaver tails in less than three feet of water.
The walleye bite has been about as good as it can get. We are not only seeing good numbers of fish, but the size of some of the walleyes has been outstanding. With measurable fish in the mid to upper 20-inch range and some walleyes pushing that 30-inch mark why would you go anywhere else?
One thing that we found that really helped us to be more successful with catching the walleyes was having colored line. We are running Cortland Hi-Vis mono in 8# orange. This is almost a bright yellow line more than an orange, but it really helped by being able to see the line and watch for the light biters.
Panfish action this past week has been very good for both crappies and bluegills. These are the bread and butter of the fisherman and always a delight to get kids introduced into fishing. Most of these fish are still associated with the weeds to a point. Working either a minnow or worm on a hood below a bobber will catch fish all day long.