Ice iffy, but walleye and bluegills hitting; all in and amidst the lakes and the Wisconsin River in Wisconsin’s Marathon and Lincoln Counties (near Mosinee and Wausau).
Ice conditions in the central Wisconsin area are iffy at best right now. We have anywhere from zero to 3 inches of ice max. Shallow bays have some ice, but the larger, more open lakes are open in many areas. With that said, we have getting out in a few locations and doing well on nice bluegills during the day and walleyes in the evening and at night. Most of our activity has been on tip-ups for the walleyes and for the gills we are running tiny Northland Mooska or Fireball jigs tipped with spikes or a waxie. We also did pretty good running some plastic (Rat Finkies and Shrimpo’s) on the larger gills and a few nice crappies this past week as well. We did have a client pull a nice musky through the ice this past week. The fish struck a tip-up baited with a golden shiner at about 7:00 pm. It was well after dark and it took ten minutes to land the low to mid 40s size fish, which was immediately unhooked and released.
(This report based on interviews with licensed guide and trapper Phil Schweik and licensed guide Glenn Moberg, of Hooksetters Fishing & Hunting Guide Service, Mosinee Wisconsin).