Walleye and crappies providing very good action, with musky consistent; all in and amidst the lakes and the Wisconsin River in Wisconsin’s Marathon and Lincoln Counties (near Mosinee and Wausau).
Walleyes, crappies and muskies have been providing anglers with great action this past week in the central wisconsin.
Walleye in the central Wisconsin area are coming in 10-14 feet of water during the mid-day hours on jigs tipped with fathead minnows, but towards the evening these fish are moving up to shallow rocky shorelines in 1 to 3 feet of water, and can be taken by tossing shallow diving rank baits like Rapalas and Thundersticks. A slow retrieval is necessary as these fish are lethargic with the cold water and they will not chase a fast moving bait.
In addition to the walleyes, we’ve had some pretty good action from crappies in the central Wisconsin area. Most of these crappies were 10-12 inches long but we did a couple up to 14 inches. We found the crappies suspended over 14-18 feet of water holding approximately 4 to 7 feet down. We caught the crappies by tossing light, 1/16th and 1/8th ounce jigs tipped with fathead minnows and slowly letting them sink through the water column. We also set up slip bobbers and caught a few fish on our baits that we suspended 3 to 5 feet down. Even though slip bobbers worked well, we caught more fish by simply casting and slowly retrieving the light jigs through the upper water column.
Musky activity in the central Wisconsin area remained consistent this past week. We caught several nice fish using suckers on our quickset rigs. When running the quickset rigs we usually like to suspend one sucker around 4 to 8 feet down from a slip bobber and let it drag about 20 feet behind the boat. With no bobber attached the sucker can roam freely and go wherever it wants. More times than not the sucker that is allowed to roam freely without a bobber is the one that gets hit.
(This report based on interview with licensed guide and trapper Phil Schweik and licensed guide Glenn Moberg, of Hooksetters Fishing & Hunting Guide Service, Mosinee Wisconsin).