Walleye, musky and crappies all hitting strong; all in and amidst the lakes and the Wisconsin River in Wisconsin’s Marathon and Lincoln Counties (near Mosinee and Wausau).
It’s been another great week of fishing in the central Wisconsin area. The water temps have now cooled down to the mid 50s and the fish are becoming more and more active.
The walleye bite in the central Wisconsin area has been fantastic and we are catching a lot of nice fish in the 16 to 20 inch range on jigs tipped with minnows. Most of the fish are in 10 to 14 feet of water holding tight to bottom. Catching 50 to 100 fish a day right now is not uncommon.
The fall musky bite in the central Wisconsin is really coming into its own right now. This past week alone we caught several nice fish in the mid to upper 30 inch range, along with some nice 40 to 45 inters. A lot of these fish are coming on jerk baits and crank baits along with some rubber style baits. We are also starting to pick up a few fish on suckers, as well.
Action for crappies in the central Wisconsin area has been very good this past week. We are catching a lot of nice slab crappies in that 10 to 13 inch range, and every one in a while a bonus 14 inter comes along. A lot of these fish have been suspended 4 to 7 feet down over 12 to 16 feet of water. To target these crappies we are running small jigs tipped with minnows suspended below slip bobbers at the appropriate depth. The key to really doing well when it comes to catching crappies like this is not to anchor your boat. keep your trolling motor in the water or use the wind to your advantage and drift through areas to stay on top of active fish.
(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).