Solid musky, walleye and crappie bite; all in and amidst the lakes and the Wisconsin River in Wisconsin’s Marathon and Lincoln Counties (near Mosinee and Wausau).
It’s that time of year when most anglers are concentrating on musky fishing in the central Wisconsin area. The water temps are in the mid 40° range and the fall bite for big fish has started. We are catching some very nice muskies by throwing deep diving crank baits like Bucher Depth Raiders and large plastics like Bulldawgs. We also are having very good action running live suckers rigged up and set under slip bobbers. While running suckers we are using quickset rigs to ensure a quick hookup and virtually no chance of hooking a musky deep or in the gills.
There is some very good fall walleye fishing taking place right now in the central Wisconsin area; and for anglers looking at getting some nice eating fish, this is one of the best times of the year. Walleyes are staged right in water depths of 10-16 feet, and can be targeted by simply using 1/8th or 1/4 ounce lead-head jigs that has been tipped with a fathead minnow. For the best results try vertically jigs as you drift through the deeper holes in the main Wisconsin River system, or by working the sharp breaking contours in main lake basins.
While most of the focus is on musky and walleye in the central Wisconsin area, anglers looking to get in some great crappie fishing, are finding it is a good time to do so. Right now crappies are staged over deeper water, 12-15 feet deep, and are holding 4-7 feet down. They can be targeted by simply drifting through the area, running tiny crappie sized jigs that are set under slip bobbers at the appropriate depth. Use a small crappie minnow or a chunk of crawler.
(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).