Very good action for musky, walleye and crappie; all in and amidst the lakes and the Wisconsin River in Wisconsin’s Marathon and Lincoln Counties (near Mosinee and Wausau).
Cooler temperatures and lots of rain have fish moving in different directions. Shorter days has rutting activity under way.
Husky Action in the central Wisconsin area has been very good with some really nice fish being caught this past week. With all the recent rain we’ve had, the water is high and fast but we are still catching a lot of fish (all released!). A lot of our muskies have now transitioned to the slower inside turns on the main Wisconsin River system, and to the deep weed edges in main lake basins. Most of the ifs hare coming on slow moving glider style baits and jerk baits, with a few coming on live suckers set up on quickset rigs.
Walleye activity in the central Wisconsin area has been really good, but with the high and cooler water a lot of the fish in the Wisconsin River system have trifled into the main lakes and are staging in deeper water, 12 to 16 feet deep. You can however catch these walleyes up shallow during low light periods and after dark as they move into the shallows to feed. Jig and a minnow is the hot ticket.
Crappie action in the central Wisconsin area has been very good in the main lakes with schools of nice fish suspending down about 4 to 7 feet over 12 to 16 feet of water. To target these roaming schools of crappies look for areas in the main lakes with an average depths of at least 12 feet and then run spider style rigs set at various depths to catch these suspended 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).