Musky, walleye, bluegills, smallmouth bass and catfish all hitting; all in and amidst the lakes and the Wisconsin River in Wisconsin’s Marathon and Lincoln Counties (near Mosinee and Wausau).
The musky bite has been very good this past week in the central Wisconsin area, with some nice fish being caught on bucktails and jerkbaits. With the cooler evenings and nights that we have been getting the water temperatures have dropped a bit, and contrary to popular belief that fish move deeper when the water temperatures drop the fish have actually slid up into the shallow weeds. Most of the fish we caught this past week have come from less than 6 feet of water, with most of them in 1 to 3 feet of water.
Walleye activity in the central Wisconsin area has been pretty good with some decent fish coming from 8 to 12 feet of water on jigs tipped with minnows or crawlers. Most of the fish are now concentrated on sharp break lines as opposed to being scattered over the flats like they were earlier in the year.
The bluegill bite has been fantastic the past few weeks in the central Wisconsin area with limits of huge bull sized gills really making a presence. Most of these giant gills are coming from deep water associated with some sort of wood. To catch these giant gills we are running small 1/32nd and 1/16th ounce jigs tipped with a piece of crawler or a tiny Cortland Mini-Mite jig and tail. One nice note is that when running the Mini-Mite jig we have been picking up some nice crappies and a few really nice perch as well.
Smallmouth bass action has been really good this past week with some nice bronzebacks being caught along rocky shorelines in 1 to 5 feet of water. Most of the fish are being caught on rattle traps and spinnerbaits but we are still popping a few on top water baits.
For you catfish lovers, now is a great time to go out and have some great arm wrenching action in the central Wisconsin area. We have been catching quite a few nice cats in the 20 to 30 inch range by working the deeper pools in the main river system. Most of our baits are set up running cut bait or chicken livers set right on the bottom in the deepest part of the pool. This is primarily a night-time bite so get out right before dark find your location and get ready for some great action.
(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).