Marathon & Lincoln Fishing Report: February 4, 2013

Good action for walleye, northern and panfish; all in and amidst the lakes and the Wisconsin River in Wisconsin’s Marathon and Lincoln Counties (near Mosinee and Wausau).

Good walleye bite for walleye in the central Wisconsin area.  All you have to do is be willing to stick it out after dark.  Large golden shiners and sucker minnows run on tip-ups in shallow backwater areas off the main Wisconsin River have been producing some nice fish for us.  Most of our action is coming well after dark and in less than 6 feet of water.

The northern action in the central Wisconsin area has been very good with nice catches of fish up to and over 30+ inches.  Most of our fish are coming on tip-ups baited with large golden shiners or sucker minnows.  We are setting our tip-ups in 4 to 10 feet of water along the sharpest breaking contour lines we can find.  If you can pinpoint the quickest drop to deep water in the area you will have located a key target location for holding not only size but numbers of northern.

The bite for panfish has been very good in the central Wisconsin area, and we’re coming in with mixed bags of perch, crappies and bluegills.  Most of our action is coming from 10-14 feet of water over mud flats.  We are using Northland tungsten fireball jigs in orange or yellow and tipping them with the Impulse Mayfly or Tapeworm.  The key to not only getting numbers, but nice fish as well is to drill a lot of holes and don’t be afraid to do a lot of moving or hole hopping.

(This report based on interviews with licensed guide and trapper Phil Schweik and licensed guide Glenn Moberg, of Hooksetters Fishing & Hunting Guide Service, Mosinee Wisconsin).

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Ray Smith is an author, lecturer, creative director and Senior Associate at Creative Brilliance, a full-service advertising and marketing communications company. He has been involved with northern Wisconsin tourism promotion and economic development for more than 20 years.

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