Marathon & Lincoln Fishing Report: January 14, 2013

Strong bite for walleye, northern, crappie, bluegill and perch; all in and amidst the lakes and the Wisconsin River in Wisconsin’s Marathon and Lincoln Counties (near Mosinee and Wausau).

Solid ice on central Wisconsin waters is making for great fishing for all species.

The walleye bite in the central Wisconsin area has been very good, with nice catches of fish coming from local backwater areas in 4 to 7 feet of water.  Most of the walleyes are coming on tip ups baited with golden shiners early and late in the day.

Northerns have been tearing it up in the central Wisconsin area, and we have seen some really nice fish.  Most of our action is taking place in 4 to 8 feet of water while running out tip ups baited with large golden shiners and medium sized (4 to 6 inches) sucker minnows.  The key to having a great day over an average one is keeping your bait suspended well above the bottom.  On most of our outings we are running our baits several feet off the bottom and in some instances even right under the ice.

Crappie action is outstanding right now in the central Wisconsin area and catching a pail full of slabs is not out of the question.  Tip downs baited up with tiny crappie sized minnows or jigging with tiny ice jigs like the Northland Mooska are working very well.  Target depths of 12 to 18 feet and use your flasher unit to locate and work suspended fish.

For you anglers targeting bluegills in the central Wisconsin area, the bite has been very good especially on the large 8+ inch gills.  Most of our action is still coming from shallow weeds in 3 to 5 feet of water, but we are now seeing a few fish drifting onto the deeper shelves and adjacent flats.

We have been seeing some action for perch in the central Wisconsin area, and although it has not been limits, we are getting good numbers of some decent sized fish.  Most of the action is coming from 10 to 14 feet of water while jigging tiny spoons and jigging Rapalas right near the bottom.

(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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