Marathon & Lincoln Fishing Report: January 28, 2013

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

Lots of cold weather in the central Wisconsin area has slowed down the number of people fishing, but the action is still hot.

Good walleye bite in the central Wisconsin area during low light period and after dark.  If you can handle the cold weather try running Frabill Thermal tip ups baited with golden shiners or sucker minnows in shallow water from 5 to 8 feet deep. The tip ups cover the entire hold and them from freezing up.

Anglers in the central Wisconsin area who are looking for some hard fighting fish through the ice will be pleasantly surprised that the northern bite is still going strong.  Most of our action is coming on tips up baited with large golden shiners or good sized sucker minnows.  Target depths of 3 to 8 feet for the most consistent action and keep your baits at least 18 to 24 inches off the bottom, and in some of the shallower water don’t be afraid to run your baits right under the ice.

Crappies in the central Wisconsin area have been going strong with good catches from suspended fish in 12 to 16 feet of water.  We have been having our best luck by running small tungsten jigs like the Northland Mooska and the Gill Getter when tipped with an IPULSE mayfly or tape worm.

Bluegills in the central Wisconsin are have been quite active especially if you can find good weeds or underwater structure like a brush pile or downed trees.  The gills are holding tight to this type of structure and once you find them they will readily bite on almost any presentation right now.  We have been having our best luck in 6 to 10 feet of water and by using the Northland Gill Getters in firetiger and orange tiger.

(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).

About the Author

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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