Marathon & Lincoln Fishing Report: January 7, 2013

Walleye, crappies, bluegills and perch all hitting; all in and amidst the lakes and the Wisconsin River in Wisconsin’s Marathon and Lincoln Counties (near Mosinee and Wausau).

Anglers in the central Wisconsin area are getting out and having success, but caution is advised when traveling on the ice.  Ice conditions vary considerably on local lakes and reservoirs and with several reports of shacks and vehicles going through the ice in the past week, we are cautioning anglers to use common sense before heading out onto the ice.

Walleye fishing in the central Wisconsin area has been very good with nice catches of fish in the 15 to 20 inch range along with a few larger “slot fish” as well.  Most of the fish are coming on tip-ups baited up with golden shiners during low light periods and after dark, but this past week has seen action from daytime walleyes on jigging Rapalas and Northland Puppet minnows.  We actually picked up a couple of nice muskies (immediately released) on our walleye rigs, as well.  It sure is a fun battle when you’re not using a leader.

The panfish bite in the central Wisconsin area continues to take the main stage as anglers are finding lots of 7 to 9 inch fish on area lakes.  A lot of the action is taking place in 5 to 7 feet of water associated with green weeds.  Northland Gill Pills in orange and yellow have been working well on bull nosed gills, as are the tiny tungsten style Mooska jigs.

The crappie bite in the central Wisconsin area has been pretty good with nice catches of fish in the 10 to 12 inch range along with a couple of 13 and 14 inch fish in the mix.  Tip downs continue to be working very well, but savvy anglers with good electronics, light line and tiny plastics can out-fish live bait anytime, especially on suspended fish.

Perch fishing in the central Wisconsin area has been very good with nice catches coming from several different lakes.  Most of the perch are being caught on large spoons like Swedish Pimples and Hali’s.  We are tipping them with either the head of a small minnow or several waxes or spikes.

One last note:  Hooksetters is happy to announce that we will be hosting an ice fishing tournament out of Halfmoon Resort on Halfmoon Lake in Mosinee on Saturday, January 19, 2013.  Please visit our website at:  www.hooksetters.biz for more details and information.

(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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