With cooler water temps, all species hitting: Musky, walleye, smallmouth bass, crappies and bluegills; all in and amidst the lakes and the Wisconsin River in Wisconsin’s Marathon and Lincoln Counties (near Mosinee and Wausau).
The action for all species in the central Wisconsin area is very good. With the cooler temperatures that we have been having, the water temps have gone down about 10 degrees and the fish have been very active.
Musky action in the central Wisconsin area has been good and with the cooler water temps we have started targeting them again. Top water baits followed by large spinner baits have been working the best for us, but we have also had action by running large bucktails and twitch baits over thick weedy areas.
The walleye bite in the central Wisconsin area is very good with nice catches of fish this past week. Most of the action has come by working 1/8th ounce jigs in 10 to 14 feet of water along the main Wisconsin River channel, but a few anglers are picking up some nice fish by long-line trolling crankbaits in 6 to 12 feet of water.
If it’s action you’re looking for in the central Wisconsin area, smallmouth bass have been on fire with fish up to and over 20 inches long. We are targeting the smallies in shallow rocky sections of the Wisconsin River and along rip-rap sections on the main lakes. For baits, we are running crawfish style crankbaits and jigs tipped with tubes and plastics like beaver tails and imitation crawfish.
We have had great catches of crappies and bluegills in the central Wisconsin area by working deeper structure in both the Wisconsin River and the main lakes in the central Wisconsin area. Small 1/16th ounce jigs tipped with a chunk of crawler or a small minnow are doing the trick as are minnows suspended below slip bobbers at various depths, for the crappies.
(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).