Walleye, crappie, smallmouth bass and musky hitting; all in and amidst the lakes and the Wisconsin River in Wisconsin’s Marathon and Lincoln Counties (near Mosinee and Wausau).
There’s a good walleye bite on the Wisconsin River in the central Wisconsin area right now with anglers picking up nice fish in 8 to 12 feet of water associated with current breaks and downed timber. Run weedless lead head jigs tipped with fathead minnows right on the bottom, and right in the wood for best action.
The crappie bite in the central Wisconsin area is fantastic with limits of very nice fish being caught regularly. Most of the action is coming from crappies that are holding up in shallow wood cover, but a few are now suspended over deeper water in 10 to 15 feet of water. Run slip bobbers with minnows to pick up these feisty fish.
Smallmouth bass action in the central Wisconsin area is heating up and we are picking up some nice fish in the 16 to 20 inch range with a few going over 20 inches. Just last week we had one come in at over 6 pounds which is a whopper anywhere. With the water temperatures now in the 60 degree range a lot of these fish are taking top water baits like Zara Spooks and Chug Bugs, but we are also picking up a lot of fish on jigs with plastics and some crankbaits, too.
Musky season in the central Wisconsin area is off to a good start. We have been getting a few nice fish on bucktails, but some of the larger fish came on Bulldawgs. For early season success target shallow weeds or weed edges in 3 to 6 feet of water, but don’t overlook targeting deeper rocks in 8 to 12 feet of water, as the fish are post spawn and are holding on structure that will warm up throughout the day. One of the muskies that we picked up was still spewing eggs indicating a very late spawn. This is the first time in over 40 years that I had a musky still dumping eggs this close to the opener in the central Wisconsin area.
(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).