Walleye, bass, crappies and musky (where allowed — south of Hwy. 10) hitting. All in and amidst the lakes and the Wisconsin River in Wisconsin’s Marathon and Lincoln Counties (near Mosinee and Wausau).
Walleye fishing remains good in the central Wisconsin area on the Wisconsin River. Lots of nice fish are being caught by jig and minnow anglers, and a few taken from crankbaits tossed in shallow water.
Bass fishing is picking up in the central Wisconsin area, and a few lunkers have been caught. Bass up to and over the 20 inch mark are not uncommon at this time of the year. Look for most fish to be associated with shallow rocks and wood in less than 4 feet of water. Toss jig and beaver combos or run crawfish style crankbaits to tangle with these feisty bronzebacks.
There is a good crappie bite going on in the central Wisconsin area, as these panfish are starting to make their move towards shallow water to spawn. Look for the crappies to be in less than 3 feet of water associated with wood and brush. A small minnow suspended below a tiny bobber will tempt most crappies as they hang out near their spawning grounds.
Musky anglers south of Hwy. 10 (where musky fishing is allowed – check with the DNR to make sure you can fish a particular water) in the central Wisconsin area have had a good start to the 2013 opener with a few nice fish caught on the Wisconsin River system. Small bladed bucktails and twitch baits accounted for most fish but a few anglers picked up some muskies on larger baits like Bulldawgs and Suicks, as well.
(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).