Strong fall musky bite, with walleye very good, crappies and bluegills hitting, and white bass showing up in record numbers. All in and amidst the lakes and the Wisconsin River in Wisconsin’s Marathon and Lincoln Counties (near Mosinee and Wausau).
The big fall musky bite has begun in the central Wisconsin area, and some real trophy class fish are being taken. Jerkbaits and double bladed bucktails, along with large rubber baits are going to be the main pattern from now-on until freeze up. Look for muskies to be suspending near deeper water along drop-offs and roaming deep weed edges in search of prey.
The walleye bite in the central Wisconsin area has been very good with some nice catches being made from the deeper sections of the Wisconsin River. Jigs tipped with fathead minnows are working the best but a few anglers are still picking up some nice fish by long line trolling.
Activity for panfish in the central Wisconsin area has been very good with crappies really turning on. Most of these fish are suspended over deeper water and can be caught by running slip bobbers with small minnows suspended 5 to 7 feet below the surface. The bluegills have been consistent with nice catches of fish from deep submerged wood. Tiny jigs tipped with a piece of crawler or a red worm will do the trick for the gills.
White bass have been showing up in record numbers in the central Wisconsin area. You find one, and you will find a dozen. A small white spinner tossed along shoreline structure will catch any white bass that swims and if you pick one up work the area thoroughly as there will be more for sure.
(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).