Warmer weather means exploding walleye action, with ancillary catches of northerns, smallmouth and catfish. All in and amidst the lakes and the Wisconsin River in Wisconsin’s Marathon and Lincoln Counties (near Mosinee and Wausau).
Warmer weather in the central Wisconsin area has caused an outstanding walleye bite on the Wisconsin River. We’ve had explosive action for lots of eater sized fish in the 15 to 20 inch range, along with several fish in and over the 20 to 28 inch slot size. Most of the fish have been coming from shallow water in one to three feet, associated with rocks and gravel. These are spawning walleyes that are up shallow and they can be caught by running light 1/16th and 1/32nd ounce jigs baited up with fathead minnows. The lighter jigs are necessary in the shallow water as the heavier 1/8th and one-quarter ounce jigs will just get hung up on the rocks and snag the bottom.
We have also started picking up a few non-target species, with smallmouth, northern and a few catfish now showing up. Most of these fish are coming while we are targeting walleyes but are still just as much fun to catch.
(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).