Outstanding action for giant northerns, with perch and crappies hitting strong, and a pretty good walleye bite; all in and amidst the lakes and the Wisconsin River in Wisconsin’s Marathon and Lincoln Counties (near Mosinee and Wausau).
Outstanding action for GIANT northerns in the central Wisconsin area. Big northerns well over 30 inches and even some over 40 inches have been the norm the past few weeks. These are big fish that want a big bait. XL-shiners and good sized suckers have been the bait of choice fished off tip-ups set along shallow weed edges in 4 to 10 feet of water. Most of the action is coming at specific time periods (windows – where we get a bunch of strikes at the same time during the day) but the mid day hours still seem to be producing the best fish.
Perch fishing in the central Wisconsin area is going strong with limit catches coming on our guided trips. Most of the perch are in the 9 to 11 inch range but we are seeing a few up to 14 inches. Wigglers are the bait of choice but spikes, waxies, and minnows are all working well too. Most of these fish have been holding on the deep weed edges in 8 to 12 feet of water but as the winter is progressing we are seeing a steady movement of these perch towards shallower water.
The crappie bite in the central Wisconsin area has been steady all winter long with great action from good sized fish averaging 10 to 12 inches in length. Most of these fish are coming on rosie reds – minnows suspended below a slip bobber or tip downs. Hole hopping is an option but with the way these fish roam, by finding a good location and staying put you will catch more fish.
The walleye bite in the central Wisconsin area has been pretty good with some really good fish pushing the 30 inch mark being taken lately. Most of these fish are suspended over mid lake humps in 8 to 12 feet of water. We are using large golden shiners and medium sucker minnows on tip-ups and by working jigging raps and puppet minnows along the bottom on medium action jigging rods.
(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).