Musky action heating up, with good to very good action for walleye, northerns, crappies, bluegills, perch bass, and catfish; in and amidst the lakes and the Wisconsin River in Wisconsin’s Marathon and Lincoln Counties (near Mosinee and Wausau).
Musky action in the central Wisconsin area is heating up as the water temps rise, and the walleye/panfish bite continues to be very good.
The action for muskies in the central Wisconsin area over the past week has been very good. We have caught some very nice fish including a giant 49 inch fish (quickly released). Most of the action has been from shallow backwater areas off the Wisconsin River and shallow weedy flats in the area lakes. So far the muskies have been hitting small bucktails and spinnerbaits, but jerkbaits like Mantas and Suicks are now, getting some attention too.
The walleye activity in the central Wisconsin area has been very good with nice catches coming in this past week. On most of the half day trips we are seeing anywhere from 30 to 60 fish being caught along with a multitude of other species as well like: Bass, perch, crappies, catfish, and even a few nice northerns, which are all present in the Wisconsin River system. Most of the walleye activity has been by targeting areas along current breaks with structure in 6 to 10 feet of water. We have been using the weedless Ricky jigs to be able to get in and around the structure and pick off the walleyes without getting our baits hung up. At his time of the year the weedless jigs are priceless when it comes to working structure.
The bite for crappies and bluegills have been very good in the central Wisconsin area. The crappies are done spawning and have moved off to traditional summer locations. They can be caught by fishing for them with a small minnow suspended at the proper depth below a slip bobber.
The bluegills are now spawning, and for the most part can be found in very shallow water less than 3 feet deep. Look for shallow wood and weeds and you will find the gills. Catching them is as easy as 1, 2, 3. All you need is a small hook suspended about 8 inches to a foot below a bobber and have it baited up with a piece of crawler or a tiny worm. This combo will do the trick all day long at catching bluegills and even a few perch as they are sometimes mixed in with the gills.
Anyone looking for bass, now is the time to do it in the central Wisconsin area. The action for bass this past week has been absolutely unbelievable with not only great numbers of fish, but some real giants as well. Most of the activity has been by tossing plastics to submerged timber and rocks but a few fish are hitting topwater baits 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).