Great action for walleyes and crappies, with some catfish hitting. In and amidst the lakes and the Wisconsin River in Wisconsin’s Marathon and Lincoln Counties (near Mosinee and Wausau).
Great action for walleyes and crappies this past week in the central Wisconsin area with not only numbers of good fish but some real slabs as well.
The walleyes have finished spawning in the central Wisconsin area and have moved to post-spawn areas. Look for the walleyes to be in shallow backwater areas off the main Wisconsin River system or along weed edges in 6 to 10 feet off water in main lake basins. Target the walleyes with jig and minnow combination or crankbaits worked in and around structure.
Crappies are typically shallow at this time of the year in the central Wisconsin area and can be easily targeted by locating shallow structure like wood, stumps or reeds. Small minnows suspended below a slip bobber will take these feisty panfish all day long.
We have also been getting a few nice catfish this past week by targeting very deep pools in the Wisconsin River system or in deeper holes in main lake basins. Jigs tipped with fathead minnow have been working very well for us but the key to success is keeping your bait right on the bottom and only moving it a little bit at a time.
(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).