Good action for walleye, northern, crappies and bluegills, and catfish hitting; in and amidst the lakes and the Wisconsin River in Wisconsin’s Marathon and Lincoln Counties (near Mosinee and Wausau).
The snow is piling up on the lakes in the central Wisconsin area and travel conditions are becoming an issue when it comes to getting to local ice fishing hotspots, but angers are still proceeding onto the ice and with that, they are doing quite well.
The walleye bite in the central Wisconsin area has continued to be very good at nighttime with some decent catches of fish in the 15 to 18 inch range with a few nice fish in the 20+ inch range. Most of these fish are coming on tip-ups in shallow water related to weeds.
Northern pike in the central Wisconsin area have been quite aggressive with some dandy fish being reported. Anglers are getting fish on tip-ups baited up with large golden shiners set right under the ice in 3 to 6 feet of water.
The crappie and bluegill bite is very good in the central Wisconsin area with nice catches coming from 10 to 16 feet of water on tip-downs baited with small minnows or by anglers jigging small ice jigs and spoons tipped with waxies and spikes.
Catfish are showing up more and more on outings in the central Wisconsin area and most of the action is coming from deeper water associated with the main Wisconsin River channel. Now normally you can’t get to the catfish this early in the year but with the early freeze up and good ice, anglers are venturing out to places they don’t normally get to until mid January and they are doing quite 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).