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Walleye Fishing and More
Wisconsin is known
for some of the best Walleye fishing in the Country.
There are plenty of waters from rivers to lakes that
hold Walleye throughout Wisconsin. Many anglers prefer
planning a fishing trip to the
Northwoods of Wisconsin to catch their
fish, most of the lakes in the Wisconsin Northwoods
are known for great walleye fishing. Within a 45 minute
to an hour radius, you have some of the finest lakes
to fish in the entire state. The Eagle River chain of
lakes has many lakes with an abundance of walleye.
St. Germain and
Lakes area also have plenty of beautiful
lakes to fish for walleye.
Located in Dane
County Wisconsin, Lake Mendota has a 3-fish 18-inch walleye limit.
On Lake Mendota try pitching a half night crawler or leech
into pockets on the outside edge of the weeds on a
1/16-ounce black jighead.
Shawano County Wisconsin, when walleye fishing Lake
Shawano target some of the shallow reefs along the lake's
east end that top out at about 10 feet by long-line
trolling deep-running minnow-imitating lures. Once walleye are
located, switch over to a jig-and-minnow presentation, or
a minnow under a slip-bobber during periods of low light.
During the Spring
and Fall, Walleye can be found close to the shorelines on
Lake Winnebago. In the Summer, large schools of walleye
are found roaming the vast open water of Lake Winnebago
chasing schools of gizzard shad, emerald shiners and
young-of-the-year drum or sheepshead.
Located in Chippewa
County Wisconsin, when walleye fishing Lake Wissota
stay in the 15-25 foot range. During the day use
a jig and minnow and as night approaches anchor and
cast some slip bobbers by any drop off.
Bluegill fishing has
been best in 12 to 18 feet of water near sand/gravel
areas adjacent to weeds, especially for larger fish.
Smaller bluegills were found in shallower water around
weeds and piers. Giant redworms, leafworms, panfish
leeches and wax worms baited on a No. 8 hook or small
jig produced. A 1/32-ounce jig and plastic combo along
with a black fly baited with a wax worm worked great
as well. Slip-bobber rigs or vertical jigging are the
best presentation in deeper water, while a small bobber
works best in shallow water. Foam spiders, poppers or
black ant flies fished with fly rod or an ultralight
spinning rod with a casting bubble were effective during
early morning and evening hours with calm conditions.
Crappies found suspended
along outside weed lines in 12 to 18 feet of water or
over deeper water. Casting or drifting with a 1/32-ounce
jig or No. 6 hook on a split shot rig baited with a
small fathead minnow produced. A 1/32-ounce jig dressed
with a 1- to 2-inch plastic tail also produced.
Perch active along weed
lines near the bottom in 9 to 15 feet of water. Vertical
jigging a 1/32-ounce jig baited with a small fathead
minnow, giant redworm or spike has worked well. Jigging
spoons baited with live bait also can produce.
Northern pike action has been great.
Fish the deeper weed lines or deep structure near bait
fish. A medium sucker baited on a circle hook with a
heavy fluorocarbon leader and slip sinker worked best.
Vertical jigging a 3/8-ounce hair jig baited with a
large golden shiner minnow also worked great. Casting
around weed flats using chatter baits, Mepps spinners,
lipless crank baits and swim jigs produced smaller,
more aggressive pike.
Largemouth bass are
in their summer patterns. During early morning or evening
hours, fish the weed flats in 5 to 10 feet of water
using swim jigs, spinner baits, shallow running crank
baits, inline spinners or top-water baits. Fishing deeper
weed lines with Texas-rigged plastics, crank baits,
drop shot rigs, jig worms or wacky jigs have produced.
A medium golden shiner, nightcrawler or leech fished
on a live bait rig or under a slip bobber works best
for live bait. Fishing near piers or other shallow water
structure with wacky worms, jig and Craw Chunk combos
and tubes worked, as well. Anglers also had success
fishing the slop with plastic frogs.
Smallmouth bass active
along breaks or cruising shallower rock bars. Swim jigs,
suspending jerk baits, spinnerbaits and 5" Kalins
grubs worked for suspended smallies. Dragging a tube
jig, Carolina rigs, drop shot rig and a football jig
with skirted grub has also produced. A slip sinker rig
with a leech, jumbo fathead or small sucker works best
for live bait. Popper style top-water baits or flukes
have produced during calm conditions.
Walleyes active along
weed edges in 8 to 18 feet of water along with deeper
structure in 20 to 30 feet. Leeches, nightcrawlers,
jumbo fatheads or medium golden shiners worked best
for live bait. A lindy rig, jig or slip bobber rig is
the best ways to present these baits. At night or early
morning, cast minnow style crank baits over the tops
Muskies will be found around breaks
or deeper weed lines. Casting bucktails, spinnerbaits,
or plastic baits triggered fish. Trolling crank baits
along breaks can also be effective.