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Walleye Fishing and More
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 the
Hayward 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 along
weed lines in 12-18 feet of water. On some lakes, sand
grass in 20-30 feet of water held gills. A No. 8 hook
baited with a waxworm, small leech, giant redworm or
piece of nightcrawler works best. Present these on a
slip-bobber rig or drop-shot rig. Vertical jigging a
1/32-ounce jig and plastic combo or jigging spoon baited
with a waxworm was also effective.
Crappies most active during early morning
and evening. Look for them suspended over deeper water
or along outside weed lines. Casting or drifting a 1/32-ounce
jig dressed with a small fathead minnow, waxworm or
small plastic tail worked best.
Largemouth bass fishing has been spotty.
Weed beds in 8-15 feet of water have provided anglers
with the best action. Texas-rigged plastics, wacky worms,
jig and craw chunk combos, swim jigs, spinner baits
and crank baits produced. Nightcrawlers, leeches and
medium golden shiners worked best for live bait. Early
and late in the day, cast top-water baits over weed
flats. Anglers also had success using plastic frogs
in the slop.
Smallmouth bass found along breaks or
points in 12-18 feet of water. Shallower rock bars also
will hold smallies. Dragging a tube jig, drop-shot rig,
football jig and skirted grub or a lindy rig baited
with a leech will work best. Popper-style top-water
baits have produced during early morning and evening.
Northern pike active near structure
and bait fish in 18-25 feet of water. A medium sucker
fished on a slip-sinker rig with a circle hook and fluorocarbon
leader will work best. Casting chatter baits, Mepps
spinners, buzz baits, swim baits or lipless crank baits
around weed flats produced smaller pike.
Walleyes found along weed edges in 14-18
feet of water. On some lakes, walleyes were found in
20-30 feet. A slip-bobber rig, lindy rig or jig baited
with a nightcrawler, leech or jumbo fathead minnow works
best. During dark conditions, cast crank baits over
the tops of weeds or humps.
Musky anglers have been targeting deeper
weed lines or along breaks. Try casting bucktails, glide
baits or plastic baits or trolling crank baits.