Fishing has been good but things could take a turn with the upcoming forecast of rain and high temperatures. Ice conditions around central Wisconsin vary from 2 to 6 inches depending on the body of water. Some locations that have current do not even have ice. Right now I would strongly suggest foot travel only (using extreme caution) on water that you know, and to continue to inspect the conditions as this weekend progresses.
With that said this week’s report is going to be short and sweet. We had very good action from panfish this past week while targeting shallow weeds in 4 to 8 feet of water and found some nice crappies out over 25 feet of water. Most of the fish in the weeds were holding tight to the bottom with the deep water fish holding about 10 feet of the bottom. A lot of the fish we caught were on orange or yellow teardrop jigs tipped with wax worms, but we did manage a few on plastics as well.
We picked some nice walleyes and a few pike this past week targeting shallow mud flats and weeds. The pike hit mainly during the mid-day hours as opposed to the walleyes that primarily fed at night. Now there were a few exceptions but those were few and far between. Most of our action was on tip-ups baited with large golden shiners run about a foot off the bottom.
Have a great week,
Hooksetters Guide Service
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