Central Wisconsin Outdoor Report – Phil Schweik

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Wow… What happened? It seems like it was just yesterday and I was writing about the upcoming deer season and it’s already over. Deer kill numbers are down but then again the weather really didn’t cooperate very well either. Hunters did score better on bucks this year so that is positive, and without hearing of any fatalities it was another relatively safe season.

On a sad note musky fishing in Wisconsin’s Northern Zone has closed for the remainder of the season. Typically we are already on the ice by now but at this point most anglers are still anxiously looking for that first ice. Watching the extended forecast we should be on the ice by the end of next week if not early the following week.

With that said there are still a few die-hards anglers out there giving it a shot and they have been quite successful. Walleye fishing remains relatively good along with some action from some really nice northern pike. Shallow backwater areas off the river that we would normally be targeting through early ice are holding fish right now.

For best results target low light periods of the day and run shallow diving crankbaits like Rapalas and Flicker Shads. Just because the ice isn’t there yet doesn’t mean the fish aren’t there. Same thing goes for crappies and bluegills. If you know where to target them on first ice look for those same areas to be really good right now.

Have a great week,

Phil Schweik
Hooksetters Guide Service
Phone: 715-693-5843


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