Central Wisconsin Fishing Report – Phil Schweik

by | Mar 12, 2018 | Buzz Bite Report, Wisconsin | 0 comments

Fantastic weather this past week has led to some outstanding fishing. Anglers have been getting out on both open water and ice fishing and doing well in both situations. Ice conditions remain favorable on most lakes, and areas below the dams on the Wisconsin River have been open with good access for fishing.

With game-fish closed on most inland lakes ice anglers have been targeting crappies, bluegills and perch and doing very well on all species. At this time of the year you will want to target mainly shallow weeds and shallow mud flats for each of these species and even 2 to 3 feet of water isn’t too shallow for panfish at this time of the year. I typically run tip-downs over a large area to try to determine the general location of the main school or concentration of fish, and then once I see which tip-downs are producing the best, I move in with jigging rods for more consistent action.

Open water anglers are mainly targeting walleyes in deeper water below dams on the Wisconsin River. Most days a simple lead head jig that has been tipped with a minnow or twister-tail will work just fine, but there are days when we toss crankbait style lures like Rapala’s or Shad Raps to likely locations in search of pre-spawn walleyes. Don’t be surprised if you pick up a straggler pike, catfish or even a musky as they will all be in these locations at this time of the year.

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

About Phil Schweik
Phil is one of the top money winners on the professional musky circuit. With over 50 top ten finishes and 20+ first place wins he has proven himself on the water over and over again. He is also the owner of Hooksetters Guide Service which keeps him on the water over 200 days a year. In addition to Phil's many days on the water he is a product specialist for several major companies in the fishing industry, and a seminar speaker at numerous sports clubs, and major sporting shows.


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