Anywhere to fish from shore for walleye? I do very little open water fishing but I need something to occupy my time after the ice goes out. Pm if needed. Thanks
Wisconsin River - Tomahawk , Lincoln County
Brady.... Launch below the King dam. There is a nice level gravel/sand area to put in about 200 yards from the dam on the South side. Throw a couple of casts (jig/minnow) before you put in from that area. Paddle across to the North side and fish the seam between the fast and slow water. Fish the North side bank and slack water as it warms sooner. You'll have no problem seeing where to fish, there are usually a few boats set up in the area. Good luck.
MOON PHASE (60%)
51° - 55° F
Below 40° F
Open water fishing is here to stay with warmer weather hanging around. River fishing has been going for a couple of weeks and cooler weather did produce slower bites for a short peroid of time. Most people will still be waiting till season opener to get the boat out of storage and start going through gear. This time of the year is a perfect opprotunity to start getting early river walleye action.
Walleye: Many fish are still staging proir to heading up river for spawn. Water temps have been holding in the upper 30's yet and both males and females are as hard as rocks. Bright colored jigs tipped with tuffies have produced very well for numbers of fish which you need to sort through them to get eaters. BFishn Tackle and Mepps Mister Twister are also a great addition to you tackle box when the bite is giong tough.
Perch: Jumbo perch are also staging for spawn and running with the eyes heading for spawn. Smaller jig combos with crappie minnow have worked great and some fish are being caught on walleye presentations.
Prior to heading out get correct info on closed off fish sanctuaries near dam areas. Swing by Aquatic Arts and talk with Dave,Debbie,Shane or Kyle when picking up bait and they will point you in the right direction to stay legal and what the bite has been like. With nicer weather forecasted this weekend I expect the water temps to climb and push more fish up from the deeper area towards spawning sites. This past Sunday the main lake was still ice covered and held way cooler water temps than up stream. Good luck and tight lines!!!
MOON PHASE (94%)
Walleye: Shallow water close to rapid moving current are producing great numbers during the daylight for smaller males. 1/4 to 3/8 oz. bright colored jigs tipped with Tuffies or Trigger X plastics have done well for us. Early morning periods with low light and early evening to dark are prime times to catch larger keeper fish.
Perch: Fish are still moving up and females are full of spawn yet. 1/8 oz. jigs with crappie bait were the ticket. Fish seemed to shut off towards dark when the walleyes moved in.
Pay close attention to the size of fish that you keep in accordance to regulations posted and also where you're located while fishing. Many males will stick around the dams until spawn is done and will provide steady action during peak low light periods. Good luck and tight lines!