A couple gills here and there.
I recently had some success fishing the Wisconsin River. Feel free to check out the fishing video report!
86° - 90° F
We fished the local creek in our kayaks and got some nice smallmouth, and a freshwater drum.
Here's a short Central Wisconsin trout stream video report. Check it out if you are interested! Good Luck on the Water!
Thanks RP. Yes, I've caught about 40 of each this year and all but 2 nice brownies were released; they found their way to the grill. If you leave your Northwoods haunts and come this way I'd be happy to take you to a spot or two.........blindfolded of course. Tight lines.....
Thanks for sharing some tips Ol' Pal. I have never fished that area but based on your report, I might have to give it a shot. Stay safe and keep up the CPR!
81° - 88° F
New to the area and got some good (and much appreciated) advice on what types of lures to use creek fishing for trout from some friendly fishermen. I've explored streams in the area and have caught more pretty browns and smallmouth than I have before. I've found that the recommended Panther Martin spinners work well on brownies, but switching to a F-3 sinking Rapala upped the size of my catch and also was more likely to attract smallmouth. I know no government agency is perfect but do have to give kudos to DNR for managing the trout in the area. I've had lots of fun. Biggest brown was a smidge over 20" and have caught a couple smallies over 2lbs, but not quite 3lbs. Best conditions I've found have been 2-3 days after a rain when the water is still stained but not too high. Cloudy days or early/late in the day have been best. Earlier in the season most of my browns, especially the bigger ones hit at the lower end of pools. Now that it's hot, I'm getting more in the moving water and the smallies are just off the edge of the fast water in eddies or Vs. The smallies have started hitting topwater, I caught 14 today, all but 2 on a little popper. Most were under 12" but three were over 14", one of them 16". Lots of fun. Thank you to those that shared their experience, just trying to pass it on. Tight lines......
31° - 35° F
Hit up a metro location yesterday in the non stop on and off snow, and had a blast. We Kept a 3 man limit of gills and crappie for 4 guys as we have not had any fish in the freezer for a few months. Tossed, about 40 back, and missed a lot of nice ones as well that would thump my rod with authority every time a small front would come thru. Ice conditions in our area were fair, with about 6 inches of clear ice with a couple inch layer of slushy ice on top of that. Shallow water bite. Presentation wise, my go to arsenal included the following; VMC tungsten fly tipped with 2 spikes, or tipped with a black plastics from PAN FISH PIRATE as well as using some of his custom color jigs which had green and orange color patterns. CUSTOM JIGS AND SPINS gill pills , and tungsten line of jigs tipped with waxies. Trilene ice line from 1-3# test paired with TUNED UP CUSTOM RODS, and a HT enterprises straight line reel rod combo tipped with a Frabill spring bobber. Cadence of jigging repetition was pretty much constant half second thumping with a a steady miniscule lift to get their attention and a pause before the thump. A couple fish came on a refined tip down system I use paired with HTtip downs And TUNED UP CUSTOM RODS with some custom adjustments of my own which involes a spring bobber and light atachment paired wih tungsten jigs and small crappie minnows. Fish hit aggressively every time one of the little multiple small fronts came thru. Allmost all fish within 1-2 foot of bottom. Saw pleny areas of sketchy ice, as well as open water. Stay topside people. Thought I would give you a detailed description of what worked for us. DOWN SIZE presentation was of importance, the buggier the presentation, the better your hook up ratio. Gills varied between 7-9.5 inches crappies were 10- 12.5 inches.
66° - 70° F
61° - 65° F
Sunday I finally got into some perch.They were right along the weed edge and tight to the bottom. Dead sticking along with a piece of worm and a bare hook worked best. I must of caught 30 8 to 9 inch perch but only kept 15 9 to 12 inch perch. With the warm weather coming they will probably shut down so I’ll wait till cooler temperatures before I go again. I got them in 3 different locations you just have to keep moving till you find them