Watch where other folks go and take it SLOW. Eventually you'll figure out the channel but remember that any flood can rearrange bars and logs so you're never 100% safe. If you have electronics that plot your routes you'll have that to fall back on when you figure things out.
Hi, looking for advice. I recently bought my first boat. It is a 17.5 bass tracker with a 40hp mercury. I have been taking it on lots of lakes and want to take it onto the river. First of all is will this boat do alright on the river? Also Wondering how to know when it is safe to go out with water levels and how to avoid the sand bars? Thanks, any info helps, just trying to learn!
There might be one open near Muscoda or Boscobel as I think there are a couple not maintained by the WI DNR
Anyone know where you can launch your boat on the lower Wisconsin river down toward Spring Green, Lone Rock, Muscoda, etc?
All of the DNR launches are closed per governors order. There are closed signs up at Arena, Spring Green and Lone Rock launches. So does anyone know where we can put in to fish this area??
36° - 40° F
Hit up some backwater sloughs on the Wisconsin River. Ice conditions were deteriorating, but was able to find some decent panfish.
Check out the video link below.
81° - 88° F
On Saturday afternoon, spent about 90 min at a spot off of Hwy 23 at the suggestion of someone here. Liked the structure and that I was throwing into the main river, but couldn't get anything interested. Saw 6-7 fish splashing topwater in the time I was there, though never enough to ID. Decent currents, eddy areas and such.
This afternoon I went to the Riverside Resort area as well as walking the trail back to Cynthia Slough. Saw a couple medium LMB towards the end of my time, and again some visual evidence of fish in the area, at least one being a bigger LMB crashing the surface at shad or bugs, but nothing to show.
PM is fine too, I have it active.
66° - 70° F
I tried from the launch on Y to about the Ferry Bluff area. It was my first time on this stretch of the river and I had little luck. I was fishing from my kayak so it was hard to stay put, I have an anchor but I forgot to bring it. I managed one very nice crappie and a few minor smallmouth. Missed a nice northern and had a few other misses. There did appear to be some nice stretches of water though, but from my kayak I have to guess as to where some of the deeper holes reside based on my limited experience on fishing rivers in general. Hundreds of canoes out made it a little tough stick on a stretch... though it sure beats power boats.