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23rd February, 2009: FISHING REPORT:
Wausau, Central Wisconsin Area
by Joel DeBoer of
Wisconsin Angling Adventures
Fishing is very good in the Wausau/Central
Wisconsin area, and with warmer weather on the horizon, the action will only
continue to get better! Great time of year to get out on the ice.
The walleye bite has truly been "on fire" in the Wausau/Central Wisconsin area.
Anglers are catching and releasing many slot fish (20-28 inches). The walleyes
are still associating with various structural elements including sunken wood and
green weeds. The best depths for the walleyes has been from 5-15 feet, with the
presentation of choice being tip-ups baited with shiners or sucker minnows. The
night bite is still going strong with anglers catching fish in water as shallow
as three feet. In addition, anglers jigging for walleyes are still reporting
good success, including bonus perch being caught.
Northern action remains strong in the Wausau/Central Wisconsin area with most
anglers reporting fish being taken in 4-12 feet of water associated with
remaining green weeds. Tip-ups with large shiners or golden shiner are producing
fish up to 38 inches, with the chance of these 'gators reaching or exceeding the
magic 40 inch mark. Remember, the best northern ice fishing of the season is yet
to come as late February into March are trophy northern time in the
Wausau/Central Wisconsin area.
Bluegill action continues strong, with fish currently relating to the remaining
green weeds, both amongst the largest clumps and along edges. Good limits of
nice sized gills including some real "bulls" are being caught, with anglers
having their best luck with live bait mousies, waxies and spikes.
Anglers in the Wausau/Central Wisconsin area are finding that the perch bite is
starting to pick up with good limits of nice sized perch being found associated
with mud flats. Anglers that stay mobile and can locate these schools are doing
very well using wigglers and small tear drop jigs or smaller Swedish Pimples.
The crappie bite in the Wausau/Central Wisconsin area, while sporadic at times,
has continued to provide good sized slabs for anglers who are willing to drill
plenty of holes and remain mobile. Early morning and dusk have been the most
productive times, with anglers utilizing their electronics to locate schools of
fish suspended over the deeper water of holes and main area basins. Small
minnows on tip-downs seem to be producing the most consistently, although
jigging amongst your set of tip-downs will draw strikes quickly from aggressive
And remember, the walleye, northern, and bass seasons on most of the waters in
the Wausau/Central Wisconsin area REMAIN OPEN throughout the year; and unlike so
many lakes further north that have daily walleye bag limits of two or three
fish, the walleye bag limit on most of the waters of the Wausau/Central
Wisconsin area remains at FIVE (5) fish.
For more information
Wisconsin Angling Adventures
Tel: +1 715-297-7573
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