from some of the BEST PLACES TO FISH !
23rd August, 2011: FISHING REPORT:
Wausau, Central Wisconsin Area
by Joel DeBoer of
Wisconsin Angling Adventures
Walleyes are being caught from deeper holes,
flats, and breaks, especially during mid-day hours. While there is still good
action to be found while fishing shallower wood or weed edges, the largest
walleyes have been consistently coming from deeper water. Live bait rigs tipped
with minnows or leeches are working well, as are jigs tipped with plastics
and/or livebait. Trolling has been another very productive option for targeting
walleyes, with both crankbaits and crawler harnesses producing good catches of
Anglers looking to target smallmouth bass should try throwing lipless crank
baits, popper/chugger style surface lures, or in-line spinners in and around
logs, stumps, and rocky areas, especially those exposed to current. While
smallmouth are being caught throughout the day, the early morning and evening
periods have consistently had the most intense feeding windows. An often
overlooked species in our area, largemouth bass have been producing steady
action for anglers throughout the day as well. Thick vegetation and areas of
tangled submerged wood have been the best areas to target. Weedless surface
lures, buzzbaits, spinnerbaits, and jig-and-pig combinations have all been
Catfish anglers continue to enjoy one of North-Central Wisconsinís hardest
fighting fish by working holes and pools with fresh-cut bait on a slip-sinker
rig and circle hook. While commercially prepared offerings and even chicken
livers will catch channel catfish, anglers looking to see the most consistent
action, especially with the largest fish in the system, will do best with fresh
chunks of fish.
Late-summer stream conditions currently have the brook, brown, and rainbow trout
more concentrated in deeper pools and cuts. With the reduced flow and increased
water clarity, the trout have been a tad more skittish and wary, and thus
requiring stealthy presentations to consistently catch fish. Fly-fishing using
both dry and streamer flies have been productive, as has casting ultra light
in-line spinners during the day. A few large brown trout have been caught and
released recently by casting crankbaits after dark.
Double-ten bucktails and prop-style surface lures are continuing to produce the
most consistent musky action, although jerkbaits are starting to come on strong
recently as well. While classic summer musky haunts such as weed edges and
submerged wood/stumps are still holding plenty of active fish, rock structure,
especially where current is present, has been holding plenty of fish as well.
Jerkbaits and crankbaits have been working well amongst the rocks, with perch,
walleye, and sucker patterns all producing well.
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