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26th May, 2009: FISHING REPORT:
Wausau, Central Wisconsin Area
by Joel DeBoer of
Wisconsin Angling Adventures
The recent weather has been quite enjoyable in
North-Central Wisconsin lately, as has been the fishing. At present, a wide
variety of species are providing excellent action in the greater Wausau area
including panfish, bass, walleyes, and muskies just to name a few.
Panfish anglers are having abundant opportunities to score on good catches of
bluegills, as large numbers of spawning fish are currently accessible shallow; a
few bonus crappies have been mixed in as well. Begin by checking shallow weeds
or wood cover in area bays and backwaters to locate numbers of fish. Tiny jigs
suspended under a slip bobber and baited with Berkley Gulp! Worms have been
deadly, as has the classic piece of worm or night crawler impaled on a small
hook. The same presentations, albeit tipped with minnows, are working well for
the nomadic schools of crappies which can be found suspended off deep weeds or
channel breaks, once located using your electronics.
Terrific smallmouth bass action is available now, with anglers doing well
fishing rip-rap and wood. Texas-rigged tubes have been highly productive, as
have shallow running crankbaits. Pitching a weedless jig tipped with a leech or
night crawler into the various woody snags is also producing some big fish of
both smallmouth bass and largemouth bass. Anglers fishing the low-light periods
of morning and evening can expect good action using surface lures like the PT
Pro Popper and Frantic Fred as the topwater bit has really picked up.
In addition to excellent smallmouth fishing, the walleye fishing has been
terrific. The same blow-downs and snags holding smallmouth are holding good
catches of nice walleyes as well. Again, weedless jigs tipped with live bait
will produce fish. You’ll want to make sure you’re spooled up with a premium
fishing line such as Berkley Trilene XT to help avoid break-offs in the heavier
cover. Vertical jigging deeper holes during the daytime hours is also accounting
for plenty of walleyes.
If you are an Esox angler, the action has been excellent for both northern pike
and musky. Numerous northern pike in the 30” range up to 45” have been caught
and released as of late. Lures made of rubber or rubber plastic combinations
such as DeLONG Killer Eels, Curly Sues, and Suzy Suckers have been tough to
beat. Smaller bucktails such as the Mepps Musky Killer and Esox Edge Lucky 7
have also been consistently producing fish. Work the shallow weeds or wood as
the bulk of the fish remain quite shallow. Make sure to execute a proper
figure-eight after each and every cast.
Catch and release continues to be an important aspect to maintaining the top
notch fishery, especially for trophy northern pike, walleyes, smallmouth bass,
and muskies in the Wausau area. A successful release begins by not playing a
fish out to the point of exhaustion. Use a quality net such as those by Frabill
to contain your quarry while removing the hooks. If you must take a picture, do
so quickly and get the fish back in the water. Support your catch upright until
it is able to power itself away. Remember, CPR – catch, photo, proper release!
For more information
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