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30th July, 2010: FISHING REPORT:
Wausau, Central Wisconsin Area
by Joel DeBoer of
Wisconsin Angling Adventures
Recent high water has made fishing locally on the
Wisconsin River system a bit more of a challenge in the past week, but water
clarity and levels are quickly returning to normal. The increased flow, while
offering some navigation and presentation challenges to anglers, has also helped
locate numbers of fish in predictable areas. As top of the line predators, the
muskies have been active, taking advantage of the current breaks to funnel prey
for them to ambush. Large rubber or hybrid jerkbait-style lures such as
Bulldawgs and Tyrants have been working well, with brighter colors producing the
best due to the dirtier water conditions. Crankbaits offering large silhouettes
such as 10” Jakes and 9” Shallow Czars have also been working very well; again,
brighter patterns have been the most productive. There has been a solid bucktail
and surface bait bite on the lakes of North-Central Wisconsin for muskies the
past few weeks, including the waters of Marathon, Lincoln, Oneida, and Vilas
counties. The double-ten bucktail bite continues to be producing good action
from the muskies. Lures such as the Mepps H210 worked over weeds and shallow
rocks are producing fish consistently; a medium to fast retrieve has been best.
Surface baits have also been working well, especially at night on the clearer
lakes. Black or green prop-style or creeper baits like the Dictator are all
accounting for fish.
The resident smallmouth bass population has been active, with good numbers of
fish currently being found amongst the shallow wood and rocks. The morning and
evening periods have held good action on buzzbaits or chugger-style surface
lures, while numbers of fish are being caught during the day on both in-line
spinners and crankbaits. The best spinner colors in both the Mepps Aglia and
Aglia Long, the hottest in-lines recently, have been gold or copper with a dark
dressing, or a bright body and dressing combination such as orange or
chartreuse; for crankbaits, bright crayfish patterns, chromes, and firetiger
have been tops. Look for structure such as rock/sand bars, downed trees, and
bridge pilings that create current breaks; then work your presentation from
shallow to deep until you find the depth holding the most active fish.
Walleyes locally have been using current breaks as well, with the fish using
bridge pilings, stumps and logs, and rock/sand bars, similar to the smallmouth.
Look for seams in the current and present crankbaits or jig-and-livebait
offerings along them. There continue to be decent numbers of fish using the
shallows, so don’t overlook the “skinny” water, even during mid-day hours if
there is good cover and structure present. Switching gears a bit, the walleye
bite on Green Bay continues to be excellent, with large numbers of fish in the
mid to upper twenty inch range available on a regular basis; a truly world-class
fishery at the present.
Panfish remain available to anglers using small jigs or hooks tipped with
livebait. Where present, lily pad beds and the deep edges of submergent
vegetation are holding panfish, and should be fished thoroughly. Likewise, stump
fields, blow-downs, and snags are also holding ample numbers of panfish; again,
small plain hooks or jigs tipped with a piece of nightcrawler or a small leech
have been working well. Fly-fishing in the morning and evening with tiny poppers
and dry flies has also been an effective and entertaining manner in which to
catch panfish. I’ll see you on the water…
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