from some of the BEST PLACES TO FISH !
30th July, 2009: FISHING REPORT:
Wausau, Central Wisconsin Area
by Joel DeBoer of
Wisconsin Angling Adventures
Cooler than average temperatures have made for
some comfortable fishing conditions and the bite around the greater Wausau area
continues to be solid. Some very nice walleyes have been caught and released
within the past week by anglers targeting deep current breaks, such as those
found near bridges, neck-down areas, and even below dams. Large live bait
offerings have been producing the best, either presented on jigs or on a
slip-sinker style rig.
The channel catfish bite has seemed to continue to increase as summer has
progressed, and the past week has been no exception. While some fish are being
caught casting artificial lures such as crank baits and jig-and-plastic
combinations, the best bite is occurring on natural baits such as fresh cut bait
or a gob of night crawlers.
Largemouth bass fishermen are finding fish biting readily and holding in classic
summer haunts such as near thick woody cover, below docks, and in the slop. An
often overlooked fish here in the greater Wausau area, there are some true
trophy specimens available. Weedless surface lures and buzzbaits have been
working well, as have jig-and-pig combinations and spinnerbaits in brighter
color combinations such as orange and chartreuse.
Anglers looking to tangle with resident smallmouth bass should try throwing
lipless crank baits, popper style surface lures, or in-line spinners in and
around logs, stumps, and rocky areas exposed to current. While the bite has been
solid throughout the day, the afternoon into evening period has seemed to
produce the most action of late. Again, areas containing current are producing
the most consistent action.
The overall lack of rain has seen water levels continue to drop, and this is
true for the local trout streams as well. While the lower water levels has fish
more concentrated in deeper pools and cuts, the fish are skittish and wary,
requiring stealthy presentations to score. Fly-fishing has been an excellent
tactic, as has casting ultralight in-line spinners and crank baits; don’t
overlook the night-time fishing opportunities.
Musky activity has been steady, with good numbers of fish in the mid-thirty to
mid-forty inch range aggressive, with larger fish available as well. Single
bladed bucktails have been working well, as has twitching crank baits; perch,
firetiger, and orange have been top colors. Surface baits have been moving a lot
of fish, with both prop style and walk-the-dog type lures being productive. For
fish that are following and not committing, creeper and wobbler style surface
lures have been productive “toss back” offerings. Enjoy the last month of
summer, I’ll see you on the water…
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