Southern Wisconsin Fishing Report – January 11th, 2012
BIG GREEN LAKE AREA
There was about 5 inches of ice on the bay of Big Green Lake last week. Anglers were out on that ice and were catching perch. Little Green is covered with ice, and guys were getting out there for walleyes and panfish.
North Bay Sport and Liquor, (920) 294-6462.
LAKE MICHIGAN/METRO AREA LAKES
Fishing on the inland lakes has improved with snow cover. The small, shallow lakes and wind-protected bays have 4 to 6 inches of ice. Do not venture out over the main bodies of deep lakes, as many of these areas just recently froze. A few of the areas that have 4 to 6 inches of ice are The Kettle of Nagawicka, Ashippun, Silver, Golden, Upper and Lower Genesee, Spring, Rome Pond, Forest, School Section, the beach on Lac La Belle, Lower Phantom, Lower Nemahbin, Fowler, Big and Little Muskego, Rock Lake (marsh and north end), Ottawa, Pretty, Pewaukee (east end and west end shallow weed flats), Delavan (launch bay), Okauchee (Bay 5 and Icehouse Bay), Pike, Beaver, Wind, Keesus, Cornell, Ripley, Moose, Stoughton ditches, and Koshkonong. Bluegills will be found near green weeds in 6 to 15 feet of water. On some lakes, where the ice is “safe” in deeper areas, look for them in 20 to 25 feet of water. Anglers willing to hole-hop with a flasher to find active fish have done best. Wigglers have been the best bait for finicky ’gills. Crappies were most active during early morning hours and just before dusk. Look for them suspended over deeper water or over the tops of weeds, often only a few feet below the ice. Perch were found around weedbeds. Big perch have been caught on tip-downs or tip-ups, lightly rigged. Northern pike were active around weeds in 3 to 8 feet of water. Walleye action was best during dark, when they were found around weed flats or over rock bars in 4 to 8 feet of water.
DNR hotline, (414) 382-7920.
Smokey’s Bait Shop, (262) 691-0360.
Dick Smith’s Bait, (262) 646 2218.
Ice has formed on a lot of the chain and anglers are fishing on most of those areas. Kegonsa and Waubesa are both frozen over now and guys were looking for some perch on Waubesa. Ice depths were 3 to 5 inches last week. Monona Bay and the Triangle were ice-covered last week. Fishing has been OK there. The ice is clear, so the fish are spooky. Cherokee Marsh is frozen over, and guys have been catching a few big bluegills and crappies, although most of the fish are small.
D&S Bait and Tackle, (608) 244-3474.
Dorn Hardware, (608) 244-5403.
SAUK CITY AREA
Anglers were catching bluegills on the bays of Lake Wisconsin. Fish Lake has seen some northern pike action in the bay. Crappies have been hitting on Crystal Lake toward dusk. Guys fishing the backwaters of the Wisconsin River have been catching some bigger pike on tip-ups.
Wilderness Fish and Game, (608) 643-2433.