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Southern Wisconsin Fishing Report - January 25th, 2013

Posted on January 24, 2013

BEAVER DAM / FOX LAKE AREA

Walleyes are hitting on Beaver Dam Lake, and anglers are catching bluegills on Fox Lake.
Tim Nehls’ Fish Tales Bait, (920) 520-0015.

LAKE MICHIGAN/METRO AREA LAKES

In Sheboygan, fishing was slow, with only few brown trout being caught off the docks in the marina. Minnows or spawn under bobbers have been best early in the day. Colder weather will be needed before ice will be safe enough for fishing.
Fishing in Port Washington has been slow, with only a few brown and rainbow trout being caught by shore anglers fishing off of the Rotary Park rocks or the white railing area. The power plant discharge also has given up a few small browns. Spawn sacs fished near bottom or casting bright-colored crankbaits has worked best early and late in the day.
Fishing in Milwaukee has been rather slow. Some brown trout were being taken by boat and shore anglers, but not as many as in previous weeks. The Summerfest grounds and under the Hoan bridge have been the best spots for browns, and a few perch have been caught, as well. There is no safe ice yet on the lagoon or marina; more cold will be needed before there is fishable ice. Boat anglers, when able to get out, were also seeing slower action, with only a few browns and steelhead being taken early in the day. Most boat anglers were casting jigs and plastics or soaking minnows and spawn under floats. Shore anglers were having luck by using three-way rigs off of the bottom with small minnows or spawn. Minnows under bobbers also were working, along with casting crankbaits and spoons.
In the Racine harbor and lower Root River, ice is not safe enough for foot travel. A few days of cold will be needed to improve conditions. Some of the open pockets in the river and around the marina docks are giving up a few brown trout and pike. Minnows under floats or casting crankbaits and jigs and plastics have been the best presentations.
In Walworth County, most anglers have been fishing the inlet, the launch, and Lake Lawn. Ice conditions are very rough. Most of Delavan Lake is still open, with shorelines the same. A lot of anglers were still finding ways to the water, though. Be careful when you go out. January started off hot. Anglers were catching limits of panfish in only a few hours, with good size to the fish. Swedish Pimples have been the bait of choice. People have talked about having as many as 20 flags a day with tip-ups and landing anywhere from five to 10 northern pike of 23 to 28 inches.
DNR hotline, (414) 382-7920.
Smokey’s Bait Shop, (262) 691-0360.
Dick Smith’s Bait, (262) 646 2218.

MADISON AREA

Lake Monona opened up during the warm weather, and Lake Mendota still was open in some areas early last week, but anglers are moving around on other lakes, or areas of Monona and Mendota that do have ice. Fishermen had some good luck on Cherokee Marsh for decent-sized bluegills and crappies. Action on the west side of Mendota and the lake’s inlets has been spotty. Monona Bay and the Triangle have given up some bluegills, with the Triangle being the best. Lake Waubesa had some crappies out in deeper water. Perch have been hitting in deeper water on Lake Kegonsa. Ice conditions were improving last week as colder weather arrived.
Lafayette County has very little snow, and ice conditions may improve, but an ice shack went through Yellowstone Lake recently. Despite that fact, fishing pressure has been heating up on Yellowstone, as well as other area waters. Sportsmen are seeing furbearers, from raccoons to otters, moving about in Green and Lafayette counties.
D&S Bait & Tackle, (608) 244-3474.
Dorn Hardware, (608) 244-5403.

SAUK CITY AREA

Ice fishing reports are spotty. Anglers have been catching some crappies on Lake Redstone with limited success. Anglers have been using plastics and working the brush piles and submerged logs. Bluegill and perch fishing has been slow, as well. The recent warm weather melted the snow on the lakes and they are once again smooth for the most part. Bring your ice skates – the lakes are one big skating rink. People are still urged to use caution when venturing out on to the ice. Devils Lake is completely frozen, but with the thawing, the thinner ice in the middle of the lake is a bit unstable. There are still people ice fishing, but extreme caution should be taken, as it is hard to determine how thick the ice is around the outer edges of the lake. Colder weather has ice building on backwaters of the Wisconsin River. Ice fishing has been slow due to fluctuating water levels on the river.
Wilderness Fish and Game, (608) 643-2433.