The weekend warmup was a welcome relief after several sub-zero
mornings. Days with warmer temperatures and lower barometer
readings helped the fish bite out considerably. Perch fishing has
been good to very good, with the “deep bite” being the most
consistent (on wigglers). Use No. 2 Swedish Pimples (copper, gold,
orange), Forage spoons, or No. 25 Hali jigs to get down quickly in
20 to 38 feet of water over deep mud flats. Wigglers are very
important because that’s what these fish are eating. Red spikes are
a distant second choice. When fishing weeds in 8 to 12 feet of
water, go with small minnows (rosie reds have been hot on Big
Arbor). A thin Rocker spoon or small plain hook with a lightly
back-hooked minnow have been the best. Try Minocqua, Kawaga,
Squirrel, and Big and Little Arb for perch numbers. Fewer, but
nicer, fish have been coming off Lake Tomahawk. Crappie fishing has
been poor to fair – weather dependent. If it’s a cloudy day, fish
all day. On high skies, fish at dusk. Plastics have been preferred
on clear lakes. Use minnows on tip-downs on darker water (like
flowages, or Little Arb). Bluegill fishing has been fair to good.
When clouds move in, use No. 10 or No. 12 dark jigs tipped with
waxies, mousies, or plastic. Deeper-water bluegills (12 to 14 feet)
want brighter jigs in chartreuse, white, or glow. Work weed pockets
in 6 to 10 feet of water. Minocqua and Little St. Germain lakes
have been the best.
Island Sport Shop, (715) 356-4797.
R&K Great Outdoors Sports Shop, (715) 356-6818.