Both lake and river spawning runs way ahead of normal – Southern Report


Most of the attention has been on walleyes and white bass in the Fox River. Very few anglers have tried Big Green for panfish yet.
North Bay, (920) 294-6462.


Sheboygan boaters are catching browns and a few lakers on crankbaits near shore in less than 20 feet. Shore anglers are catching browns near the Kohler dam.

Port Washington boaters are catching limits of browns; shore anglers are catching browns and rainbows.

In Milwaukee, browns are hitting in the harbor and between the gaps (cohos and lakers too). Along the shoreline at the Summerfest grounds, guys are catching browns and a few rainbows on minnows, spawn sacs and spoons. The Milwaukee River was high and fast last week. Kletsch Park was still producing, but not at previous levels. On the Menominee River, rainbows were hitting near Miller Park. Oak Creek rainbows were still moving upstream last week.

In Racine, browns and cohos were hitting on the east side of the harbor. The Root River was high and dirty; fishermen found the best success while fishing upstream.
DNR hotline, (414) 382-7920.
Smokey’s Bait Shop, (262) 691-0360.
Dick Smith’s Bait, (262) 646 2218.


Shallow-water areas have warmed up and the fish are in. Catfish are active on the north end of Mendota up in the river and up into Cherokee Marsh. Crappies and bluegills are up in the river and around the bridges at Hwy. 113. Timing seems to be key to success. Monona Bay has seen a lot of bluegills and crappies, with some bigger bluegills than were found during the winter. Walleyes on the Rock River are done spawning.
D&S Bait & Tackle, (608) 244-3474.
Dorn Hardware, (608) 244-5403.


Panfish are starting to hit on all area lakes. Lake water temps have been 61 to 65 degrees already – easily 10 degrees above normal. The fish have not yet showed up on the shorelines, but they should soon. Wisconsin River walleyes were just starting to spawn on March 28. River temps have been as high as 56 degrees; bigger fish have been caught by wading and casting Rapalas at night.
Wilderness Fish and Game, (608) 643-2433.

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