Southern Wisconsin Fishing Report – March 8th, 2013
BEAVER DAM / FOX LAKE AREA
Crappies are still biting in deep water areas on Fox Lake, including the Government Marsh area. Beaver Dam Lake bluegills are starting to come on, and the crappies are not too far behind.
Fish Tales Bait, (920) 520-0015.
BIG GREEN LAKE AREA
Lake trout fishing has been going pretty good. Most guys are fishing in 60 to 120 feet of water. Some guys are fishing deeper than that, but it’s not necessary. The fish are averaging 22 to 27 inches. The ice is the best it’s been in a long time. With warmer temps coming on, look for white bass and channel catfish to appear on the east end of the lake in 30 to 50 feet of water. They catch the catfish on tip-ups and cut up minnows. Anglers are starting to catch bluegills in the backwaters.
North Bay, (920) 294-6462.
LAKE MICHIGAN/METRO AREA LAKES
In Sheboygan County, anglers have been in the marina, but brown trout and steelhead fishing has been spotty. Ice conditions have been changing, so use caution or fish off of the docks.
Fishing in Port Washington has been slow, with only a few browns and rainbows being caught by shore anglers fishing near Rotary Park. The power plant discharge has also given up a few small browns.
In Milwaukee, anglers have been fishing the harbor at McKinley Marina and the lagoon at Lakeshore State Park. Water clarity has been poor, and success has been hit-or-miss for brown trout and steelhead. There is some open water on the Milwaukee River in Kletzsch Park, and anglers floating spawn sacs have a chance at catching a brown trout or steelhead. On the lower Milwaukee River, conditions have been changing daily at Riverfront Ramp and under the Hoan Bridge. That stretch is currently free of ice, and when boats can get out in the harbor, brown trout have been biting.
In the Racine harbor the water is fairly turbid, and ice fishing has been slow. A few browns and rainbows have been caught on spawn and shiners. The Root River had open water below the Horlick dam and into Quarry Lake Park.
In Waukesha County, ice conditions remain good on most area lakes. Crappie fishing was good during early morning hours or just before dusk. Look for them suspended over the tops of weeds in 8 to 15 feet, or over deeper water. Jigging with a No. 2 Swedish Pimple, Lil Cecil, or No. 2 jigging Rapala took aggressive crappies. A tip down or tip-up rigged with a No. 14 treble hook, light line, and baited with a small fathead, rosy red or lake shiner minnow worked for finicky crappies. Perch were found at various depths, but often near the bottom. Bigger perch have been caught using tip-ups rigged with a light fluorocarbon leader, a No. 12 treble hook and baited with a golden shiner, lake shiner, or rosy red. Bluegill fishing continues to be spotty. Look for them around weeds in 8 to 12 feet, or in deeper water in 20 to 30 feet.
DNR hotline, (414) 382-7920.
Smokey’s Bait Shop, (262) 691-0360.
Dick Smith’s Bait, (262) 646 2218.
Lake Mendota ice conditions are still good, with 10 to 13 inches across the lake. Perch fishing has been good, with action found at Second Point, Picnic Point, Governor’s Island, and generally all over the lake. Cherokee Marsh is still seeing some good crappie action, with some fish up to 12 inches. Monona Bay action is still slow. The angler traffic has been light, with some guys scratching out 10 to 12 fish in the Triangle – 7-inchers mostly. At Lake Waubesa, there was a little bluegill action near Lake Farm Park, but that action is in a small area and it gets kind of crowded. Waubesa crappies were hitting in deep water off of the Bible Camp.
In Iowa County, bluegill and crappie fishing has slowed on Birch Lake. Some nice crappies have been caught at Long Lake west of Spring Green. Anglers have been catching perch on tip-ups at Long Lake. The fishing has slowed down at Helen Lake off of Hwy. 14, as well.
D&S Bait & Tackle, (608) 244-3474.
Dorn Hardware, (608) 244-5403.
PRAIRIE DU CHIEN AREA
Ice fishing remains slow, with a few bluegills and crappies caught below the Lock and Dam No. 10 spillway near the first island, and at Bertom Lake South of Cassville. Early sauger anglers have ventured out below the Lock and Dam No. 11 at Dubuque using the northeast parking lot and launching into the O Leary Lake cut. A few small saugers have been caught on the Iowa side near the bull nose and along the lock wall. Hawthorne landing (Iowa) remains iced in.
Stark’s Sport Shop, (608) 326-2478.
SAUK CITY AREA
Ice fishing across the area lakes is slow. Some crappies are biting on white plastic baits, as well as jigs baited with wax worms. Bluegill fishing has been slow, with the most of the bluegills running pretty small. Some nice perch have been caught on minnows. Schools of gizzard shad are prevalent across Lake Redstone. Devil’s Lake still has plenty of ice and many are still enjoying ice fishing. Be careful on the south end of Devil’s Lake, near Messenger Creek. There are springs there that weaken the ice.
Wilderness Fish and Game, (608) 643-2433.