Southern Wisconsin Fishing Report – March 22nd, 2013


Fishing has been slow in Lake Michigan. Anglers are still fishing on the south end of the lagoon in Lakeshore State Park and are having success with brown trout on spawn sacs. Ice conditions are deteriorating. Extreme care should be taken. Water levels in Lake Michigan have risen slightly from the record low in January, but are still well below normal for this time of year. Southeast Wisconsin received an inch or more of rain last week. This, coupled with rapid snowmelt, has led to all tributaries in the area being high and muddy. Look for fresh steelhead in the rivers after the water levels recede. Fly fishing and floating spawn sacs under bobbers are effective methods for catching steelhead. The Root River Steelhead Facility is not yet running.
In Waukesha County, ice conditions on inland lakes were rapidly worsening, especially in the Oconomowoc area. Last week’s rainfall deposited runoff into area lakes and streams, creating extremely hazardous conditions throughout the area.
Smokey’s Bait Shop, (262) 691-0360.
Dick Smith’s Bait, (262) 646 2218.


The area received a lot of snow and rain last week, and that left a lot of slush and standing water on the lakes, but ice depths are holding up nicely. There has been a good crappie bite on Cherokee Marsh, but not every day. Some of the crappies are hitting 12 inches. On Lake Mendota, guys are still perch fishing, but the crowds are down the fishermen are not doing nearly as well as they had been. Guys are still fishing around Governor’s Island and Dunn’s Bar in 70 feet of water. On Lake Monona, there are up to half-dozen guys fishing at any time in the Triangle area, and they are making a few decent catches. On Squaw Bay, anglers are fishing in 7 to 8 feet of water for bluegills near the pump houses. A few nice bluegills were caught on Lake Waubesa, but there has not been a lot of action out there, or a lot of guys fishing there.
D&S Bait & Tackle, (608) 244-3474.
Dorn Hardware, (608) 244-5403.


The recent warm weather and rain impacted outdoor activities. All of the rivers and streams flooded, including the trout streams for early release trout fishing. The Grant and Platte overflowed their banks, and the resulting influx of water to the Mississippi raised levels considerably and opened the main channel areas to flow. The ice on many of the backwater areas, such as O’Leary Lake below Lock and Dam No. 11 near Dubuque, rose and opened near the shorelines and weakened the ice even further. Ice conditions are poor in many areas. Early season sauger and walleye fishing will be delayed for some time until the water and debris passes.
Stark’s Sport Shop, (608) 326-2478.


Walleyes and sauger are just starting to bite on the Wisconsin River below the Prairie du Sac dam. Water temperatures are very low and fishing presentations need to be slow. Many bald eagles have been seen in the area, and many have been seen sitting on nests. Turkeys are being seen in large flocks in area fields, and deer are showing up in the evenings. Fishing has remained slow on Lake Redstone and Dutch Hollow Lake.
Wilderness Fish and Game, (608) 643-2433.


Lake Gogebic conditions remain good, with normal winter weather continuing. Fresh snow and low temps at night are providing a normal ice-fishing season. You can still expect slush in many areas, and snowmobile or foot travel are best. Perch anglers now have the big lake to themselves. The few anglers who have been out have seen good action in water from 20 to 26 feet deep. Continue to fish wigglers over the mud flats.
Bear’s Nine Pines, (906) 842-3361.

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