Southern Wisconsin Fishing Report – July 26th, 2013

LAKE MICHIGAN/METRO AREA LAKES

Bluegill anglers had their best luck last week fishing deep structure in 18 to 30 feet, and near the bottom. A No. 8 hook baited with a giant leaf worm, wax worm, small leech, or a piece of crawler worked best for live bait. A drop-shot rig or a slip bobber is the best way to present these baits in deep water. Vertical jigging a small jigging spoon or a light jig dressed with live bait or a plastic tail also produced fish. Perch were active along weed edges in 10 to 20 feet of water, near the bottom. Crappies were suspended along outside weedlines or over deep water. Largemouth bass fishing was great on the area lakes. For shallow-water locations such as piers, trees, and inside weedlines, use wacky worms, tubes, or pre-rigged worms. Plastic frogs have taken fish from the slop. Anglers fishing deep weeds had their best luck when using Texas-rigged plastics, skirted grubs, tube jigs, or crankbaits. Smallmouth bass action was best near breaks or rocks in 15 to 25 feet of water. Pike were found near structure and baitfish in 18 to 25 feet of water. A small sucker on a slip-sinker rig with a circle hook and fluorocarbon leader will work best. Walleye fishing was spotty, especially during the hot, sunny days with no wind. Low-light conditions will be your best time to target walleyes. Try fishing weed edges and use a weedless jig and a half crawler or a leech. Muskies were most active along deep weedlines or structure in 18 to 45 feet of water. Trolling crankbaits will be your best option. Catfish have been caught from the Rock, Fox, and Crawfish rivers, and on lakes Mendota and Koshkonong.
DNR hotline, (414) 382-7920.
Smokey’s Bait Shop, (262) 691-0360.
Dick Smith’s Bait, (262) 646 2218.

MADISON AREA

Fishing has been decent for perch on Lake Mendota. A lot of guys have been having good luck in a variety of spots, with the hot spots changing day to day. Most of the action has been along weeds in deep water from 18 to 30 feet, but with 20 to 25 feet being the best range. Smallmouths have been a little sluggish on Lake Mendota, but the best action has been coming on leeches in deeper water. Bluegills and perch were hitting on Lake Monona in all of the normal spots. Monona muskies have been following, but not hitting. On Lake Waubesa, the bluegills have been hitting in shallow water – just 4 to 6 feet – where they are still among the piers. Muskie action on Lake Waubesa has been a little better than on Lake Monona. Catfish have been hitting on the river above Cherokee Marsh.
D&S Bait & Tackle, (608) 244-3474.
Dorn Hardware, (608) 244-5403.

SAUK CITY AREA

Fishing has been pretty good. Walleye fishing is still good on Lake Wisconsin. Anglers are trolling and catching fish on the upper part of the lake and they’re catching walleyes on the mud flats. The white bass fishing should be pretty outstanding, too. That was picking up last week at a good pace. Bluegill fishing is still good on White Mound Lake. Drift over the deep water to get the best results. On the Lower Wisconsin River, smallmouth fishing has been good on topwater baits. The muskie fishing has been good, but the water is very warm. Be careful when playing and releasing fish.
Wilderness Fish and Game, (608) 643-2433.

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