Southern Wisconsin Fishing Report – September 6th, 2013


Fishing has been as hot as the weather lately. The spike in water temperatures triggered many species of fish into a feeding frenzy. Bluegill fishing was great around weeds in 6 to 18 feet of water. Crappie fishing was good during early morning or evening hours where they were found suspended along outside weedlines or over deeper water. A light jig or No. 6 hook dressed with a small fathead, wax worm, or small plastic tail worked the best. Perch were found along outside weedlines, tight to the bottom. A slip bobber rig or vertical jigging a light jig baited with a small minnow, giant red worm, or plastic tail with spikes worked the best. Largemouth bass fishing was best around weeds in 3 to 12 feet of water. Fishing the “slop” with plastic frogs was good during warm afternoons. During early morning and evening hours cast over weed flats with topwater baits for explosive action. Smallmouths will be found around rocks, points, and breaks at various depths. During calm conditions, popper style topwater baits work well. Walleyes were found along weed edges in 14 to 18 feet of water or over deep structure in 20 to 30 feet. A slip bobber rig, Lindy rig or jig baited with a crawler, leech, or jumbo fathead minnow worked the best. After dark, cast crankbaits over the tops of weeds or humps. Muskies were very active around weed beds in 8 to 15 feet of water. Casting bucktails, glide baits and plastic baits have produced fish. Anglers have also been trolling crankbaits along breaks. Topwater baits have worked well during night-time hours.
DNR hotline, (414) 382-7920.
Smokey’s Bait Shop, (262) 691-0360.
Dick Smith’s Bait, (262) 646 2218.


Fishing traffic has been light on the Madison chain, but those who are going out have been having some success. Water temperatures were up in the 80s late last week. Most of the perch have been in 11 to 14 feet along the university shoreline and a few other areas. The good news is that most of the perch have been 10 inches or longer. Smallmouth bass action has been decent, and some guys have been trolling for white bass with some decent success. Lake Monona bluegill action has been good at times. There are a lot of bluegills suspended over 25 to 45 water, but they’re not biting every day. Lake Monona perch have been hitting in the mornings on weed edges. Lake Waubesa bluegills have been hitting over deeper water.
D&S Bait & Tackle, (608) 244-3474.
Dorn Hardware, (608) 244-5403.


Wisconsin River water levels are very low and that makes it hard to navigate by boat. However, smallmouth bass are very active in deeper holes. Hot temperatures have brought out heavy recreational boat traffic, as well, on Lake Wisconsin. The best fishing has been early and late in the day on Lake Wisconsin for that reason. Several larger flocks of young turkey poults have been seen. The marshes have remained full of water, compared to last year’s drought.
Wilderness Fish and Game, (608) 643-2433.

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