Southern Wisconsin Fishing Report – May 30th, 2014


Fishing on the area lakes was good and will only get better with the warm, stable weather ahead Water temperatures were reported to be in the mid-50s on the main bodies of deep lakes to in the upper 60s in shallow, dark-bottomed areas. 

Look for crappies suspended around green weeds or wood in 4 to 12 feet of water in warmest water areas. A small fathead or rosy red minnow baited on a No. 6 gold Aberdeen hook or a light jig worked well. Present these suspended halfway down under a pencil or slip bobber for best results. Casting a light jig dressed with a 1-inch to 2-inch plastic tail also produced fish.

Bluegill fishing was best around green weeds in 8 to 12 feet of water in warm-water areas. Small baits must be used to be successful in catching bluegills. An ice-fishing jig or a No. 10 hook baited with a wax worm, red worm, spike, or leaf worm worked well. A black ant fly baited with a wax worm or a light jig and 1-inch plastic combo also produced fish. Suspend these under a casting bubble or slip bobber and make long casts for best results.

Bass are looking to spawn on the area lakes. Smallmouths were found suspended along breaks. Shallower rock/sand areas will start to draw in spawning smallies. Casting suspending jerkbaits, crankbaits, tube jigs, swim jigs, and Kalin’s grubs produced fish. A small red-tailed chub, jumbo fathead, nightcrawler, or leech fished on a Lindy rig or slip bobber rig produced fish. Largemouth bass were found in shallow, warm water areas near wood, weeds, or piers. Drop-offs, points, or green weeds outside warm-water spawning areas have held fish, as well. Anglers did best using wacky worms, tube jigs, pre-rigged worms, jig and chunk combos, swim jigs, spinnerbaits, and shallow-running crankbaits. A nightcrawler, jumbo leech, medium chub, or medium golden shiner baited on a No. 4 hook and presented on a jig, split-shot rig, or slip bobber rig works best for live-bait presentations.

Walleye anglers did best fishing around rock bars or green weeds in 12 feet of water or less, near current areas. Low-light hours or windy conditions are the best times to target walleyes. A jig, Lindy rig, or slip bobber rig baited with a jumbo fathead, medium golden shiner, nightcrawler, or leech produced best. Casting jerkbaits or a jig dressed with a 3-inch to 4-inch plastic tail worked, as well.

Northern pike were active near shallower weeds flats, although many of these fish were small. Casting Mepps spinners, shallow-running crankbaits, swim jigs, spinnerbaits, and chatterbaits produced fish. Larger pike were caught along drop-offs on medium suckers, chubs, or large golden shiners baited on slip sinker rigs with circle hooks.

Muskies were found around weeds or rocks in 6 to 12 feet of water. Cast 5-inch to 6-inch sized bucktails, jerkbaits, lipless crankbaits, and swim jigs for best results. 

The Rock, Wisconsin, Wolf, and Fox rivers have produced a variety of fish, including walleyes, white bass, crappies, and catfish. Walleyes were caught on jigs dressed with minnows, leeches, or Twister tails. For white bass, use a three-way rig with a streamer fly baited with a large fathead minnow, or cast small spinners or a jig and Twister combo. Crappies were caught along fallen trees.

DNR hotline, (414) 382-7920.

Smokey’s Bait Shop, (262) 691-0360.

Dick Smith’s Bait, (262) 646 2218.


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