BEAVER DAM / FOX LAKE AREA
Action has been a little slow on Fox Lake and Beaver Dam Lake. The cold weather late last week didn’t help generate any fishing reports.
Nehls’ Fish Tales Bait, (920) 520-0015.
LAKE MICHIGAN/METRO AREA LAKES
Bluegill action was spotty on area lakes. Look for them in weeds in 8 to 15 feet of water, along with deeper structure in 20 to 40 feet. Small ice jigs and very light line must be used to entice the ’gills.
Crappie fishing was good during early morning hours or just before dusk. Use your flasher to find schools suspended along drop-offs or over deeper water. Using tip-downs or dead-sticking with a No. 14 treble hook baited with a small fathead, rosy red, or lake shiner worked best for finicky crappies. Small jigging spoons such as a Lil Cecil, Swedish Pimple, Kastmaster, or Forage Minnow caught aggressive crappies.
Perch were caught in deeper water, most often near the bottom. Larger perch have been caught on tip-ups or tip-downs rigged with 4-pound fluorocarbon leaders, No. 14 treble or No. 10 Aberdeen hooks, and baited with a lake shiner, golden shiner, or rosy red.
Northern pike fishing continues to be great on the area lakes. The best action was near weeds and baitfish in 5 to 15 feet of water. Tip-ups rigged with a 40-pound fluorocarbon leader, small spinner blade, a red treble hook, and baited with a golden shiner, sucker, or red-tailed chub have produced fish.
Walleye anglers continue to do well on the area lakes. They’re not catching many, but most have been of legal size. Look for them around structure and baitfish in 18 to 40 feet of water, most often on the bottom.
Smokey’s Bait Shop, (262) 691-0360.
Dick Smith’s Bait, (262) 646 2218.
Lake Mendota anglers are getting around OK despite the recent snows. The walleye bite has slowed. The perch fishing seems to be steady, but the fishing traffic for perch has slowed down. Most of the guys were catching 12 to 20 fish per outing. Pike action slowed for bigger fish. On Lake Monona, the best bluegill bite has been taking place on Turvilles Bay. Things have been very quiet on Waubesa and Kegonsa.
D&S Bait & Tackle, (608) 244-3474.
Dorn Hardware, (608) 244-5403.
SAUK CITY AREA
Anglers are reporting that there has been a good night crappie bite taking place on Crystal Lake.
Wilderness Fish and Game, (608) 643-5229.