Southern Wisconsin Fishing Report – April 29th, 2016s


Look for water temperatures to rise above the low to mid-40s and help put fish into a feeding frenzy. The key to catching panfish is to look for warmest water and green weeds in 12 feet or less. During warm, sunny days bluegills and crappies will move into shallow bays, channels, and marsh areas in search of warm water and food. Afternoon and evening hours are best times to fish. 

Bluegills were caught using an ice fishing jig or No. 10 hook baited with a spike, wax worm, red worm, or small plastic tail. A bluegill bug or black ant fly tipped with a wax worm also worked well. Suspend these under a Rocket Bobber or casting bubble and make long casts for best results.Crappies were caught using a small minnow baited on a No. 8 Aberdeen hook or light jig suspended under a pencil Bobber. Casting a jig and plastic combo can also be effective.

Brown trout were being caught in the Lake Michigan harbors. Casting a darter head dressed with a 4-inch Gulp minnow, Power Bait twitch tail, or Keitech paddle tail worked well. Soaking a spawn sac or golden shiner on a No. 6 Octopus hook suspended under a slip bobber was effective, as well. Casting CleosKastmasters, or Krocodiles can also produce.

Walleyes, white bass, crappies, and catfish can be caught from area rivers. White bass can be caught using a three-way rig or jig baited with a large fathead. Jig and twister combos can also work well. Fish for crappies in shallower water along fallen trees using a light jig or No. 6 Aberdeen hook baited with a small fathead. Catfish can be caught using a river rig with stinkbait, cut bait, or nightcrawlers.

Smokey’s Bait Shop, (262) 691-0360.

Dick Smith’s Bait, (262) 646 2218.


Crappies, bluegills and catfish have been hitting on the north end of the Madison system. Catfish action was picking up on Lake Mendota, but there still wasn’t a lot of panfish action last week. Lake Monona has been one of the better places to go. Boat anglers were fishing the bays and The Triangle for bluegills and some crappies. Guys fishing the bays were over 4 feet of water and any remaining weeds. There has not been a lot of news from Lake Waubesa, but things should be going good there, too. On Lake Kegonsa, look at inlets and the river on north end for bluegills.

D&S Bait and Tackle, (608) 244-3474.

Dorn Hardware, (608) 244-5403

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