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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Spring?!? Fishing Report 4-20-11

We'll the weather isn't cooperating, and fishing has slowed down some.

On the rivers, white bass are in the late stages of their spring run. On the Rock River look for them at the mouths of feeder creeks or up the Crawfish and Bark Rivers. If you're on the main rivers, you may find some schools holding over shelves in slack water, but most of the fish are up the creeks and rivers.

The walleye bite has slowed down substantially, typical for extended periods of cooler weather and the post spawn period. The stretch of river between Watertown and the area above the Jefferson dam appears to be the most consistent, and then the best fishing has been around dusk. Large minnow imitators and jerkbaits are catching the most fish.

Local lakes had crappie moving into the shallows before the cold snap. There are still schools of fish hanging in the dark bottom shallow areas, but with the cooler temps, getting them to bite can be challenging. Fishing slow with waxworms on an icefishing jig can be a good way to chase finicky crappies. Once we get some warmer afternoons, tail hooked minnows suspended above the fish will be the best approach.

Stay Tuned,

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