Well, spring has sprung for now, and there's quite a bit going on.
The big news of course is the spring runs on the rivers. The Wisconsin River in the Dells has been active for a couple of weeks, and the fishing is steady there. Walleyes are biting in the deeper holes, and in current breaks.
The Rock River between Jefferson and the lake has been active. Water levels and current flow are lower than the last couple of years, but the water temperature went up very quickly this week, and with the full moon phase, the action got going quick. Most of the fish are being caught from Ft Atkinson to the mouth, but shorefisherman at the dam are already reporting catching keeper walleyes. Streamer flies on three way rigs are always a classic presentation for shore fisherman along the Rock River, but vertical jigging seems to be the ticket for boaters. Keepers are ranging up to 22inches right now, with the usual assortment of short fish. No word on whitebass yet, but a solid rain will bring them in for sure.
Pinks, oranges and purples are solid spring colors for walleyes, as are greens and chartrueses.
My one stop post for all things Rock River fishing includes links to the relevant Lake-Link.com threads, USGS information on current and water temperature and information on the boat launches. You can check it out by clicking here.
Closer to home, the local lakes are starting to open up. The smaller lakes should be open and fishable sometime this week. If the weather stays stable, and it gets as warm as predicted, panfish will begin to move into early spring spots very quickly. Crappie and bluegill fishing is fantastic in the early season, and a great way to tide yourself over until the gamefish opener in early May.
Should be a great week to get out and enjoy the fresh air. Feel free to shoot me an email if you're heading out and need some information.