Just a quickie this week:
Panfish are starting to make a move into the traditional shallow water areas on area lakes. Water temps are still very cold in comparison to most years.
Sunny afternoons with a south or southwest wind will provide the
best action until main lake areas catch up. Remember: North facing
areas will be warmer, and fish tend to congregate in these areas early
on. Current, in the form of a creek channel, or river area will help as
For now, focus on the green weeds in shallow
protected bays with a northern bank. Concentrate your efforts on the
patches of weeds, using live bait suspended under a bobber. Keep your
bait just above the weeds, and any visible fish that you see. I like to
use waxworms or spikes on a small red hook, or small/crappie sized
fatheads-hooked in the tail, underneath a pencil bobber with just a
split shot or two to keep the bait down. Be ready to start using
plastics, especially for active fish, but for now, I'd start with the
live bait and move to plastics later in the day.
The Rock River appears to have crested for now, reaching the second highest level ever. As of this morning, Ft Atkinson area boats launches and shore fishing areas remain closed.
I'll have my annual pre-opener post early next week, and a opening weekend preview next week.