Got out for a bit this afternoon with my daughters. Wanted to get a report up based on the time on the water plus the reports I am getting in.
Locally water temps range from the mid 40's to mid 50's. On several lakes the water is hovering in the low 50's in the early warming bays.
Some panfish have moved shallow, but most of the shallow fish are early stagers (smaller). We found better fish off the first break. Now here was the little secret of the day...it didn't matter what depth that break was at, the fish were just suspended right at the edge of the first break. This is very typical of early season panfish before they move into the shallows.
Look for edges for bigger fish. Warm afternoons will really move fish into protected, dark bottom areas....shallow bays, boat channels, north facing shorelines. If you're having trouble, downsize your presentation. A small hook and a wax worm or spike can really produce when nothing else will.
The river runs are also doing good. The Rock River still has active walleyes and saugers, and some whitebass are starting to come in. Depere is close to peak, and fish are moving in the Dells, at Winneconne and Eureka.
Talk to you next week.