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A nice musky that Chris Blank caught on one of our walleye tip-ups. / Photo by Phil Schweik of Hooksetters Guide Service

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Phil Schweik writes about his seasonal hunting and fishing patterns in Central Wisconsin along with tips and tactics on how to be successful while you are in the field or on the water.

Phil Schweik is a lifelong resident of Central Wisconsin who lives in Mosinee. Phil is a fishing and hunting guide for Hooksetters Guide Service and a professional musky tournament fisherman. He can be reached by checking out the Hooksetters’ website at www.hooksetters.biz.

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Solid ice on area lakes is making for great fishing for all species.

The walleye bite has been very good this past week with nice catches of fish coming from local backwater areas in 4 to 7 feet of water. Most of the walleyes are coming on tip-ups baited with golden shiners early and late in the day.

Crappie action is outstanding right now and catching a pail full of slabs is not out of the question. Tip-downs baited up with tiny crappie sized minnows or jigging with tiny ice jigs like the Northland Mooska are working very well. Target depths of 12 to 18 feet and use your flasher unit to locate and work suspended fish.

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For you guys targeting bluegills the bite has been very good especially on the larger 8+ inch gills.. Most of our action is still coming from shallow weeds in 3 to 5 feet of water but we are now seeing a few fish drifting onto the deeper shelf's and adjacent flats.

We have been seeing some action from perch the past few outings and although it has not been limits, we are getting good numbers of some decent sized fish. Most of the action is coming from 10 to 14 feet of water while jigging tiny spoons and jigging Rapalas right near the bottom.

Northern pike have been tearing it up this past week and we have seen some really nice fish. Most of our action is taking place in 4 to 8 feet of water while running our tip-ups baited with large golden shiners and medium sized (4 to 6 inch) sucker minnows. The key to having a great day over an average one is keeping your bait suspended well above the bottom. On most of our outings we are running our baits several feet off the bottom and in some instances even right under the ice.

Phil Schweik writes about his seasonal hunting and fishing patterns in Central Wisconsin along with tips and tactics on how to be successful while you are in the field or on the water.

Phil Schweik is a lifelong resident of Central Wisconsin who lives in Mosinee. Phil is a fishing and hunting guide for Hooksetters Guide Service and a professional musky tournament fisherman. He can be reached by checking out the Hooksetters’ website at www.hooksetters.biz.

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