Fishing in the Central Wisconsin area has been very good for all species. The walleye bite has been picking up and we are seeing some nice fish being caught on shiner minnows in shallow water during low light periods.
Northern pike have been very aggressive and have been giving us a run for our money every time we head out. Nice fish up to 40 inches are being caught using golden shiners on tip-ups set in shallow water.
The panfish bite continues to be very good with outstanding catches of crappies from deep water. Most of these fish are suspended 2 to 8 feet off the bottom so using your electronics is a must if you want to be successful.
Bluegills are staying active and nice catches of big fish are coming from mud flats in 10 to12 feet of water. Tear drop jigs tipped with a waxie have been producing the best for us this past week.
One surprising catch that we have been seeing this past week is catfish and lots of them. We are really on a good bite for these feisty bottom dwellers and this is one battle that you won't forget. We are targeting the cats in 14 to 20 feet of water right on the bottom with live bait (minnows) rigged up on small hooks on our jig poles. Keep the bait near the bottom and you will get hit.