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Andy Hoppa and Andy Teller with a group's catch. / 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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Plenty of remaining ice on local waters is boosting our late ice fishing season.

The crappies bite remains steady with very good catches from local waters. Most of the fish are now migrating towards their tradition spawning areas and can be caught as they move through these transition areas but there are still plenty of fish holding very deep water. The best way to target migrating crappies is to start with a known crappie location and to drill a lot of holes. Once your holes are drilled use your electronics to pick up and locate migrating fish. Small spoons tipped with waxies or spikes will work as will minnows set on tip downs scattered over the are you are fishing.

The bluegill bite continues to be very good with very nice catches of big gills coming from our area lakes. Most of the action is in 8 to 12 feet of water associated with muck. Yes muck. The bluegills are holding over these muck covered bottom areas looking for small particles of food that are seeping up through the bottom. Tiny jigs tipped with spikes or waxies will tempt the gills into biting.

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Walleyes and northern pike are biting in the backwater areas off the Wisconsin River system which remains open unlike many inland bodies of water at this time of the year. Tip-ups baited up with golden shiners or medium sized suckers will take both species right now. Set tip-ups in 2 to 6 feet of water associated with mud and wood. Target the same areas for both species the only difference is that the pike will be an all day long bite with the afternoon period being the best and the walleyes will bite better during low light periods and after dark.

Have a great week!

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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