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With lake temps still in the mid to upper 50's on most lakes the largemouth bass bite has been slowed as females have not yet begun to bed in many lakes in south central Wisconsin. I've been able to pick up a few decent fish and have had some friends catch them while fishing muskies but most of the bigger fish being caught are out in 4-10' of water.

The smallmouth bite has been good on the Madison chain and the walleye bite is steady but muskie action is slow. With the front that came through on Wednesday night it should be an interesting holiday weekend from a fishing perspective. I'd encourage people to find smaller, shallow lakes with warmer water temps.

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Good luck, and be safe on the lakes and highways this weekend!

Todd Wendorf specializes in wading and shore fishing throughout Wisconsin. Having grown up in northern Wisconsin, he now resides in the Madison area.

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