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Anglers are starting to hit open water below area dams in search of walleyes. The guys that are out are doing well with fish from 14- to 24-inches by using jig and minnow combinations.

Ice fishing is as good as it can get! Hooksetters guides have been on the water almost daily and with our clients we have been hammering the big bluegills, crappies and jumbo perch. Most of the action is coming from mud flats in 10- to 16-feet of water working suspended fish that are moving through the area. For the most part we are using our electronics to find the fish and then once we find them the catching is the easy part.

More on ice fishing: Ice fishing news from around the state | Your ice fishing photos | Build a map | Read ice fishing reports

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

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