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April 29, 2019
“Spring Fling Fishing”
My reports spans from the middle of April through the end of the month. My dad and I went fishing on the Willow flowage just before Easter. Weather conditions were sunny, with south winds, and temps in the 50’s at midday. When we arrived to the flowage we discovered the water level came up 3’ in one week!! We then checked the ice with our chisels to make sure the ice was safe, then we drove out with the wheelers to our fishing spot. Mainly tip-downs were set up in 15 to 19’ depths in channel areas. During the morning hours we caught good numbers of sub crappie that were released. Later some perch were caught including a nice jumbo! Around lunch time we got into nice keeper crappies 11 to 13’’ range. We decided to wrap things up and head off early; not bad for a short trip!
Even though the week before we had 18 to 20” of ice, just a few days later ice thickness was less and my dad walked out with “no machines”. He had a good day of ice fishing and caught lots of crappies and even a nice 14.5” but temps in the 60’s on the way off he got a little wet near shore and broke through almost up to his waist but was ok. At least the bucket of fish didn’t swim away!!! This was the very last day for ice fishing the flowages!
During the last full week of April a friend and I launched the boat in the Wisconsin River for a test run to make sure everything was working properly. Everything checked out okay! The surface water temp was 43 degrees, which was a little cool yet. During our cruise there was lots of floating sticks, beaver wood, and even logs! Use caution boating! Over the past weekend the flowages pretty much went out! There currently are sheets of ice floating around but they should be gone by open fishing season this weekend.
On natural lakes, I have heard from people the edges are open. These lakes are day by day but won’t take long to go out with some good wind! Before you head out this weekend here are a few reminders: 2019 fishing license, new decals on boat if needed, enough life jackets, fresh fuel in boat, good working batteries, running lights, working trailer lights, and check equipment… new line on reels etc….. Most importantly know your daily bag limits where you are fishing and be courteous on the water!!
There are lots of good fishing at this time of the year at places such as: dams, public peers, bridges, and tressels. Methods for catching walleye: Jig and minnow combo, slip-boober rigs and minnows, bottom bouncers, crankbaits, and my favorite… floating Rapala. Look for areas where water temp is warmer and don’t be afraid to fish relatively shallow. And remember take only what you need; release the rest to continue growing, especially the nice spawners 20” and up!!! Good luck fisherman! Be safe!!
If you are looking for a day on the water, give me a call at 715-966-1821. Well that wraps it up for this time. This is Roman Derleth reminding you: don’t slack off, and always keep your line tight!Last updated: May 02, 2019
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