Thursday June 15th, 2017
Surface water temperatures on the area lakes were reported to be in the mid-70’s.
Bluegill action was best along weed lines 8 to 18 feet of water. The majority of the gills were done spawning with the exception of deeper lakes. Use a split shot rig with a #8 hook or 1/32 oz jig dressed with live bait; wax worm, giant redworm, leaf worm, panfish leech, or hellgrammite. A 1/32oz jig and 1” plastic tail combo or black ant fly baited with a wax worm also produced. A slip bobber rig or vertical jigging is the best presentation to use while fishing for gills in deeper water. Foam spiders or poppers produced in shallow water areas during calm conditions.
Crappie fishing was best during early morning or evening hours where they were suspended near weeds or wood in 8 to 15 feet of water. A slip bobber rig with a #6 hook or 1/32 oz jig baited with a small fathead worked best. Casting a 1/32oz jig and plastic combo such as a Cubby Mini Mite, Dick Smith’s Panfish Grub, Gulp 1” minnow, twister tail, or tube tail also produced.
Largemouth bass were most active near weeds, wood, or piers in 5 to 12 feet of water. Casting wacky worms, Ned Rigs, jig and craw chunk combos, swim jigs, Mepps spinners, spinnerbaits, squarebill crankbaits, and Texas rigged plastic worms have produced. A nightcrawler, leech, medium golden shiner, or small sucker fished on a live bait rig or suspended under a slip bobber worked best for live bait. During early morning and evening hours, casting topwater baits over weed flats have produced explosive strikes. Fishing the slop, with plastic frogs, worked well during the later afternoons and evenings.
Smallmouth bass were caught near rocky areas, points, and along breaks. Casting tube jigs, skirted grubs, swim baits, drop shot rigs, and jerkbaits produced. A leech, jumbo fathead, or baby chub fished on a live bait rig or suspended under a slip bobber worked best for live bait.
Walleye anglers did best fishing along weed edges in 12 to 18 feet of water. A weedless jig or slip bobber rig baited with a leech, half a nightcrawler, jumbo fathead, or baby chub produced best. Casting or trolling crankbaits, near structure, produced during dark hours.
Northern pike fishing was great along weedlines or drop offs in 12 to 18 feet of water. A medium sucker or chub baited on a circle hook with a heavy fluorocarbon leader and slip sinker worked best for larger pike. Casting around shallower weed flats using chatterbaits, Mepps spinners, spinner baits, buzz baits, lipless crankbaits or swim baits produced smaller pike.
Musky action has been relatively slow with many anglers reporting many lazy follows.
Catfish have been very active on the Rock River, along with Lakes Beaver Dam, Koshkonong, and Mendota. Stink bait, cut up suckers or chubs, or nightcrawlers has produced best.
Please practice Catch and Release for the Future of Fishing.
Becky Smith & Mike Smith