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Wausau Area fishing report

Joel DeBoer
December 21, 2008
Wausau - Freshwater Fishing Report

Despite the bone chilling cold weather over the past week, anglers that have braved the bitterly cold temps and wind are still reporting good action on a variety of fish species.

The panfish bite is still going strong with many anglers reporting good catches of big bluegills. Fish are being caught on small jigs tipped with waxworms or mousies. The crappie bite has absolutely been on fire with some very large fish being caught on lakes in the Wausau/Central Wisconsin area. Anglers using tip-downs with small crappie minnows have reported good success during the dawn and twilight hours, while jig fishermen have caught fish throughout the day using a locator and hole hopping to locate active fish.

The walleye bite is still going strong with reports of many fish in the 20-28" slot being caught. Successful anglers are catching fish in shallow water 2-6 feet deep as they target fish associated with weeds. Medium shiners used on tip-ups seem to be producing the best but anglers are also reporting good catches being made on jig rods as anglers once again seek out active fish. Strong bites and good catches after dark are also being reported.

The northern bite on Wausau/Central Wisconsin lakes continues to be very good. Anglers are reporting the best catches associated with shallow weed beds in 3-5 feet of water using large golden shiners beneath tip-ups. Although often overlooked by trophy pike fishermen, the Wausau area contains some true giant specimens just waiting to be caught.

Even with the cold weather, anglers are reminded to use caution when venturing out onto area lakes. Enjoy the wonderful opportunities that winter and ice fishing bring to Wausau/Central Wisconsin!

Tight lines,

Target Species:

Bluegill, crappie, walleye, nothern pike

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Joel is one of the musky pioneers of the Wisconsin River system in North-Central Wisconsin where he continues to guide and call home. He has been featured in Musky Hunter and Muskie magazines, on internet radio, and in his weekly column for the Everest Herald entitled the “Guide’s Corner;” in addition, Joel has given various seminars throughout Wisconsin on topics ranging from smallmouth and walleyes to trophy muskies. Joel has spent his life perfecting the tactics and techniques necessary for l

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