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Wausau/Central WI fishing report

Joel DeBoer
April 1, 2009
Wausau - Freshwater Fishing Report

Recent rainfall has made any remaining ice in the Wausau/Central Wisconsin area unsafe for fishing. The rain has, however, opened the
majority of the boat landings along the Wisconsin River and it's flowages including Lakes DuBay and Wausau. Anglers are finding the cure for cabin fever by cashing in on the areas excellent walleye fishing, both from shore and boat. The Wausau/Central Wisconsin area continues to produce some of the finest walleye opportunities both in respect to action and trophy potential in the state.

The majority of walleyes are being found relating to deeper holes and current breaks both below dams and downstream. Jigs painted in brighter colors such as orange and chartreuse have been working effectively when tipped with a medium sized fathead minnow or 3" Berkley Gulp. With the colder water temperatures, slower and subtler retrieves have been producing the most action. Anglers need to be vigilant for light biting fish as strikes will often feel like a very light tick or even a "mushy" dead weight – if it feels different, set the hook. This early spring period is a fine time to utilize stinger hooks while fishing jigs to aid in hooking any short striking walleyes.

In addition to jigs, live bait rigs such slip-sinker and three-way rigs are also accounting for good numbers of fish. A diverse fishery,
anglers are also experiencing action from crappies, white bass, channel catfish, northern pike, and other species, while pursuing walleyes on the Wisconsin River system in the Wausau/Central Wisconsin area.

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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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