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Wausau/Central WI fishing report

Joel DeBoer
May 10, 2010
Wausau - Freshwater Fishing Report

While spring got quite an early start here in North-Central Wisconsin this year, recent cold temperatures including a couple of inches of snow over the weekend have dropped water temperatures quite a bit and slowed the fishing a tad. That being said, there are still good numbers of fish shallow, with activity increasing throughout the day as the sun brings the water temps back in line, fish have just been more scattered the past few days.

Both bluegills and crappies are available up shallow, and taking both livebait such as worms and minnows, and artificial offerings such as Cubby Jigs or small jigs tipped with Berkley Gulp or Powerbait. Look for emerging weeds, brush piles, stumps, and cover such as docks to all hold fish.

Smallmouth Bass have slid a bit deeper off some of the shallow rocky areas, but are catchable with a variety of plastic offerings such as 3" and 4" tubes and Carolina rigs. Deeper running crankbaits, including lipless crankbaits fished slow, are also producing fish during the day.

There are plenty of northern pike up and active in the shallow weeds and stump flats. The best action has been during mid-day, with fish greedily consuming swim baits, spoons, in-line spinners, and crankbaits. Brighter colors have been best in the sun while metallic colors have been producing on cloudy or overcast days.

The walleyes have been scattered throughout the river channel expect in areas where current breaks exist. Jigs and livebait have worked well, as has live bait rigging options such as slip bobber rigs. Anglers looking to troll should pull crankbaits or spinner rigs along irregular stretches of the river channel as it cuts through the various shallow flats on both the River itself and Lakes Wausau and DuBay.


Wausau Fishing Forecast:

Improving - warmer weather is in the forecast, including temps into the upper 70's/low 80's be the end of the week. The fishing will only get even better!

Target Species:

Bluegill, crappie, walleye, northern pike, smallmouth bass

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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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