Friday, March 24, 2017

Central Wisconsin

With accessible boat landings and stable water conditions, the setting is perfect for early spring walleye fishing on the Wisconsin River.  Unlike most lakes and rivers, the Wisconsin River remains open year-round for game fish like bass, walleye, and pike, allowing anglers to take advantage of some great early season fishing.  

The walleye limit on the Wisconsin River remains at 5 fish per day per angler.  Size restrictions apply and are as follows:  Each angler is allowed a 5 fish daily bag limit with no fish under 15 inches and no fish between 20 and 28 inches. Each angler is allowed 1 fish per day over 28 inches as part of their daily bag limit of 5 fish.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017


Crappie fishing is good on the south end of the lake. James Whittle at Hook, Line and Sinker in Rogers said minnows are working better than jigs. Fish eight to 12 feet deep around standing timber, brush piles and docks. A good jig color is black body and chartreuse tail.
Black bass are biting along main lake points. Try swim baits, spinner baits, jerk baits and crank baits. Walleye are occasionally caught by bass fishermen using jerk baits.
Striped bass are biting in the Prairie Creek and Point 12 areas on shad or brood minnows. A 47-pound striper was caught recently near the Arkansas 12 bridge

Thursday, March 02, 2017

Bull Shoals

Spring fishing for walleye in lakes can be productive when the fish are usually concentrated near a structure, invariably over shallow shoals such as rock reefs, permanent land points and the face along a dam.
A popular spot for March walleye anglers is Bull Shoals just below Powersite Dam, known as the “pothole.” This stretch of water can be very good for catching walleye in March.
Another popular walleye spot is Turnback Creek off Highway 160 in Dade County. When the water is at a normal level, significant run of spawning walleye causes many anglers to catch walleye and white bass in early spring.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Live bait has always been a fish-catcher

Live bait has always been a fish-catcher. In the past, in the minds of some of the best anglers in the world, when fishing gets tough, you go to a real minnow or leech or nightcrawler or whatever. And live bait still catches fish. However, plastic has been catching on in the past few years, and its use has accelerated recently. Plastics like Impulse have the right action and scent, and the ability to experiment with color is such an advantage over live bait, and plastic requires virtually no care.
More and more, anglers are leaving the minnow buckets at home and fishing with plastic instead of live bait, and in most cases they’re catching just as many fish and in many cases more on plastic.

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Cheatham Lake

 Sycamore Creek is 46 degrees as is the main lake. Both are slightly stained in the main channel, but not muddy. Visibility is two feet near the shoreline, which is better than I have seen it for at least a month. The Harpeth River is also much better in relation to clarity, but a few degrees cooler especially as you go further up into it. The only thing that has changed in the last week is slightly lower water temperatures due to the recent cold front and slightly better clarity. I have been catching most of my fish on Strike King chrome with a black back Red Eye Shad and with the clearer water, jerk baits and crank baits. I have caught a few flipping a jig, but most of the bait fish and fish are in the channels in the creeks and the main lake. We do not anticipate this changing until the water temperature rises above 50 degrees. If you are fishing ponds or small bodies of water this is not as important because they have limited choices. Cheatham Lake is 67 miles long with another 37 miles of river and creeks so we have close to 100 miles of fishable water. If we do not become proficient at finding them first and just start blind casting we will have many fruitless hours on this body of water. Similar to the fall season,

Friday, January 13, 2017

Marion Reservoir


Known as a good to great walleye lake a few years ago, Marion has faded fast.
“It doesn’t look very good,” said Johnson of the lake’s walleye potential. “Last year we probably had the lowest catch rate in quite a while.”
The lake doesn’t seem to have a lot of fish that will top its 18-inch minimum length limit. Last fall’s test netting showed no fish that would have hatched last spring, even though the lake was stocked for the first time since 1993.
Marion’s best opportunity for solid action is probably with its big population of relatively small wipers. Johnson said the lake’s wiper population has probably never been higher, which is a reason it’s the only lake in the state with a liberal limit of five wipers per day with no size limit. The highest density, size-wize, is around 15 inches, though there are a few fish up to 23 inches.

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