Well gang, it looks like I can finally pick up the torch and start giving out the info you have been craving...open water fishing is upon us.
The local lakes are starting to turn on. Panfish, especially crappies, are starting to stage in shallow water. Look for these fish in dark bottom areas: small bays, boat channels or flooded marshy areas with standing reeds. The fish will be spooky, but if you stay back and cast into them, you should have some success, especially with the warm afternoons ahead. The best fishing will be anywhere from 18 inches to 12 feet deep. Kessus, Pine, Nagawicka, Ashippun, Middle Genessee, Fowler, Garvin and Okauchee will all have active crappies. Tail hooked fatheads, waxworms or spikes on an icefishing jig, crappie sized tubes or marabou jigs will all produce. Remember to keep you bait just above them if possible, crappies feed up.
The river bite is changing from walleyes to whitebass. Jefferson and Fort Atkinson are both giving up lots of whitebass. Walleyes are still being caught, but most anglers report that the keepers are spawned out already.
Its time to hit the water.....stay tuned for lots of stuff and join our group on facebook.