It has been a hot minute since posting a fishing report (mostly due to technical difficulties) but we are back! This spring has been a roller coaster of weather changes making fishing somewhat interesting. That said, here is what has been going on in our area and on the Green Bay system too!
With gamefish closed on the Madison Chain (and other inland waters excluding the larger rivers) we have been on the Wisconsin River getting our walleye fix. With the high water we have had this spring boat control and the methods for fishing have been adapted to fit these trying conditions. Typical presentations like vertical jigging have been difficult, if not impossible. That said we have been using the crazy current to our advantage by using 3-way fly rigs and dropshot rigs. HERE is a video of these rigs in action on the WI River at the Prairie Du Sac dam. ALSO, WE DO SELL WALLEYE FLIES! Email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions on how to order and what we have available. We will be working to get them on the website soon! The bite is starting to wind down with the water temps creeping into the mid 40 degree range.
If you are looking for a chance to get into some TROPHY walleyes, heading north to Green Bay and its tributaries (Fox River, Oconto River, Peshtigo River, and Menomonee River) is the way to go. The bite is still going strong with a vast majority of the fish being post-spawn. Whether you like to cast, jig, or troll, there is a bite for everybody. If you have never been up there but have wanted to try it, now is the time! HERE is a video fishing jigs tipped with minnows on the Fox River a couple weeks back prior to the spawn. Although most of the fish are done spawning the bite is still hot. In fact, it is probably even BETTER now that the fish are hungry after spawning!
As for our local waters, the panfish bite has been fairly steady around lake Monona and Mendota, primarily in the shallow back bays and channels. A combination of live bait on small jigs and small plastics have been producing nice bluegills and the occasional crappie in these shallow water areas. Winnequah Park has been very productive, along with Monona Bay, Dengels Bay, and the north end of Mendota.
That's about it! We are eagerly counting down the days to the opener next month and getting out to do some night trolling for walleyes here on the chain!