June offers many angling opportunities for fishermen in the great state of Wisconsin.
Despite all the extra rain, fishermen willing to travel a few extra miles are being successful at locating both panfish and game fish. Recently, Jon FioRito and John Jacobson visited the waters of both upper and lower Twin Lakes. They had good luck fishing from a boat for bluegills, crappies, largemough bass and northern pike.
The fishing duo confided with me that waxworms worked for bluegills, game fish hit large live minnows and crappies bit on smaller live minnows. All fish except for a few panfish hit bait that was suspended beneath a bobber. Some of the panfish also chased bait that was casted out, allowed to sink and brought back with a slow deliberate retrieve.
Their fishing areas were along drop-offs with weed cover on the top side in depths of about 4 to 12 feet of water. Crappies are also starting to bite at Delavan Lake in Walworth County, where Ken “Big Boots” Fredrickson recently got action from a boat working waters near pier structures. He used small plastic baits tipped with a waxworm, or spike.
From the Kenosha Harbor Lake Michigan shoreline, I fished with a multitude of anglers. We were all crying the Lake Michigan blues even though the near-shoreline waters recently have been brown. The good news is that there are good-sized fish also swimming and swirling near the surface water this week. I just have not been able to lure one of these lunkers to a hookup.
A number of us fishermen have sighted both trout and carp, and both species have so far been able to elude a fisherman’s net. The larger concentrations of coho salmon have also moved to deeper water at this time, with only a few stragglers showing up recently in depths of less than 30 feet.
Bill’s best bets
n This is a good time to replenish your box of night crawlers while the ground is still saturated. Just remember not to keep the worms in bedding that is too wet.
n Pond fishing can be fun and here are a few pointers that may help you find fish. Many fish will feed and also rest along the sides of a pond, and you may want to be quiet and step lightly. If you do not find fish shallow, then you may want to experiment with drifting your bait at different depths until you find a concentration of suspended fish. You can start by casting the bait to the center of the pond and slowly retrieve back to you, or let the drift naturally if there is some wind speed to benefit the drift. Usually pond fish are not found along the bottom. If the action is slow, though, you can also cast just the bait out to the center of the pond, let it sink to the bottom and slowly retrieve. Worms, waxworms or spikes are all good live baits to try to locate fish in a pond.
n The water levels in the Fox River are still on the high side, and these conditions are both good and bad. The good news is fish like high water levels, will stay in or near the main river channel for longer periods and will be reachable for shoreline fishermen to try for them. The bittersweet news is that the high water hides the snags near shoreline. Once you get into a rhythm of working your baits around the snags, you will have more options for hookups. The alternative to this is to either move up or downstream to a less cluttered underwater area. I will also be traveling back and forth from the Lake Michigan shoreline to the banks of the Fox River as time and weather conditions permit.
n Near-shore weed cover on our inland lakes is also starting to thicken at this time. This may sound a bit uncanny, but this could also be a good time to practice your casting skills. I suggest to set up for panfish with a small bobber, small hook and small piece of bait. Experiment with this combination, casting to open areas between the weed lines. There will also be fish at most of these spots. That is the reason I also suggest to bait up and be ready for a quick hookup.
n Good luck, wear your life vest and take a kid fishing.