Joel DeBoer

Panfish remain aggressive throughout much of our area providing anglers with exciting action as they target these tasty critters. Of late, slip bobber rigs tipped with live bait have been effective for working submerged cover, mainly deeper wood, stumps, and snags.

The Wisconsin River system is one of the finest smallmouth fisheries in the Midwest, and action as of late continues to substantiate this fact. Whereas the panfish have been holding a little deeper, there remains an active bite for big smallmouth bass in shallower wood and rocks.

Suspending-style minnow baits and jig/plastic combinations have been working well. If you're not getting bit shallow, position your boat a bit deeper and try working a jig and chub combination or countdown-style crankbait.

After a banner summer season for big walleyes, the autumn bite for both brutes and eater-sized fish continues in the Wausau area. Good numbers of fish are showing up in the deeper holes and stretches during the daylight hours and subsequently occupying adjacent flats and breaklines during the low light periods. During the day live bait whether on a jig or rig such as a slip sinker rig. For the shallower bite crankbaits worked at a slow to medium retrieve have worked well as have slowly swimming a jig and paddle tail trailer.

Anglers on a quest for Esox action have had plenty to be excited about as of late as both northern pike and musky activity has been consistent. With water temperatures continuing to drop, action on quick-strike rigged suckers has been improving; at present, smaller to mid-sized bait has been producing best both in respect to action and quality of fish.

Anglers looking to cast for either species will do well on both jerkbaits and crankbaits as both have been producing fish; look for structure such as rock outcroppings or downed timber with proximity to deeper water. Plenty of musky activity is occurring through the nighttime also, with muskies frequenting many of the same areas as the bigger walleyes. Cash in on the bite by working high vibration presentations such as jointed crankbaits or over-sized rubber baits with curly or paddle tails.

Few things are more beautiful than a trophy fish held against the vibrant autumn backdrop! I'll see you on the water…

Tight lines,


Fish Species: Musky, walleye, smallmouth bass, panfish
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Joel DeBoer

About The Author: Joel DeBoer

Company: Wisconsin Angling Adventures

Area Reporting: Central and Northern Wisconsin

Bio: Greetings and welcome to the Northwoods! My name is Joel DeBoer; I grew up fishing the waters of Central and Northern Wisconsin and enjoying the beauty of Wisconsin's outdoors - I can guarantee you will enjoy them as well! As owner of Wisconsin Angling Adventures, I'll work hard to keep you on the fish and show you a good time out on the water! Through countless days and nights on the water, I have worked hard to uncover local "hotspots" while prefecting the techniques necessary to produce trophy fish from them. I have been an active member of Muskies Inc. and Bill's Musky Club, and am responsible for numerous awards for muskies caught and released by my clients as well as myself. In addition to guiding, I am an active musky tournament fisherman, having multiple Top 10 finishes. Not only do I fish tournaments for muskies, but a variety of local tournaments for walleyes and bass. I am active on the internet - providing articles and fishing reports to over 15 different web sites, in addition to doing web-radio shows. I am a published outdoor author and educator, including my weekly column, "The Guides Corner" in the Everest Herald. I specialize in multi-media presentations and seminars on the vast aspects of musky fishing. Please feel free to email me, at ANY time. In addition, take an opportunity to visit my bio pages at the St. Croix Rod or VMC Hooks Pro-Staff pages as a further reference. I am thankful to the wonderful companies I am privileged to work with promotionally: Bait Rigs * DeLONG Lures * Ducktail Lures * Dunwright Tackle * Frabill * Mepps * Mister Twister * Mercury * Optima Batteries * Pure Fishing (Abu Garcia, Berkley, Stren) * Roberts Outdoors * St. Croix * VMC Hooks

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