Joel DeBoer

Despite above average rainfall and some cooler temperatures, muskies have been quite active in the Wausau area with big fish having been caught and released as of late including a stocky 50 ¼" specimen. Bucktails have continued to produce action from both muskies and pike with bright/dark contrasting colors seeming to produce best. With the increased current from recent rainfall, look for current breaks and eddies and fish these spots thoroughly. Deeper diving jerkbaits and rubber baits have also worked well, especially those in the mid-sized range. Backwater areas have held a decent surface bait bite in the early and late periods of the day with prop style baits continuing to produce the most consistent action.

Anglers looking to score on feisty smallmouth bass should also look to downed timber or shallow rocky areas, especially those adjacent to main channel flows. The Wausau area holds an excellent population of smallmouth bass with fish over the 20" mark available. Popper style surface baits have worked well during low-light periods and provide exciting action from aggressive bass. Plastic presentations such as tubes in the 3"-4" range are working well when fished around and through the wood. A longer stouter rod and heavier line is recommended in aiding to leverage these big smallmouths from their close quarters.

Channel catfish are being caught with regularity below many of the local dams and tail waters both by anglers targeting other species as well as those looking to tangle with this whiskered fighter. Search the upper ends of holes to locate the most active cats and fish them with fresh cut bait on a three-way or slip sinker rig.

Walleye action remains steady with numbers of legal walleyes including some beautiful slot fish (20"-28") continuing to show up on a regular basis. As in weeks past, current breaks created by irregularities in the river channel as well as stumps, logs, and blow-downs are all holding fish. Jig and plastic or jig and live bait combinations are working well when fishing these spots. Anglers are also scoring on walleyes by casting crankbaits along the shallow rocks and wood of the Wisconsin River and its flowages. Look for brighter colors to continue to produce fish, even during mid-day hours. Summer is here and it's a great time to fish! I'll see you on the water…

Fish Species: Musky, Walleye, Channel Catfish, Smallmouth Bass
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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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