Joel DeBoer

Geese, Sandhill cranes, and gobbling Tom turkeys are sure signs that spring has arrived. With temperatures this past weekend into the mid 50's, the already good fishing experienced by anglers this winter has turned "hot".

Anglers have a multitude of choices to make as late season icefishing continues to be very productive while open water anglers are finding access below several area dams.

Crappie action continues to be excellent with anglers reporting steady action. Crappies that had been relating to deeper water are beginning to move into shallower water. Successful tactics being reported include using small spoons tipped with minnows or jigs tipped with waxies/ spikes. Anglers have also had success using jigs tipped with plastic such as Little Atom's "micro noodles". Tipdowns have also proved hot with anglers using a #10 gold or red hook baited with crappie minnows or Rosie reds.

Bluegill and perch action has also been excellent with good catches being reported in shallow backwater sloughs or flats. Best locations reported are where anglers have found green weeds or structure. Anglers have been using small jigs tipped with waxies/spikes or plastics.

Walleye and Northern season is still open on the waters of the Wisconsin river and ice anglers have still been targeting these fish. Steady catches of "slot fish" walleyes have been reported by anglers using tip ups and medium shiners in shallow water related to wood while Northerns are still being caught related to green weeds using tip ups with large golden shiners.

Open water anglers are reporting good catches of walleyes below several area dams. Most anglers have been using jigs tipped with fatheads or plastics. Live bait rigs such as a Lindy rigs tipped with fatheads have also produced fish.

Enjoy this great time of year in Central Wisconsin! Remember to put safety first no matter what fishing you are doing. As ice conditions deteriorate and waters rise on the local rivers, anglers are encouraged to use caution. Also, take a kid fishing and help continue the lifelong sport of fishing.

Fish Species: Walleye, northern pike, crappie, bluegill, perch
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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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