Joel DeBoer

Recent rainfall has made any remaining ice in the Wausau/Central

Wisconsin area unsafe for fishing. The rain has, however, opened the

majority of the boat landings along the Wisconsin River and it's

flowages including Lakes DuBay and Wausau. Anglers are finding the cure

for cabin fever by cashing in on the areas excellent walleye fishing,

both from shore and boat. The Wausau/Central Wisconsin area continues

to produce some of the finest walleye opportunities both in respect to

action and trophy potential in the state.

The majority of walleyes are being found relating to deeper holes and

current breaks both below dams and downstream. Jigs painted in brighter

colors such as orange and chartreuse have been working effectively when

tipped with a medium sized fathead minnow or 3" Berkley Gulp. With

the colder water temperatures, slower and subtler retrieves have been

producing the most action. Anglers need to be vigilant for light biting

fish as strikes will often feel like a very light tick or even a

"mushy" dead weight if it feels different, set the hook.

This early spring period is a fine time to utilize stinger hooks while

fishing jigs to aid in hooking any short striking walleyes.

In addition to jigs, live bait rigs such slip-sinker and three-way rigs

are also accounting for good numbers of fish. A diverse fishery,

anglers are also experiencing action from crappies, white bass, channel

catfish, northern pike, and other species, while pursuing walleyes on

the Wisconsin River system in the Wausau/Central Wisconsin area.

Tight lines,


Fish Species: Walleye, northern pike, crappie, white bass, channel catfish
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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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