Spent the weekend hitting it hard on both Lake Wisconsin and the Wisconsin river near the Dells. Lake Wisconsin kicked out another hawg sauger for us on Friday but overall, it was slower than I would have liked so we pulled the boat to the Wisconsin Dells and fished the river below the dam on both Saturday & Sunday.
The difference between the fish we’ve caught on Lake Wisconsin this fall and the Wisconsin River is startling. On Lake Wisconsin, even on the days when we put plenty of fish in the boat, we averaged only one walleye per day. The rest were all saugers. On the river, we caught more walleye’s than saugers but the mix was much closer to 50-50.
On the river, if you just want to catch fish, drop a minnow rig in any deep hole and start hauling up shorties. If you wanted to catch legal fish, early and late in the day were much, much more productive and plastics were the way to go. To be more specific, 3.25″ paddle tails from B’Fish’N Tackle were what worked best in my boat.
There’s still fish to be caught on Lake Wisconsin, but is definitely slowing down quite a bit. If I was looking specifically for hawg saugers, Lake Wisconsin is hands down where I would go right now. It’s not going to be a numbers game but there are some hawg saugers out there to be caught.
If your looking for numbers and keeper size walleyes and saugers, the river below the dells appears to be holding far more “Hungry” fish than the lake.
Hopefully, this nice weather and river bite will last all of December. If not, it sure was a nice way to close out the 2012 fishing season.
Sorry about the short report but thats all I have time for this evening. Better short than not at all!