I hope everybody is patiently waiting for this year’s Wisconsin opener which will be on the 7th of May. If temperatures stay on the warm side Northern Pike, Walleyes, and Perch should all be done with their spawning rituals. Muskies, Bass, Crappie, and Sunfish families should be getting started for their turn. All of you should remember some important dates for your fishing calendar, in Wisconsin game fish opens May 7th, Muskies will open May 28th, and remember Large Mouth Bass will open May 7th and Small Mouth Bass will also open on the 7th until June 17th for catch and release only then June 18th for regular season. On our border lakes with Michigan, Muskies will open Sunday May 15th and Bass opens June 18th. You should refer to your state’s appropriate fishing regulations to verify any dates or changes that have taken place for this year.
Northern Pike: Will be in post spawn and a jig and minnow combo along weed edges and spoons like the Johnson Silver Minnow should be in your arsenal for these eager fish to bite onto.
Walleyes: At this time a good mix of 1/16, 1/8, and 1/4 ounce jigs tipped with fathead minnows, or slip bobbers fished on new weed growth edges to rock and soft bottom transitions should get you a good mess of eyes for a fish fry.
Perch: Small jigs and or slip bobbers with small minnows on weed edges is where you will find these fish.
Happy fishing! Selective harvest is the way to go. Colin Crawford’s Guide Service, firstname.lastname@example.org (715) 891-2715. You can also “Like” us on Facebook.