Try Lake Wisconsin This Weekend…..

by Free Speech on May 3, 2017

Lodi, WI~

Lodi Valley News serving Lodi, WI & the Lake Wisconsin area with local information since Earth Day 2008.

                   

 

   Lake Wisconsin, all 9000 acres, is one of southern Wisconsin’s premier lakes for most fish species we have in the state. The lake is actually a flowage formed from the damming of the Wisconsin River at Wisconsin Dells and Prairie du Sac. The water level is maintained at a constant level to protect the luxurious homes that crowd most of the lake’s shoreline. This means that there is constant current flowing through the lake and the lake’s water is constantly replaced every four days under normal conditions. One of the keys to fishing Lake Wisconsin is to fish the current breaks and river channel before the summer algae bloom sets in which is usually near the end of June. This bloom is weather dependent, so check regularly as things warm up.

    Though, the lake is heavily fished for walleyes and saugers early in the year because Lake Wisconsin has open season to them year-round because it is part of the Wisconsin River system. There’s also a good population of largemouth and smallmouth bass, crappies, bluegills, catfish, and white bass that are plentiful too. The muskies are finding their way into the system with some 46+ fish being caught. In the past muskies were a rarity and usually caught by accident.

    Muskies can be caught by casting the normal muskie bucktails (black, orange, white, yellow) and crankbaits also catch fish (try the Smity’s, Buchers, and Grandma Baits). There is a catchable population of muskies in the lake and a fish approaching 50” is always possible.

 

     Walleyes are fished on the lake’s numerous points, sharp breaks, edges of the old river channel, and through the many stump fields that are found in the main lake body. There are few weeds, except in the bays due to the lack of current flow current and stained water. Live bait (minnows, crawlers, and leeches) are fished till early summer on jigs, plain hooks, live bait rigs, slip bobbers, and spinner and crawler harnesses. Once the algae bloom comes, (warm weather triggers the bloom) the walleyes and saugers get harder to catch. This is when the trolling bite takes over for active fish. Successful anglers troll #5 and #7 Shad Raps, Wally Divers, Flicker Shads, and Mann’s Stretch 5’s through the stumps and wood in 10 to 15 feet of water on Off Shore planer boards. The walleye have a slot regulation with only fish from 15 to 20” legal. No walleyes from 20 to 28” may be kept. One fish over 28” is allowed. The daily bag is 5 fish. You’ll also run into some saugers. They are common from 15 to 17 inches, but there are some saugers over 25 inches which could break the state record.

     Panfish (crappies and bluegills) are common with all the bays holding fish especially near any cover like wood, stump, weeds, and piers. Lake Wisconsin also has a good population of big crappies from 12 to 15 inches. Many of these big crappies are caught while trolling for walleyes.

      Lake Wisconsin is crowded on weekends during the summer, but the spring, fall, and during the week there’s little traffic. There are quality boat landings all over the lake and everything you need is available in Sauk City and Lodi. by gary engberg

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