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HERE’S HOW: 100 pan fish will be pre-tagged and released into the Three Lakes Chain of Lakes by the Three Lakes Fish and Wildlife Association. Catch one and you could win one of the following prizes: ONE $1,200 FISH ONE $750 FISH THREE $500 FISH THREE $250 FISH FIVE $100 FISH THIRTY-SEVEN $50 FISH Catch…

Fishing Reports

Reminder: Catch and release for Smallmouth Bass is until June 17, and Muskie opened in the northern zone on May 27.  

Catching a record fish just became easier with the “Live Release” initiative set up by the Wisconsin DNR. Learn more about this catch and release record tracking program here.

Panfish: Perch are in the weeds. Using a slip bobber tipped with minnows or tossing a 1/8th oz. jig with a small minnow seems to be doing the job. Crappies are done spawning now and are in the weeds and around structure. Slip bobber rigs with hook and minnow or a jig and plastic should do the trick. Bluegills are up in the shallows on the warmer lakes. Slip bobber rigs baited with red worms or waxies will catch these. Remember we do have panfish regulations on a few of our lakes in the area.

Northern: These fish will be found in and around weeds. Pitching jig and minnows or small spinnerbaits will get their attention.

Walleye: These are being found in the weeds and on the deep weed edges during the midday. Pitching 1/8th oz. jigs tipped with fathead minnows or slip bobbers just over and around will catch you a nice fish fry also.

Muskies: They should be done spawning and starting to feed better now. Smaller Bucktails and small jerkbaits this time of the year are your best baits to go to right now.

Information for this week’s fishing report was provided by Colin Crawford from Colin Crawford’s Guide Service.

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