One of an angler’s favorite place to fish up and down the country is probably Wisconsin which is home to a selection of fish. The problem for many novices if that is all depends on the season you are going to fish, on what you are actually going to catch. What we are going to offer you today is an insight into the types of fish that roam the water of Wisconsin and give you some helpful tips on how to catch these types of fish.
The summer season is a busy one on the lakes of Wisconsin and is also the perfect time to catch yourself plenty of Bluegill. Perhaps the biggest advantage of fishing for Bluegill is that they aren’t bothered about what bait you use, as they will go for almost anything you stick at the end of your fishing rod. Obviously the preferred bait is worms but insects and other similar sized baits are going to be just as ideal.
Another characteristic of a Bluegill is that they come into very shallow water, sometimes water than is just 2-feet in depth, and they are also well known for nesting in shallower waters.
You can still catch Bluegill during the winter periods but you will need to alter your catching methods slightly by looking in weed beds and more sheltered areas. If you are going to attempt a Winter catch then using grubs and light jig poles are usually the best types of equipment to go with for the more successful results.
Crappie are another popular fish along the lakes of Wisconsin and this largely comes down to how aggressive they are. They will strike at anything that comes near their nest during Spring, but are also very active during Winter.
Unlike the Bluegill, the Crappie tend to shelter themselves during the hotter seasons of Summer and Fall, so you unless you can fish down deep holes or in large weed beds then your best sticking with Bluegill and waiting for the Spring or Fall to come around before setting your sights on Crappie.
During the season of Spring Walleye come out in force as they take to their annual spawning runs. If Walleye is your preferred catch then be ready for Spring and get bait such as leeches, minnows and night crawlers ready to place at the end of your line as there happen to be some of the Walleye’s favorite types of bait.
Where the water is clearer and you can see deep down, then you can expect Walleye to also hide deep down so don’t be surprised if they are lurking in deeper areas during the day before heading to more shallow areas in the night
Many people enjoy looking for largemouth bass purely because they can grow to great lengths which are every fisherman’s dream. If you do want to head to Wisconsin to fish for Largemouth bass then your best time it Spring or Fall, and you want to be setting your sights around reefs, submerged trees, and out-flowing/in-flowing streams.
Again, many types of bait will attract these monsters of the lake so live bait and surface plugs will be ideal.
There are also Smallmouth Bass that roam the lakes of Wisconsin but in all fairness these are the smallest fish in the lake. If you are fishing for these smaller fish then you want to look at crayfish imitations or larvae as your main form of bait. You will also need to be quiet when fishing for these smaller fish.
If you are the patient sort then you will be rewarded with a Musky catch which are much harder and time consuming to get when compared to the likes of Walleye, Bass and Crappie. Obviously having the right equipment plays the biggest part here are you need a heavy bait-casting rod, and some artificial lure to draw them in.
The preferred lures are bucktail spinners, spoons and plugs, so get these in your tackle box before you venture out on your fishing trip. Musky also prefer bait that is moving to bait that is still, so keep it moving if you want to increase your chances of getting a snag on your line.
The Musky is a solitary fish and loves hiding in cover at most times of the day, but usually the ideal time to snap them up is in daytime. Remember that patience is a virtue here, and when you do eventually feel the tug, grab on tight as these are powerful fish that won’t let you get them easily.
The final types of fish you are going to find in the waters of Wisconsin are Brook and Brown trout which you will find in cover in most streams and lakes as they tend to head for shelter from predators.
For brown trout, the larger of the two types of trout you want to get your bait box ready with minnows and crayfish imitations, especially if you are looking to bag yourself a trophy catch. Brown trout also live in different water temperatures compared to Brook trout so warmer waters are the place to start looking.
As for Brook trout then you want to cast your sights in cooler waters where the water is a lot cleaner. In terms of bait you want to prepare your line with insects and worms as these trout are smaller than the brown trout we mentioned above. Low-light conditions are also the best time to cast your line if you want to catch the Brook trout, but make sure you cast it deep as they tend not to come into shallower waters.
Just remember that fish behave differently from one State to another and you will find that behaviors vary from fish to fish. Some will be more prone to Spring or Summer whilst others enjoy the Winter and Fall. We hope these tips for fishing in Wisconsin have helped you.