Area fish are picky about eating times.
Don Roscovius, owner of Rosco’s Live Bait, said the bite at Lake Tomah has been good this past week, but panfish are picky about when they’re biting.
“It’s a timing issue,” he said. “It has been kind of an early morning bite then a slowdown period. Some guys are getting a little bit of an afternoon bite, but by late afternoon it picks up again. So if you go early to the lake or later, you could maybe get some. It has been the same way the past couple weeks.”
On Lake Tomah panfish have been biting most consistently.
“Guys are reporting bluegills and crappies,” he said. “I heard some guys went (Monday) and got a pretty decent crappie bite, got eight to nine in the first 20 minutes out there.”
Northern pike anglers are doing well − better than in past weeks, Roscovius said.
“I heard there was plenty of tip-up action,” he said. “It sounds like guys had some pretty nice fish caught — northern 30 inches were caught. I’m not sure how many, but I know we have five reports of fish over 32 inches caught on the lake.”
During a tournament held at Petenwell Flowage Saturday, Roscovius said plenty of walleyes were caught, both big and little ones.
“Minnows were the best bait in the deeper channels,” he said. “That seems to be where they’re biting.”
At Castle Rock Flowage, the bite was good, but the condition of the ice was less than ideal, Roscovius said.
“Sunday was a good bite for both crappie and walleye,” he said. “But there were some stress cracks on the lake, so I would tell fishermen if they go over there to know where you’re going and whether or not you can get on.”
Cranberry reservoir fishing has been slow, Roscovius reports.
“There has not much activity in any of the local ponds,” he said. “A few guys are catching some, but the average bite was pretty slow on the various cranberry reservoirs in the area.”