The fish are biting ... some places.

Bonnie Roscovius of Rosco’s Live Bait said the bite was good in the Tomah area this past week.

“Bluegills and perch are biting and so are the northern,” she said. “People are catching walleyes on the river, and the panfish have started last week (being) much more active. That was not only on the lake but in the bogs and the river.”

Panfish are biting best on waxworms, and perch are taking red rosy minnows, Roscovius reported.

Matt Modjeski, Department of Natural Resources conservation warden for Monroe County, provided a different report.

“I’d like to report the fish are biting, but they’re not,” he said. “I got out on Friday afternoon, Saturday afternoon and (Sunday) afternoon, and I caught no fish on Lake Tomah,” he said.

Roscovius said northern pike are biting in the area with fishermen catching them mainly on tip-ups.

“A number of nice-size northern have come in ... from a few people from various places,” she said.

In other outdoors news, the Eastern Monroe County Rod and Gun Club Fisheree will be held this Saturday at Eagle’s Nest Flowage with the Tomah Fisheree to follow on Feb. 10 at Lake Tomah.

Also, while squirrel season ended Wednesday, rabbit season will continue until the end of February, Modjeski said.

“If it’s not super cold and below zero again, then there’s time for that type of hunting,” he said.

The Black River Forest Trail Foundation will hold its annual candlelight ski, hike and snowshoe event Saturday, Feb. 3 from 6–9 p.m. at the Smrekar warming shelter. Food and refreshments will be available as well as a raffle with prizes. The event will be held as a hike if there is insufficient snow for skiing or snowshoeing.


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