Fishing is slow.
Don Roscovius, owner of Rosco’s Live Bait, said fishing activity was muted over the past weekend. He said few people were out fishing, although anglers who did brave the cool, cloudy weather were having modest success.
“I know of a few perch being caught out of the Lemonweir system, Buckhorn area,” he said. “I got reports that guys are catching a few perch at the Buckhorn, Castle Rock, Petenwell, New Lisbon dam and the Mauston dam.”
A few small walleyes have also been caught, Roscovius reported. He’s hasn’t heard of anything big being caught.
Low water conditions may be having an impact on fishing, Roscovius said.
“All the river systems are really low water,” he said, including the Lemonweir, Wisconsin and Little Yellow rivers. He said the water levels make it difficult for anglers to fish areas “where we would normally find them this time of year.”
Few people have been fishing on the Mississippi River, Roscovius reported. He said wind, cold temperatures and snow have kept anglers away.
“I heard even the barges closed down last week because of cold weather,” Roscovius said. “I’m assuming they’re open now, but I haven’t gotten a report.”
The Department of Natural Resources reports that piers won’t be installed at Buckhorn State Park until the lake level is normal, most likely at the end of April. The DNR says the lake is still undergoing draw down.
The Learn to Hunt Turkey program took place this past weekend, Roscovius said. He said there were two birds brought to his business. One was 24 pounds, and the other was 18 pounds.
The youth turkey hunt for hunters 15 and under will run Saturday and Sunday.