Don Roscovius, owner of Rosco’s Live Bait Shop, said few anglers were out fishing this past week due to the high winds.
“Bluegills slowed down a little bit − I’m not sure if it was because of the wind keeping people off (the water), but it was a little slower this week for the bite,” he said. “Crappies were pretty much the same. The wind wasn’t too successful for people.”
Despite the wind, bass and northern have been biting, Roscovius said.
“Waters in our local area are doing OK — Tomah Lake, cranberry marshes. It has been fairly decent for the bass; northerns are a little on the slow side,” he said. “Elsewhere it’s been a little slow.”
Chris Abbott, manager of Hatfield Sports Shop, said all species of fish on Lake Arbutus and the Black River are biting.
“On the lake crappies have been biting pretty good and a few walleyes, but we’re pretty slow on those, and (fishermen) are getting a few bass with some catfish,” he said. “The river is pretty good on bass, walleyes − everything really, (and they’re) getting a few muskies here.”
Abbott said he hasn’t received many reports on the cranberry marshes but believes they’re producing some panfish.
Roscovius said panfish are mostly being caught on worms.
“It’s mostly worms for bluegills, a few guys using a waxworms and plastics,” he said. “A few leeches have been going out the door, so a few guys are using leeches for panfish — it has been working out pretty decent.”