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Central Wisconsin Outdoor Report 7/5/14

Hooksetters Guide ServiceHooksetters Guide Phil Schweik with a nice Eagle River musky.

Hooksetters Guide ServiceDoug Wolfe and his daughter Claire with some Eagle River Walleyes they caught with Phil Schweik while staying at the Copperwood Condominiums.

Hooksetters Guide ServiceDoug Wolfe and his daughter Claire and son Zach, with a nice Eagle River Walleye they caught with Phil Schweik while staying at the Copperwood Condominiums.

Hooksetters Guide ServiceJohn from Atlanta Georgia with a nice Central Wisconsin Smallmouth bass while out with Hooksetters Guide Phil Schweik ..

Hooksetters Guide ServiceOur group from Atlanta Georgia with some nice walleyes after a day on the water with Hooksetters Guides.

Hooksetters Guide ServiceJames Borelli with a nice Wisconsin River walleye while out with Hooksetters Guide Phil Schweik

Great walleye fishing this past week only overshadowed by the outstanding musky fishing that has been taking place in central Wisconsin.

The musky fishing has been very good with some extremely good fish showing up every time we hit the water.  Most of the action has been in 5 to10 feet of water working deeper break lines and weed edges with bucktails and jerkbaits, but a few have come from the main river channel by casting deeper diving crankbaits and rubber baits like Bulldawgs and Medusa's.

For you guys looking at getting some prime eating fish, the walleye bite has been fantastic. We have been catching a pile of nice fish during our trips with plenty of them in that 15 to 20 inch range that are perfect for eating.  Most of the action is coming on jig and minnow or jig and crawler combinations but a few fish are being caught by guys long lining crawler harnesses over the shallow flats in 5 to 8 feet of water.

The crappie bite continues to be very good with some real slabs now showing up. A lot of the fish are suspended over deeper water and can be caught by spider rigging or by long line trolling small crankbaits like,  Flicker shads and Rapala Shad Raps in 10 to 16 feet of water.

If you are out looking for a real battle, catfish have been providing not only action, but they will put up a fight that will test you to the limit.  We have been regularly caching lots of catfish by working the deeper sections of the main river channel.  Most of these feisty cats are caught by jig and minnow but crawlers are working very well too. The key to catching these cats is to keep your bait on the bottom and wait for the pick-up.  Give the cat a few seconds to take the bait in, get ready, and set the hook.  Hang on... It's a battle you won't soon forget!

For you guys that have bear tags this fall now is a great time to get started baiting if you haven't started already.  With the season only 2 months away you want to be well prepared, and you will want to have several locations at your disposal to choose from when you head into the woods.

Have a great week,

Phil Schweik

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Hooksetters Guide ServiceHeath Handrick with his largest ever walleye while out with Hooksetters Guide Phil Schweik

Hooksetters Guide ServiceDoug Wolfe and his daughter Claire with Clair's first ever walleye which she caught while staying at the Copperwood Condominiums in Eagle River and fishing with Hooksetters Guide Phil Schweik

Hooksetters Guide ServiceAnother great walleye from the Wisconsin River for our guests from Atlanta Georgiawhile out with Hooksetters Guides .

Hooksetters Guide ServiceAaron Meister with a nice eater walleye from Central Wisconsin while out with Hooksetters Guide Phil Schweik

Hooksetters Guide ServiceRobert and Matt Lorge with a nice catch of walleyes from Central Wisconsin while out with Hooksetters Guide Phil Schweik

Hooksetters Guide ServiceLea Loppnow with a dandy musky that she caught while out with Hooksetters Guide Phil Schweik

Hooksetters Guide ServiceStephanie Borelli with a nice walleye while out with Hooksetters Guide Phil Schweik