MADISON – Anglers heading out for the northern zone bass opener on June 20 should prepare for post-spawn, hungry fish.
“Both largemouth and smallmouth bass will have recently completed spawning in the north. They will likely be found in relatively warm, shallow waters making them accessible to both shore and boat anglers,” says Joe Hennessy, warm water fisheries specialist with the Department of Natural Resources. “Post-spawn bass should feed actively and be willing to strike a variety of lure presentations. Spinners, plastics, and top-water baits are all good choices when fished near available cover this time of year.”
More on bass lures, techniques, and the best time of day to go fishing can be found in a June 2002 Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine article: “Bassin’ Basics.”
Largemouth and smallmouth bass together are the most widely distributed recreational fish in the state -- found in lakes, cool and warm water streams, and large rivers.
Anglers looking for places to fish, can check the DNR Web site for quality bass fishing opportunities in Wisconsin or take a look at the 2009 Fishing Report to see which waters biologists predict will offer good bas fishing this year.
The northern bass season runs from June 20 to March 7, 2010, and most waters have a daily bag limit of five and a minimum length limit of 14 inches. The northern zone is the area north of highways 77, 64 and 29, with Highway 10 as the dividing line. More information can be found in the 2009-2010 Guide to Wisconsin Hook and Line Fishing Regulations and the Fishing Wisconsin Web pages.