Northern Wisconsin Fishing Report – November 2nd, 2012
Chequamegon Bay anglers are having success trolling for salmon and trout. Cohos, steelhead, and browns can still be found in deep water. Shore fishermen have been catching smallmouths on suckers, plastics, and crankbaits. The number of deer taken so far this year has been average. Some are saying the antler growth has been above-average.
Angler’s All, (715) 682-5754.
River Rock, (715) 682-3232.
BOULDER JUNCTION AREA
The walleye bite has been fair to good on chubs and small suckers. Find them in 12 to 14 feet of water. Large suckers and glide baits are working best for muskies along the outer edge of weedlines and flats along the drop-offs. Also work deeper holes with large suckers to catch muskies. Grouse hunting and woodcock hunting have been excellent. And there have been reports of bucks starting to fight.
Northern Highland Sports Shop, (715) 385-2134.
Anglers below the Peshtigo dam have been catching salmon by using jigs and Twister tails and by floating spawn sacs, while panfishermen have been having some success fishing the pocket water above the silver train bridge with worms fished in dead drift. Some salmon, trout, and walleyes are being caught below the Hattie Street dam in Marinette on Twister tails and jigheads or Rapalas in the deeper current areas. The best bite is coming after darkness. Perch fishing at the Oconto Breakwater and Oconto Park II has been slow, with mostly small fish being caught. Bluegills and crappies are being caught below the Stiles dam, as are some king salmon and a few pink salmon. Reports indicate live bait has been working best for panfish, while small spoons and crankbaits are being used to catch salmon.
MBK Sport Shop, (715) 735-5393.
Hook, Line and Sinker, (715) 854-2073.
MINOCQUA/WOODRUFF/ LAKE TOMAHAWK AREA
Area water temps have been in the 44- to 48-degree range. The muskie bite has been very good on suckers, jerkbaits, gliders, and crankbaits. Find walleyes in large lakes at hump bases in 30 to 50 feet of water. The perch bite is fair around drowned wood. Anglers are having success in 8 to 14 feet of water on nightcrawlers and medium fatheads. Anglers should fish for crappies in deep pockets and along the weed edges.
Island Sport Shop, (715) 356-4797.
Great Outdoors, (715) 356-6818.
EAGLE RIVER AREA
Area water temperatures are hovering in the mid- to upper 40s. Northern pike are in 10 feet of water. Use a Husky Jerk, floating Rapala, or a sucker under a slip bobber. Panfish are starting to scatter. Find them in 8 to 25 feet of water off of weed edges or break edges adjacent to mud flats. Perch are tight to bottom, with crappies and bluegills suspending in the water column. Use a crappie minnow or chunk of crawler under a jig or a slip bobber. Muskie action is fair to good. Find them in 10 feet of water or less. Use jerkbaits, glide baits, topwaters, or a sucker to catch them. Walleye action has been good all day. Fish in 15 to 30 feet of water off of weed and break edges, but near the bottom. Try using a jig and a fathead minnow. More rutting action is being observed by deer bowhunters. The woodcock hunting and grouse hunting have been excellent this year. Duck hunters are seeing the number of migrating diving ducks increase.
Eagle Sports Center, (715) 479-8804.
Guides’ Choice, (715) 477-2248.
Muskie fishing is going strong on most waters. Work weedlines, deep breaks, and rock bars in 8 to 22 feet of water with gliders, tubes, jerkbaits, and crankbaits. Suckers are particularly productive at this time, and row-trolling can be effective. Walleye fishing is good for bigger fish on deeper sand bars and drop-offs in depths from 15 to 30 feet of water. Jigs and fatheads, suckers, crawlers, and trolled crankbaits are all effective right now. Use bigger suckers for the larger walleyes. Crappie action is good once you find the fish. Search around cribs and deeper water
Hayward Bait, (715) 634-2921.
Hayward Lakes Visitor and Convention Bureau, (800) 724-2992.
PRICE COUNTY AREA
Water temperatures have been getting lower by the week, and most lakes are now in the upper 40- to lower 50-degree range. This colder water has chased most fish species to deeper water, and these are the areas most anglers have been targeting. Muskies and walleyes have been the two main species of interest, with muskies providing the most consistent action. Anglers have been dragging large suckers around and have been having success. Artificial baits have working with fair success, with the fish being more active on sunny days. Walleye action has been good, although fish that have been running are on the small side and the bite has been concentrated in the last hour or so of daylight. Large fathead minnows continue to be the bait of choice, and have been fished on a jig, below a slip bobber, or on a bare hook/split-shot rig that’s dragged along the bottom. The best action has been on the deep edges and breaklines, and near the old river channels on the larger flowages. Some panfish-angling success has been reported, with decent catches of crappies on the larger flowages. The crappies have been found suspended near the old river channels in 20 to 30 feet of water, with small minnows and Twister tails producing the best action.
Bridge Bait & Tackle, Park Falls, (715) 762-4108.
Ross’s Sport Shop, Phillips, (715) 339-3625.
The crappie action has been good. Anglers are drifting from the landing all of the way to the mouth of the Clam River. Cast a line under the bridge to find walleyes. Fishermen have been having some success catching muskies on Yellow Lake.
Big Mike’s, (715) 349-2400.
Fur, Fin and Feathers Sports, (715) 349-8445.
Most anglers are concentrating on muskie fishing. Water temps are in the mid-40-degree range and the fall bite for big fish has started. Nice-sized muskies are hitting crankbaits and large plastics. There has been good action on suckers rigged under slip bobbers. The walleye fishing has been good in 10 to 16 feet on jigs tipped with fatheads. Try vertically jigging as you drift through the deeper holes in the main system. Crappies are staged over 12 to 15 feet of water, and are holding 4 to 7 feet down. Try drifting tiny jigs that are set under slip bobbers. Use a small minnow or a chunk of crawler. Deer hunters are starting to see signs of buck activity. Scrapes and rubs are showing up, and there has been some daytime activity from larger deer.
Wisconsin Angling Adventures, (715) 297-7573.