Northern Wisconsin Fishing Report – August 23rd, 2013
CHIPPEWA FALLS / EAU CLAIRE / MENOMONIE AREA
Fishing has been pretty slow in the Eau Claire area as water temperatures have dropped with the cool nights. Water levels on rivers are getting very low. The only people who have been happy are the blackberry pickers. There are a lot of berries this year.
Buroker’s Taxidermy and Bait, Eau Claire, (715) 835-0847.
Big Mama’s Bait Shop, (715) 231-0839, Menomonie.
Bill’s Sport Shop, Chippewa Falls, (715) 723-9033.
In Marinette County, the mouth of the Peshtigo River has been producing nice catches of catfish and drum on crawlers. Smallmouth anglers have been successful using tube jigs in and around the mouth of the Peshtigo, with some fish in the 5-pound range being caught. Menominee River anglers have been catching panfish, walleyes, sheepshead, and catfish from shore and by boat. Most of the walleye action is coming during the evening. Trout and salmon fishing on the bay remains slow.
In Oconto County, some panfish and smallies are being caught below the dam at Stiles close to the pilings. Anglers are reporting some very nice smallies from the Hwy. 141 bridge to the river mouth. From the Pensaukee Landing to Oconto Park II the perch fishing has been fair to good.
MBK Sport Shop, (715) 735-5393.
EAGLE RIVER AREA
Cool weather has dropped water temps to an early September level, and has the fish thinking fall. Walleye fishing is pretty good, with the fish moving a little deeper on the Eagle River chain. There is some thought that they are starting to head for the holes already, which is a fall pattern. Jigs and minnows or half crawlers are working best for these fish. The bigger lakes are starting to see action on weed edges. The evening and after-dark bite is still much better than daytime on these lakes. Bass action is still “summer normal.” Largemouths are in the slop and feeding with their usual aggression. Smallies are over rocks in the 6- to 15-foot range on the “smallie” lakes. Use crankbaits or tube jigs. Muskie action has been the best in the evenings, but they have been moving some during the day, also. Bucktails and surface baits have been by far the best on the Eagle River chain. The bigger, clearer lakes have been producing better after dark and in the late evenings. Panfish action is good, with bluegills again leading the way. Crappie action has slowed, but some anglers are still getting some fish in the wood.
Eagle Sports Center, (715) 479-8804.
Guides’ Choice, (715) 477-2248.
Muskie action is improving, but mornings and late evenings offer the best chance of success. Concentrate on weeds and weed edges, drop-offs, bars, breaklines, and points from shallow to deep. Best baits include bucktails, topwaters, plastic/rubber baits, and jerkbaits and crankbaits. Walleye catching remains a challenge. Fish are scattered from 6 to 25 feet on weedlines, gravel bars and drops, humps, and sunken bogs. Leeches and crawlers still work the best, but a few anglers report catches on minnows. Northern fishing is fair to good and improving with the lower water temperatures along deep weeds. Largemouth action is very good to excellent on most waters. Target the thick slop and brush/wood from very shallow to about 15 feet. Smallmouth fishing is good on rock bars, breaklines, points, wood, and humps in 10 to 25 feet of water. Crappie action is good, with fish scattered and suspending over deeper water and near mid-depth and deep weeds, brush, bogs, cribs, and humps. Bluegill fishing is fair to good on deep weedlines, brush, and cribs in 4 to 18 feet.
Hayward Bait, (715) 634-2921.
Hayward Lakes Visitor and Convention Bureau, (800) 724-2992.
PRICE COUNTY AREA
More stable and moderate weather in the past week made for improved success, with muskies and bass providing some good action. Muskies showed a nice surge, and most anglers reported good action from fish up to 40 inches along the weed edges and deep breaklines. Any time of day has produced action. Action for largemouth and smallmouth bass has been consistent and some big fish were released. Largemouths were in thick cover; smallmouths were coming from flowages and larger rivers. Walleye action has picked up a notch over rock humps and on weed edges.
Bridge Bait, (715) 762-4108.
Ross’s Sport Shop, (715) 339-3625.