Northern Wisconsin Fishing Report - June 14th, 2013
Fishing has been good, with water levels dropping to near normal for this time of year. Bears with young cubs are being seen; fawns too.
Angler’s All, (715) 682-5754.
River Rock, (715) 682-3232.
CHIPPEWA FALLS / EAU CLAIRE / MENOMONIE AREA
Shoreline anglers have been catching a lot of small to medium crappies from the
north and south shorelines of the Eau Claire River at Big Falls County Park. Panfish action has improved on the flats at the east end of Lake Altoona. Nice crappies are being taken on minnows and jigs along Paint Creek at Lake Wissota. Otter Lake anglers are reporting a decent crappie bite on minnows. Marsh Miller Lake bluegill action is getting better, with spawning in the shallows to come soon. River smallmouths are becoming more active along the Chippewa Falls flowage. Beetle Spins are a must on the Chippewa River and will catch smallmouths, northerns and even walleyes.
Buroker’s, (715) 835-0847
Big Mama’s Bait, (715) 231-0839.
Bill’s Sport Shop, (715) 723-9033.
In Marinette County, some walleyes, bass and pike were being caught at the mouth of the Peshtigo River by drifting and jigging with minnows or crawlers, or trolling with crawler/harness or crankbaits. Below the dam in Peshtigo smallmouths are starting to appear and anglers using tube jigs are catching some very nice fish. Anglers fishing out of Little River report catching some brown trout and walleyes in 8 to 12 feet of water. Menominee River anglers are catching sheepshead, walleyes, bass, muskies, and catfish by trolling with crankbaits or harnesses.
In Oconto County, anglers fishing the Oconto River from the Stiles dam to the mouth were catching a variety of fish, including trout, smallmouths, redhorse, northern pike, and rock bass. Smallies are biting in the Pensaukee River, with fish ranging from 14 to 19 inches. Anglers heading north from the Pensaukee River mouth were catching walleyes in 8 to 12 feet of water on harnesses and crankbaits. The same can be said for Oconto Breakwater Harbor and Oconto Park II.
MBK Sport Shop, (715) 735-5393.
MINOCQUA/WOODRUFF/ LAKE TOMAHAWK AREA
I thought we were in the clear, but Mother Nature has her own ideas. Wind switches and cold temps have confused fish and fishermen alike. It’s been tough getting a handle on the bites as things seem to be in a constant state of change. Pike action is good to very good. This species seems to not mind the cooler than usual temps of early June. Though they’re not hitting hard, they are hitting often enough to take up the slack of the other species. Live bait rigs under slip-floats are doing the best in new, green weeds in 3 to 8 feet of water. Crappies action is good to very good. Finding the good bite depends on locating crappies on their beds that are staying put despite the cold nights. Reed beds and drowned wood are the places to search. Muskie action is good. Search the shallows with 4- to 6-inch crankbaits. Largemouths are hitting in shallow, soft-bottomed areas. Look for the warmest areas of the lakes. Walleye action is fair. Wind switches and cold fronts are hurting action. Use smaller minnows, medium leeches or half of a crawler. Work the windward side of lakes for the warmest water and most active fish. Smallmouth action is fair. If the water warms a few more degrees, they will be up on beds.
Island Sport Shop, (715) 356-4797.
Great Outdoors, (715) 356-6818.
J & J Sports, (715) 277-2616.
Continually changing weather conditions have kept anglers guessing on most waters across the Northwoods. Walleye success has been steadily improving and there have been quite a few reports of some good catches being made. Jigs and minnows continue to be the favorite bait, but crankbaits along the shorelines have also produced some decent catches. The slow warm-up has finally increased water temperatures into the low 60s on most of the smaller lakes and this has brought most bass and panfish into the shallows. Depending on the size of the water body, crappies were in various stages of nesting, while bluegills and pumpkinseeds just started to concentrate near the shallows in the smaller lakes. Muskie activity was fair, with a number of mid-30-inch fish being caught on small bucktails and crankbaits.
Hayward Bait, (715) 634-2921.
Hayward Lakes Visitor and Convention Bureau, (800) 724-2992.
PRICE COUNTY AREA
The South Fork and North Forks of the Flambeau River are up, so the current is swift and paddlers will be reaching their destinations a bit quicker than normal. Fishermen are having decent success with the river’s walleyes, smallies and muskies despite the current.
Bridge Bait, (715) 762-4108.
Ross’s, (715) 339-3625.
RICE LAKE AREA
Crappies should be spawning now and providing good opportunities for anglers. The water temperature was in the low 60s early last week and anglers were having luck with bass and panfish. The ATV trails should be in good shape, with rain keeping dust to a minimum. Water levels are very good this spring, with most lakes showing a good rebound from last summer’s drought.
Rainbow Ace Home Center, (715) 234-8116.
J.C. Bear Paw Co., (715) 236-7300.