Northern Wisconsin Fishing Reports

Northern Wisconsin Fishing Report - September 5th, 2014


Fishing remains stable on Chequamegon Bay. Smallmouths are in deeper areas. Use suckers. Some days allowed sight-fishing in shallower water with plastics, minnows, crankbaits, or flies. Walleye anglers are slow-trolling crawler harnesses and crankbaits in deeper water. Anglers casting spoons and spinnerbaits along the breakwall and the Ashland shoreline are catching northern pike. Trout and salmon anglers are still coming up short on salmon, but report great catches of lakers and browns on spoons and Spin-N-Glos in depths of 30 of 100 feet.

Angler’s All, (715) 682-5754.

River Rock, (715) 682-3232.


The Chippewa River is running a little above normal for this time of year due to recent rains, but is still easily navigable. Higher water allows boaters more access to some good fishing spots, and fishing seems to be heating up in the rivers with the cooler weather.

Buroker’s Taxidermy and Bait, Eau Claire, (715) 835-0847.

Bill’s Sport Shop, Chippewa Falls, (715) 723-9033.


In Marinette County, anglers fishing the Peshtigo River proper report good catches of smallmouth bass and northern pike throughout the entire river. Some anglers are putting smaller boats in at the city garage landing and floating to the Klingsborn Landing while casting spinnerbaits and topwater baits. Anglers at the mouth of the Peshtigo are reporting the same kind of success. Perch are being caught out of the Little River landing; fish are running small. The walleye bite in the Menominee River remains good, with most fish being caught in the evening by trolling with crankbaits. Shore anglers on the Menominee River are catching some panfish, bass, and walleyes.

In Oconto County, panfish and some small bass are being caught below the dam at Stiles on live bait. Perch fishing on the bay from the Pensaukee landing to Oconto Park II remains fair to good, with fish being caught in 9 to 14 feet of water on minnows and crawler chunks fished near or on the bottom. Anglers also report an uptick in the walleye bite while they’re fishing in 14 to 25 feet of water and trolling large crankbaits or crawler harnesses.

Hook, Line and Sinker, (715) 854-2073.


With the water temps stable in the 70-degree range, anglers are finding patterns stabilizing. Largemouth action is good to very good. There is an early morning start with plastics. Later on, try spinnerbaits and crankbaits along and over weeds or wait until evening to use Jitterbugs, Hula Poppers, or plastic frogs around lily pads and other vegetation. Bluegill action is good to very good. Small leeches have been tops for nice fish suspended along deep weed edges. Crappie action is good. Work through weed tops in 8 to 14 feet. Smallmouth bass: good. Try off-shore humps in 18 to 24 feet with tubes and creatures, or leeches and crawlers. Muskies: good. Some nice fish (tops, a 481⁄2-incher) last week. Use bucktails along deep weed edges. There is some good action toward dusk on topwater lures. Walleyes: good. The best action has been over hard bottoms on crawlers and leeches. 

Island Sport Shop, (715) 356-4797.

J & J Sports, (715) 277-2616.


Muskies have still been the focus for many anglers, and action was inconsistent. Most of the anglers were reporting quite a few sightings, follows, and short strikes, though catches were a bit tough to come by. Most of the muskies were in the 30- to 38-inch size. Artificial baits are still providing most of the action, and some of the favorite lures have included large bucktails, jerkbaits, and topwaters. With water temperatures holding in the low 70s, muskies have been in a variety of locations – shallow break lines, mid-depth weedbeds, and the deeper weed edges. Largemouth and smallmouth bass action varies by day. Smallmouth success has been fair to good on the flowages and larger rivers. Largemouth action showed the most consistency in the past week, with most of the fish being found in the mid-depth areas around cover. Walleye success has remained fair, with many anglers still making decent catches on the weed edges with crawlers and leeches.

Bridge Bait, (715) 762-4108.

Ross’s, (715) 339-3625.


Water temps are down in the 60s on most lakes. Panfish are still using weeds for cover, but deeper weeds. Walleye fishing has been pretty good lately, with some fish in the deep holes on the Eagle River chain. This makes them pretty easy to locate, and to fish for with jigs and minnows or leeches. We also are finding fish on the weed edges. Evenings are best, especially on the clear, deep lakes. Fish the deep weed edges. Leeches are working the best on the big lakes. Bass fishing has been very good. Largemouths are deeper for some reason now, and plastics are working well on the clear lakes off the weeds and structure. Smallies have been hitting in a little shallower water. Muskie action has been very good on all lakes. The last week has shown some nice fish being caught, and very good numbers, too. The weeds have been holding a lot of fish. Panfish action has been quite good, with the bluegills hitting well everywhere in the weeds.

Eagle Sports Center, (715) 479-8804.


Muskie action is spotty, but is improving, and has even been good on some days, with early mornings and evenings and after dark offering the best odds. Target weedlines, weed edges, and other structure in depths from shallow to 18 feet. Favored baits include Bull Dawgs, bucktails, buzz baits, and topwaters. The best walleye-fishing opportunities are in early morning and night. Concentrate on weed edges, gravel, rock, bogs, bars, brush, points, humps, and river channels in 10 to 30 feet with crawlers and leeches. Northern pike action is inconsistent, with larger fish in deeper water out to 20 feet or so, and smaller pike providing good fishing in shallower water. Largemouth action is very good to excellent from very shallow out to 12 feet or so. Smallmouth fishing is fair on deeper weedlines, wood, rocks, and breaks in 10 to 22 feet. Crappie fishing is fair to good, with the best bite in early morning and evening. Look for crappies along weedlines, bogs, brush, and cribs in depths out to 20 feet or more, with many fish suspending over deeper water. Top baits include minnows, fatheads, waxies, plastics, and assorted Gulp! baits on plain hooks or jigs. Use a slip bobber to hang and hold your offering at the correct depth.

Hayward Bait, (715) 634-2921.

Hayward Lakes Visitor and Convention Bureau, (800) 724-2992.



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Central Wisconsin Fishing Reports

Central Wisconsin Fishing Report - September 5th, 2014


Smallmouth anglers are having success between Egg Harbor and Sister Bay in 12 to 20 feet of water. Shore anglers had success using worms in 12 to 20 feet of water, as well. Perch anglers had success from Egg Harbor to Sister Bay, along the shore in the weedbeds. Walleye anglers have had success off of Hat Reef fishing just off the bottom in 20 feet of water. Smallmouth bass anglers were successful in Rowleys Bay in 10 feet of water. Salmon anglers have had success around Cana Island and straight out of Baileys Harbor in 80 to 140 feet of water, 60 to 120 feet down for kings and less than 50 feet down for steelhead. Anglers have had success using spoons and flasher flies. At Sawyer Harbor, the combination of abundant baitfish and lots of cover has made summer walleye fishing out of Potawatomi Park rather challenging. Anglers here are still waiting for the fall walleye bite to begin. Perch fishing in Sawyer Harbor has been tough. Several perch anglers remain confident that fall will bring in the larger perch. Other fish caught out of Sawyer Harbor have included freshwater drum, channel catfish, and rock bass. Salmon anglers launching from Sturgeon Bay have had success fishing the banks while using leadcore and flies. Anglers launching from stone quarry have had success for smallmouth bass out on the bay. 

In Kewaunee County, anglers on the piers in Algoma and Kewaunee had little to no success last week fishing with spoons and live bait. There have been many sightings of steelhead and kings surfacing at the entrance of the Kewaunee and the Ahnapee rivers. There also have been many sightings of kings in the rivers. Anglers launching from Kewaunee and Algoma had a tough week, but many of the fish being caught are large. In Kewaunee, anglers are fishing 40 to 170 feet and 20 to 70 feet down on leadcore lines and flasher flies. In Algoma, anglers are fishing in 100 to 200 feet and 40 to 90 feet down; again the best luck has been on the 10-color leadcore line and flies.

Howie’s Tackle, (920) 746-9916.

Deprey’s Kwik Stop, (920) 866-2934.

Stevenson Pier, (920) 824-5222.

Algoma Chamber of Commerce, (920) 487-3090.


At Geano Beach, muskie fishermen continue to dominate the area. Reports of many fish being caught last week brought an increase in pressure to the area, but with mixed success. Anglers fishing the beginning of the week reported catching multiple fish, with the largest coming in at 55 inches. Unfortunately, the second half of the week saw very few fish, and with no reports of boated fish. A mix of trolling and casting showed no favored winner; however, both did produce catches of northern pike.

Duck Creek continues to build vegetation, hampering anglers’ attempts to fish. The anglers in the creek area went out with the intention to fish, but decided against it after failing to find open areas. Walleye fishermen out of the Suamico launch have been returning with mixed success. Anglers pulling crankbaits continued to produce decent numbers of fish, while crawler harnesses have been bringing in better size. The 16- to 20-foot range has seen the most action.

Smokey’s on the Bay Bait, Tackle and Guide Service, (920) 436-0600.


Salmon anglers are having low success in 70 to 200 feet of water, with only a couple of limits reported. Fishing pressure has been low. Pier and shore anglers have had low success. Smallmouth bass and northern pike are being caught in the Manitowoc and Two Rivers harbors on soft plastics for smallies and bucktail spinners for northerns. On Manitowoc County lakes, bluegills are biting, with good catches on suspended fish in 15 to 30 feet of water and about 10 feet off the bottom. Smallmouth bass are being reported near any breaks in cover or near rocks in 15 to 25 feet on swim jigs or spinnerbaits. Walleyes are showing up in 12 to 18 feet on weedless jigs tipped with crawlers, leeches, or fathead minnows near the weed edges. Muskies are being caught by working the weedlines or breaks in 15 to 25 feet and by casting bucktails, crankbaits, or weedless spoons.

WCUB Radio.


The perch bite has begun to improve on Lake Winnebago. With so much baitfish in the system, the bite has been slow, but if anglers are able to locate the schools, they might see some improved fishing. Sept. 1 meant the beginning of the early goose season and the new early teal season. Nothing has changed in regards to the early goose season; however, this year there is also a teal season that is in a trial period. Only teal may be shot during this season, so hunters must be able to identify waterfowl on the wing. 

Critter’s, (920) 582-0471.

Fox River Bait, (920) 233-7409.

Dutch’s, (920) 922-0311.


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Southern Wisconsin Fishing Reports

Southern Wisconsin Fishing Report - September 5th, 2014


In Sheboygan, fishing has improved. Most boaters are catching better numbers than earlier in the season. The best depths have been from 30 feet out to 140 feet. The most consistent bite seems to be from 80 to 120 feet of water, fishing in the top 50 feet. Dipsy divers and leadcore have been hot; the best lures have been magnum spoons and J-plugs in pearl or silver.

In Port Washington, fishing has picked up, with trollers getting some of the best catches of the summer. The best depths seem to be a little deeper off of port in 130 to 150 feet of water, fishing from 30 to 60 feet down. There also has been an early morning bite in 50 to 60 feet, but that window is short, and the most consistent action has been coming from the deeper water throughout the day. Shore anglers off of the south pier and the power plant discharge area are beginning to catch a few salmon early in the morning, along with a few smaller browns and smallmouths. Use a spawn sac near bottom or drifted in current on a three-way rig; crawlers fished off of jigs have worked for the smallmouths.

In Milwaukee, fishing has improved for trollers. Limits have been reported, and most boaters are doing well in 80 to 100 feet of water in the early morning or right at dark. All lures have been taking fish, but spoons and J-plugs have been taking some of the larger chinooks down deep. Downriggers and Dipsy Divers seem to be the hottest presentations, with 100- to 300-foot copper rods taking some fish, as well. Shore anglers are still struggling with the warm water, but a few kings have been taken at night off the Mckinley pier.

In Racine, activity at the Pershing Park boat launch was low. The few boaters who had decent success in 70 to 80 feet of water were from 30 to 50 feet down. Pier fishing remains slow, but there were some reports of a few chinooks and cohos biting very early in the morning off the south pier. A few browns also have been taken on crankbaits and jigs and plastics. Pier fishing will improve in the coming weeks for all species, with some colder water and rain expected.

DNR hotline, (414) 382-7920.

Smokey’s Bait Shop, (262) 691-0360.

Dick Smith’s Bait, (262) 646 2218.


In Rock County, catfish in the 13- to 15-inch range continue to be caught on live bait on the Rock River below Indianford. There is no size limit for catfish, but the daily bag limit is 10. Each fisherman has his or her own bag limit, so group bagging is not allowed. Walleyes, northern pike, and largemouth bass are being caught below the Indianford dam on jigs and spinnerbaits. The water levels on the Rock River and Lake Koshkonong are back to summer low levels, so boaters don’t have to worry about the no-wake restrictions that were in place earlier in the summer on the river.

D&S Bait & Tackle, (608) 244-3474.

Dorn Hardware, (608) 244-5403.


Recent rains have brought the water level up on the Wisconsin River. Most, if not all the sand bars, above the dam are under water now, which will limit camping opportunities. Smallmouth bass fishing has been steady. Sunflower fields are full of doves for the dove season. Not many farm fields have been harvested yet for the early goose season.

Wilderness Fish and Game, (608) 643-5229.


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