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Northern Wisconsin Fishing Reports

Northern Wisconsin Fishing Report - November 13th, 2015


The only consistent fishing report has come off the Apple River, where large suckers are producing muskies. Duck and deer hunting reports have been favorable, and the bigger bucks really started to move during the past week.

Lucky Baits (715) 268-6231


This report is about the Ashland side of Chequamegon Bay. Well, we got that rain we wanted and then some! As soon as the water clears we should see some new fish, including brown trout, salmon, and steelhead in the area streams and rivers. The late-season warm weather provided for some noteworthy stream fishing. High skies, high temperatures, low and clear water: the perfect recipe for good steelhead fishing, apparently. Smallmouth bass were into their fall feeding patterns, frequenting their usual autumn haunts such as the breakwall and the marina. They are starting to school more and become more active. The walleyes are around in decent numbers, with people finding them in the same places they’ve been catching smallmouth bass. Walleyes have been out around the rock pile and on the humps in the bay. Suckers are a good bait to use for them right now.

Angler’s All, (715) 682-5754

River Rock, (715) 682-3232


The delay in this year’s colder fall weather is the latest in memory. This has had a negative effect on the fishing, with especially the muskies slowing down or feeding at night. Colder weather will be very welcome for our fall anglers. We have had a lot of rain, which is welcome for the water levels, but it sure was miserable to be out fishing in. Water temps were in the mid- to high 40s and have been there for the past three weeks. They have been very reluctant to go down, and are unusually similar for all sizes of lakes.

Walleyes have been OK, but not great for the last week or so. The same conditions that are so negatively affecting the muskie anglers are slowing the walleyes down a little. These high water temps are just not triggering a fall spurt. The walleyes are not in the holes on the Eagle River chain as much as they usually are because the water temps are roughly 5 to 8 degrees higher than normal. There have been years when lakes (except North Twin and Long) were frozen in early November. We just have to wait for that last-gasp fishing to start after the weather has changed.

The big lakes like North Twin are suffering the same pattern. The bite had started in deeper water, but has slowed with the lack of change in the water temps.

Eagle Sports Center, (715) 479-8804


Muskies are hitting large suckers in 10 to 12 feet on the Chippewa Flowage and Lake Namakagon. Look for suspended crappies over 15 feet on Grindstone Lake, Lake Lac Courte Oreilles, and the Chippewa Flowage. A few walleyes are being taken with minnows in 15 feet on Lac Courte Oreilles, the Chippewa Flowage, and Grindstone. Duck and grouse hunting remains good for most parties, and archery hunters are starting to see bigger bucks during daylight hours. Muskie action is fair to inconsistently good, with mornings and evenings providing the best bite. Target weedbeds and deep weed edges.  On other lakes, walleye fishing is fair, but showing improvement with the cooling water and fish moving into their fall patterns. Concentrate on water out to 25 feet and deeper, and fish near the bottom on breaks and in holes. On the rivers, fish rocky shorelines along the river channel. Northern pike action is good on shallow to mid-depth (5 to 18 feet) weeds and weedlines with northern suckers, spinners, spinnerbaits, spoons, and chatterbaits. Smallmouth anglers are having good success fishing rock, weeds, hard bottoms, and other structure in 12 to 20 feet with suckers, crawlers, and crankbaits

Hayward Bait, (715) 634-2921

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


Bass fishing has been good in the Menominee River. Fair numbers of muskies and pike are being caught, too, along with light numbers of salmon and trout. Bowhunting has been good and should improve now that bucks are chasing does. Partridge hunting should improve, too, with less cover in the woods.

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


Water temps have dropped, with surface temps at 45 degrees to as high as 52 degrees.

Muskies: Good to very good. Most reports from anglers who are still working with suckers have been very good. Most of the fish were from 40 to 48 inches this past week. There have been multi-fish trips with enough action on slow-working gliders and jointed crankbaits to keep casting a viable option.

Walleyes: Good to fair. Action is slowing a bit as waters cool. There is a shallow bite on jigs and chubs or muds, but even that’s getting slower as the shallows cool. Success over deep water is all about being able to hover over fish during windows of activity. Larger chubs and suckers on Lindy-style rigs have worked the best.

Crappies: Fair. Fewer anglers are still going out. Slow-fish medium fatheads on slip floats around deep wood. It’s not easy on some windy days, but with good boat control on the light to moderate days, decent catches of nice slabs are  still available.

Most smallmouth bass and northern pike have been incidental catches. Same thing with yellow perch.

Fishing hasn’t been bad when it’s not windy. There is still plenty of time to try and boat that big muskie of the year or add a walleye or two to the freezer.

Island Sport Shop, (715) 356-4797

J and J Sports, (715) 277-2616


Windy, cool, and wet weather seemed to limit the fishing activity in the northwoods. Water temperatures have been holding in the upper-40s and muskie anglers have continued to provide most of the fishing pressure on our local lakes. Success for muskies has been inconsistent, and most anglers have reported somewhat slow fishing conditions with active muskies being a bit tough to come by. Some fishermen are still tossing artificial baits and their slow action is being echoed by many of the sucker anglers. But there have been a few positive reports with some mid-40-inch fish being caught during the past week. There has been a recent surge in crappie action with a couple reports of some decent catches. The crappies have been suspended over the deep-water areas, with a small minnow on a slip bobber providing the best success. Walleye fishing continues to be generally slow, with only a few reports of catches being made.

Bridge Bait and Tackle, Park Falls, (715) 762-4108

Ross’s Sport Shop, Phillips, (715) 339-3625


Muskie action has been very good on many area lakes with large sucker minnows, and crappies are being found suspended over 26 to 30 feet at Long Lake. Duck and grouse numbers remain spotty, and several large bucks were shot again this week by local archery hunters.

AAA Sports Shop, (715) 635-3011


Walleyes continue to hit minnows in 10 feet at Island Lake, and crappies are showing up in the Highbanks area of Fish Lake over 12 feet. Grouse hunters are offering favorable reports and there’s been an increase in the number of bucks shot by archery hunters.

Chalstrom’s Bait (218) 726-0094

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Central Wisconsin Fishing Reports

Central Wisconsin Fishing Report - November 13th, 2015


The fishing, when the wind allows it, has been going quite well for some giant smallies, especially when you can find a schooling pod of fish. We have had some really good reports from up and down the peninsula. Some of those areas include the Snake Island and Larson’s Reef area, Sherwood Point, Monument Shoals, along with the vast structure to the north, including Washington Island. The key to successful fall fishing is to search deeper shoreline drops, deeper structure, and deeper channel cuts with electronics to locate schooling bass. Then set up on them and throw a variety of baits like tubes, blade baits, drop-shot plastics, and suckers. Also, when you have a wind-blown point or shoreline, throw some white or chartreuse spinner blades on those breaks to entice feeding bass. The night walleye bite has been going well when you can get out there. Concentrate your efforts around all of those rocky shoreline drop-offs and troll suspending crankbaits like Husky Jerks and Smithwick Rogues. Areas to fish include Henderson’s Point, Sherwood Point, the top of Larson’s Reef, and the shoreline to the north of the Old Stone Quarry. Perch fishing has been holding pretty strong on Sawyer Harbor, the flats, Little Sturgeon, Riley’s Bay, and Chaudoir’s Dock.

Howie’s Tackle, (920) 746-9916

Algoma Chamber of Commerce, (920) 487-3090


Fox River walleye anglers are catching decent numbers of fish from shore and from boats. Early evenings and mornings have been very productive times. Jigging and casting crankbaits are catching fish. Sizes have ranged from 14 to 26 inches, with many falling into the 14- to 16-inch range. The Fox River has produced fair numbers of muskies. Casting large spinners and plugs in 6 to 8 feet of water has produced the most fish. Muskies are also being caught by retrieving lures 6 to 8 feet down over deeper water. Fox River catches included freshwater drum and crappies. For most of the week, water flow was slow and depths were down. Water clarity was 1 to 2 feet. Nearly all shore anglers on the Suamico River are fishing for yellow perch. Minnows near the bottom is the most popular approach. Water clarity on the Suamico River was 5 to 6 feet for most of the week. Water flow and depth were normal. Fishing pressure was relatively light. Perch fishing on Duck Creek was pretty good. Many fish are in the 4- to 6-inch range, but decent ones are there.

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


Look for suspended crappies over 20 to 30 feet of water in the secondary sloughs off the main river. Walleyes and some sauger are being caught on minnows and jigs along the wing dams below most dams. You’ll find sunfish in most backwaters and boat harbor areas. Hunting reports have been limited this week.

Schafer’s Boats, (608) 781-3100

Bob’s Bait and Tackle, (608) 782-5552

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Southern Wisconsin Fishing Reports

Southern Wisconsin Fishing Report - November 13th, 2015


In Sheboygan, a few cohos and browns have been reported on the north pier not far from the rocks near the harbor. A couple of browns and rainbows also have been caught near the Deland Ramp by a few people fishing the area. The Pigeon River remains very low, and no fish have been reported. On the Sheboygan River, most anglers have been fishing from Esslingen Park upstream to the Kohler dam. Many browns were reported from Esslingen over the weekend.

Port Washington shore anglers have been concentrating near the power plant discharge and the mouth of Sauk Creek. A few fish have been reported from both spots, including a mix of chinooks, browns, and rainbows. The most popular bait is still spawn or skein, and fly anglers have been using primarily egg patterns. No anglers have been seen on the pier, and fishing pressure inside the north slip was much lighter than last week. The water level in the upstream stretches of Sauk Creek is still very low. The mouth of the creek was filled with anglers, and a few reported chinooks and browns.

In Milwaukee, there has been a fair amount of fishing effort focused in the Lakeshore State Park lagoon, with numbers of trout and salmon in there for the past several weeks. Browns, rainbows, and a few chinooks have been landed recently, but the overall catch has been low. The best bite has been around sunrise, and spawn sacs and white tube jigs have out-produced crankbaits, twister tails, and spoons. Decent numbers of browns, rainbows, and chinooks have been seen in the area around McKinley Marina. Anglers fishing at the pumping station gates near Lincoln Memorial Drive have been catching some browns and rainbows on spawn sacs fished on the bottom. A few rainbows, browns, and northern pike have been taken on the south side of the harbor from the Coast Guard Station Pier, the Cupertino Park shoreline, and the Lake Express Car Ferry fishing area. Anglers on the Oak Creek Power Plant fishing pier have started to see a few more trout and salmon off the end of the pier. Oak Creek remains very low, and the mouth is very narrow and shallow. Milwaukee River anglers have reported increased numbers of trout and salmon in the past week. Chinooks can be seen trying to jump the falls at Kletzsch Park, and cohos, rainbows, and browns are in the area, as well. Anglers in Estabrook and Hubbard Parks have also hooked into chinook on flies, spinnerbaitscrankbaits, and twister tails. On the Menomonee River, chinooks and a few browns have been caught in the deeper holes around Miller Park.

In Racine, most anglers at the lakefront have been concentrating near the boat ramp and in the marina slips. A few browns and rainbows have been caught on orange flies, and the southwest corner of the marina has been the most productive area. On the Root River, anglers that have had success have been targeting areas of structure or deeper holes near Island Park, the Washington Park golf course, and in Lincoln Park below the Root River Steelhead Facility. Orange or purple flies have taken fish, as have spawn sacs or worms. 

Kenosha shore anglers fishing off of the south pier have taken a few cohos and browns on silver spoons or spinnerbaits. A few cohos and browns also have been caught further in the harbor near the hotel, below the 50th Street Bridge, and near the boat ramp. Fishing has been slow, but silver spoons and white tube jigs have produced best in the harbor. Fishing effort remains low on the Pike River, and water levels are still very low.


DNR hotline, (414) 382-7920

Smokey’s Bait Shop, (262) 691-0360

Dick Smith’s Bait, (262) 646 2218

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