Northern Wisconsin Fishing Reports
Northern Wisconsin Fishing Report - November 27th, 2015
Posted on Thu, 26 Nov 2015
For the Ashland side of Chequamegon Bay, fishing has been good, with walleyes, brown trout, and coho salmon being caught in the bay. It has been a memorable autumn with the extended warm weather, especially after last year’s major snowstorm in early November. Water temperatures in Chequamegon Bay are still in the low 50s. And even out in the big lake, the water is still relatively warm with temps in the upper 40s.
There have been reports of some splake and steelhead showing up in the Sioux and Onion rivers area. After the last rain, the rivers loaded up with fish for a short period. The cohos have been huge this year, at least by Lake Superior standards. If you got in on that last push of fish, you would’ve seen some great ones.
In the lake proper, trout and a few salmon are working the shorelines. A pile of splake and some nice browns have been up really tight to the shore in some places. Most of the cohos are up the rivers and are gone by now, but there are a few cohos out there yet.
Trout and salmon fishing closed Nov. 15 on the downstream section of Lake Superior tributaries that remained open after Sept. 30.
Smallmouth bass are moving into wintering areas around Ashland where they are schooling up, but there were still smallmouth bass being caught up along Brush Point and out toward Long Island recently. In addition, there has been decent walleye action along the Ashland shoreline with folks dragging crankbaits, mostly Rapalas, and using suckers.
Angler’s All, (715) 682-5754
River Rock, (715) 682-3232
With a change to wet and cooler weather last week, fishing pressure has been minimal. Heading into the firearms deer season, hunters should encounter plenty of animals despite the fact that archery hunters are reporting less deer movement in recent days. Waterfowl hunting has improved with several good reports heard of mallards and geese being shot in fields.
Indianhead Sport Shop, (715) 822-2164
EAGLE RIVER AREA
At this time of the year, we are usually talking excitedly about the ice-fishing season. Not this year, as the unusually warm weather is keeping that at bay. We have had a drop in the average temperatures, but not enough to really get motivated to get those augers out yet. We still have some open-water fishing going on for walleyes and muskies. It is beginning to look like open-water fishing for muskies will last to the end of the season.
Walleye fishing, for those few who have been out, is pretty good. It is a great time of the year for size and numbers of these fish on all lakes. On the Eagle River Chain of Lakes, the fish are in the holes, and at times venturing to nearby deep weed edges to feed. Jigs and minnows are working well. On the larger lakes, action is deeper, but still in the very good range. Fish in the 25- to 35-foot range right along the drop-offs for best results. Try some larger suckers or red-tailed chubs for bigger fish. Night action is good for those willing to brave the miserable conditions.
Muskie action has been good, with sucker action leading the way. The lower the water temps, the better the sucker action is at this time. Action has been slightly better on the smaller lakes, because the water temps are lower on those lakes. The cisco spawn will produce some big fish when it finally happens. Speaking of these fish, look for them to be staging off of the spawning areas right now. Jerkbaits and some of the bigger slow-moving crankbaits work well in these declining water temps.
Crappie action is good. The few walleye anglers on the Eagle River chain report some crappies mixed right in with the walleye in the deep holes. A few perch also have been reported.
Eagle Sports Center, (715) 479-8804
Walleyes continue to hit minnows in 15 feet of water on Lake Lac Courte Oreilles and Round Lake. The sand bars on Round are holding smallmouth bass, as well. Muskie action remains good on large suckers on Spider Lake and the Chippewa Flowage. Bucks were still on the move heading into the gun deer opener, based on archery hunter accounts.
Hayward Bait, (715) 634-2921
Hayward Lakes Visitor and Convention Bureau, (800) 724-2992
Deer hunting has been slow, but bucks are chasing does. Deer numbers are increasing a little in the area. Waterfowl hunting has been slow, too. Whitefish have moved into the local rivers. Wax worms on tiny hooks fished under bobbers have produced good results. Steelhead and a few walleyes were being caught in the Menominee River.
Hook, Line and Sinker, (715) 854-2073
MINOCQUA/WOODRUFF/ LAKE TOMAHAWK AREA
Unseasonably mild weather for the first third of November kept plenty of fishing opportunities open, but few anglers have been out to enjoy it.
Muskies: Good. While suckers on quick-set rigs are accounting for more than half of the action, jerkbaits and rubber baits also are producing fish.
Walleye: Good. Most of the action has been over deep-water humps and transition zones of 30 to 45 feet. Larger redtails, black chubs, and suckers are working the best. A few anglers are finding fish suspended 4 to 6 feet off of the bottom while using Jigging Raps to score fish on less windy days.
Largemouth bass: Good. After weeks of no reports, anglers casting and slow-retrieving spinnerbaits (Colorado blades) are catching nice largemouth bass in good numbers over weeds in 6 to 10 feet of water.
Water temps are above average for this time of year – mostly 42 to 50 degrees.
Island Sport Shop, (715) 356-4797
J and J Sports, (715) 277-2616
PRICE COUNTY AREA
The open-water fishing season is quickly winding down in the northwoods of Wisconsin. Even with the mild early November weather, fishing pressure continued to drop off, and few anglers have been out on the water. Just a few muskie and walleye anglers have been out trying their luck, and reports of success have been tough to come by. The muskie anglers who are fishing are mostly dragging large suckers around the deep water, and action has been variable. But, this is trophy time and most of the anglers are just hoping for that one bite from that monster esox. Walleye success has been generally slow. A few anglers were catching fish on minnows along the deep breaklines and on the mid-depth mud flats. Water temperatures have been holding in the low 40s, and ice-up is still several weeks away (though low-teen and single-digit temperatures can change that in a hurry).
Bridge Bait and Tackle, Park Falls, (715) 762-4108
Ross’s Sport Shop, Phillips, (715) 339-3625
A few muskies and northern pike were biting last weekend, but fishing pressure has been reduced to almost nothing since the cooler weather arrived. Archery hunters are seeing good deer movement, and every indication is that people should have a quality gun season. Duck hunters are finding more mallards in the area this week.
AAA Sports Shop, (715) 635-3011
The second week of deer hunting was much slower than opening weekend, but overall deer success has been good this season. Fishing reports have been limited to a few muskies being caught on sucker minnows on the St. Louis River and Island Lake.
Chalstrom’s Bait (218) 726-0094
Central Wisconsin Fishing Reports
Central Wisconsin Fishing Report - November 27th, 2015
Posted on Thu, 26 Nov 2015
DOOR PENINSULA AND ALGOMA/KEWAUNEE AREA
Bass fishing seems to be going very well as the smallmouths have pretty much moved into their fall patterns and are starting to put on a feed bag. The best depths have been ranging a bit – anywhere from the 18-foot mark out to 40-plus feet of water. Look for deep structure and deep shoreline drops and start searching for schooling bass. The best baits have been blade baits, spinnerbaits, and suckers.
Walleye fishing at night has been going well when the weather allows it. Fish primary shoreline drops and tops of reefs with suspending crankbaits like Smithwicks and Husky Jerks. There also has been an OK daytime bite for the walleyes. Fishermen have been concentrating around deep ledges and deeper edges of the reefs with blade baits, Moonshine Shiver Minnows, and Jigging Rapalas.
Perch fishing has been going pretty well for the few fishermen who have been going out after them. Sawyer Harbor, the Sturgeon Bay flats, Riley’s Bay, Little Sturgeon, and the Chaudoir’s Dock area all are good spots to try before the water turns to ice. Fathead minnows are the best live baits.
Pike fishing has been excellent, according to the fishermen who are reporting. Walleye and bass fishermen have been hooking a bunch of big fish. The fishermen who have been targeting the pike have been trolling with large crankbaits and spoons while dragging big suckers.
Howie’s Tackle, (920) 746-9916
Algoma Chamber of Commerce, (920) 487-3090
EAU CLAIRE AREA
Archery deer hunters are having a lot of fun pursuing the elusive whitetail. Mature bucks are on the move and are active throughout the day. Pheasant hunters and their canine companions can still find many public hunting areas stocked with game farm birds. Fall fishing action is improving as we transition to the extremes of fall weather. A reminder to deer hunters that the placement of bait for deer is no longer allowed in Eau Claire County.
Buroker’s Taxidermy and Bait, (715) 835-0847
LA CROSSE AREA
A jig and minnow combination continues to produce walleyes and sauger below the dams on the Mississippi River. Look for panfish in the boat harbors and slack-water areas off the main river channel. Hunting reports in the area have been limited.
Schafer’s Boats, (608) 781-3100
Bob’s Bait and Tackle, (608) 782-5552
LAKE WINNEBAGO AREA
The white bass are going crazy on the south end of Lake Winnebago right now. Guys are catching bluegills in the lagoons in Fond du Lac on waxies. There is a west-shore walleye bite in the shallows over gravel by drifting with nightcrawlers. Bowhunters were seeing a lot deer lately, with signs of the rut still going strong yet last week. There are a lot of deer around. Duck hunting has been slow. It doesn’t appear that the northern ducks have come down yet.
Critter’s, (920) 582-0471
Fox River Bait, (920) 233-7409
Dutch’s, (920) 922-0311
The Yellow River has been producing some nice catches of walleyes downstream from the dam to the railroad bridge. Duck hunters have been successful in some places near the refuge.
The Petenwell Flowage has seen anglers having good success on crappies in 2 to 4 feet of water when using small jigs and twister tails. The story hasn’t changed much on Castle Rock Flowage, with lots of walleyes in the 8- to 10-inch range being caught – with a few slot fish also being caught. Despite warm weather, some very nice bucks have been shot by archers. Canada goose populations have remained constant with more-than-abundant food supplies as corn continues to be harvested. Some large flocks have been roosting on Castle Rock Flowage. Duck hunting has been poor due to the lack of colder weather to the north.
Petenwell Sports, (608) 564 7707
Castle Rock Dam Bait Shop, (608) 339-2967
Southern Wisconsin Fishing Reports
Southern Wisconsin Fishing Report - November 27th, 2015
Posted on Thu, 26 Nov 2015
LAKE MICHIGAN/METRO AREA LAKES
Sheboygan River water levels are about average for this time of year, and some cohos and fair numbers of brown trout remain in the river. Fishing off the piers has been generally slow, but occasional browns have been caught.
In Milwaukee, decent numbers of brown trout can be found in the harbor. Fair numbers are moving up the Milwaukee River. Flows are dropping on the Milwaukee and Menomonee rivers, and Oak Creek is very low.
In Racine, most anglers at the lakefront have been concentrating near the boat ramp and off the docks in Reefpoint Marina. Decent numbers of browns are in the harbor, and some steelhead also are starting to move in. Fish were processed at the Root River Steelhead Facility for the last time Nov. 9, and the facility is now shut down for the season. More than 900,000 coho eggs were collected, and DNR crews handled 1,436 cohos, 1,309 chinooks, 86 browns, and nine rainbows.
In Kenosha, browns can be seen jumping in the harbor, and a few have been caught near the hotel on white tube jigs tipped with wax worms or on spawn sacs.
DNR hotline, (414) 382-7920
Smokey’s Bait Shop, (262) 691-0360
Dick Smith’s Bait, (262) 646 2218
Fishing has been a little quiet lately, partly due to windy weather. Water temps were still around 50 degrees. On Lake Mendota, there was some walleye action, with smaller fish being caught by guys at night from shore, or by jigging deeper water around Governor’s Island during the day. Panfish were hitting on Monona Bay, or over the deep flats on the north end of lake. Guys are drifting suckers or trolling for Lake Monona muskies, and they are catching some fish. Guys also are catching walleyes at night on Lake Monona, from about 11 p.m. to 2 a.m., by casting crankbaits from shore. There has been some muskie action on Lake Waubesa; otherwise fishing out there has been pretty quiet. There has been some walleye action on Lake Wisconsin for smaller fish. Beaver Dam Lake has had some action on nice perch.
D&S Bait and Tackle, (608) 244-3474
Dorn Hardware, (608) 244-5403