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Northern Wisconsin Fishing Report - June 26th, 2015


On the Ashland side of Chequamegon Bay, the smallmouth fishing continues to be amazing, with large numbers of fish around. They are biting on flies, plastics, and minnows – just about everything is working right now. Folks are getting walleyes at the mouth of the Kakagon Slough, around the Brush Point area out to the rock pile, and over the weedbeds by using crawler harnesses and crankbaits. They’re also catching northern pike, perch, and walleyes (during the low-light hours) along the bay’s shoreline.

The smallmouth bass are all over the bay, including in the shallows and wherever there are structures under the water. They are in post-spawn mode now.

Trolling for trout and salmon has been good offshore and out into the Apostle Islands, but there has been the occasional brown trout in the bay proper, as well. The fish are shallow early, going deeper as the day progresses. Brown trout seem to be found more on the Washburn side of the bay and through the channel as they follow the bait fish. 

Angler’s All, (715) 682-5754.

River Rock, (715) 682-3232.


Bluegills are the only fish that haven’t completed their spawn, but most of them are in along the shorelines doing their annual job. We’ve had a lot of rain up here in the last several weeks, and it is showing in the lake levels.

Walleye fishing has been very good, with good catches with some size reported in the past week or so. It is weed walleye time, and the fish are in the muskie weeds on the Eagle River chain in good numbers. They will be in weeds on the chain as shallow as 5 feet even during the daytime. As usual, jigs and minnows are the best bait, but we now find more anglers using leeches and crawlers.

On the bigger, deeper lakes, this pattern is also happening, but the weed growth is deeper. You’ll find fish in emergent weeds, especially in the evenings. You can find fish at times on deep rock bars during the daytime.

Bass fishing is now trending toward summer in location of the fish and in feeding patterns. The smallies are done with their spawn, even on the bigger lakes and have moved off the shorelines to 5 to 12 feet of water. Leeches have worked well for these fish, but crankbaits are now starting to produce, too, especially in red or orange. Jigs with orange or black twister tails also are producing in deeper areas. Largemouths are in the weeds now for the summer. The heavier the cover, the better for these fish. Everything from plastics to surface baits is working well.

Muskie action is good and getting better as the larger females are becoming more active and feeding more. This is now the time that you will be able to catch these fish almost anywhere in the lakes, as we see some fish feeding at most times in the weeds and some suspending during the daytime in deeper water. Surface baits have begun to work well now, so the whole range of muskie baits is working. 

Eagle Sports Center, (715) 479-8804.


Leeches are turning walleyes on the 12- to 20-foot weed edges of the Chippewa Flowage, Grindstone Lake, Round Lake, and Lake Lac Courte Oreilles. The walleye action is fair to good, with best success during low-light conditions and/or early and late in the day. You’ll find crappies in the 10- to 15-foot weeds and sunfish and bass along the shorelines of most lakes. Muskie reports have been favorable, with small bucktails on the Spider Lake Chain, Lost Land Lake, and Teal Lake. Muskies are active on green weeds, breaks, and bars in depths to 12 feet.  

Northerns are active in depths to 15 feet around weedlines, bogs, and spawning panfish. The most productive baits include spinners, spinnerbaits, spoons, crankbaits, and suckers under bobbers. Fish deeper water with bigger baits for trophy pike. 

Largemouth fishing is very good over weeds, lily pads, wood, around docks, and other structure in depths out to about 12 feet. The top baits include weedless plastics (worms, tubes, creatures), spinnerbaits, crankbaits, swim baits, buzz baits, and topwaters. 

Smallmouth action is good. Fish are on break edges and hard-bottom areas with wood and rock. Plastics (tubes, worms), leeches, and minnows on jigs, spinners, and topwaters are all working for smallmouths. 

Crappie fishing is good, with fish scattered and moving to deeper water. You will find them on the edges of weeds and breaks, brush, bogs, and cribs in depths from 5 to 18 feet or so. 

Hayward Bait, (715) 634-2921.

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


For those targeting walleyes, keep your eyes open for mayfly hatches. The Turtle-Flambeau Flowage had a big one June 14. Current surface temps are 64 to 68 degrees. Smallmouth bass action on the flowage has been very good, and some anglers are finding a few decent yellow perch out there.

Turtle River Trading Co., Mercer, (715) 476-0123.


Wind shifts and the random downpour threw a few curves at anglers last week. Steady temps, though, have brought some stability to our fishing.

Smallmouth bass: Good to very good. Post-spawn action has increased. Exceptional fish were being released as smallies put on the feed bag. Use deep-running crayfish-patterned crankbaits during the day. We released a
22-inch fish, along with several others in the 19- to 21-inch range the other day.

Largemouth bass: Good to very good. Many bigger bodies of water still are not seeing bedding largemouths. On these waters, fish pre-spawn bass on plastic crayfish, creature baits, and jig/pig combos. On smaller lakes, use topwaters.

Walleyes: Good. While weeds are still key on many lakes, rocks and wood also are showing signs of holding fish, especially on days of changing weather (from cloudy to clear). Crawlers and leeches are providing the best action.

Bluegills: Good to very good. They are setting up to spawn soon. Small leeches and worms have been effective. Fly fisherman are having success on Bimbo Skunk flies and poppers on warmer, quieter evenings.

Perch: Good. Search out deep wood for the biggest perch.

Northern pike: Good to very good. Action from larger fish is evident in reports of 32- to 43-inch pike being caught.

Muskies: Good to very good. Still shallow as shown by a 51-incher caught early last week in 2 to 3 feet of water. Twitch baits, gliders, and bucktails are working best.

Crappies: Good. The best fishing has been around deep wood and boathouse pilings. Mini-mites and Tattle Tails tipped with small minnows or wax worms are working the best. On shallow lakes, cast a small Beetle Spin or Charlie Bee over weed tops.

Island Sport Shop, (715) 356-4797.

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


The constantly changing weather has continued to make for variable fishing success on area lakes. Muskie fishing seemed to be the highlight of the week, and quite a few anglers have been out trying their luck. But action has been on the slow side with just a few reports of 32- to 40-inch fish being caught. Most of the fish are being seen along the deeper weedlines, and smaller bucktails and crankbaits have been the favorite lures. Mayflies continue to hatch on many northern lakes, and this has upset the walleye bite on most of these waters. The jig-and-minnow combinations are no longer as successful, and most of the action is taking place on leeches or crawlers. Panfish action has been good, with bluegills and crappies providing some excellent action. Crappies have been found along any emergent weedlines, suspended over mid-depth structure and deeper weedbeds. Quite a few bluegills have still been found on the spawning beds, but look for their spawning period to start winding down. Northern pike action has continued to be good, with fish still being found in shallow water around and over any new weedbeds. Most largemouth and smallmouth bass have completed their spawn, though some males can still be found guarding schools of young fish.

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

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


Spring Lake and Spooner Lake are giving up sunfish and crappies in 8 to 10 feet. On Benoit Lake, largemouth and smallmouth bass are being caught in 6 to 12 feet, and muskies are chasing topwater baits on the emerging weedlines. Walleye fishing has been slow.

AAA Sports Shop, (715) 635-3011.



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Central Wisconsin Fishing Reports

Central Wisconsin Fishing Report - June 26th, 2015


The local panfish bite continues to be impressive, with crappies being found in 8 to 12 feet and sunfish in 4 to 8 feet on Sand Lake, Lake Wapogasset, and Bear Trap Lake among others. Walleyes are now hanging on the deep weedlines and hitting leeches or crawlers on Balsam Lake, Upper Turtle Lake, and North Twin Lake. 

Lucky Baits (715) 268-6231


Fishing on Lake Michigan has been going well with positive reports coming in from Algoma, Sturgeon Bay, and Bailey’s Harbor. Fishermen are catching a mix of kings, rainbows, and some lake trout. We have had some fair reports of mostly kings being caught in 75 to 125 feet, with the average catch being three to 10 fish per day. The fishermen who have been willing to burn a little more gas say the action has been better out in 200 to 400 feet. The boaters that reported in from out there have been averaging 10-plus fish per trip, and some had limit catches. 

Walleye fishing during the day has been good, especially from the Chaudoir’s Dock area and south. Try 15 to 23 feet and then move a bit shallower toward dusk. The evening bite is also still going well throughout the peninsula from Henderson’s Point north to Sister Bay, while fishing any of the rocky shoreline drop-offs in 8 to 18 feet of water with crankbaits.

Bass-fishing action continues to get better as the water warms up. It has been a very odd year up until this point as far as the bass fishing is concerned. The weather has played a significant role in the “setup” of the water and made the pattern a bit unpredictable. When we have stable weather for a couple days in a row, the bass fishing is on fire.

Howie’s Tackle, (920) 746-9916.

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


The “cane” bite has been consistent, with some big walleyes being caught on lakes Winneconne and Poygan. Anglers also are catching a lot of 14- to 17-inch walleyes in the canes. But the walleyes aren’t only being found in the shallow stuff. The trolling bite in Poygan and Winneconne has been good on troller harnesses and crankbaits. White bass are hitting in the Wolf River. The walleye trolling bite has been consistent over the mud on Lake Winnebago.

Critter’s, (920) 582-0471.

Fox River Bait, (920) 233-7409.

Dutch’s, (920) 922-0311.


The Waller’s Pond area of Castle Rock Flowage has been producing nice catches of crappies and white bass.  Muskies have been extremely active below the Petenwell and Castle Rock dams. Try No. 8 bucktails in bright colors. A local muskie club held a tournament on Castle Rock, with a 50-inch fish being released. Channel catfish fishing on stink bait has been productive in the river areas. Big flathead catfish are being caught on large suckers below the Castle Rock dam. Lake Mason has been producing some crappies and largemouths near wood.

Petenwell Sports, (608) 564 7707.

Castle Rock Dam Bait Shop, (608) 339-2967.

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Southern Wisconsin Fishing Reports

Southern Wisconsin Fishing Report - June 26th, 2015


In Sheboygan, trollers are catching mostly rainbows with other trout and salmon in the mix. Most boats are catching a fish or two, with some boats boxing up to five or six fish. Most boats are fishing south of the city in 100 feet of water. They’re using flashers for kings. Orange has been a great color for spoons. There are alewives in the harbor, but in fewer numbers. Pier fishing has been slow, but guys are catching a few kings and rainbows off the south pier on jigging spoons.

In Port Washington, trollers are fishing 70 to 120 feet of water for a mixed bag of trout and salmon. Some of the catches have been running heavier to rainbows. Use spoons for rainbows, flashers and flies for chinooks. Fishing has been slow off the breakwall and power plant, although guys have been catching a few rainbows on alewives and spawn near the power plant.

In Milwaukee, trollers were catching mostly lake trout, with other trout and salmon in the mix. Trollers are fishing north of the city in 80 to 100 feet, or 30 to 50 feet near the power plant, with an average of three to four fish per boat. Anglers have caught a few large browns and some cohos near McKinley Pier. Anglers also are catching rock bass and largemouth bass in the lagoon at Lakeshore State Park.

In Racine, trollers averaged three fish per person last week. There was a small school of cohos outside of the harbor last week. Most of the action came on spoons. Fishing from the piers has been slow, but spoons and alewives have caught the most fish.

In Kenosha, guys are catching mostly cohos while fishing 40 feet down over 70 feet. Shore fishing has been slow, but anglers along the breakwall near the boat launch were catching rock bass.

DNR hotline, (414) 382-7920.

Smokey’s Bait Shop, (262) 691-0360.

Dick Smith’s Bait, (262) 646 2218.


Water temperatures were up into the 70s on the Madison chain last week. That kicked off some bluegill action all over. Also, the smallmouths have kicked in on Lake Mendota bars and points in 12 to 18 feet of water. Some guys have been trolling for white bass on Mendota, and they are doing well. Some anglers reported catching as many as 100 white bass. Lake Monona bluegills are in the shallows. The entire north shore has bluegills, but they are active day by day. Perch are on the outside edge of the weeds. Start looking out there for bluegills, too, as the spawn winds down. Muskie action had been decent to good on Lake Monona. Bluegill action has been decent on Waubesa and Mud Lake. Waubesa’s midlake walleye trolling bite was a little tougher last week.

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

Dorn Hardware, (608) 244-5403.

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