Look for sunfish in 15 to 20 feet on Balsam Lake or crappies and bass on Lake Wapogasset in 12 to 18 feet. Walleye action is slow, but muskies are hitting bucktails and topwater baits below the dam on the Apple River, Deer Lake, and Wapogasset.
Lucky Baits, (715) 268-6231.
The water is starting to clear. Houghton Point to Pikes Creek has clear water and the fishing continues to be good there. Long Island has cleared up considerably. Trolling for trout has been great using spoons and spin-n-glows. Walleye fishing has been good. On clear, sunny days, anglers are fishing the edges of the channel and into the channel to catch walleyes. Use crawlers or crankbaits in the early morning or evening and fish the shoreline or over the weeds out in the bay.
Angler’s All, (715) 682-5754.
River Rock, (715) 682-3232.
Crappies and sunfish are biting in 10 to 12 feet during the day or 6 feet in the evenings at Big Round Lake, Lake Vermilion, Staples Lake, and Beaver Dam Lake. Largemouth bass seem to be biting on most lakes, while smallmouth action has been strong on Beaver Dam, Pipe Lake, and Silver Lake. Walleye and muskie action has been slow.
Indianhead Sports, (715) 822-2164.
DOOR PENINSULA AND ALGOMA/KEWAUNEE AREA
Salmon fishing is still going pretty good in Door County from Sturgeon Bay to Washington Island in 100 to 200 feet, with the best depths being the bottom half where there’s warm water. Flasher-and-fly combos, spoons and plugs are all working. Perch fishing has been fantastic as of late in downtown Sturgeon Bay, on the flats, and in Sawyer Harbor and Little Sturgeon. Walleye fishing is getting better. Try Henderson’s Point, Larsen’s Reef, and all of the off-shore structure north of the old stone quarry up to Sister Bay.
Pike fishing will start to pick up at the end of August. Good areas to try will be the Sturgeon Bay ship canal, the Potawatomi State Park shoreline, and Sherwood Point and Henderson’s Point.
Howie’s Tackle, (920) 746-9916.
Algoma Chamber of Commerce, (920) 487-3090.
EAGLE RIVER AREA
Weeds are now at their peak. They’ll start to die off, with the shallower weeds going first. Some of the deep weeds on clear water lakes live all year. Water levels are the highest they’ve been in recent years. Walleye fishing is recovering somewhat from a slow period now, with good catches being reported on the Eagle River chain. The fishing has been especially good in the evenings. They are moving into 6 to 8 feet of water (weeds) in the evenings. Start with leeches. On the clear lakes, fish in 12 to 14 feet of water right at the deeper weed edges.
Muskie fishing has been pretty good, with the fish scattered all over the place. We have reports of guys getting nice fish suspended over deeper water and other anglers finding fish in the weeds on the same lakes. Over the weeds, try some bucktails and surface baits; try some of the bigger plastics in the deeper water. Night fishing is still working.
Eagle Sports Center, (715) 479-8804.
GREEN BAY/APPLETON AREA
In Suamico, a good number of anglers reported catching their limit of walleyes, with many other anglers just missing out. Anglers were also catching freshwater drum, channel catfish, white bass, and white perch.
Fox River shore anglers found some success on channel catfish and freshwater drum.
Fishing pressure was low out of the Green Bay metro launch, most likely due to the hot walleye bite that is going on just north.
Walleye fishing out of Bayshore Park has been very good, with common catches of 10 legal fish per boat. Most of the walleyes have been 15 to 18 inches, with some low 20-inchers in the mix. Early morning and late evening hours continue to produce the most fish, with the majority being caught in 8 to 12 feet of water on crankbaits or crawlers. Perch fishermen continue to find fair numbers of perch, however smaller sizes continue to dominate the catches.
Smokey’s on the Bay Bait, Tackle and Guide Service, (920) 436-0600.
Crawlers and leeches continue to produce walleyes on the deep structure at Grindstone Lake. Deep weeds and lily pads are holding largemouth bass, and smallmouth bass are relating to the 10- to 20-foot rocks and cribs on area lakes. Muskies are biting, but it’s been difficult to establish a pattern. Look to lakes Sand, Teal, Spider, and the Chippewa Flowage for muskies. The best fishing has been in early mornings and evenings into dark, though daytime hours can be surprisingly good. Target the edges of deeper weedlines and breaklines. This is a good time to experiment with different lures and presentations, though currently the most productive baits include double-bladed bucktails, Bull Dawgs, crankbaits, and topwaters.
Largemouth fishing is good and consistent, as one expects in the summer. Smallmouth fishing is decent, with fish scattered on deeper rock bars, cribs, wood, weedlines, breaklines, and other structure in 8 to 25 feet.
Hayward Bait, (715) 634-2921.
Hayward Lakes Visitor and Convention Bureau, (800) 724-2992.
LAKE MICHIGAN/METRO AREA LAKES
In Sheboygan County, many cohos were caught from both piers last week, with alewives the most common bait. The winds then changed from west to east and slowed everything down for a while. The winning fish in Cleveland Fishing Derby were a 14.89-pound rainbow trout, a 14.91-pound brown trout, a 17.69-pound lake trout, a 14.15-pound coho and a 26.48-pound chinook.
In Ozaukee County, fishing on north pier was good, with mostly cohos and a few Chinooks being caught, untl the winds changed from west to east. The Port Washington Lion’s Club Fishing Derby’s top fish were a 25-pound Chinook, an 11.2-pound coho, a 12-pound rainbow, an 11.1-pound brown and a 16.1-pound laker.
In Milwaukee County, the surface water temperature on the lake side of McKinley Pier increased from 50 to 58 degrees to 67 degrees. The catch rate dropped off when some of the trout and salmon followed the alewives to colder water. Anglers under the Hoan Bridge continue to land brown trout (3- to 4-pound average and larger). Activity at the McKinley Ramp tapered off due to the northeast winds.
Fishing was very good for Racine trollers, but since the winds shifted and the warm water made its way back to shore, anglers are having a hard time catching fish. One boater reported catching a few king salmon after dark trolling glow spoons in 40 to 50 feet of water. Another boat reported fishing from 30 feet out to 100 feet and only catching one coho.
A few Kenosha trollers went out to 170 to 220 feet of water and caught some rainbow trout and lake trout. Another boat fished from 125 to 160 feet with similar results. The water temperature at the surface in 40 feet of water was 70 degrees and at the surface in 125 feet the temperature was 75 degrees. Some brown trout are still being caught by shore anglers in the harbor. Most have been caught early in the morning or late evening, although a couple were caught during the afternoon.
DNR hotline, (414) 382-7920.
Smokey’s Bait Shop, (262) 691-0360.
Dick Smith’s Bait, (262) 646 2218.
Panfishing action has been moderate to good along weed lines and deeper structure. Bass fishing action has been moderate too good for largemouth bass and northern pike in weeded areas/weed lines and moderate to good action for smallmouth bass on rocks and deeper structure, and muskie action has been moderate to good with topwaters over weed beds and trolling drops on the Madison area lakes. Recent weather events have improved area water levels.
In Rock County, catfish in the 1- to 3-pound range continue to bite on stink bait on the Rock River, below and above Indianford. There is no size limit for catfish, but the daily bag limit is 10 on the Rock River. Also, there have been reports of bluegill being caught on red worms below the Indianford Dam.
D&S Bait and Tackle, (608) 244-3474.
Dorn Hardware, (608) 244-5403.
In Oconto County, bluegills remain the most abundant fish being caught below the dam at Stiles on the Oconto River. The middle and lower sections of the Oconto River are producing some nice smallmouth bass by drifting live bait through the current seams. The Oconto River mouth is producing some nice smallmouth, sheepshead, and catfish. The walleye bite has been a bit slow at times from the Pensaukee Landing to Oconto Park II, with most fish being caught in 9 to 17 feet of water using crawler/harness or large crankbaits. The perch bite is starting to improve, with some very large fish being caught in 9 feet of water adjacent to weeds on minnows and crawlers. At Geano’s Beach, the walleye bite continues to be strong. Anglers are reporting large numbers of walleyes up to 22 inches on trolled crawler harnesses and crankbaits; jigging also boated a fair number of fish. Anglers found the best bite in 18 to 25 feet of water.
In Marinette County, walleyes, catfish, sheepshead, and smallmouths are being caught in and around the Peshtigo Harbor and upriver. A variety of baits and techniques are being used, such as trolling, jigging, and still fishing. Some perch are being caught out of Little River in 9 to 12 feet of water. A few anglers report catching salmon and trout from the Peshtigo Light to Green Island. Smallmouths and walleyes are being caught in the Menominee River.
Hook, Line and Sinker, (715) 854-2073.
MINOCQUA/WOODRUFF/ LAKE TOMAHAWK AREA
A mix of cooler weather and some high pressure systems took the edge off the hot bite for several species. Still, for anglers willing to fish early and late in the day, good catches are still being reported.
Largemouth bass: Very good. Maybe it’s due to sheer numbers, but the green bass just don’t seem to slow down. Wacky worming has been HOT!
Smallmouth bass: Good to very good. Try outside weed edges and off-shore gravel humps for nice smallies up to 20 inches.
Walleyes: Good. Slower than earlier due to high pressure days. Off-shore humps are holding walleyes that are taking big leeches.
Muskies: Good to fair. There is a better bite going on up in the weeds on twitch baits and large-bladed bucktails.
Island Sport Shop, (715) 356-4797.
J and J Sports, (715) 277-2616.
The Yellow River below the dam in Necedah has been producing some nice catches of smallmouth bass on crankbaits. Legal walleyes are being caught in 15 to 20 feet of water on crawlers off of dead rods. Some white bass and catfish are hitting, also. White bass fishing has been good with some large catches being gathered below the Petenwell Dam. Flathead catfish are still active on live bait. Fishing on Castle Rock Flowage has been tough due to algae blooms and lots of floating weeds. Crappies and bluegills are in deeper brush piles. Muskie action is picking up with fish being moved. Smallmouth bass have been on fire below the Castle Rock Dam, with some large fish caught right in front of the power plant on crankbaits. Rocky areas downstream are also producing fish on bucktails.
Petenwell Sports, (608) 564 7707.
Castle Rock Dam Bait Shop, (608) 339-2967.
PRICE COUNTY AREA
The continued warm, wet and variable weather of the past week made for some real inconsistent fishing success across the Northwoods. Largemouth and smallmouth bass fishing has provided a little more consistency, but action still could only be considered fair. Most of the largemouths were being found in and near mid-depth woody cover and could be coaxed to bite with plastic finesse baits. Some were also being found in the thick weed beds and were hitting topwater baits in the early morning hours. Smallmouth bass have remained unpredictable and have been a bit tough to find – with a few decent fish caught near woody cover along deeper water breaks. Muskie activity continued to be a hit-or-miss proposition. The most productive lures have been topwaters and large two-bladed bucktails, though the slower-moving Bulldawg-type baits have also provided a bit of action. The best areas have been the weed edges and some of the best times have been in the mid-day hours during the middle of the week when boat traffic is lightest. Walleye action seemed to be especially slow, with some fish suspended over the deeper mud flats and near deep rock bars. Panfish success has been fair.
Bridge Bait and Tackle, Park Falls, (715) 762-4108.
Ross’s Sport Shop, Phillips, (715) 339-3625.