Northern Wisconsin Fishing Reports

Northern Wisconsin Fishing Report - August 22nd, 2014


In Ashland, trout and salmon trolling is excellent from Long Island to Outer Island to the flats and everywhere between. Anglers trolling crankbaits are catching brown trout on the first breaks in early morning and on the rocks around the islands during the day. In deeper water, lake trout are abundant for anglers trolling spoons and Spin-N-Glos (hot color is ’57 Chevy) with Dipsey Divers, leadcore line, and downriggers. Smallie action is good in the shallows with streamers, wacky worms, and Twister tails. Use suckers in deeper water.

In Bayfield County, panfishing has been very good, with people still finding crappies and bluegills in the shallows. Walleyes are still biting well on Namekagon Lake and the Eau Claire chain. Locals were concerned with the turkey population, with few broods being seen up until this past week. Now poults are showing up, but they are small and appear to be less than a few weeks old. Grouse populations in southern Bayfield County appear to be doing well, with many large broods being seen. Few fawns are being seen this year, causing many locals to appreciate that there is no doe hunting this year.

Angler’s All, (715) 682-5754.

River Rock, (715) 682-3232.


In Oconto County, anglers fishing the Oconto River are still catching panfish and smallmouth bass on worms and crawlers, as well as spoons and plastics. Fishing has slowed some from last week. Kayakers and tubers still dominate the river on the weekends, with people taking advantage of the nice weather. Anglers are reporting some nice perch catches from the landing on the Pensaukee River to Oconto Park II in 9 to 15 feet of water. Walleye and bass fishing on the bay remains slow, with anglers reporting some success in 20 to 30 feet of water while fishing large crankbaits. At Geano Beach, while the bite has been slow, muskie anglers say this is around the time it picks up. True to form, at least one angler reported catching a 46-inch muskie on a green and gold bucktail.

In Marinette County, anglers are having success with smallmouth bass and northern pike by floating the Peshtigo River from the landing at the city garage to Klingsborn Landing. Catfish are still being caught at the Peshtigo Harbor, with crawlers fished on bottom being the best method. Walleyes, pike, sheepshead, and smallmouths are being caught on the Menominee River by boaters and shore anglers.

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


Muskies: Very good to good. Another big fish (52-incher) was reported from the Flambeau chain. Bucktails continue to provide the best action, though last week’s warm weather brought fish to the top.

Largemouth bass: Very good to  good. Use short-lipped crankbaits over weed tops, chatter baits, and topwater plugs. As the water cooled, plastics came back into vogue.

Smallmouth bass: Good. Deep weed edges are the best. Use tubes, creature baits, and leeches.

Bluegills: Good. Poppers were the ticket as the temps hit the 80s. 

Yellow perch: Good. Fish sand grass flats of 18 to 26 feet.

Walleyes: Good to fair. The warm spell brought fish up on off-shore humps. Use crawlers and big leeches.

Island Sport Shop, (715) 356-4797.

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


Now that fall is on the horizon, we finally have summer weather with some consistency. It has been a little warm, but very enjoyable with the mosquitoes down and the water temps up into the 70s. Walleye fishing has stayed consistently good for numbers on all lakes. It seems harder to find some big fish at this time of year, but you can always catch some fish at the weed edges in 8 to 14 feet of water. Minnows, leeches, and half crawlers are all working. Evenings are best on the chain especially. Fish deeper during the day on the bigger lakes like North Twin. Those weed edges are about 13 to 14 feet, and the fish during the daytime are at the drop-offs outside of the weeds. Leeches are definitely better on these lakes.

Bass are hitting well. Smallies are on the rocks in 6 to 15 feet. Hard bottom is the key for these fish. Rocks in boulder size seem to be the best areas, but gravel bottoms also will hold fish. Largemouths are hitting well on plastics. Try any shallow areas like piers or weeds. The great thing about bass is that they are hitting all day. Try surface baits for the largemouths.

Muskie action has been good, with some nice fish being caught now. Higher water temps have moved some of the fish deeper, so you can fish weeds with spinners and surface baits or fish deeper with plastics for the bigger fish. Night action also has been good.

Panfish action is good, with bluegills leading the way. Good action has been reported daily in the weeds on all lakes. Crappie action has held up very well this year.

Eagle Sports Center, (715) 479-8804.


Muskie action is inconsistent, with some anglers reporting great success. Work weedlines and the outside edges of weeds in 6 to 15 feet of water with bucktails, Bull Dawgs, spinnerbaits, and surface baits. 

Walleye action is fair in 8 to 30 feet on structure, including weeds. Fish shallower water in late afternoon and evening hours. Top baits include crawlers and leeches on jigs, slip bobbers with minnows, and crankbaits.

Largemouth action is excellent on most waters, particularly in shallower weeds, wood, and slop out to about 10 feet, with some fish deeper. This is a great time to try different lures. 

Smallmouth action is fair in deeper water, from 12 to 28 feet or more, on weeds, bars, and hard-bottomed areas. Top baits include crankbaits, tubes, jigs/plastics, and live bait. As a rule, artificials offer more leeway for error and “clean” releases. 

Crappie action is good to very good. Find fish in 6 to 25 feet of water near weeds, brush, bogs, and cribs, and over deeper water.

Hayward Bait, (715) 634-2921.

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


Panfish action on a few of the lakes has been very good. Walleye fishing remains good on Clam Lake. Catfish are hitting on Clam and Yellow lakes, and on the St. Croix River. Bass fishing in the Danbury area has been good. Use surface baits near lily pads. Crappies are hitting all over, but they’re down about 12 to 14 feet.

Big Mike’s, (715) 349-2400.



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Central Wisconsin Fishing Reports

Central Wisconsin Fishing Report - August 22nd, 2014


We are experiencing some of the best salmon fishing of the season. Many limits are being reported daily. The early morning and late afternoon bite has been the best, but some fishermen who do not get their limit are sliding out to deep water for rainbow trout. The best depths for the kings has been from 90 feet out to 150 feet, fishing the top 100 foot. Flasher and fly combs are the best producers, but the spoon bite is starting to come on strong.

Walleye action is starting to heat up. The best area has been south of Chaudoir’s to around Bayshore Park in 8 to 20 feet of water. Most fishermen are using crankbaits and crawler harnesses. Perch fishing is also going pretty good. The better spots include Chaudoir’s dock, Little Sturgeon, Sawyer Harbor, the flats in Sturgeon Bay, and out in front of the marinas in downtown Sturgeon Bay. Bass fishing is still good up and down the whole peninsula. The best action has been coming in 8 to 15 feet of water. Bass also are being caught in those deep-water summer spots in the 20- to 30-foot range. Concentrate along deeper shoreline drops, reefs, and shoals.

Howie’s Tackle, (920) 746-9916.

Stevenson Pier, (920) 824-5222.

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


In Brown County, walleye anglers launching out of Suamico are having a challenging time. Perch boats also have had a tough time. The largest number of perch reported last week was nine. The average size was 9.5 inches; the largest 11.2 inches. A few sheepshead and catfish are being caught by anglers targeting perch and walleyes. Shore fishing on the Fox River continues to be tough. Most anglers have been casting for anything that will bite. Freshwater drum and channel catfish were being caught in highest numbers. A few fishermen were using tubes and spoons for smallmouths in Voyager Park, but not reporting any catches. Bay Shore Park anglers enjoyed a few days of great fishing near the end of the week; however, the weekend proved a bit more difficult. Fishermen report increasing catches in the mud flats with cranks and crawler harnesses. Anglers returning to the ramps in the afternoon had much lower catch rates than those returning near dusk. The late-evening fishermen reported slow action until two hours before sundown. Most walleyes were in the 18- to 24-inch range, with one boat returning two 30-plus-inch fish caught right before sundown. Perch anglers continue to mark large schools of fish in 16 to 30 feet of water.

In Shawano County, fishing is very good, with mainly panfish being targeted and kept. Muskie fishermen are doing well with some nice ones being released. Lower water temps are helping with the fishing.

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


Action has been very good on Lake Winnebago for perch, walleyes, catfish, and white bass. Perch action has been good on the southeast and southwest corners of the lake. The walleyes have been hitting in the weeds all over, and there is a good bite over the mud north of Garlic Island. Leeches and crawlers are working the best for walleyes. White bass are hitting flies and spinners.

Critter’s, (920) 582-0471.

Fox River Bait, (920) 233-7409.

Dutch’s, (920) 922-0311.


It was another tough week for Lake Michigan anglers in Manitowoc and Two Rivers. Most anglers, whether trolling or fishing off of piers, reported spotty results. While steelhead and chinooks could periodically be seen surfacing and chasing baitfish, convincing them to hit was a challenge. The south pier in Manitowoc saw good numbers of anglers, although a few went home with fish most days. A handful of anglers did catch some nice kings, including at least one 42-incher that tipped the scales at 31.5 pounds. Angler and catch numbers dwindled a bit at Two Rivers, but enough fish were being caught to keep anglers motivated. Steelhead, a few kings and brown trout, an occasional carp, and smallmouth bass have been caught by anglers using spoons or fishing alewives near the bottom. Many anglers noted that alewife numbers close to shore have diminished significantly. A few diehard anglers continue to pursue perch in both harbors, but their success has been limited. Manitowoc and Two Rivers trollers have had a tough go of it lately, with many getting skunked in spite of putting in long hours. Several trollers did return with coolers heavy with trout and salmon. Most fish are still being caught in less than 90 feet of water, with 40 to 75 feet being a hot zone, but weeds also have caused frustration by fouling lines and lures. Early morning, between 5 and 7 a.m., has proved to be the golden hour.

WCUB Radio,



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Southern Wisconsin Fishing Reports

Southern Wisconsin Fishing Report - August 22nd, 2014


In Racine, trout and salmon fishing on Lake Michigan actually picked up somewhat last week, with some good catches of all species when anglers were able to get out. Fishing in 70 to 100 feet of water has been best, with fish at 30 to 40 feet down. Spoons off of leadcores and flashers and flies fished off of downriggers have taken the most fish. Spoons have worked best when fished off of seven- to eight-color leadcores and planer boards. Early mornings remain best, with the bite slowing by 7 a.m. Warm and stormy weather has shore fishing at a halt. The only action reported was for an occasional brown trout or northern pike off of the pier in the Pugh Marina area. Fishing out of Kenosha also has been slow, with only a few browns biting off of the south pier early in the day.
On inland waters, bluegill fishing continues to be good on the area lakes. Weedlines in 10 to 18 feet of water have provided the best action. On some lakes, bluegills were caught by vertical jigging while drifting over 40 to 50 feet of water with baits 12 to 18 feet down. Crappies were most active during early morning or evening hours, along outside weedlines or over deeper water. Perch were caught near bottom along weedlines in 15 feet of water out to 25 feet of water. For largemouth bass, fish outside weedlines or points and use Texas-rigged plastic worms, swim jigs, drop shot rigs, tube jigs, spinners, and crankbaits. Anglers also had success fishing along piers or inside weedlines. Topwater baits fished over weed flats have produced all day. Smallie action was best near breaks or rocks in 12 to 20 feet of water. Walleye anglers had their best luck fishing during low-light conditions on weed edges, humps, or rock bars. During the day, look for them in 25 to 30 feet.
The Rock River has produced walleyes, crappies, and catfish. The walleyes were found along current breaks or rock bars. Crappies were found along fallen trees. Catfish were caught on suckers, nightcrawlers, and stinkbait.
DNR hotline, (414) 382-7920.
Smokey’s Bait Shop, (262) 691-0360.
Dick Smith’s Bait, (262) 646 2218.


Guys fishing for perch on Lake Mendota are finding a lot of small fish. Lake Mendota smallie action is a bit slow, with a few fish – and some nice ones – found along the weeds. Anglers have been trolling for white bass and have been catching up to 30 fish in Warner Bay and around Governor’s Island. The best panfishing in town has been on Lake Monona, but the bluegills have moved off of the weedlines. There are still come perch on weed edges, but for bluegills, drift deep water in the middle of the lake. Muskie action is picking up on lakes Monona and Wingra. Lake Waubesa panfish action is still slow. Mud Lake is producing bluegills over the dredge hole. White bass are hitting on the north end of Lake Kegonsa in 6 to 8 feet.
D&S Bait & Tackle, (608) 244-3474.
Dorn Hardware, (608) 244-5403.


The Wisconsin River is down and it’s easier now to find the pools. Walleye trolling has been very good, and the smallmouths are concentrated on the lower ends of sand bars and other current breaks and they’re hitting surface baits. On the upper end of Lake Wisconsin, guys have been finding lots of smallmouth bass and walleyes in current areas close to shore. Big bluegills are hitting on White Mound Lake over 25 to 30 feet of water near the dam.
Wilderness Fish and Game
(608) 643-5229.

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