Northern Wisconsin Fishing Reports
Northern Wisconsin Fishing Report - June 14th, 2013
Posted on Thu, 13 Jun 2013
Fishing has been good, with water levels dropping to near normal for this time of year. Bears with young cubs are being seen; fawns too.
CHIPPEWA FALLS / EAU CLAIRE / MENOMONIE AREA
Shoreline anglers have been catching a lot of small to medium crappies from the
In Marinette County, some walleyes, bass and pike were being caught at the mouth of the Peshtigo River by drifting and jigging with minnows or crawlers, or trolling with crawler/harness or crankbaits. Below the dam in Peshtigo smallmouths are starting to appear and anglers using tube jigs are catching some very nice fish. Anglers fishing out of Little River report catching some brown trout and walleyes in 8 to 12 feet of water. Menominee River anglers are catching sheepshead, walleyes, bass, muskies, and catfish by trolling with crankbaits or harnesses.
MINOCQUA/WOODRUFF/ LAKE TOMAHAWK AREA
I thought we were in the clear, but Mother Nature has her own ideas. Wind switches and cold temps have confused fish and fishermen alike. It’s been tough getting a handle on the bites as things seem to be in a constant state of change. Pike action is good to very good. This species seems to not mind the cooler than usual temps of early June. Though they’re not hitting hard, they are hitting often enough to take up the slack of the other species. Live bait rigs under slip-floats are doing the best in new, green weeds in 3 to 8 feet of water. Crappies action is good to very good. Finding the good bite depends on locating crappies on their beds that are staying put despite the cold nights. Reed beds and drowned wood are the places to search. Muskie action is good. Search the shallows with 4- to 6-inch crankbaits. Largemouths are hitting in shallow, soft-bottomed areas. Look for the warmest areas of the lakes. Walleye action is fair. Wind switches and cold fronts are hurting action. Use smaller minnows, medium leeches or half of a crawler. Work the windward side of lakes for the warmest water and most active fish. Smallmouth action is fair. If the water warms a few more degrees, they will be up on beds.
Continually changing weather conditions have kept anglers guessing on most waters across the Northwoods. Walleye success has been steadily improving and there have been quite a few reports of some good catches being made. Jigs and minnows continue to be the favorite bait, but crankbaits along the shorelines have also produced some decent catches. The slow warm-up has finally increased water temperatures into the low 60s on most of the smaller lakes and this has brought most bass and panfish into the shallows. Depending on the size of the water body, crappies were in various stages of nesting, while bluegills and pumpkinseeds just started to concentrate near the shallows in the smaller lakes. Muskie activity was fair, with a number of mid-30-inch fish being caught on small bucktails and crankbaits.
PRICE COUNTY AREA
The South Fork and North Forks of the Flambeau River are up, so the current is swift and paddlers will be reaching their destinations a bit quicker than normal. Fishermen are having decent success with the river’s walleyes, smallies and muskies despite the current.
RICE LAKE AREA
Crappies should be spawning now and providing good opportunities for anglers. The water temperature was in the low 60s early last week and anglers were having luck with bass and panfish. The ATV trails should be in good shape, with rain keeping dust to a minimum. Water levels are very good this spring, with most lakes showing a good rebound from last summer’s drought.
Central Wisconsin Fishing Reports
Central Wisconsin Fishing Report - June 14th, 2013
Posted on Thu, 13 Jun 2013
DOOR PENINSULA AND KEWAUNEE AREA
The fishing pier is in the water on the south shoreline of the state park and launching piers are in on Sawyer Harbor. Water levels are low in Sawyer Harbor, but many fishermen are launching and having luck in the waters off of the park’s shoreline.
GREEN BAY/APPLETON AREA
Temperatures got a bit cooler last week with rain. Water temperatures along the east shore of the bay was about 59 to 63 degrees, depending on where you were. Bayshore Park was busy with fishermen targeting walleyes. Walleye numbers were good, with most fishermen catching their limits on crankbaits, crawler harnesses, and flicker shads in 11 to 15 feet. Other species caught were sheepshead, white bass, and white perch. At Chaudoir’s Dock, the fishing activity was picking up and fishermen were targeting walleyes in about 8 to 10 feet of water.
LAKE WINNEBAGO AREA
Panfish are starting to bite well. Anglers should look for bass and panfish in shallow water. The white bass run on the Wolf River is starting to slow down, but anglers are still catching a few. Good catches of channel catfish have been reported on the Wolf River recently.
MANITOWOC/TWO RIVERS AREA
Trout and salmon fishing continue to be slower than expected on Lake Michigan at Manitowoc and Two Rivers. An occasional brown is being picked up in 10 to 40 feet of water. Salmon fishing hasn’t improved yet. Boats are catching low numbers of chinooks at various depths and areas, so there is very little to key in on yet. There was a slight increase in water temperature towards shore or near river mouths, but many anglers aren’t finding surface water much warmer than the mid-40-degree range while in water deeper than 50 feet. Brown trout fishing has also been slow, especially. High numbers of alewives in the harbors may be drawing game fish in with them. It is difficult for anglers to compete with this easy prey. The best times are during low light conditions. Angler pressure is low. Some catfish were being caught around harbors and lower sections of river in the evenings and at night. Smallmouth bass are becoming more active. A carp over 30 pounds was recently released.
Southern Wisconsin Fishing Reports
Southern Wisconsin Fishing Report - June 14th, 2013
Posted on Thu, 13 Jun 2013
LAKE MICHIGAN/METRO AREA LAKES
In Sheboygan, only a few trailers have been seen in the Deland ramp lot at any time. Success has been spotty, with some boats fishing near shore in 10 to 40 feet of water and others working in 70 feet of water. A few steelhead and browns have been taken, but the constantly shifting winds and variable weather patterns are making it difficult to target fish. The 8th Street ramp remains closed. Fishing pressure remains low on the piers. Because of wave action and rains, water clarity in and around the harbor is very low overall, but clarity along North Pier is good.
Water temperatures were just getting into the low 60s. Smallies finished spawning and have moved out to the bars, where they are starting to feed pretty good. Crappies are up on the weed edges in 6 to 10 feet of water on Lake Mendota at Fox Bluff, University Bay, the student union. Lake Monona crappies were in the same depths. Bluegills were cruising the shallow waters. Monona water temps were a little warmer than on Mendota. Monona largemouths finished spawning and were very active in 6 to 8 feet of water. Muskie fishing has been slow on the Madison chain.
PRAIRIE DU CHIEN AREA
Fishing was slow, but folks were catching fish here and there. Water levels are still high, but fishermen still found spots to fish from shore. The Mississippi River was again on the rise, and was expected to crest early last week about a foot higher than its present stage. Several boat landings have been affected by water reaching into the parking lots. Low lying areas such as Bagley Bottoms near Bagley and Schleicher’s Landing near Cassville remain under water. Inland trout and bass fishermen are reporting good success on area streams. Several 15-inch smallmouth bass and saugers have been caught at the Potosi public boat landing. Several morel pickers have commented that the season is not as good as last year, but they have been finding morels since the last rains. There are trumpeter swans attempting to nest on a marsh within the Lower Wisconsin State Riverway between Blue River and Boscobel and they can be seen from Hwy. 133.
SAUK CITY AREA
People are still finding morel mushrooms in the Sauk County hills. The mushrooms are hard to find due to the dense undergrowth. Trout are biting on Devil’s Lake. The smallmouth bass are biting on the Wisconsin River and on Lake Wisconsin.