Statewide

MADISON AREA

Perch fishing on Lake Mendota is as good as it’s been all year.
At the Four Doors fish at 20-24 feet, Second Point at 25-35 feet,
or fish south of Maple Bluff in deeper water. Lake Monona has some
excellent bluegill fishing and some nice perch. The perch are
between the rock pile and Turbo Bay in 17-18 feet. Bluegills are on
any weed line, or drift for them in 40-50 feet. Pike and walleyes
are being caught on Lake Monona, but nothing consistent. On Lake
Waubesa, crappies are coming off deeper bars.

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

Dorn Hardware, (608) 244-5403.

MANITOWOC/TWO RIVERS AREA

Chinooks and a few brown trout are moving into and around the
harbors and piers. Shore anglers are having success by casting
green and silver spoons. Soaking an alewife on the bottom is also
working. Trollers are catching a few fish in front of the harbors
between the Two Rivers water towers and off Manitowoc north to the
hospital. They’re fishing 15-60 feet down on Dipsey Divers with
spoons.

CUB Radio report, (920) 683-6816.

MARINETTE AREA

Walleye action slowed on the Menominee River. Rapalas and
crawlers have been attracting some walleyes off of the Hattie
Street bridge. Boat anglers were having trolling success with
Rapalas and Twister Tails. Sturgeon season opened, but no 70-inch
legal fish were taken. A 68-inch fish was released. Angler success
has been best with crawlers and cut bait. Browns and rainbows are
moving into the Menominee and Peshtigo rivers below the dams.
Salmon are beginning to show up at the mouth of the Little River
area.

Bay Area Arms & Angling, (715) 732-9445.

MEDFORD AREA

There has been some good muskie action on Rib Lake using suckers
or surface baits. Fish the weed edges from 6-12 feet. You may find
some muskies suspended down about 8 feet in 15 feet of water along
the weed edges. Use a deeper crankbait. Bluegills are hitting all
over on worms or waxies. If you want some northern action, which is
a bit slow right now, try the Miller Dam Flowage. Crappies are off
and on, depending on the day. They’re hugging the sides of cribs or
brush piles, anywhere from 7-15 feet.

Fuzzy’s General Store & Bait Shop, (715) 785-7977.

MINOCQUA/WOODRUFF AREA

Muskie fishing has been good in 5-15 feet near weeds. Anglers
have been using bucktails, jerkbaits and suckers as the water
temperatures have cooled. Walleye fishing has been spotty. Crappies
have been near cribs in 15-20 feet of water and were taking jigs
and minnows. Smallmouth bass action has slowed.

Mundt’s, (715) 358-2147.

Island Sport Shop, (715) 356-4797.

Tommy’s Fishing Adventures, (715) 356-4648.

NEKOOSA AREA

Anglers are still catching walleyes, with the best action on the
lower end of the Wisconsin River above the Petenwell Flowage.
Crappies have been caught in the same areas. Fish muskies near the
creek mouths with jerkbaits. White bass are starting to show up in
the Wisconsin River.

Freeman’s, (715) 886-3541.

PARK FALLS AREA

Many of the local anglers are focusing on sturgeon fishing these
days. Use nightcrawlers along the Flambeau River. Three legal fish
have been registered so far, with a 50-inch minimum again in place
this year. Walleyes are hitting crawlers on Butternut Lake, the
Pike Lake chain and the Flambeau River. There are still anglers
chasing catfish and catching them.

Bridge Bait & Tackle, (715) 762-4108.

PRAIRIE DU CHIEN AREA

Mississippi River anglers are doing well on bluegills in 6-10
feet on a piece of crawler. Crappies are also active, mostly in the
wood on small jigs and minnows. Walleyes are slow, but a few are
being caught in the sloughs and along wing dams on crawlers and
leeches. Bass fishing is fair. Anglers are using a variety of
lures. Catfishing slowed down, but anglers are still catching two
or three per trip. There is still some trout fishing going on.

Stark’s Sport Shop, (608) 326-2478.

ST. GERMAIN AREA

Muskies have absolutely turned on. They’re everywhere, from 5-10
feet in weeds to suspended over 15 feet of water around weed edges.
Use big, flashy, fluorescent bucktails or jerkbaits. Some anglers
are trying suckers. A number of big fish have recently been taken.
Walleye fishing is spotty. You’ll get some northern pike as you
fish for walleyes. You can find crappies around cribs in 15-20 feet
of water. Use a jig and a minnow. Smallies have slowed down, but
are still being caught around deeper rock ledges on leeches or
minnows.

St. Germain Chamber of Commerce, (715) 477-2205.

SAUK CITY AREA

Lake Wisconsin walleye fishing has been a little slower than
normal lately. Anglers still are catching a few walleyes. Sturgeon
fishing has been very good on the Wisconsin River, but no one has
caught a 70-incher yet, the new minimum size limit for this year. A
couple of 60-inchers were caught and released.

Ace Sauk Prairie, (608) 643-2433.

SIREN AREA

Crappies have been very active lately, with the best action
coming on Big Clam Lake. The biggest bluegill of the season was
brought in last week, at 1 pound, 5 ounces, and caught by Jim
Siebert of Spring Valley, Ill., on Big Clam Lake. Walleye fishing
picked up last week on Yellow Lake. Look for muskie action to
improve, as well. Quite a few hunters took part in the early Canada
goose season. A number of hunters shot their three-bird limit.

Big Mike’s Outdoor Sports, (715) 349-2400.

STURGEON BAY AREA

In the Sturgeon Bay ship canal, anglers are looking for kings,
with flurries of activity on J-plugs and spoons. At Bailey’s
Harbor, there have been no trolling reports, but browns are
starting to show up around the piers. At Washington Island, bass
and perch are hitting inside Detroit Harbor. The perch are hitting
crawlers. Remember there is a five-fish limit. At Gill’s Rock,
salmon, browns and rainbows were just outside Gill’s Rock. On the
Green Bay side, smallies are near shore, or are on 15-foot reefs
away from shore. On the off-shore reefs out around the
Strawberries, trollers are catching walleyes in 20-40 feet on
crawlers on harnesses and crankbaits. Trout and salmon are around
the docks at Fish Creek, Ephraim and Sister Bay.

Mac’s Sport Shop, (920) 743-7046.

THREE LAKES AREA

Walleyes seem to be biting better during the middle of the day
than in the evening. Smallmouths are still very active around the
cribs. A 10-year-old girl caught a 22-inch, 61/2-pound smallie.
Muskies are being caught, but the action has been sporadic. The
crappies have disappeared, but guys are scratching out a few big
bluegills.

Potlicker Bait Shop, (715) 546-8288.

WAUSAU AREA

Muskie fishing is starting to pick up on Lake Wausau and the
Wisconsin River. Northern pike are hitting on bigger chubs and
walleye action is also improving. Walleyes have been in water from
as shallow as 2 feet to as deep as 12 feet.

Outdoors Unlimited, (715) 355-7658.

WOLF RIVER SYSTEM

Walleye and white bass action has slowed a bit. Prior to that
rise, walleye fishing had been pretty decent. Good fishing should
return again as soon as the river starts dropping.

Chico’s Landing, Orihula, (920) 446-3345.

Ma’s Bait, Fremont, (920) 446-2444.

Cash’s Shop of Bait, (920) 982-4802.

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