Saturday, January 28th, 2023
Saturday, January 28th, 2023

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Cooler weather bringing mixed bag of opportunities


The first big wave of kings and browns invaded the Algoma harbor
last week, but clear water has been a problem on most days. There
are fish there, but not a lot of them are being caught. Trollers
are fishing 40-120 feet down in 100-300 feet for salmon and

Algoma Area Chamber of Commerce hotline, (800) 626-3090.

Billy Goat Bait & Tackle, (920) 487-9710.


Chinooks have been in Pike’s Creek and Pike’s Bay for about
three weeks. Anglers are trolling for them in the bay, and fishing
the streams. Trollers are using spoons, bait flies or squids. Lake
trout fishing continues to be good anywhere from the flats to Outer
Island to Houghton Point. Smallies, northern pike and walleyes are
hanging in the deeper weeds in Chequamegon Bay. The Ashland shop
registered 20 bears the first day of season, including a

Angler’s All, (715) 682-5754.

Outdoor Allure, (715) 373-0551.


Muskies are hitting on the Manitowish chain. Try Island Lake.
Fish off the weedbeds with jerkbaits and over deeper rock bars with
crankbaits. Walleyes are in the deeper weeds at 12-18 feet,
particularly in and around coontail patches. Use a big leech, or
try a crawler. Smallies can be had around the biggest rocks you can
find in 8-12 feet. Big crappies are in 6-12 feet of water, hugging
cribs or brush piles.

Boulder Junction Chamber of Commerce, (800) 466-8759.

Northern Highland Sports, (715) 385-2134.

We Tie It, (715) 385-0171.


Trollers on Lake Owen are catching a few average-sized walleyes.
Smallies are still going good around structure in 12-20 feet of
water. Use crawlers or minnows. Bluegills running about 8 inches
are in 12-15 feet of water around brush or weeds. Use waxies or
worms. Muskie action is slow.

Cable Area Chamber of Commerce, (800) 533-7454.


Walleye fishing has been more inconsistent than anglers would
like. The two patterns anglers are seeing remain a deeper water
daytime pattern on some of the clear lakes and a weed pattern on
the darker, shallower fertile lakes. Walleyes are starting to hit
the best on minnows now. This pattern will strengthen as water
temps drop. The good bass fishing continues to hold on, especially
for smallies. There has been good smallie fishing along shorelines,
shallow rocks and over deeper hard bottom areas. Largemouths remain
in the weeds. The good muskie fishing days have been few and far
between. For the best results, use live bait and larger crankbaits
and jerkbaits.

Eagle Sports Center, (715) 479-8804.


Fishing from the Oconto breakwall was producing some brown trout
and an occasional salmon on Cleos, Krocodiles and spawn sacs. With
the recent rains, the Oconto River has come up slightly and is
pulling in some bigger fish out of Green Bay. There are reports of
some trout now being caught in the river. There were also some
perch, smallmouth bass and walleyes being taken. A few rainbow and
browns were moving up the Oconto River. North Bayshore Park (Oconto
Park II) has been an active spot for salmon. The early goose season
is under way with some hunters reporting success the first day.

Bob’s Bait & Tackle, (920) 499-4737.


Chippewa Flowage muskies from 45-50 inches are being caught on
bucktails and topwaters on the bars and weed edges in 6-15 feet.
Some anglers are starting to use suckers, with mixed success.
Walleyes are still active on the flowage over submerged bogs in
15-20 feet of water, or on the weedlines on the west side of the
flowage. Use a leech or a crawler. Crappies are schooled around
cribs or floating bogs in 12-25 feet. Minnows or tube jigs are
working best. You’ll get smallies on the east side of the flowage
around the rivers in depths from 12-15 feet on into the shore.

Pastika’s Sporting Goods, (715) 634-4466.


Bluegills are biting on Lake Onalaska, but the Mississippi River
is low and walleye fishing on the river has been a bit tough. The
early September hunt for local giant Canada geese went well almost
everywhere in this area. A moderate number of hunters were out, but
relatively few geese were bagged on the first day.

Schafer’s Bait Livery, (608) 781-3100.

R&L Riversports, (608) 783-3349.

Bob’s Bait & Tackle, (608) 782-5552.

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