Fall fishing still a go, hunting action now well under way


Anglers are still catching a good selection of trout and salmon
off the breakwalls and there are quite a few fish in the Ahnapee
River now. Use spawn sacs, marshmallows, Rebels, Rapalas and spoons
in the morning and later afternoon.

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

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


Smallies are in 14-30 feet along drop-offs. Use bigger suckers,
some plastics or jigging spoons. For trout and salmon, most of the
action is from the Pike to the Sioux, or even Houghton Point.
Action has been on and off. Use spoons or spawn. Trout and salmon
are in the streams, but anglers could definitely use rain. There
are some fish being caught, though. Walleye action has been kind of

Angler’s All, (715) 682-5754.

Outdoor Allure, (715) 373-0551.


Anglers are catching lots of bluegills right now, mostly in Mill
Pond. Cold temps could slow them down, but Big Green is not getting
much pressure. Lake trout fishing is closed. A few walleye
fishermen are catching fish and the smallies will start showing up
on the breaks now.

North Bay Sport & Liquor, (920) 294-6462.


Muskie action is just OK. With turnover just in the preliminary
stages on the smaller lakes, muskies are scattered, but on the
bigger lakes you will find some action in 15-25 feet on suckers or
a crankbait. Small to medium walleyes are hitting on weed edges in
15-25 feet. Interestingly, muskie anglers are catching lots of
walleyes on smaller muskie baits. There has been excellent smallie
action on the biggest deep rocks you can find start at 25 feet with
a big minnow, or deep-diving crank. Some nice northerns, to 36
inches, are being caught in 8 feet on weed edges.

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

Northern Highland Sports, (715) 385-2134.

We Tie It, (715) 385-0171.


Good limit catches of average walleyes are being taken in 20
feet off of structure early or at dusk. Smaller northern pike are
active in 4-12 feet around weeds. Muskies are slow. Some anglers
are tossing plugs, but the best action has been on suckers.
Smallies continue to hit aggressively.

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


There has been surprisingly good walleye action daily on some of
the deep lakes in 6-8 feet. The darker lakes also have been
productive, with fish reported around the deep holes and over hard
bottom. All action is on jigs and minnows. There still have been
reports of smallies in 8-15 feet on some of the clear lakes on tube
jigs. Largemouths are still near weeds, but remember to look for
the greener weeds. Spinnerbaits are working well. Muskie have been
off and on. There have been more “sucker drops” lately, so try
smaller suckers with smaller quick set rigs.

Eagle Sports Center, (715) 479-8804.


High winds made fishing difficult last week, but walleye fishing
improved on the Fox River on crawlers and crankbaits. The Kewaunee
harbor has given up some trout and salmon. The past week has been
good for salmon off the Oconto breakwall on crankbaits, spoons and
spawn sacs. Salmon and trout were present at the Stiles dam on the
Oconto River. Brown trout have been very active in the Oconto River
in the early evenings. Chinook salmon were showing up in better
numbers at the Stiles dam.

Bob’s Bait & Tackle, (920) 499-4737, or (920) 499-6666.


Muskies, crappies and smallmouth bass are the three hottest
species right now, but walleyes seem to picking up a little bit.
Fish the larger lakes for smallmouths, but muskies have been
hitting on just about any lake. The crappie fishing has been the
best on the Chippewa Flowage and Nelson Lake.

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


Lake Onalaska is still producing nice bluegills and crappies.
Walleye fishermen are finding some fish. Some walleyes are hitting
artificials below the Trempealeau dam. Use white Roostertails for
smallmouth bass in the Black River.

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

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

Bob’s Bait & Tackle, (608) 782-5552.


Muskies on suckers have been providing the best action on the
Dairyland Flowage. Anglers have seen some nice ones. Sturgeon
action has been slow. A few walleyes are being caught. Bowhunters
are getting quite a few deer. Hunters are finding a few grouse here
and there.

James Sport Shop, (715) 532-6016.


The sturgeon season has opened. Fish the Flambeau or Chippewa
rivers using crawlers or cut bait. Two sturgeon were registered
over the opener, including one at 501/2 inches, going 29 pounds,
and one at 53 inches and 321/2 pounds. Walleyes to 71/2 pounds are
being taken in deeper water, 15-25 feet. Muskies are hitting
surfaces baits on the weed edges from 4-12 feet. Suckers are just
starting to be used with mixed success. Smallies are active in the
rivers. Fish the rock bars with crawlers or plastics. Crappies are
sticking tight to cribs in 12-15 feet. Pike are going nuts in
shallow weeds. Muskie anglers are nailing a lot of the smaller
northerns. Cats are hitting in the deeper water on the flowage off
the channels or in the holes below the dam.

Lake Holcombe Sport Shop, (715) 595-4293.

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