Inland, Great Lakes species entering fall patterns


Chinook salmon were still being taken in good numbers last week,
with the majority of fish in the 10- to 15-pound range. Mixed bags
of rainbows, lakers, and cohos also have been taken. Anglers have
had the best success in 40-150 feet from the surface to 80 feet
down. Pier fishing was good, with a fair number of chinooks and
rainbows caught. The majority of fish taken off the piers were
caught on alewives, a few on spoons. The Algoma Shanty Days Fishing
Tournament wrapped up with a 20.45-pound chinook taking the top

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

Billy Goat Bait, (920) 487-9710.

Algoma Hardware, (920) 487-3374


Lake trout fishing has been unbelievable on the big lake. There
are a few browns and salmon being caught, too, but the action on
those fish has been spotty. Salmon fishing will improve in
September, with kings peaking in late September and cohos peaking
in October. Smallmouth bass fishing has been decent in the bay, but
the fish are spread out and sometimes difficult to

Angler’s All, (715) 682-5754.

Outdoor Allure, (715) 373-0551.


The crappies are hitting on Fox Lake in 15-18 feet of water. The
numbers have been pretty good. Perch are biting on Fox and Beaver
Dam. The perch are running bigger on Beaver Dam.

Phil & Sons Tackle, (920) 885-6766.


Walleyes are moving into the weed edges and are hitting jigs and
crawlers. Smallies are following a similar pattern. Panfish are
hitting in the weeds. Anglers are seeing muskies and catching a few
here and there. Water temperatures are cooling a bit, so look for
muskies to turn on.

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

Northern Highland Sports, (715) 385-2134.


For muskies, anglers are fishing deep water and shallow weeds,
with action better during low-light conditions. Walleyes have been
hitting at night on weed edges, rock bars and sand flats. Leeches
are still working, but guys are switching to minnows and chubs.
Smallies are off weeds down to 15 feet and are hitting live bait or
slow artificials. Crappie and perch fishing is slow for bigger

Eagle Sports Center, (715) 479-8804.

Guides’ Choice, (715) 477-2248.


Perch fishing out of Oconto has been spotty. Most anglers were
finding fish in deeper water from 38-45 feet with larger minnows
working the best. Early mornings have proved to be the best bet,
with the bite dying off by 9 or 10 a.m. Larger walleyes were
starting to show up from County Park II down to the Pensaukee River
for anglers trolling crankbaits in natural colors and crawlers
harnesses in 10-15 feet of water. Some channel catfish were being
caught on the Oconto River while fishing with crawlers and minnows
on the bottom off of the breakwater pier and near the municipal
boat ramp. Catfish are still hitting on the Fox River, and bass and
bluegills are hitting on Shawano Lake.

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


Muskie success showed a nice surge, and most anglers reported
some good action on small and medium-size fish (28 to 40 inches).
The fish seemed to be active along the weed edges and in the
shallower weedbeds. Topwater baits and slower jerkbaits were the
most productive. Action came at all times of the day, and was
mostly dependent on weather conditions. Walleye action also has
picked up a notch and a few anglers have been reporting some decent
catches. Leeches and crawlers fished along the weed edges and in
weed pockets have produced best.

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

Hayward Bait, (715) 634-2921.


Panfish have been hitting on the Black River and Lake Onalaska.
The crappie action is catching up to the bluegill action. A lot of
the crappies are under piers right now. The bigger bluegills are in
deeper water. Bass fishing has been good in the slop on frogs and
rats. Walleye fishing has been a little slow, but fish have been
caught near wing dams and on trolled crankbaits. A lot of pike are
being caught on suckers. The first migrating blue-winged teal have

Schafer’s Bait, (608) 781-3100.

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

Bob’s Bait & Tackle, (608) 782-5552.


In Sheboygan, good numbers of chinooks have been taken on
alewives off the piers. Trollers have been catching chinooks 15-25
feet down in 35-60 feet of water.

In Port Washington, pier anglers have been catching a few
chinooks on alewives. Trollers have been catching chinooks from
20-25 feet down in 60-70 feet of water.

In Milwaukee, most shore-fishing action has been off McKinley
pier in the early morning for good numbers of chinooks and a few
rainbows on glow spoons or alewives. A few perch have been caught
on minnows. Trollers have been catching good numbers of chinooks
early in the morning and north of the harbor.

Shore anglers in Racine have been catching some early morning
chinooks on spoons. Trollers have been catching limits of chinooks
60 feet down in 100 feet of water.

In Kenosha, a fair number of perch have been caught off the
south pier at daybreak. Shore anglers also have been catching good
numbers of brown trout behind the Holiday Inn on white tube jigs.
Trollers have been catching chinooks in 40-60 feet of

In Walworth and inland Racine and Kenosha counties, bluegills
were biting on Wind Lake along weedlines. Anglers using crawler
pieces and wax worms were doing well. Tichigan Lake anglers were
catching largemouth bass over structure in 20-25 feet. Bluegills
were biting on nightcrawler pieces, wax worms, and small jigs in
20-40 feet on Delavan, Geneva, and Lauderdale. Geneva was producing
crappies on jigs in 17-30 feet.

In Waukesha County, muskie action has been good for trollers on
Pewaukee, but the fish have been on the smaller side. The bluegill
bite has been excellent on all lakes including Pewaukee, Beaver,
and Nagawicka. Surprisingly good muskie action was reported on

DNR hotline, (414) 382-7920.

Smokey’s Bait Shop, (262) 691-0360.

Dick Smith’s Bait Shop, Delafield, (262) 646 2218.


Water levels are low on the Fox and Wolf rivers, so not much
fishing activity has been reported. Perch fishing has been fair on
Lake Winnebago; the east shore seems to be the best bet. Walleye
fishing has been good on the reefs, but anglers may have to move
until they find fish. There were lots of sheepshead and quite a few
smallmouth bass mixed in for anglers fishing the reefs with jigs
and crawlers.

Fox River Bait, (920) 233-7409.


The perch fishing has been very good the past couple weeks.
Bluegills are still active in about 9 feet on waxies or red worms.
The muskies have been a little slow, but a 50-incher was caught a
couple of weeks ago. Bass are under the piers, but the weeds are
high so the bass are a little tough to reach right now. Use plastic
worms and tube jigs.

The Landing, (920) 398-2620.


Bluegill fishing was slow, with the exception of the Monona
Terrace where a few anglers were still catching some fish off of
the wall. Lake Kegonsa bluegill fishing has slowed down as have the
locks at Babcock Park. Turkey broods can be seen feeding on bugs in
hayfields. There is a great crop of grasshoppers available. Dove
hunting should be good again this year – hunters should scout areas
they had luck with last year as crops have changed and a lot of
cornfields are now planted in soybeans. Doves can be seen roosting
on telephone wires adjacent to feeding areas. The acorn crop
appears to be very good. Potholes are very dry and some have
disappeared. Lake and river water levels remain very low.

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

Dorn Hardware, (608) 244-5403.


Fishing is good to excellent out of both harbors. Cooler water
has moved in with west winds, and has brought the fish in with it,
giving shore anglers a crack at them. Salmon, browns, and a few
rainbows are being caught off the piers by anglers casting spoons
and soaking alewives on the bottom. Trollers out front are having
success in 15-60 feet.

CUB Radio report, (920) 683-6816.


Cooler temperatures and calmer water had anglers chasing fish
all over the past week. Trout and salmon were still the main
targets of anglers launching from the Menominee River. Most groups
caught fish out near Green Island on Dodgers and flies, with a few
fish coming on J-plugs and spoons. Anglers going out before
daybreak had the best results. Chinooks made up most of the catch,
with a few larger browns showing up as well. Walleye anglers have
started to make small catches of small to mid-sized walleyes from
the mouth up to the upstream point of Stephenson Island. Trolling
crawler harnesses with bottom bouncers along the docked ships have
produced a few fish. Some fish also were being taken on slender
stick baits trolled along the Michigan side of the river. Pressure
on the Peshtigo River is fairly light, but smallmouth bass were
being caught near the mouth of the river on deeper drop-offs.
Channel catfish and sheepshead also are being caught at the mouth
with crawlers fished on the bottom.

MBK Sport Shop, (715) 735-5393.

Pete’s Sport Shop, (715) 582-3681.


While muskie fishing hasn’t been lights out, some notable
catches have been made on big fish from 44 to 52 inches. Smallies
have moved to deeper rocks on most lakes; work 20-30 feet. Leeches
(tougher to get, prices rising) and crawlers are working on slip
bobber rigs. Shallower fish are smaller; bigger fish are at 18 feet
and deeper. Walleye fishing has slowed. The best bites have been on
overcast days over deep rocks. Row-trollers are catching some
walleyes while pulling crankbaits. Largemouth action is better than
smallie action. Use spinnerbaits or buzzbaits toward evening over

Island Sport Shop, (715) 356-4797.


Action for both largemouth and smallmouth bass has been
consistent, and some very nice fish were released in the past week.
Largemouth bass have been relating to the thick cover. Weedless
topwater baits and soft plastics have been the most productive.
They should be fished in the weed pockets, in the wood, or tight to
the bog/marsh edges. Smallmouth bass have been a bit tough to find
in the lakes but action continues to be good on the flowages and
larger rivers. Soft plastics have been the favorite baits, and the
fish have been relating to wood near deeper water. Panfish action
continues to be fair. The smaller flowages have had the most stable
water levels, but some larger flowages are 8 to 12 inches below

Bridge Bait, (715) 762-4108.


The Mississippi River stage is still around 6.7 feet. The
Wisconsin River and the Kickapoo River saw a little rise with the
rain last week, but started to drop at the end of the week, with
possibly more rain on the way. Now that the Mississippi is under
the 7-foot mark, many submerged dangers are being exposed.
Deadheads, wing dams, and slough closures all pose dangers to
boaters. Walleye and sauger action remained good on crawlers,
leeches, or willow cats along rocky shorelines, wing dams, or in
deeper channels. The Roseau Slough, the Black Slough, and wing dams
around the Prairie du Chien and the Lynxville/Ferryville area all
have been active. Bluegill action was very good again. The upper
and lower portions of the Ambro Slough, many areas of the East
Channel along the flats, Hunters, Coon, and Catfish Sloughs, the
flats along the main channel, and many wing dams have been
producing bluegills. Channel and flathead catfish remained active
with the warm water. Bass anglers fishing on Pool 9 found bass
along the weed edges along the small channels. Smallmouth bass have
been active along the main channels.

Stark’s Sport Shop, (608) 326-2478.


Bluegills and bass are hitting on White Mound Lake. Drift with
leaf worms near the dam for bigger bluegills. Largemouths are
hitting leeches under slip bobbers on White Mound. Smallies are
going like crazy on the Wisconsin River. Catfish aren’t too far
behind, but fish the channels.

Wilderness Fish and Game, (608) 643-2433.


Some anglers are having fun with crappies, but you have to look
around until you find a school. Some nice walleyes have been caught
lately. Catfish action is still very good.

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


Largemouths and smallmouths are providing the best action right
now, mostly on spinnerbaits and buzz baits. Larger bluegills are
out in 8-15 feet and off weed edges. The bite is steady, but you
have to look around for the bigger fish. Crappie action has been
steady, but they’re suspended, too. Northern pike anglers were
doing well, but now fishing has slowed down. Meanwhile, the muskie
action has been slowly improving. Look for muskies to turn on in a
week or two. Walleye fishing has been steady, with the best action
early and late.

Spooner Sports, (715) 635-6500.


Salmon fishing in northern Green Bay and out on the big lake
remains super, with dawn and dusk producing lots of fish. Walleye
action was heating up, with reports of some nice fish being caught
on crawler harnesses trolled in 20-40 feet of water, 10-18 feet
down, from Potawatomi Park to Little Sturgeon Bay. Bass action
remained fair. The best action for bigger fish remains on the deep
reefs. Perch action was reported as fair to good on minnows, crabs
and jigs in 10-15 feet of water near weedbeds. Sturgeon Bay and
Little Sturgeon Bay are good spots to try for perch.

Stevenson Pier Mini Mart, (920) 824-5222.


Catfish are hitting on the Wolf River at all times of the day
and in all areas of the river. A 22-pounder was caught last week.
Anglers are getting a few pike just outside of Partridge

Chico’s, Orihula, (920) 446-3345.

Ma’s Bait, Fremont, (920) 446-2444.

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