Walleye, muskie action picking up, hunters hitting woods
BEAVER DAM AREA
Last week’s Canada goose count at Horicon Marsh was more than
150,000 birds. Recent cold fronts have brought many ducks and geese
into the area. But ducks and geese are in areas with water, and
hunters are having a tough time getting into the backwaters and
Phil & Sons Tackle, (920) 885-6766.
EAGLE RIVER AREA
Put away topwaters and start using suckers and crankbaits for
muskies. Bigger fish are more active. Look for suspended fish just
off the weeds. Walleyes on the Eagle River chain are more active.
Use a jig and a minnow in the channels between the lakes. Target
the deeper holes. Largemouths and smallies are still hitting around
structure. Lizards, worms, and small spinners are producing best.
Crappies and bluegills are suspending over deeper water. Perch are
still on the bottom in and around the weeds in 6-10 feet of
Eagle Sports Center, (715) 479-8804.
Guides’ Choice, (715) 477-2248.
GREEN BAY AREA
Walleyes are beginning their fall run up the Fox. Anglers are
catching some small males by trolling the channel and casting
crankbaits in the shallows near the dam. Many anglers have started
the search for muskies, but there has not been much luck so far.
Some channel cats were caught at Voyager Park.
Water levels are back to normal after the 8 inches of rain
received on Oct. 2-3. Grouse hunters are finding more woodcock than
grouse. Smaller lakes have turned over, but some of the bigger ones
are still in the process. The waterfowl opener was bright and
summer-like, so plenty of local ducks and geese are still around,
but with the recent soaker, many more wetlands have open
Pastika’s Sporting Goods, (715) 634-4466.
Hayward Bait, (715) 634-2921.
LA CROSSE AREA
A significant woodcock migration has not been noticed yet.
Waterfowl hunters on Mississippi river Pool 8 near La Crosse have
been pleased that they have been seeing more ducks than they have
in a few years. Vegetation on Pool 8 also looks good this year and
small amounts of scattered wild rice have established themselves in
Schafer’s Bait, (608) 781-3100.
R&L Riversports, (608) 783-3349.
Bob’s Bait & Tackle, (608) 782-5552.
LAKE MICHIGAN/METRO AREA LAKES
Anglers on the Sheboygan River have been taking only a few
chinooks on either dark flies or spawn. Trollers have been catching
chinooks outside the harbor in up to 80 feet of water.
In Port Washington, shore anglers in the harbor have been
catching a few chinooks and rainbows on spawn sacs or spoons.
In Milwaukee, anglers fishing off McKinley ramp, near the
Sailing Center in Veteran’s Park, and off the ramps at Bender Park
have been catching chinooks on spawn under bobbers. Trout and
salmon are moving into the Menomonee and Milwaukee rivers. Anglers
on the Milwaukee have been taking a few chinooks at Estabrook
In Kenosha, Pike River anglers have been taking a few chinooks
on spawn and flies near the mouth and near the access at Hwy.
In Washington County, duck numbers on Theresa Marsh have been
low, but goose hunters have been having good success.
DNR hotline, (414) 382-7920.
Smokey’s Bait Shop, (262) 691-0360.
Dick Smith’s Bait Shop, Delafield, (262) 646 2218.
MANITOWOC/TWO RIVERS AREA
Chinook salmon were being caught in the lower Manitowoc River
and in the harbor, with very few fish making it upstream of I-43.
Some spawning chinooks were being caught on the East Twin River in
Mishicot and at road crossings downstream of the dam. Action was
heating up on the West Twin River at Shoto dam, as the run seems to
be near peak. Anglers were having luck using marshmallows for bait.
Fishing has on slowed a bit in Two Rivers harbor, but anglers were
catching a few nice smallmouth bass on crawlers.
CUB Radio report, (920) 683-6816.
Rains have increased flows in the Menominee and Peshtigo rivers
and with the increased water fish activity also has picked up.
Salmon fishing has picked up in the Menominee and limited success
has been reported on the Peshtigo.
MBK Sport Shop, (715) 735-5393.
Pete’s Sport Shop, (715) 582-3681.
Turnover is occurring. Walleye anglers have to fish in deeper
waters. The walleye tend to stay at the bottom in 15 to 40 feet of
water. Once the lake has turned over, the walleyes will move back
into the shallower waters along the weed edges, rock bars, and
submerged wood. Muskie action has picked up. Suckers are now the
bait of choice for the muskies. Grouse hunters are reporting some
encouraging news with coveys still grouped together.
Island Sport Shop, (715) 356-4797.
PARK FALLS AREA
Deer are active on field edges and in the oaks. Grouse hunters
are reporting fair success. Most hunters are at least flushing some
birds. Anglers have taken advantage of the weather and reports have
been fair to good.
Bridge Bait & Tackle, (715) 762-4108.
PRAIRIE DU CHIEN AREA
Walleye and sauger action was spotty. Anglers have been
switching over to minnows. There has been some sauger action on
Rotten Slough just off the main channel. The Roseau Slough, the
Black Slough, and wing dams around the Prairie du Chien, Lynxville,
and Ferryville have produced walleyes at times. The islands along
the main channel outside Lynxville, north and south of Cold Spring,
and all the way up to Lansing have been producing some nice
walleyes and sauger, but not every day. There have been very few
mourning dove hunters out. As more corn and soybean fields are
picked the dove hunting should improve. Duck hunters saw a lot of
wood ducks on opening weekend.
Stark’s Sport Shop, (608) 326-2478.
RICE LAKE AREA
Bowhunters are finding that the deer are moving a lot. Grouse
hunting is a bit better than expected, but the numbers are still
down – about two to three birds per hour. Water is up because of
the rain, but fish are generally in the same areas – 8 to 12 feet,
off the weeds. Live bait is producing best. Muskies are starting to
turn on, with suckers becoming the bait of choice. Fish off the
weed edges in 8-12 feet of water. Crappie action has picked up
nicely. Fish around cribs in 12 feet of water. Use a slip bobber
and a minnow.
Rainbow Ace Home Center, (715) 234-8116.
J.C. Bear Paw Co., (715) 236-7300.
ST. GERMAIN AREA
No turnover yet – but it’s close. Water levels have risen with
the rain, and the water is somewhat murky. There is some very good
northern action over the tops of deeper weeds – 10-15 feet. Muskie
action is O.K. Suckers are just starting to produce smaller fish,
but are still not as effective as crankbaits or jerkbaits. The
walleye bite is decent, but still pretty average. Fish deeper holes
and work a jig and a minnow. Smallies and largemouths are in the
same general areas, with the smallies are a bit deeper. Perch are
right off the bottom in green weeds in about 10 feet.
St. Germain Chamber of Commerce, (715) 477-2205.
SAUK CITY AREA
Canada goose activity is picking up. As goose activity is
picking up, duck numbers appear to be down. Deer are starting to
move. Bucks are starting to make scrapes, and mating activity
should be picking up. The water level is low on the Wisconsin River
and fishing is slow. Fishing should pick up on area lakes with
cooler temperatures, making it ideal for fall fishing.
Wilderness Fish and Game, (608) 643-2433.
STURGEON BAY AREA
More and more salmon, along with some nice size northern pike,
were being caught by anglers trolling in the Sturgeon Bay ship
canal. There were still some nice fish being taken from the piers
at the Coast Guard station and from the banks of the canal. Perch
action continued to be good with large catches being taken from
Sturgeon Bay south along the shores of Green Bay along deep reefs
and weedbeds in 10-30 feet of water, and from 25-40 feet over mud
flats. The harbors at Egg Harbor, Fish Creek, and Sister Bay were
producing some perch. The walleye action continued to pick up all
along the Green Bay shore and in Sturgeon Bay. Chaudoir’s Dock has
been doing slightly better for perch.
Stevenson Pier Mini Mart, (920) 824-5222.
Recent rain has brought water levels up. Target backwater
eddies, pools, and areas that don’t have a lot of current. Get off
the main channels. The bite is great all over – the Wisconsin
River, Lake DuBay, Lake Wausau, and Half Moon Lake. Take your pick.
Muskie action is quite good. Depth will vary from 3-8 feet. Walleye
fishing is very good. Most of the fish in this high water are on
the inside turns and backwater areas, right in the wood. Fish the
wood as tight as you can.
Hooksetters, (715) 693-5843.
Wisconsin Angling Adventures, (715) 297-7573