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

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Anglers finding good fishing on waters statewide


Anglers trolling Lake Michigan were still catching a few browns
in depths of 7-30 feet. With brown trout activity decreasing, some
anglers have started to target salmon and lake trout in deeper
water (150-300 feet) with mixed results. Pier fishing has been
spotty, with a few browns taken in both Algoma and Kewaunee.
Alewives are sticking close to shore, bringing browns into shore.
Try fishing with live/dead alewives or casting spoons. Anglers were
still finding a few steelhead in Stoney Creek and the Kewaunee
River by Clyde’s Hill. The Kewaunee and Ahnapee have still been
thick with spawning suckers. Smallmouth bass are starting to enter
the rivers.

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

Billy Goat Bait, (920) 487-9710.

Algoma Hardware and Sporting Goods, (920) 487-3374


Trolling in Chequamegon Bay, and out through Bayfield and into
the islands continues to be fair to good for cohos, splake, browns,
a few steelhead, a few bigger kings, and some lakers. Some good
reports have been coming in from those fishing shallow rigs, from
surface to 30 feet down over 80-120 feet. There are still people
fishing the shorelines and catching fish, especially during
low-light conditions and farther out into the islands. In the bay
proper there have been some walleyes showing up, especially after
dark right off Ashland and Washburn. Smallies are still pre-spawn
and in a little deeper water off the sloughs.

Inland fishing was about typical for the opener. Plenty of walleyes
were around and feeding in shallower water. Northerns are ripping
it up over new weeds. Crappies are staging for the spawn, but most
are still off the first major break.

Angler’s All, (715) 682-5754.

Outdoor Allure, (715) 373-0551.


The opening weekend cold front did slow the fishing down a bit.
Crappie fishing seemed to be fairly good in 10-12 feet of water on
live bait. The bluegill action slowed down quite a bit, but a few
were caught by fly-fishermen. Walleyes were being caught in the
shallows. Northern pike also were active, but bass fishing was
slow. That will change as the water warms up.

Rod and Gun Shop, (715) 924-4181.

Keg and Cork, (715) 924-4894.


Anglers were happy with opening weekend action. The fish are in
old weeds, because the new ones haven’t developed yet. Look for
things like old coontails, and old weedbeds, even sunken timber.
The more consistent action is on the smaller lakes right now. The
best action at the moment on the Eagle River chain is on Catfish,
Voyageur, and Scattering Rice lakes. The walleyes are in 4-10 feet
of water off those old weedbeds. Use a jig and fathead minnow.
There also was some very good crappie action. Anglers saw a lot of
muskies on jigs and minnows meant for walleyes or crappies.

Eagle Sports Center, (715) 479-8804.

Guides’ Choice, (715) 477-2248.


The walleye run on the Fox is over, but there were still a few
walleyes off Voyager Park and along the river channel. Anglers
reported 20-30 walleyes in a half day of fishing. Anglers have
reported some large walleyes in the weeks following the spawn at
the west shore off of Geano Beach and the east shore along Volk’s
Reef. The white bass run has shown signs of getting under way.
Anglers at Voyager Park were starting to see a few catfish during
the day. Bass were more active, and surprisingly there have been
some pretty nice ones caught along the rocky shoreline at Voyager.
There has been some slight action for smallmouths on the Suamico
from the boat landing upstream to the Hwy. J Bridge. Duck Creek has
been a good place to try for catfish and suckers.

The Sportsman, (920) 734-3299

Deprey’s Kwik Stop, (920) 866-2934


Fishing pressure on opening weekend was moderate. Anglers caught
quite a few walleyes and a good number of limits were reported,
with the best fishing during the late evening hours. Most of the
walleyes were in the 11- to 16-inch size and were on gravel and
rock drop-offs. Some larger fish were out on mud flats in 6-14 feet
of water. Jig and minnow combos were the favorite bait, with
Rapalas providing a good amount of action. Northern pike also were
active during midday hours. Good numbers of 20- to 26-inch fish
were caught. Some decent catches of perch and crappies were made by
walleye anglers. Trout success was mixed, with the stocked lakes
and spring ponds providing most of the action. Pressure on streams
and rivers was rather light.

Pastika’s, (715) 634-4466.

Hayward Bait, (715) 634-2921.


The landing below lock and dam 6 at Trempealeau has been
completely renovated and is open for use. Trout fishermen had a
good opener on many area streams and ponds. Weather conditions were
cold and damp on opening morning so many anglers did not come out
until later in the morning. Anglers had light to moderate action on
bass and panfish on the Mississippi River, but bluegill, walleye,
and bass fishing has been slow on pools 8 and 9. Anglers had light
to moderate action on walleyes, bass, northern pike, and panfish on
the inland waters of La Crosse County. Turkey hunters were having
moderate success through the fourth season.

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

D&J Riversports, (608) 783-3349.

Bob’s Bait & Tackle, (608) 782-5552.


In Sheboygan, most Sheboygan River anglers have been doing well
on smallmouth bass. Tube jigs, spinners, leeches, and minnows have
all been effective in upstream stretches. At the lakefront, pier
fishing was slow, but boaters have been finding browns.

In Port Washington, a few brown trout have been taken off the pier
on shiners, but fishing at the power plant remains slow. Cohos have
found their way up to the Port Washington area. Trollers have been
catching limits of fish, mostly cohos with a few rainbows and
chinooks in the mix.

In Milwaukee, smallmouth bass anglers fishing the Milwaukee River
have been catching decent numbers of fish. At the Milwaukee
lakefront near the Summerfest grounds, fishing for brown trout has
been spotty, with shiners taking the most fish. Good numbers of
cohos have been taken by Milwaukee trollers on spoons.

In Racine, fishing on the Root River has been slow, but water
levels and clarity are good. Fishing along the shoreline also has
been slow, except for a few bass in the harbor near the yacht club.
Trollers have been catching decent numbers of cohos, along with a
few chinooks and rainbows.

In Kenosha, a few browns have been caught on silver spoons in the
harbor. Fishing on the Pike River has been slow. Trollers out of
Kenosha have been finding cohos, along with browns and a few

In Walworth and inland Racine and Kenosha counties, most anglers
were fishing for crappies on opening weekend. The bite was a bit
slow, but there were some catches of 10- to 12-inch crappies on
minnows and small jigs. Largemouth bass were on the beds on many
lakes. Some anglers caught northern pike while fishing for

In Washington, Fond du Lac, and inland Sheboygan counties, anglers
released muskies on Big Elkhart Lake.

DNR hotline, (414) 382-7920.

Smokey’s Bait Shop, (262) 691-0360.

Dick Smith’s, (262) 646 2218.


Walleye fishing has been good, with several limits reported from
Butte des Morts and the Fox River. Walleyes are hitting small
leeches under bobbers and on jigs. White bass are hitting in the
river, and have been reported up at Fremont. Catfish also are
hitting on the Fox River.

Fox River Bait, (920) 233-7409.

Kiesow’s Landing, (920) 836-2590.


Anglers found mixed results, with muskies active on Lake Waubesa
and Lake Monona. The walleye bite has shifted to after dark, with
Mendota leading the pack. Anglers are either trolling or casting
crankbaits after dark. The water is a bit cool for this time of
year. Shore fishermen have been catching bluegills on Lake Monona
from the convention center and the railroad trestles.

In Jefferson County, anglers caught catfish on the Crawfish
River (good) and Rock River (fair). A 30-pound flathead was caught
and released near Hubbleton. Anglers on Rock Lake were catching
legal largemouth and smallmouth bass. A couple limits of large
walleyes were observed on the lake during opening weekend – caught
well after dark. A few white bass were being caught on the upper
Rock and Crawfish rivers.

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

Dorn Hardware, (608) 244-5403.


Anglers on the East Twin River near the Mishicot dam had some
luck on rock bass and yellow perch. Anglers fishing from boats on
the West Twin River, downstream from the Shoto launch, caught
smallmouth bass, yellow perch, and some very large catfish.
Manitowoc River anglers near Lower Cato Falls Park had a good
weekend for northern pike and smallmouth bass. Fishing pressure on
the Branch River was very low. Trollers fishing on Lake Michigan
found a little brown trout success. There was a major alewife
die-off along the Point Beach State Forest shoreline.

CUB Radio report, (920) 683-6816.


The High Falls Flowage on the Peshtigo River near Crivitz has
been refilled to the level required by its project license. The
reservoir was drawn down late in 2005 to perform repairs on the dam
and dike, and it had remained significantly below the normal summer
levels when Wisconsin Public Service began refilling the reservoir
in April.

In Marinette County, inland trout streams were busy over the
opener. The fly-fishing area on the Peshtigo River near Johnson
Flowage offered some good fishing. There was a report that a
25-inch largemouth was released on Fryingpan Lake. Panfish are
biting on Lake Noquebay in the shallows.

MBK Sport Shop, (715) 735-5393.

Pete’s Sport Shop, (715) 582-3681.


Overall, it was a pretty good opener, with lots of good reports
from anglers of some nice catches. One group of anglers released
five walleyes from 21 to 25.5 inches and kept 14 over the weekend
from 15-19 inches. Leeches didn’t work that well. The best action
came on light jigs jigs and dace minnows in 3-7 feet of water and
around weeds. The biggest walleye came from rocks in 15 feet.
Anglers had to move a lot; there weren’t many fish from one spot.
The Rainbow Flowage saw wood and sand holding fish. Perch have been
very aggressive.

Island Sport Shop, (715) 356-4797.


Water temperatures are warming and fishing should continue to
improve. Some nice catches of walleyes were reported, and panfish
provided some good action for the opener. Turkey hunters are
finding active birds in northern Wisconsin.

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


Bluegill action appears to be on the upswing now that the water
stabilized. Most of the backwaters that were difficult to fish due
to high water and current are starting to see more action. Fishing
from boats has been slow at Cold Spring (bag limit for panfish is
25 in aggregate). Panfishing near Prairie du Chien was good.
Anglers have been finding some bluegills in the Ambro Slough
complex (Big Lake, Fish Lake, Tilmont Lake, Spring Lake and the
Upper and Lower Doubles, Big Missouri) and on the Sturgeon Slough
complex. Horseshoe Lake had some pretty good action. Crappie
fishing has been spotty. Perch are starting to show up, but most
anglers are catching perch incidental to bluegill fishing. At the
Falling Rock/Gordon’s Bay landing, fishing has been moderate. Many
anglers are trying their luck for walleyes and sauger. Now that
most of the walleyes have spawned, anglers are concentrating on
wing dams and rocky shorelines. Some walleye anglers are finding
fish scattered throughout the upper portions of Pool 9. The East
Channel in Prairie du Chien was slow again this week. Anglers are
finding some pretty good walleye action north of Lynxville up to
the Cold Spring area. It seems like most anglers are casting
crankbaits along the wing dams or drop-offs along rocky shorelines.
Trolling is starting to be effective, too.

Stark’s Sport Shop, (608) 326-2478.


The fishing opener was described as good to pretty good. Walleye
fishing was very good. Walleyes will slowly be moving deeper. Jigs
tipped with minnows were working best; the next bait of choice was
a 4-inch Rapala cast over rocky shorelines. The best times were
sunset until well after dark. Crappies are beginning to move in
shallow, searching for areas to spawn. Anglers were having some
early luck on crappies with tube jigs, or slip bobbers and

Nelson’s Choice Bait and Tackle, (715) 369-1900.


The smaller lakes are producing better action because they’re
warmer. Walleyes are in 4-10 feet of water off of weedbeds. Use a
slip bobber rig and a fathead minnow. Northern pike also are
hanging around old weeds and any new weeds that have come up. There
have been some reports of good largemouth bass action (all catch
and release) in the shallows. The largemouths are on their beds.
Fly-anglers are enjoying good action for brook trout in the streams
in the Blue Hills. Crappies are hitting in 10 feet of water over
sandy bottom, just off of emerging weedlines.

Rainbow Ace Home Center, (715) 234-8116.

J.C. Bear Paw Co., (715) 236-7300.


Nice catches of smallmouth bass were reported on opening day on
crankbaits and tube jigs. Most were released. A few brown trout
continue to be caught on both sides of the peninsula. Orange and
gold Rapalas and spoons remained the baits of choice for the
browns. Overcast days with off-colored water continue to produce
the most fish. Northern pike action remained good in Sturgeon Bay
and Little Sturgeon. Anglers were fishing for northerns along the
edges of the channel in Sturgeon Bay. Walleye action was very good
in Little Sturgeon Bay. Anglers at Little Sturgeon Bay were doing
very well for smallmouth bass opening weekend, as the water temp
was perfect to trigger an aggressive bite. The fastest action was
along the many rocky points along the south and southeast shores at
6-8 feet and the long rocky shoal off Squaw Island point. Walleye
action was picking up at Larson’s Reef, and some big walleyes have
been taken in late afternoon and evening.

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


Rivers and lakes rose to decent levels, giving fish plenty of
room to hide in very shallow water. Big smallmouths are hitting
anything right next to shore. Walleyes are hitting live bait on
most drop-offs just out from where they spawned. Northern pike are
on flats that have new weeds.

Hooksetters, (715) 693-5843.

Wisconsin Angling Adventures, (715) 297-7573

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