Some fishing action just as hot as the state’s weather


The hot weather has slowed some of the fishing down, but it also
has helped it. The heat has helped the bobber fishermen fishing
northern pike. Nice ones are starting to be caught, some to 12
pounds. Walleye fishing is slow, but some small ones are being
taken by anglers trolling Husky Jerks in the deeper parts of the
lakes.The fish seem to be suspending. Bass fishing is sporadic; try
some slop fishing, or fish at night. The panfishing is still going
strong. Crappies are suspended, so try some vertical jigging with
crappie jigs tipped with minnows, or try waxies suspended from
bobbers while drifting.

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

Up-Der North Guide Service, (715) 829-9477


There was a significant fish kill at Chapman Lake in Stanley,
apparently due to low dissolved oxygen as the result of
temperatures that reached 103 degrees July 31 in Eau Claire. The
kill included northern pike, panfish, bluegills, crappies, and
bullheads. Fishing on the Cornell Flowage has remained productive
through the hot weather with walleyes biting below the Holcombe
dam. Smallmouth bass have been biting up the Fisher River section
of the flowage. Catfish were taking leeches in both channels.

Gordy’s Hardware Hank, (715) 726-2515.

Buroker’s Taxidermy, Bait & Tackle, (715) 835-0847.


Action continues to improve; muskies are finally biting all
hours of the day and the pattern still seems to be smaller baits.
Deep weeds and edges are prime targets. Topwaters are producing, as
are bucktails and spinnerbaits. Walleyes are still shy on clear
days, but the low-light bite is huge right now. The cool, early
mornings are seeing nice fish off the weeds in 5-10 feet of water.
As the day brightens, move to the deep rocks or sand flats.
Smallies are hitting around humps in 6-15 feet of water. Half a
crawler jigged over the hard bottom is nailing all sizes right now.
Look for largemouths in the deeper weeds. Finding crappies is a bit
of a chore, but once you find them, they seem to stay around for
awhile. Check for suspended fish along breaks adjacent to deeper
water. The northerns are still in the shallower weeds.

Eagle Sports Center, (715) 479-8804.

Guides’ Choice, (715) 477-2248.


In Oconto County, fishing off the breakwater is always popular,
especially when you’re trying to escape the heat. The bulk of the
successful anglers were concentrating on weed edges just north of
the breakwater in 12-14 feet while using small fatheads and pieces
of crawlers. Anglers also were going deeper during the day near the
Sucker Hole in 25-32 feet of water and catching larger perch up to
12 inches. A few channel catfish also were being picked up by
anglers fishing at night off of the breakwater pier with
nightcrawlers fished on the bottom. Trolling for walleyes from
Oconto County Park II south to Geano Reef was producing good mixed
bags of walleyes, northern pike, channel catfish, and sheepshead.
Bass were hitting on spinners and topwater baits in the
Mountain/Lakewood area. Walleyes were staying deep, and bluegills
were preferring 10 feet of water. The perch fishing on the bay
continues to produce good catches. The Oconto River was giving up
small catches of smallmouth bass behind the bridge pilings in

The Sportsman, (920) 734 3299

Deprey’s Kwik Stop, (920) 866-2934


With 5 to 8 inches of rain across the Northwoods in the last
week, stream and lake levels have popped back up to normal levels,
with a bit of minor flooding in a few areas. The slug of fresh
water also has dropped temperatures on most lakes and flowages,
going from the low 80s down to the mid-70-degree range. The hot,
humid weather and the periodic thunderstorms have kept fishing a
bit erratic. Largemouths are in thick weedbeds, near shallow and
mid-depth woody cover and along deeper bog edges. Smallmouth action
has been fair, but the sunny and hot weather seems to have pushed
many of the larger fish to deeper cover. Muskie action has been
generally slow, with most anglers reporting very little action from
shallow water. It appears that most of the larger fish have
retreated to the deeper, cooler waters. Anglers have been
experiencing quite a few sightings and follows on bucktails, but
the fish have been a bit reluctant to bite. Walleye fishing
continues to be erratic, with many anglers having a hard time
finding fish. Some success on 12- to 16-inch fish has been reported
on the deep weedlines.

Pastika’s, (715) 634-4466.

Hayward Bait, (715) 634-2921.


In Sheboygan, pier anglers have been catching good numbers of
chinooks, with a few browns and rainbows, too. Most fish have been
caught on glow or silver spoons. Trollers have been catching decent
numbers of fish. Chinooks have dominated the catch, with a few
rainbows in the mix. Most fish have been taken in front of the
harbor and out to 50 feet of water.

In Port Washington, pier anglers have caught a few chinooks in
the early morning on green and silver spoons or alewives. Trollers
working 50-100 feet of water have been catching good numbers of
chinooks, along with a few rainbows and cohos on spoons, flies, and
J-plugs. Anglers fishing along the Milwaukee River were taking a
few small northern pike and smallmouth bass between the Thiensville
dam and Mequon Road.

At the Milwaukee lakefront, good numbers of chinooks have been
taken off McKinley pier on glow or blue and silver spoons fished in
the early morning hours. Shore anglers also have been catching some
perch off McKinley pier. Boaters launching out of Bender Park have
been catching limits of perch on minnows near the Oak Creek Power
Plant. Trollers have been catching mostly chinooks and rainbows in
30-60 feet of water.

In Racine, shore anglers have been catching rainbows and
chinooks off the piers, but much of the action has been at night.
Spawn under a bobber has been the biggest producer, but a few of
the chinooks have been taken on glow-in-the-dark spoons. Perch
fishing in Racine has been slow. Trollers have been finding salmon
and trout near shore, in the 40-55 feet.

In Kenosha, perch anglers fishing from shore have been catching
them off the south pier and in Southport Marina. Trollers have been
fishing north toward Racine for chinooks and rainbows in 50 feet of

In Waukesha County, action is picking up for big suspended
bluegills. Good catches have been reported from Pewaukee, Beaver,
and Upper Nemahbin. Largemouth bass fishing has been excellent on
Okauchee, and School Section, in 4-13 feet. Anglers have been
reporting good catches of walleyes from Nagawicka, Pewaukee, and
Upper Nemahbin by trolling crankbaits over deep weedlines. Northern
pike action has been excellent on Nagawicka, Pine, and Tichigan

DNR hotline, (414) 382-7920.

Smokey’s Bait Shop, (262) 691-0360.

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


Despite the extreme heat and humidity, anglers still were trying
to beat the heat on the Menominee and Peshtigo rivers. The
Menominee River is a good spot for catch-and-release smallmouth
bass fishing despite the warm weather. Anglers were catching 12- to
22-inch smallmouths off of Hattie Street bridge on jigs or small
hooks tipped with leeches and nightcrawlers. Fish also were hitting
topwater baits such as buzz baits and Skitter Pops fished in the
evening near the Boom Park boat launch and off of Stephenson Island
near the Marinette Library. Walleye fishing in the river was spotty
during the day, but some anglers still were managing to catch some
fish while trolling crawler harnesses and small crankbaits from the
turn basin upstream to Marinette Marine in the early morning and
late evenings. Trout and salmon fishing was picking up near Green
and Chambers islands for anglers fishing deep (100-plus feet of
water, 50-80 feet down). Most anglers were picking up fish on
bright spoons and J-plugs in silver and blue. The bulk of the catch
continued to be chinook salmon from 5-15 pounds.

MBK Sport Shop, (715) 735-5393.

Pete’s Sport Shop, (715) 582-3681.


Smallmouth bass are providing some of the best action, though
still not up to par regarding size or numbers like last year. The
largemouth bite is strong in the cabbage where cabbage is
available. Some lakes with less cabbage are seeing more action
along coontail edges. There has been some good slop fishing with
Scum Frogs. Bluegills are shallow – try Tomahawk, Flambeau, and
Pokegama. Muskies like speed right now. Use bucktails and big
spinnerbaits on the surface. Row-trollers are scoring during the
evenings. There have been some good walleye catches on the Flambeau
chain in cabbage; under the sun, fish 16-25 feet.

Island Sport Shop, (715) 356-4797.


There has been some algae on the lakes, and the water is warm,
but people were catching a lot of white bass and bluegills this
past weekend.

Sunrise Bait, (715) 886-5440.

Petenwell Sports, (608) 564 7707.


Water levels have improved on area rivers and streams if only
temporarily, due to the recent substantial rainfall. Water surface
temperatures again climbed into the 80s on most area lakes. Fishing
has slowed and success has been mixed. Panfish are in deeper water
and the bite has tapered off. Walleye success has been limited with
most of the activity after dusk. Some bass are being caught, but
lower numbers are being reported. Anglers are catching a few
muskies, but most are smaller fish.

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


Bluegill action was pretty good again, but the hot weather
affected the anglers more than the fish. Anglers were finding
bluegills in tree tops in backwater areas, around the wing dams on
the East and Main Channel, and in deeper sloughs. Most anglers are
dead-lining (fishing right off the bottom) with a small piece of
crawler. Others are using bobbers near tree tops or around weed
edges. Anglers have been finding some action throughout the Ambro
Slough complex including Big Lake, Fish Lake, Tilmont Lake, Spring
Lake, and the Upper and Lower Doubles. Crappie fishing has been
spotty, but some fish have been found along weedbeds and in the
downed tree tops. Minnows have produced well, as have small jigs
tipped with Twister tails or crawlers. Some nice catches of perch
are being taken. Walleyes are being taken on the wing dams by
anglers using crawlers or casting or trolling crankbaits. Pool 9,
which generally produces better, provided some nice catches of
walleyes and sauger. The channel outside of Cold Spring and the
upper end of Deer Island have been good again. In Pool 10, walleyes
were being taken at the bottom end of the Roseau Slough and on some
of the wing dams. The walleye and sauger action on the East Channel
outside of Prairie du Chien slowed this week. Most anglers are
fishing early or late due to heavy recreational boat traffic.
Largemouth and smallmouth action continues to be like the weather –
hot. There are many locations where bass have been biting along the
Mississippi River and on the Wisconsin River. Bass anglers are
finding active fish all over the Prairie du Chien area and in Pool
9 from Lynxville to Lansing. Catfish are being caught on a variety
of baits. Trout fishing appears to be pretty good yet; however, few
anglers have been out due to the hot weather, vegetation growth,
and insects.

Stark’s Sport Shop, (608) 326-2478.


Fishing remains good, although the air and water temperatures
are very warm. Water temps are in the 80s, forcing the fish to go
deeper. Most anglers are waiting for the cool-down that occurs
around dusk. For muskies, start fishing a little deeper. Work the
weed edges and breaks, and deep-troll with a big crankbait. If you
cast, bucktails and topwaters will give you your best chance for
success. Largemouths and smallmouths continue to provide good
action. They’re all over the place. Smallies are on the sides of
the humps, rocks, and reefs in 12-15 feet of water. Use a slip
bobber with a leech. Largemouths are shallow. Fish 2-8 feet in
weeds, lily pads, and downed timber. Walleye fishing is slow.
They’ve also moved deep. Fish 25-30 feet over humps and reefs.
Anglers are tipping jigs with crawlers and leeches. Crappies are
scattered, but once you locate them, the bite can be furious. Fish
10-12 feet deep, off of weeds, cribs, break edges, and logs, except
around dusk when the crappies start coming up.

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

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


Walleye and smallmouth bass action is on the rise. The warm lake
temperatures are a contributing factor. Muskie action continues to
be good. Muskie anglers are having good success finding suspended
fish in deep water around schools of ciscoes and other baitfish.
Largemouth bass, pike, bluegill, and perch action continues to be
steady. Walleye anglers also are having moderate success fishing
weeds with leeches in 12-20 feet of water. The extremely warm
temperatures and heavy rains have increased water temps

St. Germain Chamber of Commerce, (715) 477-2205.


Muskie fishing has been outstanding. Anglers caught three
muskies longer than 45 inches, including a 48-inch tiger muskie
(all released). These fish are coming on a variety of baits such as
Suicks, Ducktail spinnerbaits, and Bulldawgs. Look for rocky
shorelines at points where the channel edge comes in contact. Also
look for any type of weedy or wood structure in the river areas, as
these are prime holding spots. Walleyes are scattered along the
stump flats or along the drop-offs near the flats. To find fish,
troll quarter-ounce jigs tipped with crawlers or minnows 25-50 feet
behind your boat. Once you locate active fish, anchor upstream and
work the area with a jig and minnow or jig and crawler. Bass
fishing has been terrific. Smallies are providing an excellent
topwater bite, especially in the early morning and late evening
hours. Look for areas with riprap shorelines, and if there is a log
or stump in the area, all the better. Catfishing has been at an
all-time high, with best action coming after dark. The cats are
hitting a hook and bobber. Put a small sucker on the jig, hooked
through the lips, and toss up near a rocky shoreline. Watch your
bobber, then lean back and set the hook. There has been great
action on bluegills and crappies. Look for downed timber along the
shorelines of the main river channels.

Hooksetters, (715) 693-5843.

Wisconsin Angling Adventures, (715) 297-7573

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