Wednesday, February 8th, 2023
Wednesday, February 8th, 2023

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Sportsmen Since 1967

Colder weather hasn’t hurt fishing, hunting action

ALGOMA AREA

Anglers are catching a lot of spawn-run salmon on the river,
mostly on marshmallows and spawn sacs. Anglers also were catching
perch in the Sturgeon Bay canal.

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

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

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

ASHLAND AREA

Gale-force winds and 8-foot seas kept most anglers off the big
water last week, but anglers wearing waders were catching splake,
cohos, steelhead, and browns off the river mouths by casting spoons
and large in-line spinners. Smallmouth fishing has been very good.
They are schooled over deep water. Grouse hunters are seeing a lot
of birds. The birds are holding to lowland areas. Two bull moose
have been seen in northern Bayfield County. One walked right
through downtown Bayfield. The other was hanging out in a cow
pasture near Moquah.

Angler’s All, (715) 682-5754.

Outdoor Allure, (715) 373-0551.

BEAVER DAM AREA

Crappies and perch are hitting on Beaver Dam and Fox lakes. A
few walleyes also are hitting on both lakes, but the action has
been limited to evening hours.

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

CHETEK AREA

Fishing on the Chetek chain has been good. The walleyes are
starting to bite a little better; they tend to be hitting jigs
tipped with fatheads. Most fishermen seem to be getting them in the
shallows off the wood. Northern action has been holding steady on
sucker minnows and bobber rigs on weed edges. Good action also is
being had by anglers fishing with spinnerbaits and shallow-running
crankbaits. The bass fishing is very good. Lots of fish are being
caught along the shorelines.

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

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

EAGLE RIVER AREA

Muskie action is improving on a steady basis. Lures are still
working better than suckers. Fish deep weed edges and breaks. The
walleye bite is better than average. Action can, and will, often
change daily. Fish drop-offs, rock piles, and bars 12-25 feet with
a jig tipped with a sucker, fathead, or crawler. Pike are hitting
anything and everything. Fish off of weeds in most any depth, with
the bigger pike usually off the deeper weeds. Smallies are
gathering off of rock piles and humps in 10-20 feet. Use any type
of soft plastic or a sucker. Largemouths are still on structure in
shallower depths.

Eagle Sports Center, (715) 479-8804.

Guides’ Choice, (715) 477-2248.

GREEN BAY/APPLETON AREA

The walleyes are hitting on the Fox River below the De Pere dam.
Perch and bluegills are hitting on Shawano Lake over deep
water.

The Sportsman, (920) 734 3299

Deprey’s Kwik Stop, (920) 866-2934

HAYWARD AREA

The muskie action has kicked in pretty good, with a lot of fish
being caught on suckers and jerkbaits. All of the lakes have turned
over. Walleye fishing is good, but most of the action has been in
25-40 feet of water, and on small suckers. The smallmouth bass are
really tearing it up, with good success on fish longer than 20
inches in 20-25 feet of water.

Pastika’s, (715) 634-4466.

Hayward Bait, (715) 634-2921.

LA CROSSE AREA

Anglers are catching crappies on the Black River and Lake
Onalaska. Sauger are hitting better than walleyes, with much of the
action coming below the Dresbach dam. Catfish action is picking up
of late.

Schafer’s Bait, (608) 781-3100.

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

Bob’s Bait & Tackle, (608) 782-5552.

LAKE HOLCOMBE AREA

Muskies and walleyes have been providing the best action on area
waters. Walleyes are taking fatheads and redtails on jigs. Deer
registrations are running about normal, and hunters are seeing a
few turkeys.

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

LAKE MICHIGAN/METRO AREA LAKES

In Sheboygan, river anglers were catching chinooks throughout
the river, and fish have been seen up to the Kohler dam.

In Port Washington, shore anglers were catching chinooks and a
few cohos, mostly on spawn. Chinooks were seen in Sauk Creek.

In the Milwaukee River, chinooks and a few steelhead were being
caught at Estabrook Park. Oak Creek anglers were catching chinooks
on spawn. Shore anglers were catching chinooks at the marina.

In Racine, a few chinooks and cohos were caught off the south
pier early in the morning. A total of 5,325 chinooks were passed
upstream as of Oct. 10. In the Root River, water levels were
dropping, but chinooks were found throughout the river up to the
Horlick dam.

In the Kenosha harbor, shore anglers were catching trout and
salmon near the Best Western.

DNR hotline, (414) 382-7920.

Smokey’s Bait Shop, (262) 691-0360.

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

LAKE WINNEBAGO AREA

Anglers are catching perch on Lake Winnebago, with minnows
starting to work better than crawlers. It’s week number five of
great fishing for white bass in the Fox River in Oshkosh. Walleye
fishing has been slow, but that should pick up with the colder
weather moving in.

Fox River Bait, (920) 233-7409.

Trip’s, (920) 795-4163.

Kiesow’s Landing, (920) 836-2590.

MADISON AREA

Fishing continues to be pretty good, with perch being taken in
40 feet of water on Lake Mendota. Bluegills are suspended in
University Bay, probably because pike have been hanging on the weed
edges in the bay. There have been a few walleyes caught after dark
on Mendota. Bluegills are hitting all over on Lake Monona, with
some bluegills and crappies hitting off the Monona Terrace. Muskie
action has been good on Lake Monona, too. Waubesa has been
producing some bluegill and crappie action all over. Muskie action
on Waubesa has been good, too. Lake Kegonsa has given up some perch
along the south shore.

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

Dorn Hardware, (608) 244-5403.

MARINETTE AREA

Browns and chinooks are in Little River, and the Menominee and
Peshtigo rivers. Bass and walleyes are still hitting in most
places. Perch were active out on Green Bay, for anglers who could
get out there.

MBK Sport Shop, (715) 735-5393.

Pete’s Sport Shop, (715) 582-3681.

MERCER AREA

Muskies are hitting very well on suckers on most waters. The
walleyes are hitting on the flowage, up on shelves and along the
river channel. Perch fishing has been good.

Flambeau Flowage Sports, (715) 476-2526.

MINOCQUA/WOODRUFF AREA

Muskie action has been very good, with the exception of
high-pressure days. The best action has been on twitched
crankbaits. The small to medium lakes have fish on deep weed edges.
The large lakes are giving up fish from deep-sand grass flats.
Walleye action has been good. On flowages, fish wood in 9-12 feet.
On shallow lakes, fish weed edges in 6-10 feet. On deep lakes, fish
the gravel/mud transition lines in 25-35 feet. There has been some
very good shallow lake/flowage action on retails and weedless jigs.
It was a good walleye week, with fish to 24 inches caught. Crappie
fishing has been very good on the Willow Flowage.

Island Sport Shop, (715) 356-4797.

PRAIRIE DU CHIEN AREA

Panfish have been providing the best action lately, but the
walleyes should start soon with the cold snap. Anglers are still
finding a few bass. There is a good acorn crop, so deer have been
spending a lot of time in the woods.

Stark’s Sport Shop, (608) 326-2478.

RICE LAKE AREA

There has been some prime fall fishing, with very good hunting,
as well. Lots of geese are arriving in the area, the grouse hunting
is good, and bowhunters are noting that bucks are starting to
scrape. Black bear hunting was decent, as well. Muskies are
continuing to deliver on area waters. The muskies are chomping big
suckers and big plastics, but you must fish slowly. Work shoreline
rocky areas, or off of weedlines in 4-15 feet of water. Walleye
action also has been good; fish in 12-15 feet over rocky areas, or
off of weeds. As it gets dark, the walleyes move shallower. Jig
with a fathead. Northern pike are still hitting; use sucker
minnows, or spinners and spoons.

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

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

SAUK CITY AREA

Anglers are getting some panfish by drifting across Crystal Lake
with slip bobbers suspending ice jigs tipped with waxies. Trout are
biting on Devils Lake. Lake Wisconsin walleye fishing has been
slow, but some white bass and nice crappies are being caught out
there. Water levels on the Wisconsin River have been fluctuating a
lot, and no one has caught a legal 70-inch sturgeon. A lot of
larger sturgeon were caught, but nothing over the 70-inch mark.
Walleyes are starting to wake up a little bit on the Wisconsin
River.

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

SIREN AREA

Anglers have been catching walleyes on Yellow Lake and Clam
Lake, mostly by jigging live bait. Panfish are biting on Clam.
Archers are starting to bring in some nice bucks. There was quite a
bit of interest in the youth deer hunt. Waterfowl hunters are
getting a few ducks, but they’re working pretty hard for them.

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

Fur, Fin and Feathers Sports, (715) 349-8445

SPOONER AREA

Muskie action has been picking up steadily on area waters, and
even the walleye fishing hasn’t been too bad. Panfishermen are
picking up a few bluegills, and northern pike are hitting on
Spooner Lake. Hunters are reporting a few more grouse this year,
compared to last. Bowhunters have reported seeing rut activity
start in the area.

Spooner Sports, (715) 635-6500.

WAUSAU AREA

Muskie activity has been steady during daylight hours, with fish
coming from shallower weeds, or wood or sandy areas early and late
in the day. Jerkbaits and twitched crankbaits are working well, as
are larger plastics. During the midday hours, try working deeper
holes and breaklines, especially those next to good structure.
Suckers rigged on quick-strike rigs are taking muskies, and they’re
grabbing some nice bonus northerns, too. The walleye fishing has
been very good, and jig and minnow combinations have been proving
lethal. Live-bait rigs also are working very well. Look for deeper
holes and bends in the Wisconsin River, as well as hard-bottomed
breaks on the lakes and reservoirs, to hold fish. If current is
present, you’re going to find numbers of fish. Trolled crankbaits
also are producing some limits of very nice fish; work the breaks
during the day, and adjacent flats early and late. Smallmouth bass
are hitting well. Tube jigs are working best at the moment. Look
for rocky outcroppings adjacent to current areas, or downed timber.
Lipless crankbaits are a good choice to locate areas holding active
fish during the day. Bluegills and crappies can still be caught
near deeper wood, as well as off-shore rock areas. Small jigs
tipped with live bait, or a simple hook and sinker rig under a slip
bobber, will keep you busy. There also are some excellent hunting
opportunities right now. Duck season has gone well, as has the
turkey season. There have been some large black bears and
whitetails harvested.

Hooksetters, (715) 693-5843.

Wisconsin Angling Adventures, (715) 297-7573

WOLF RIVER SYSTEM

White bass and walleyes are hitting on the Wolf River at Orihula
and Fremont, and at the channel markers on Lake Poygan. Anglers
also are picking up a few walleyes on the Wolf River near Lake
Poygan.

Chico’s Landing, Orihula, (920) 446-3345.

Ma’s Bait, Fremont, (920) 446-2444.

Cash’s Shop of Bait, (920) 982-4802.

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