Anglers finding above-average action all over the state
Warm temperatures during the past week have made the fishing
enjoyable throughout much of the county. Anglers fishing off the
pier in Kewaunee reported that fishing has been slow. Casting
spoons had limited success, but a few kings have been caught.
Anglers fishing off the pier in Algoma reported that a few salmon
and trout have been caught on spoons. Trollers out on the lake have
been coming in with good catches of kings and rainbows. Most of the
fish have been over 15 pounds. Anglers have been fishing in 90 to
about 300 feet of water. Fish were being caught mostly in depths
between 100 and 150 feet, with some fish being caught at 200 feet.
Anglers have had the most success using fly and dodger combos, but
spoons also have been working.
Algoma Area Chamber of Commerce hotline, (800) 626-3090.
Billy Goat Bait & Tackle, (920) 487-9710.
Algoma Hardware and Sporting Goods, (920) 487-3374
BOULDER JUNCTION AREA
Walleye action has been fair early in the day and along weedbeds
or in timber. Muskies are hitting surface baits. Some bluegills can
still be found in the shallows, but in some area lakes spawning is
done and they have moved out to the deeper weed edges. Local
fisheries biologists are reporting that there have been bacteria
outbreaks resulting in small fish kills of smaller panfish in some
shallower lakes in the area. These localized kills occur annually,
usually after the first extended warm spell when there are numerous
panfish in shallow water spawning.
Boulder Junction Chamber of Commerce, (800) 466-8759.
Northern Highland Sports, (715) 385-2134.
CHIPPEWA FALLS AREA
Game fish and panfish action has been very good this month.
Smallmouth bass have been hitting below the dams. Largemouth bass
and northern pike action has been productive, and there has been
good muskie action in the area.
Gordy’s Hardware Hank, (715) 726-2515.
Buroker’s Taxidermy, Bait & Tackle, (715) 835-0847.
EAGLE RIVER AREA
Bass action is outstanding. Tubes, wacky-rigged plastics with no
weights, Fat Raps or smaller Husky Jerks, spinnerbaits, and
frog-pattern topwaters are prime for largemouths and smallmouths.
Begin in 5 to 8 feet of water and work any kind of structure.
Largemouths will be lurking in the shadows. Northern pike are
everywhere – use chubs, spinnerbaits, and small topwaters. Start in
the weeds around 6 feet and work your way out. Nice catches are
coming in daily. Muskie action is pretty good, with good numbers of
40-inch-plus fish from the Eagle River chain. Bucktails and surface
baits have been working well. A lot of small walleyes are being
caught. The problem right now is the mayfly hatch is in full swing,
and the walleyes are stuffing themselves. Slip bobbers with leeches
or crawler will be work to catch fish, though. Crappies are moving
back out, but start near fallen trees, stumps, or brush piles in 6
to 8 feet of water.
Eagle Sports Center, (715) 479-8804.
Guides’ Choice, (715) 477-2248.
GREEN BAY/APPLETON AREA
The fishing on Green Bay remains good. Although yellow perch
catches tapered off during the past week, some anglers were still
reporting quality catches. The depths seem to vary from 10 to 30
feet. Most anglers were having luck on fatheads, but some fish were
caught on crawlers. Some quality catches of walleyes were reported
out of the metro boat ramp by shore anglers. Leeches seem to be the
best bet. Catfish action has been steady so far this summer from
shore on the Fox, and also out on the bay. The walleye action has
been hit or miss on the bay. Some nice catches have been reported
up the west shore near Geano Beach and Suamico. Most of the
walleyes have been found in 10 to 20 feet of water and are hitting
trolled crawlers and crankbaits. Smallmouth action has slowed,
although some fish were found along weed edges.
The Sportsman, (920) 734 3299
Deprey’s Kwik Stop, (920) 866-2934
Fishing for largemouths and smallmouths provided most of the
highlights lately. The bass are in a post-spawn pattern and have
not been real aggressive yet. Success was best on smaller baits
such as small rubber worms and tube jigs; presentations had to be
slow. Most largemouths still seem to be in a ‘free-swimming’ mode
and have been found along and in weedbeds and among the new lily
pad beds. But look for them to develop a more ‘structure pattern’
as the summer develops – they’ll be relating more to wood, docks
and thick weeds. Smallmouths have been a little tougher to find;
many still seem to be holding in deeper water off of their spawning
areas. Muskie action has been heating up with many more fish
starting to get into an active feeding mode, especially on the
rivers. Small bucktails and jerkbaits seem to be the best baits,
and the late afternoon hours have provided most of the action.
Panfish action has been very good. Perch have been active and are
being found along the deeper weed edges.
Pastika’s Sporting Goods, (715) 634-4466.
Hayward Bait, (715) 634-2921.
LA CROSSE AREA
Water levels on the Mississippi River and other rivers ranged
from low to moderate despite the recent precipitation. There was
heavy boat traffic on the Mississippi River during the weekend and
that combined with the strong winds made for rough travel on the
river. On the Mississippi River, panfish action was light to
moderate; bass action was moderate along weedbeds, points and
breaks; and northern pike action was good to excellent. Trout
fishermen were having good action on brook trout on some Vernon
County streams and the Kickapoo River.
Schafer’s Boats, (608) 781-3100.
Bob’s Bait & Tackle, (608) 782-5552.
LAKE MICHIGAN / METRO AREA LAKES
In Sheboygan, shore anglers fishing the lake side of the south
pier have been catching just a few browns on orange and gold or
orange and silver spoons. Trollers started to find a lot of fish
close to shore, with rainbows and chinooks in 60 to 100 feet of
In Port Washington, shore anglers near the power plant have been
able to catch a few browns on spawn, and those fishing off the end
of the pier have been catching decent numbers of perch on jigs.
Trollers have been catching mostly rainbows and chinooks in 80 to
100 feet of water.
In Milwaukee, shore fishing remains slow. Trollers have been
catching cohos and a few lake trout, chinooks, and rainbows. Orange
flashers and green or blue flies have been productive 40 to 50 feet
down in 70 to 80 feet north of the harbor.
In Racine, shore fishing for trout and salmon has been slow, but
perch anglers fishing off the piers have been catching good numbers
on just about anything, including live bait, spoons, jigs, and
crankbaits. Boaters looking for perch have taken their limits at
the bubbler and off the breakwall. Racine trollers continue to
catch mostly cohos, but fishing has been difficult. Spoons fished
around 100 feet of water have been the most productive.
Kenosha shore anglers looking for perch have been having
sporadic action. The most fish have been taken off the ends of the
piers or off the rocks to the south of the south pier. Minnows
dragged slowly along the bottom have been taking the most perch.
Anglers fishing for perch from boats have been catching good
numbers consistently off the bubble and at times at the breakwall.
Action for trollers has been slow, with boats only bringing in a
DNR hotline, (414) 382-7920.
Smokey’s Bait Shop, (262) 691-0360.
Dick Smith’s Bait Shop, Delafield, (262) 646 2218.
LAKE WINNEBAGO AREA
Walleye fishing has been very good system-wide. Anglers are
having success pulling crankbaits or crawler harnesses in
Winnebago, Winneconne, and Poygan. On the Fox River, vertical
jigging with leeches has been more productive than crawlers.
Northerns in the 32- to 36-inch range were being hooked from
Partridge and Poygan on spinnerbaits. Catfishing in the Fox River
has been productive on leeches. Bluegills were being found in Lake
Butte des Morts and around the bays on the west side of Lake
Winnebago. White bass were being caught up and down the Fox
Fox River Bait & Tackle, (920) 233-7409.
Kiesow’s Landing, (920) 836-2590.
In Madison, fishing has been pretty good for panfish. Monona and
Waubesa have bluegills in shallow water, along weed edges, and in
deep water. On Lake Waubesa, bluegills were in 10-15 feet around
Hog Island. Perch and crappies have turned up once in a while. On
Lake Monona, there are a lot of bluegills in shallow water and on
the weed edges. Anglers are getting some nice-sized fish. There are
a lot of bluegills on the deep weed edges at Hudson Park. Bass
fishermen are fishing deep weed edges on Waubesa and Monona. There
has been some muskie action on Waubesa and Monona. Smallmouth bass
are now active on Lake Mendota.
In Jefferson County, anglers have been catching channel catfish
up to 5 pounds on the Upper Crawfish River near Hubbleton. The fish
were biting on crawlers, chicken livers, and stink bait. Evening
fishing has produced the best success. Anglers on the Upper Rock
River at the lower dam in Watertown were catching a lot of channel
catfish. Anglers were having fair success on Rock Lake bluegills.
The fish are suspended in deep water.
D&S Bait & Tackle, (608) 244-3474.
Dorn Hardware, (608) 244-5403.
MANITOWOC/TWO RIVERS AREA
In Manitowoc, anglers had another great week of fishing. Anglers
trolling on Lake Michigan brought back some nice catches of
chinooks, rainbows, cohos, and lake trout. Many boaters had success
trolling in 40 to 70 feet of water with lines set 25 to 35 feet
down. Anglers fishing from the piers had a slow week for salmon. In
Two Rivers, anglers had another great week of fishing. Anglers had
success trolling in shallower depths of 50 to 75 feet and trolling
in deeper depths of 125 to 175 feet with lines set 50 to 80 feet
down. Many boats returned with large catches of rainbows, chinooks,
and a few lake trout and cohos. The fishing seemed most productive
around sunrise and sunset. Anglers fishing from the north pier had
a fair week for chinooks. One large chinook caught off the north
pier just before sunrise on June 17 went 16 pounds.
CUB Radio report, (920) 683-6816.
Many lakes experienced mayfly hatches, but most of the hatches
have progressed enough for walleyes to resume feeding again. The
hangover from the mayfly hatch is over, so walleyes are moving back
to weed edges. Leeches and crawlers have been the best, with some
good action at dusk on crankbaits over 8- to 12-foot weeds.
Post-spawn smallies are sticking mostly to rocks where there is a
choice of food. Fish up to 21 inches were caught. Muskie action has
been good on bucktails from most reports, but there has not been a
lot of surface action reported despite the heat. Fast retrieves are
triggering ‘reaction strikes.’ Crappies up to 13 inches are
relating to tops of curly leaf cabbage in 8 to 12 feet. Jig
fatheads, or pieces of crawlers. Largemouth bass are hitting
spinnerbaits burned along weed edges.
Island Sport Shop, (715) 356-4797.
R&K Great Outdoors Sports Shop, (715) 356-6818.
RICE LAKE AREA
Muskie action is pretty good, with anglers getting fish into the
mid-40-inch range. Fish off the weeds in 6 to 8 feet of water, and
use a surface bait. Smallmouths and largemouths are very active.
Fish in 4 feet or less, targeting arrowroot or bulrush areas. Use a
tube jig – most any type of pattern – and you’ll get action from
smallies and largemouths. Northern pike are hitting on just about
any bait or lure. Walleye fishing slowed because of the mayfly
hatch, but action is starting pick up again. Anglers can get action
by fishing weed edges in 12 feet of water, using a jig or slip
bobber with a leech. Crappies are scattered, but at low-light they
come in shallow.
Rainbow Ace Home Center, (715) 234-8116.
J.C. Bear Paw Co., (715) 236-7300.
STURGEON BAY AREA
Nice king salmon and rainbow trout are coming into Sturgeon Bay.
Anglers fishing the Bank Reef during early morning are having good
luck. Later in the day, the fish seem to be moving into deeper
water in the 160- to 180-foot range. Fly and dodger combinations
seem to be most successful for kings, while spoons in the top 60
feet are connecting with rainbows. Farther north, anglers fishing
out of Baileys Harbor are reporting similar success. Smallmouth
bass continue to be caught all over the county on minnows, tube
jigs, and Rapalas. Perch fishing continues to be good. The southern
shore of Green Bay, along with Little Sturgeon and Riley’s Bay, is
producing some excellent fish in 30 feet, as are the waters around
Chaudoir’s dock, and the edges of the weedbeds in Sturgeon Bay. The
Egg Harbor Marina continues to produce some nice catches of perch
on small minnows and crawlers. The best walleye action continues to
come from the southern parts of Green Bay, with Little Sturgeon,
Riley’s Bay, and Sand Bay producing some nice walleyes. There were
a few rumors of walleyes starting to show up around Chambers and
Horseshoe islands and the shore off of Peninsula State Park.
Anglers trolling along the shores at night with crankbaits and
crawler harnesses seem to be producing the most walleyes. Little
Sturgeon is continuing to produce some nice catches of crappies and
Stevenson Pier Mini Mart, (920) 824-5222.
Panfish anglers have had good catches of bluegills and crappies
on tiny jigs suspended under slip bobbers. The same presentations
are working on crappies, which can be found suspended off deep
weeds or channel breaks. Terrific smallmouth bass action is
available now, with anglers doing very well fishing the riprap and
wood below the Weyerhauser mill down to Mosinee. Use Texas-rigged
tubes, or try a weedless jig tipped with a leech or crawler in the
woody snags. The walleye fishing has been good. The same blowdowns
and snags holding smallmouths are holding good numbers of walleyes,
as well. Use weedless jigs tipped with live bait. For the troller,
some good catches are coming to those pulling lead-core line and
crankbaits. Look for deeper stretches of old river channel. Muskie
and pike action has been good, with nice pike up to 42 inches
released as of late. Work the deepest weeds or stump field edges
with ‘parallel’ casts.
Hooksetters, (715) 693-5843.
Wisconsin Angling Adventures, (715) 297-7573.