Recent rains have helped increase flow on the rivers, and lots
of salmon are up the Ahnapee and Kewaunee rivers. Anglers have had
some success casting spoons for trout and salmon off the piers in
Algoma and Kewaunee. Most of the fish are being caught at sunrise
and sunset, but some are being taken during the day. Anglers that
went out on the lake had limited success last week. Water
temperatures were down into the 50s after all the wind and rain.
Most of the fish caught were from between 100 and 125 feet of
water. Anglers were reporting that there is no set pattern right
Algoma Area Chamber of Commerce hotline, (800) 626-3090.
Billy Goat Bait, (920) 487-9710.
Algoma Hardware, (920) 487-3374.
Fall fishing is going strong. Near-shore trolling is good – not
big numbers of fish, but shallow trollers and shore-casters are
catching cohos, splake, browns, and a few steelhead along the
shorelines. Casters are using heavy spinners and casting spoons.
Trollers are using shallow riggers and dipsies, planer boards, and
leadcore for their fish. Spoons run off of dipsies, shallow
riggers, or off of boards with a weight in front of them have been
producing well. The big rains the first week of October got a lot
of cohos into the rivers. There are still some out in the lake, but
coho fishing is on the downslide. Near-shore splake and browns
should be picking up the slack. Lakers must be released until Dec.
Smallmouth fishing is in fall patterns – small pods of fish are
scattered around the bay and are moving toward deeper water. Look
to weed edges, rocks, drop-offs, and shelves until you find the
fish. Once found, they’ll bite plastics, jigging spoons, and
crankbaits if they’re in the mood. If they’re sluggish, have Lindy
rigs and live bait ready. Look for a push of fish into shallow,
woody cover later this month with the first significant water
cool-down. A few walleyes and northerns are being caught. They,
too, should push back up shallow within the next few weeks.
Action on the inland lakes is great right now. Some lakes never
developed a good thermocline this summer, so there are no real bad
turnovers on them. The walleye bite is spotty; try deep structure.
Bass are on deep structure, as are northerns. Muskie reports have
been great the past few days and should continue into early
Angler’s All, (715) 682-5754.
Outdoor Allure, (715) 373-0551.
Muskie fishing is picking up, and walleye fishing has been
steady. Muskie anglers using sucker rigs are reporting increased
success. A few largemouths have been caught, but they’ll become
less active as the lakes continue to cool. Smallmouths have moved
into deeper waters – about 15 to 20 feet. Perch activity has been
sporadic, but they’re being caught on weed edges or in flowages
with submerged wood in about 6 to 12 feet of water. Bowhunters are
reporting that deer appear to have moved or are moving into their
fall patterns. Some nice deer are being taken. The opening weekend
of duck season provided little duck movement, but weather changes
brought in some new ducks, and some positive reports are trickling
in. Grouse hunters were reporting low numbers of birds, but then
found them on higher ground as opposed to the lower edges at the
beginning of the season.
Boulder Junction Chamber of Commerce, (800) 466-8759.
Northern Highland Sports, (715) 385-2134.
Muskie hunters are switching to suckers on quick-strike rigs in
10 to 20 feet over hard-bottomed areas outside of weed edges.
Walleyes have slipped deeper; fish in 15 to 30 feet over mud-bottom
areas, with some fish suspended over mid-lake mud basins, or on the
edge of mid-lake rock bars. Use a 3-inch sucker or large fathead.
Northerns are sitting on the edges of any green weeds in 8 to 15
feet of water. Panfish are in depths ranging from 10 to 20 feet,
depending on the lake.
Eagle Sports Center, (715) 479-8804.
Guides’ Choice, (715) 477-2248.
The cold and wet weather, combined with fall turnover, seems to
have disrupted much of the fish activity. Water temperatures have
dropped into the mid- to low-50s and the most consistent fishing
has been for muskies. Suckers have been productive, but large
crankbaits have provided some good action on the warmer days.
Walleye fishing has shown some improvement, but action has still
been fairly sporadic. The cooler water has more fish moving up into
the shallows and in or around dying weeds. A jig and minnow or a
minnow on a slip bobber fished on the deep edges has been the best
Pastika’s, (715) 634-4466.
Hayward Bait, (715) 634-2921.
LAKE_MICHIGAN / METRO_AREA_LAKES
In Sheboygan, shore anglers have been catching a few chinooks
off the piers and in the marina. Water levels have come up somewhat
on the Sheboygan and Pigeon rivers, but levels are still low. In
the Sheboygan, anglers have been catching chinooks, along with a
few cohos, browns, and steelhead. Fish have been taken from Kiwanis
Park to the Kohler dam.
Shore anglers in Port Washington have been catching chinooks and
steelhead near the power plant, and chinooks and cohos have been
taken off the pier. In the north slip, anglers have been catching
chinooks, cohos, and steelhead. Spawn, skein, and spoons have all
In Milwaukee, trollers fishing in the harbor and around the gaps
have been catching a few kings and browns. Shore anglers have been
catching a few browns off of McKinley pier, but fishing has been
slow. The Menomonee River and Oak Creek have not seen much fish
movement, but some chinooks and steelhead have been caught in
Kletzsch and Estabrook parks.
Shore anglers fishing off the Racine piers and shoreline have
been catching a few chinooks on spawn and crankbaits. On the Root
River, good numbers of chinooks, along with a few steelhead and
cohos, can be found below the Root River Steelhead Facility. In
Colonial and Quarry Lake parks, fish have been scattered and
difficult to locate, but there was a concentration of chinooks
below the Horlick dam.
In Kenosha, a few chinooks and browns have been taken in the
harbor on skein under slip bobbers.
DNR_hotline, (414) 382-7920.
Smokey’s Bait Shop, (262) 691-0360.
Dick Smith’s, (262) 646 2218.
Wind, cold, and rain made for rough fishing on Lake Winnebago
last week. The deadline to buy a Winnebago system sturgeon-spearing
license is Oct. 31. Bowhunters are starting to report an increase
in deer activity, and some nice bucks are being seen, and
Fox River Bait, (920) 233-7409.
Panfishing has been good on lakes Monona and Waubesa – mostly
bluegills and a few crappies, either from shore or by boat. Boat
anglers are fishing weedlines out to 30 feet of water, and about 10
feet down. Muskie action has been reported on Monona, but not much
has been happening yet on Mendota for muskies. However, anglers
were catching walleyes and a few smallies on Mendota breaklines.
Some nice bluegills and perch were being caught on Kegonsa, but the
fishing has been spotty out there.
In Jefferson County, anglers were having fair success on
walleyes and smallmouths below the dams in Watertown, on jigs with
minnows. Most of the fish were undersized. Some 8-inch bluegills
have been biting on Mud Lake south of Lake Mills on wax worms or
small jigs with pieces of worm. Rising water levels have helped
duck hunters navigate the marshes and rivers. Most wetlands now
contain some water. Canada goose hunters are having good luck on
cut cornfields. Deer-hunting pressure is picking up.
D&S Bait & Tackle, (608) 244-3474.
Dorn Hardware, (608) 244-5403.
Anglers fishing the lower Manitowoc River landed some nice
chinooks and cohos last week. Most successful anglers used spawn
sacs fished 6 to 10 feet down. One angler fishing the north pier
stub landed two small rainbow trout. Farther upstream on the
Manitowoc River, fishing was a little slow, with plenty of chinooks
visible, but there were few successful catches. On the East Twin
River, anglers were concentrated around the Mishicot dam and
Village Park area or at downstream road crossings such as
Maplewood, Hillcrest, or Stern Lane. Catches were dominated by
chinooks ranging from 14 to 18 pounds. Many anglers fished the West
Twin River, with most anglers near the dams in Shoto or just
downstream at the public launch. In the Two Rivers harbor, only a
few salmon anglers were casting spoons near the Coast Guard
station, and with limited success. One angler fishing a little
deeper inside the harbor landed a 13-pound brown trout on a
CUB Radio report, (920) 683-6816.
Some trout and salmon started showing up in the rivers last
week, but no big run of any sorts had kicked in as of late last
week. Walleyes also were showing up in the river. Muskies started
showing up in the Menominee River last week, with the biggest so
far being a 48-incher.
MBK Sport Shop, (715) 735-5393.
Fall came quickly. Water temps fell to an average of 55 to 56
degrees on most lakes. Muskie action has been fair to good. While
bucktails were still working (a 46-inch tiger on Oct. 2), the best
options are crankbaits, jerkbaits, and suckers on quick sets. Weeds
are still the key. Panfishing has been fair to good. Crappies are
on weedlines, and perch are on shallow sand flats. Walleye action
has been fair; fish moved out of the shallows to deeper water.
Vertical jig with minnows, or drag Lindy rigs and chubs. Pike,
smallie, and largemouth action was fair to good. Pike are hitting
lures over weed flats. Fish for largemouths along deep weeds.
Island Sport Shop, (715) 356-4797.
Great Outdoors, (715) 356-6818.
Bluegill fishing was really good early last week, but once the
rain and cool weather settled in, action slowed. Some nice
bluegills were being caught on wing dams, but increased flow and
floating weeds made fishing difficult. Downed timber in sloughs was
still giving up some bluegills. Fishing at Cold Spring slowed down
by the end of the week. Walleye and sauger action slowed a bit,
too. The early morning hours and evening hours have been the best
for walleye action. Troll and cast crankbaits or drift with live
bait for walleyes. Crawler harnesses have worked well, but many
anglers were switching to minnows. Jump around on wing dams to find
walleyes. Smallmouth and largemouth bass action remained good.
Smallmouth activity on wing dams and rocky shorelines has been
good. Largemouth bass can be found in slop or timber, or on weed
edges and wing dams. Catfish, white bass, and northern pike action
has been spotty. Some white bass have been taken at Lynxville. The
duck opener saw some very good action. Hunters in the Wisconsin
River bottoms reported good wood duck action. On the Mississippi,
action also was good on opening day, but like the Wisconsin River,
success dropped off on Sunday. Hunters in the lower bottoms and the
Ambro Slough around Prairie du Chien saw good numbers of wood ducks
and teal, along with fair numbers of mallards. In the
Lynxville/Ferryville area (Pool 9), hunters found mallards, wood
ducks, teal, wigeon, and gadwalls.
Stark’s Sport Shop, (608) 326-2478.
Largemouth and smallmouth bass have been most affected by the
drop in water temps. On many lakes, the largemouths have deserted
the shallows and were hard to find. Soft plastics and slow
presentations were the key for late-season bites. Smallies also
have retreated to deeper water, and were even harder to entice than
largemouths. Panfish action has been fair to good, with some nice
crappies still being found in shallow water near cover and any weed
edges. Bluegills are hanging around the weed edges and have been
Bridge Bait & Tackle, Park Falls, (715) 762-4108.
Ross’s, Phillips, (715)_339-3625.
Smallies and walleyes were hitting jigs and minnows on the
Wisconsin River. Anglers also were starting to get some walleyes at
Okee on Lake Wisconsin, either by jigs and minnows or on slip
bobbers. Crappies and bluegills were hitting on Crystal Lake.
Wilderness Fish and Game, (608) 643-2433.
The salmon action on Lake Michigan was just about non-existent
due to the weather. Action off the piers at the Coast Guard station
was slow due to waves. Anglers fishing from shore along the canal
reported limited success. A few anglers trolling in the canal
reported some success with spoons and crankbaits. Farther north,
conditions were about the same due to the weather. Prior to the
rain, perch fishing had been fair at Sturgeon Bay, with some limit
catches reported. Most anglers were targeting them in Sawyer
Harbor. Perch fishing slowed a bit at Chaudoir’s dock, but anglers
still found decent numbers of fish in weeds in 20 feet of water.
Walleye fishing continued to be hit or miss on Larson’s reef.
Anglers out of Bayshore Park were having luck finding walleyes on
crawler harnesses south of the park. There had been some muskie
anglers out last week, but few fish were raised.
Stevenson Pier Mini Mart, (920) 824-5222.
The muskie bite has come full circle, with the recent cold
weather helping anglers put some fish in the boat. Deeper water is
the key now, and jerkbaits and soft plastics were working the best.
Target areas in 12 to 16 feet of water for best results. Walleyes
were gorging themselves on a jig and large minnow in deeper water.
Bass have been active, but most anglers are not targeting them.
Most of the bass have been coming on large muskie baits, and while
anglers jig for walleyes over deep wood structure. Crappies and
bluegills are going crazy in the timber on small jigs tipped with
chunks of crawler or a minnow. Waterfowlers have had great success
with ducks and geese.
Hooksetters, (715) 693-5843.
Wisconsin Angling Adventures, (715)_297-7573.