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

Breaking News for

Sportsmen Since 1967

State Wide

ALGOMA_AREA

Salmon and brown trout are still in the harbors and rivers.
Hardy anglers are still trying to catch a few of those fish. The
fish will stay in the rivers and harbors all winter. Once some ice
forms, fishermen will begin looking for some of the rainbows that
show up in the winter.

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

Billy Goat Bait, (920) 487-9710.

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

ASHLAND_AREA

There has not been a whole lot of fishing pressure lately, but
near-shore trolling with crankbaits for mostly splake and browns
has been OK. Finding the fish is key; they are not everywhere. Look
for shallow rocks, and jump around till you find some. A few folks
starting to rig up for fall vertical jigging from boats. Nice
weather will be conducive to that type of fishing, and mixed bag
catches are the norm. Closer in the bay there are a few folks still
chasing smallies. They are schooled up in the channel, or in deeper
water off structure. A few walleyes and northerns are patrolling
the shallow flats.

The inland lakes are all in early winter patterns. The walleye
bite is spotty. Bass and pike are on deep structure. Panfish have
been deep, either on bottom, or suspended over it. Muskie action
has been good, and that should continue until ice-up.

Duck reports have been fairly weak. There were a few good
reports of divers here and there, but spotty shooting. Grouse
numbers are better than last year. It seems like there are better
grouse reports west of Bayfield.

Angler’s All, (715) 682-5754.

Outdoor Allure, (715) 373-0551.

BEAVER_DAM_AREA

The crappies are in along the shoreline on Beaver Dam Lake and
there are actually quite a few people fishing for them from shore.
Otherwise, everyone else is waiting for ice.

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

BIG GREEN LAKE AREA

Interest in fishing has been a little light lately, but a few
guys are catching bigger bluegills right at dark on Big Green.
Smallmouth and northern pike action has been good. Bowhunters have
been bringing in some nice bucks, but the numbers are down a little
from previous years because at least half of the corn was still
standing as of Nov. 18 and it was raining that day, so that corn
will be up through opening weekend of gun deer season.

North Bay, (920) 294-6462.

EAGLE_RIVER_AREA

Muskies are hitting outside of weed edges in 10 to 25 feet of
water on crankbaits, jerkbaits, and suckers. Some fish in the
45-inch range have been caught. Walleyes are putting on a good
bite. Fish breaklines in 15 to 30 feet of water, and use a jig with
a fathead. There’s good crappie action, too. Fish main lake basins
in 25 to 30 feet of water. The fish are suspending over structure
like cribs and brush piles. Use a minnow under a slip bobber. Perch
are hanging with the walleyes. Use a fathead on a jig or under a
slip bobber. Action is fair to good. Hunters are doing well with
grouse, and bucks are chasing does as the rut starts to move into
high gear this year.

Eagle Sports Center, (715) 479-8804.

Guides’ Choice, (715) 477-2248.

HAYWARD_AREA

Muskie action was still going pretty good last week on live bait
and big plastic lures. Some anglers also were trolling with
crankbaits. A couple of 50-inchers were caught on the Chippewa
Flowage last week. A number of fish from 45 to 49 inches have been
caught, and anglers were seeing some really good action. Muskie
fishermen are still watching for the cisco spawn; when those fish
come in shallow, the big fish will follow. The cisco spawn may not
occur until late in the gun deer season, or the early weeks of
December. As of last week, the ciscoes were still fairly deep and
scattered. Walleye fishing has been fair. Anglers have been having
trouble finding them. The fish were deep one day, shallow the next.
Use jigs and suckers.

Pastika’s, (715) 634-4466.

Hayward Bait, (715) 634-2921.

LA CROSSE_AREA

Anglers were catching small walleyes and sauger on the
Mississippi River near the dams. Guys also were catching catfish on
a jig and a minnows near the dams. Fishing on Onalaska has been a
little slow. Anglers are waiting for ice. The northern duck flights
had not shown up as of last week.

Schafer’s Boats, (608) 781-3100.

Bob’s Bait & Tackle, (608) 782-5552.

LAKE_MICHIGAN / METRO_AREA_LAKES

In Sheboygan, shore anglers were catching rainbows, cohos, and
browns on spawn and crankbaits. In the marina and on the Sheboygan
River, cohos, browns, and steelhead are hitting flies and
spawn.

In Port Washington, a few browns, cohos, and rainbows were being
caught near the power plant and the north slip on spawn.

In Milwaukee, browns were hitting on spawn near the Summerfest
Grounds. Browns and steelhead were being caught in the Milwaukee
River below Estabrook Park.

In Racine, anglers caught a few browns in the harbor on
crankbaits and spawn. The Root River’s water has been dropping
steadily and clarity was improving. All areas of the river were
holding fish.

DNR_hotline, (414) 382-7920.

Smokey’s Bait Shop, (262) 691-0360.

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

MADISON_AREA

There have been a few guys hitting the water yet, with a little
bit of pike action noted on Lake Mendota off of Governor’s Island,
Fox Bluff, the county park for northerns as well as a few
smallmouth bass. The best walleye action has been at night, with
Lake Monona shore anglers doing well with crankbaits near the
bridges and inlets. The best panfish action has been in Monona Bay,
but there have been a few fish tight to the bottom in 70 feet of
water out on the main lake. You won’t see those fish on the depth
finder. Just stop and fish. There has been some muskie action on
Monona, Waubesa, and a little bit on Wingra.

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

Dorn Hardware, (608) 244-5403.

MARINETTE AREA

Anglers are still catching whitefish in the Menominee River.
Walleyes are also hitting in the river, where anglers also have
been seeing muskies, but not catching any. Everyone is just waiting
for ice.

MBK Sport Shop, (715) 735-5393.

NEKOOSA_AREA

There has not been a lot of interest in fishing lately, but the
anglers who have been going out have been catching walleyes and
crappies. A number of the walleyes have been falling in the
protected slot limit. Three 30-inch walleyes were caught in the
past couple of weeks. Fishermen have been working around the island
on the lower Petenwell, or around the Chester Creek area. A couple
of anglers caught some big northerns recently, and one of the fish
(released) was easily upwards of 20 pounds. Registrations for
archery season are down a little from last year, and bowhunters
have been “settling” for smaller bucks this year. Antlerless
registrations are leading the buck tally by about 4-1.

Petenwell Sports, (608) 564 7707.

PRAIRIE_DU_CHIEN_AREA

Walleye fishing quieted down because water temperatures
increased last week. About all fishermen were finding were crappies
in the backwaters. Fall turkey hunters are having some good
luck.

Stark’s Sport Shop, (608) 326-2478.

PRICE COUNTY_AREA

The muskie action has been very good lately. Nothing real huge
has been caught yet, but fishermen were catching a lot of nice
muskies in the low- to mid-40-inch range. Most of the action has
been on live bait or large plastic baits. Walleye action has been
OK, with the best action coming in deeper water on the breaklines
while using a jig and minnow. Bowhunting success is a little low.
Archers are seeing a few deer, but not the numbers that they’re
used to seeing. Grouse hunting started out real hot, but that has
slowed down now, too.

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

Ross’s Sport Shop, Phillips, (715)_339-3625.

SAUK CITY_AREA

Bowhunters have been killing a lot of big bucks. Buck numbers
are up from last year. The biggest buck registered so far would
score right around 176. Anglers were catching walleyes on Lake
Wisconsin, but the water is still a little warm for this time of
year. Fish the points next to deep water with jigs and minnows.
Crappies are being caught from the stumps on Lake Wisconsin. Trout
are biting well on Devils Lake, with some nice-sized ones being
caught on bobbers and minnows.

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

SIREN_AREA

Anglers were catching walleyes at the bridge on Hwy. 70 between
Upper and Lower Clam lakes. Bowhunters have been having some good
luck. A lot of bowhunters recently started coming in to buy extra
doe tags.

Big Mike’s, (715) 349-2400.

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

STURGEON BAY_AREA

Fishermen have been chasing walleyes on Green Bay around
Henderson Point. There has been some pike action out there, also.
The best smallmouth action has been at Ellison Bay on live minnows
in 20 to 40 feet of water. There has been some perch action in
Sawyer Harbor on minnows. The bow season has been very good so far,
and bowhunters seem to be making a run on 8-pointers this year.

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

WAUSAU_AREA

The walleye bite has been very good, with nice-sized fish being
taken on jigs and minnows. Look for submerged wood in 12 to 16 feet
of water and slowly work the structure. Slow is the key. With the
cool water, walleyes will not move fast to attack. Muskies have
been active, and anglers targeting them have had high success with
suckers. Target steep rocky shorelines that will taper off to no
less than 6 feet. Use large crankbaits, soft plastics, and
jerkbaits with a slow retrieve. Action for crappies and bluegills
has been outstanding, and anglers are limiting out on big fish.
Look for large flats in the 12- to 16-foot range and slowly drift
these areas with slip bobbers. Run small jigs at different depths
and in different colors, baited with minnows or soft plastics, to
find the fish and the best color combo for the day.

Hooksetters, (715) 693-5843.

Wisconsin Angling Adventures, (715) 297-7573.

UPPER PENINSULA REPORT

Lake Gogebic’s fishing has improved once again. The fall bite is
picking up, with shore anglers catching a number of walleyes after
dark on suckers and crankbaits. Reports of nice-sized fish have
been common. These walleyes will continue to be active through
ice-up. Deer hunters report limited success. The nights have been
in the teens, but daytime temps were in the 40s! Both anglers and
hunters are hoping for a change in the weather.

Bear’s Nine Pines, (906) 842-3361.

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