The fishing could be great, but no one would know it because no
one is out fishing. Everyone has put their boats away. There are a
few people fishing at the “hot pond,” and they were catching a few
fish. There also were anglers throwing spoons at the mouth of the
Sioux and the Onion. A few anglers were catching a variety of fish
along the shoreline in Ashland. If the winds stay down at night, we
could see some ice building soon.
Angler’s All, (715) 682-5754.
Outdoor Allure, (715) 373-0551.
A few guys have been trying to scratch out some walleyes and
crappies on Beaver Dam, but it seems like 99 percent of the anglers
are waiting for ice before they go fishing.
Phil & Sons Tackle, (920) 885-6766.
Gun deer hunters reported less success than they had hoped for
and now sportsmen are just waiting for some ice so they can
exercise their tip-ups. A handful of fishermen are going after
walleyes from boats, but most everyone else has their boats in
storage and they’re just waiting for ice.
Boulder Junction Chamber of Commerce, (800) 466-8759.
Northern Highland Sports, (715) 385-2134.
Walleyes are putting on a good bite in the Eagle River area.
Fish in 15 to 30 feet of water on the edges, or in 20 to 30 feet
over mud flats. Use a jig and an extra-large fathead minnow.
Northern pike are in 15 feet of water or less, in and around weeds.
Use a small sucker under a slip bobber or a crankbait, like a Husky
Jerk. Crappie action is good. Fish in 20 to 30 feet over mud flat
areas, where the crappies are suspending over structure like cribs
and brush piles. Use a crappie minnow under a slip bobber. Perch
are in 15 feet of water or less and around weeds, and also can be
found in 20 to 30 feet over mud flats. In both instances, the perch
will be close to the bottom. Use a crappie minnow or fathead minnow
under a slip bobber. Action is fair to good.
Eagle Sports Center, (715) 479-8804.
Guides’ Choice, (715) 477-2248.
There isn’t much going on at this point. Everyone is waiting for
ice, and it doesn’t look like it will be too far away. Weather
forecasts are for nights of single digits, so that should do it.
Call ahead for ice reports.
Pastika’s, (715) 634-4466.
Hayward Bait, (715) 634-2921.
LAKE_MICHIGAN / METRO_AREA_LAKES
In Sheboygan, shore anglers have been catching rainbows and
brown trout and cohos on spawn and crankbaits in the marina. In the
Sheboygan River, anglers have been catching fair numbers of cohos,
browns, and steelhead between Esslingen Park and the Kohler dam on
flies and spawn.
Shore anglers in Port Washington have been catching good numbers
of browns, cohos, and rainbows near the power plant and in the
north slip. Fishing on Sauk Creek has been slow.
In Milwaukee, shore anglers have been catching a few browns on
spawn near the Summerfest grounds and in the Menomonee River at the
MMSD offices. Some browns and steelhead have been caught in the
Milwaukee River downstream of Estabrook Park, on small flies and
Shore anglers fishing in the Racine harbor have been catching a
few browns. Crankbaits and spawn have produced the most fish. On
the Root River, water levels have been dropping steadily, and water
clarity has been improving. All areas of the river have been
holding fish. Browns and cohos can be found on the gravel beds, and
yarn or small natural flies have produced the most fish.
DNR_hotline, (414) 382-7920.
Smokey’s Bait Shop, (262) 691-0360.
Dick Smith’s Bait Shop, Delafield, (262) 646 2218.
A few guys are still doing some fishing. There was some northern
pike action on Lake Mendota. Walleyes have been a bit elusive. The
best walleye fishing has been at night on Lake Monona. The best
panfish action has been on Monona Bay. Muskie fishermen have been
seeing fish on Monona, Wingra, and Waubesa, with most of the action
coming on live bait.
D&S Bait & Tackle, (608) 244-3474.
Dorn Hardware, (608) 244-5403.
A few anglers have been finding walleyes in the Menominee River
below the Hattie Street dam, but the interest in fishing has been a
little light lately.
MBK Sport Shop, (715) 735-5393.
Ice began to form on the smallest of lakes in the area on the
morning of Saturday, Nov. 28, but the ice-making effort was feeble,
at best. That little bit of ice disappeared later that day. If the
temperatures stay well below freezing for several days in a row,
ice should begin appearing on the smaller lakes. Call ahead for
reports on ice conditions. Lakes down to 90 acres were still open
as of Tuesday, Dec. 1. Walleyes and panfish were being caught from
open water via boats by a few anglers who gave up on deer hunting
and went fishing. Live bait and jigs were working the best. Some
deer hunters kept plugging away during the early part of the
muzzleloader season, but their results so far have not varied much
from the gun season. In other words, not too hot.
Island Sport Shop, (715) 356-4797.
R&K Great Outdoors Sports Shop, (715) 356-6818.
A few hunters were muzzleloader hunting, but they weren’t seeing
much. A few anglers were walleye fishing from boats, and were
finding them on deep drops by using jigs and extra-large fatheads
or small suckers. Everyone else is waiting for ice.
Bridge Bait & Tackle, Park Falls, (715) 762-4108.
Ross’s Sport Shop, Phillips, (715)_339-3625.
Everyone around here is waiting for “walkable” ice. The
fishermen are hoping to get 4 to 6 inches of good ice before any
kind of heavy snow arrives.
St. Germain Chamber of Commerce, (715) 477-2205.
There wasn’t a whole heck of a lot going on last week, but a few
anglers were trying to catch muskies on suckers below the Prairie
du Sac dam, now that the muskie season is open longer. There were
some muskies congregated below the dam last week. Anglers also were
catching a few walleyes on Lake Wisconsin on jigs and big chubs. A
few other anglers were catching trout from shore on Devils
Wilderness Fish and Game, (608) 643-2433.
Big and Little Clam lakes just started skimming over early last
week, but no one was fishing yet. A few hunters were poking around
with muzzleloaders, but they weren’t seeing much as of Dec. 2.
Big Mike’s Outdoor Sports, (715) 349-2400.
Fur, Fin and Feathers Sports, (715) 349-8445
There was nothing going on fishing-wise in the area last week –
everyone is waiting for ice.
Stevenson Pier Mini Mart, (920) 824-5222.
Walleyes are really hitting in the central Wisconsin area.
Shallow backwater areas with 2 to 5 feet of water have been
producing the best action. Large-lipped crankbaits in perch and
shad patterns have been doing the best. Crappie anglers have been
very successful; they are locating schools of crappies in 12 to 16
feet of water. Slip bobbers baited with small minnows set up to run
about 4 to 8 feet down will pick up fish all day long. Big
bluegills are hanging right down on the bottom in the muck in 8 to
14 feet of water. The ‘gills are searching for insects and bugs,
but a tasty piece of worm on a small hook will constantly nail
Hooksetters, (715) 693-5843.
Wisconsin Angling Adventures, (715)_297-7573.