Ice conditions are pretty good on Chequamegon Bay, and guys are
taking ATVs and snowmobiles out from Ashland and Washburn, but they
aren’t getting out much past Houghton Point as of yet. The ferry is
still running to Madeline Island, and commercial fishermen are
still setting nets. Fishing has been OK. Anglers are catching a
little bit of everything in Chequamegon Bay. They’re catching
everything from smelt to pike to splake and browns in 30 to 50 feet
of water. Fishing has been good on the inland lakes. Walleyes are
hitting well at dusk on the Pike chain.
Angler’s All, (715) 682-5754.
Outdoor Allure, (715) 373-0551.
There is plenty of ice on Beaver Dam and Fox lakes; fishermen
are driving all over. Crappies and bluegills have been the big
news, and fishermen also have picked up a few bigger perch on both
lakes. The evening walleye bite remains steady on Beaver Dam.
Phil & Sons Tackle, (920) 885-6766.
BIG GREEN LAKE AREA
Anglers have been fishing the inlet and were also catching perch
in front of Pilgrim Camp. Pike have been hitting just about
anywhere anyone has tried fishing. There was still a little open
water in the middle of the lake.
North Bay Sport &_Liquor, (920) 294-6462.
DOOR PENINSULA AND_KEWAUNEE _AREA
The Ahnapee and Kewaunee rivers have been producing some brown
and rainbow trout on spawn, shiners, and wax worms. Panfish are
being taken on all the county’s inland lakes, with Krohn’s also
offering small, stocked trout. On nearby Green Bay waters, most
fishermen are sticking to bays, harbors, marinas, and other areas
inside of pressure cracks. Dyckesville has been popular for
whitefish, mainly in 8 to 15 feet of water with small Swedish
Pimples, Jigging Rapalas, or Buckshot spoons tipped with minnow
pieces. Some bonus perch are being caught, along with an occasional
walleye. Those targeting walleyes are doing well in 15 to 25 feet
Henderson Point, Little Sturgeon, Riley’s Bay, and Sturgeon Bay
are all giving up mixed bags, mainly whitefish in 20 to 40 feet of
water and perch in 10 to 20 feet of water in others. A few pike and
walleyes also are being caught.
Algoma Area Chamber of Commerce hotline, (800) 626-3090.
Algoma Hardware and Sporting Goods, (920) 487-3374.
Deprey’s Kwik Stop, (920) 866-2934.
Stevenson Pier Mini Mart, (920) 824-5222.
While cold weather has helped tighten up some of the ice (4 to 6
inches on most lakes), the thickness of the ice can vary. The
walleye bite is pretty good. Fish from 3 p.m. into the evening
hours in 4 to 12 feet of water on the weed edges. Use a tip-up with
a larger shiner. Anglers are getting some nice walleyes in the 18-
to 20-inch range. Northerns are hitting throughout the day,
particularly when the sun is out, along weed edges in 4 to 12 feet
of water. Crappies, bluegills, and perch are biting, but they’re
small right now, and most anglers are not targeting them. Fish the
weed edges in 8 to 15 feet of water for bluegills and perch.
Eagle Sports Center, (715) 479-8804.
Guides’ Choice, (715) 477-2248.
There is still a pretty good walleye bite going on, especially
on the bigger lakes. The bite is moving more toward dusk, but it
has been consistent. Anglers are catching a lot of panfish, but
they’re doing some sorting. They also are catching a lot of
“pickler” pike. Ice conditions are good, and have been improving
every day. Anglers are starting to drive on lakes in a number of
Pastika’s Sporting Goods, (715) 634-4466.
Hayward Bait, (715) 634-2921.
Ice depths have reached the 12- to 14-inch range on most area
lakes, with about 2 to 5 inches of light snow on top. An increased
number of anglers have been driving out to their favorite fishing
spots. Most of the slushy areas have frozen, and many of the rough
spots have been filled in and smoothed over. More seasonal and
consistent weather has made for increased angling activity on
waters in the area, but success has remained sporadic. The best
action has been for panfish, and anglers have been spreading out
among many of the smaller lakes in the area. Some reported good
success on crappies, bluegills, and perch, with the fish being
suspended a couple feet off the bottom in the deeper parts of the
lake. Small teardrop jigs tipped with wax worms have provided the
Lake Holcombe Sport Shop, (715) 595-4293.
LAKE_MICHIGAN / METRO_AREA_LAKES
In Sheboygan, there was 8 inches of ice in the marina, and
action was slow.
In Port Washington, open-water anglers have been catching browns
and occasional rainbows near the power plant discharge area. Both
spawn and casting artificials have produced fish. The west slip has
open water, and the north slip is mostly open as well.
In Milwaukee, McKinley Marina had approximately 5 to 7 inches of
ice. Anglers there have been catching occasional brown trout, and
tip-ups have produced with both shiners and spawn. Open-water
anglers fishing the Menomonee River at the MMSD offices have been
catching a few northern pike.
The Racine harbor is ice-covered, but use caution as the ice
thickness varies. Water clarity in the harbor has been somewhat
poor, but both browns and rainbows have been caught.
Ice anglers in Kenosha have taken a few browns on minnows and
spawn in Southport Marina.
DNR_hotline, (414) 382-7920.
Smokey’s Bait Shop, (262) 691-0360.
Dick Smith’s Bait Shop, (262) 646 2218.
Walleye and perch action has been picking up on Lake Winnebago,
with most of the perch action coming from Asylum Bay. The walleyes
are being caught all over the lake, with most anglers fishing away
from shore. White bass were hitting on Lake Poygan, and bluegills
were hitting on Buttes des Morts.
Fox River Bait &_Tackle, (920) 233-7409.
There is a lot more ice out there now, and Mendota and Monona
froze over last week. Some anglers were fishing on Mendota for
perch, but they were mostly catching small fish. There was some
tricky ice reported on the west side of Governor’s Island. There
was 7 to 8 inches of ice in other areas. There has been some pike
and walleye action on Dunn’s Bar. Monona Bay has been the best spot
for bluegills. Also on Monona, perch fishing was good off of Wild
Haven and on the Yahara River. Try Squaw Bay for a little bluegill
action toward evening.
D&S Bait & Tackle, (608) 244-3474.
Dorn Hardware, (608) 244-5403.
The dam below Peshtigo was still producing trout – both rainbows
and browns – last week. The Menominee River has been producing some
walleyes below the Hattie Street dam on jigging Rapalas, mostly No.
5s and No. 7s, in a variety of colors. Panfish were hitting around
all of the islands above the dam.
In Oconto County, a few pike anglers were plying the waters in
the Geano Beach area. Perch and pike anglers continue to fish the
Oconto Breakwater and Oconto Park II, staying away from the bay
proper. People were venturing out to fish pike at Oconto Park in
MBK Sport Shop, (715) 735-5393.
MINOCQUA/WOODRUFF/ LAKE TOMAHAWK AREA
After a week of cold weather and high pressure shut things down,
Jan. 12 saw a drop in the barometer and a rise in temperature,
bringing in a lot of better reports of good fishing activity.
Crappie action has been fair to good in bays in weeds from 8 to 12
feet. Slowly dropped plastics on No. 8 rockers were working the
best. Waxies also are working on tip-downs at dusk. Walleye action
has been fair to good. After a miserable week, the bite has picked
up in the bays as walleyes move in around dusk. Shiners on
tip-downs in the weeds have been working the best, but No. 3
Jigging Rapalas tipped with minnow heads also are working well.
Pike action has been fair to good. Bluegill and perch fishing has
been fair to good. Lots of smaller fish were being reported, but
anglers working a little deeper over the mud were picking up some
nice 9- to 10-inchers.
Island Sport Shop, (715) 356-4797.
Great Outdoors Sports Shop, (715) 356-6818.
Captain Hooks, (715) 277-2405.
J & J Sports, (715) 277-2616.
Fishermen have been catching a mixed bag, but crappies seem to
be providing the best action. Some nice 16- to 19-inch walleyes
were being caught, mostly on shiners. Ice conditions are pretty
good and most anglers are driving all over with trucks.
Sunrise Bait & Tackle, (715) 886-5440.
Petenwell Sports, (608) 564 7707.
Most tip-up anglers have been targeting walleyes, and they’ve
been focusing on the Turtle-Flambeau Flowage, Butternut Lake, and
the Phillips chain. Many of these anglers reported an erratic bite,
with the walleyes being very picky in the type and size of minnow
they’ll take (small sucker minnows), and tentative in biting, as
well. In addition, the active bite has been rather short and
intense, and usually concentrated in a 20- to 30-minute period just
before dark. Most of the walleyes that have been caught have been
in the 12- to 16-inch size range. Northern pike fishing also has
been erratic. The best success has come on sunny days, with a large
golden shiner fished near the edges of any green weeds. Most fish
have been in the 18- to 22-inch range.
Bridge Bait & Tackle, Park Falls, (715) 762-4108.
Donner’s Bait, Park Falls, (715) 762-2613.
Ross’s Sport Shop, Phillips, (715)_339-3625.
Temperatures had been below normal with rather stiff winds. As a
result, fishing pressure has been light in most places. Ice
conditions still vary greatly despite the cold weather, and extreme
caution should be used when venturing out. Bluegills have been
active on most area lakes, and northern pike have been providing
plenty of daytime action on tip-ups.
Rainbow Ace Home Center, (715) 234-8116.
J.C. Bear Paw Co., (715) 236-7300.
Crystal Lake has been pretty steady for bluegills throughout the
day, with the crappie action picking up toward dark. There was 14
inches of ice on Crystal Lake as of last week. Trout fishing has
been good on Devils Lake, and some nice northern pike are being
caught, too. A 43-incher was caught on Devils last week. Some
bluegills were being caught on Fish Lake.
Wilderness Fish and Game, (608) 643-2433.
Fishermen have been finding some big crappies on Big Clam. A
19-pound northern pike was caught from Big Clam last week, too. A
few walleyes were caught on Sand Lake. Walleye action has been
slower than average on lakes other than Sand. Ice conditions are
Big Mike’s Outdoor Sports, (715) 349-2400.
Fur, Fin and Feathers Sports, (715) 349-8445
Ice thickness ranges from 8 to 12 inches on most bodies of
water, and access is good. Walleyes have been active early and late
in the day, with the best bite coming after dark. Small suckers set
on tip-ups in 3 to 5 feet of water have been the best producer,
with daytime jigging bringing in some nice fish, as well. Northerns
have been putting on a good, consistent bite in shallow water. Look
for northerns to be hanging out in 3 to 6 feet of water associated
with weeds or stumps, then set the bait just below the ice. Crappie
anglers are seeing the larger fish (12 to 14 inches) holding in 8
to 10 feet of water, and the smaller fish hanging out in 16 to 20
feet of water. Tip-downs rigged with rosie reds or small crappie
minnows will take a fair share of crappies, but jigs tipped with a
small plastic tail will out-produce any live bait.
Hooksetters, (715) 693-5843.
Wisconsin Angling Adventures, (715)_297-7573
UPPER PENINSULA REPORT
Lake Gogebic’s ice fishing is in full swing. Ice conditions are
good, in general, with the exception of slush in some areas.
Walleye action has slowed a bit from what it was, but we are still
seeing fair action. Perch activity has increased, but part of that
is just from more anglers being out on the ice. Travel is always
best by snowmobile, but some areas are OK for ATVs if the surface
is hard-packed by snowmobiles.
Bear’s Nine Pines Resort, (906) 842-3361.