High winds limited the amount of fishing pressure on Lake
Michigan from boaters. The higher temperatures also have raised the
water temperatures in the streams to an average of 49 degrees. The
Algoma ramp started to see an increase in use last week when the
winds began to calm down. The fishing seems to be very hit and miss
for brown and lake trout. The majority of the fish have been caught
on spoons. The Algoma pier has seen moderate pressure. The northern
pier has seen a few catfish pulled in on sucker chunks. All of the
surrounding streams in Algoma have seen diminished fishing pressure
due to few fish being caught. The most active streams are still
Stony Creek and just below the Forrestville dam. The Kewaunee ramp
is also seeing increased use as reports of browns and lake trout
being caught begin to come in. As with Algoma, the streams in the
area have seen decreased fishing pressure as fewer rainbow trout
are being caught.
Algoma Area Chamber of Commerce hotline, (800) 626-3090.
Algoma Hardware and Sporting Goods, (920) 487-3374
With the cool nights and the daytime temperatures not rising
exceptionally high, water temps remain fairly cool. That means that
fishing, while OK, has not hit its peak. The best waters to fish
right now are the Eagle River chain and the Eagle River itself.
Both have the warmest water in the area, and that means better
fishing action. Crappies are in 8 to 10 feet of water during the
morning, and as water heats up from the sun, they move in
shallower. Fish around stumps, mud, and spots where new coontail is
just starting to green up. Use a crappie minnow on a slip bobber.
Crappies are going 8 to 10 inches. The perch are in 3 to 5 feet of
water, and are providing the best action. Fish around old weeds,
and in the mud, around stumps, drowned wood, and brush piles. Use a
crappie minnow, red worm, or a chunk of crawler. Anglers are
reporting perch going in the 8- to 9-inch range.
Eagle Sports Center, (715) 479-8804.
Guides’ Choice, (715) 477-2248.
Brown County anglers have been catching a few walleyes by the
dam at night. The best luck has been on crankbaits fished in the
shallow water. Anglers also are having some success in the main
channel. Some shore anglers and boat anglers are finding good
success on channel catfish and drum. Anglers also have reported
catching some white bass. Anglers trolling the Lower Bay for
walleyes have reported that fishing has been slow, with more
northern pike than walleyes being caught.
The Sportsman, (920) 734 3299
Deprey’s Kwik Stop, (920) 866-2934
With the early ice-out and warm weather, northern pike and
walleyes are well done with their spawning ritual, and muskies
already are on the downside of their spawn. Yellow perch also are
an early spawning species, and they’re also completing their
spawning at this time. The rising water temperatures also have many
panfish and some bass into the shallows. Black crappies have been
showing up on the edges of the shallow bays, and many males have
even been sporting the darker coloration in anticipation of
spawning when water temps reach the upper 50s. If warmer weather in
the next few days pushes water temperatures to the upper 50s, it’s
possible that smallmouth bass and crappies may begin their spring
Pastika’s, (715) 634-4466.
Hayward Bait, (715) 634-2921.
Things outdoors in La Crosse are about three weeks earlier than
normal. On the Mississippi River, bass were spawning as of April
20. Normally bass spawn about May 10 in La Crosse. Carp will be
spawning in the next couple days, so bow fishermen who like to fish
the carp spawn may want to gear up early. Turkey gobbling activity
has been running early. First-period hunters had excellent hunting
Schafer’s Boats, (608) 781-3100.
Bob’s Bait & Tackle, (608) 782-5552.
LAKE_MICHIGAN / METRO_AREA_LAKES
In Sheboygan, steelhead fishing has tapered off on the Pigeon
and Sheboygan rivers, although some pike have been caught in the
Sheboygan near the Kohler dam. Fishing off the piers has been
improving, with fair numbers of browns taken off the lake side of
the south pier. Minnows have produced the most fish. Trollers
working shallow water have been taking decent numbers of browns,
along with a few lake trout, rainbows, and chinooks on a variety of
Fishing effort in Port Washington was relatively light last
week. Shore anglers near the power plant have been catching
suckers, but a few browns have been caught off the pier. Minnows
fished on the harbor side of the pier have produced the most.
Fishing on Sauk Creek has been slow.
In Milwaukee, anglers on the Milwaukee River along the wall
under the Hoan bridge have been catching a few browns on spawn and
shiners, but fishing has been slow. In the Milwaukee River, anglers
have been catching a few steelhead on yarn flies at Kletzsch Park,
but numbers of fish have dropped. Steelhead fishing on Oak Creek
and the Menomonee River has been slow. Boaters working around the
gaps in the Milwaukee harbor continue to catch browns and lake
trout. Jigging and trolling small crankbaits have been
In Racine, the Root River is still holding steelhead. Fish were
processed at the Root River Steelhead Facility on April 14, and the
facility has been shut down. A total of 363 steelhead were passed
upstream. Most of the steelhead left in the river have been
spawning on gravel beds with good current flow. There have been a
few fish holding in the deeper pools, as well, and most of these
fish have completed spawning.
In Kenosha, trollers have started catching cohos. Look for cohos
to start moving farther north as spring progresses. In the harbor,
steelhead and brown trout fishing has been slow, but anglers have
been catching a few crappies on small fatheads near the boat
launch. Steelhead fishing on the Pike River has been slow.
DNR_hotline, (414) 382-7920.
Smokey’s Bait Shop, (262) 691-0360.
Dick Smith’s, (262) 646 2218.
In the Peshtigo Harbor area, from the mouth upstream, walleyes
are being caught on jigs and minnows and Zip lures while drifting
slowly and vertical jigging. The Menominee River and the
surrounding bay area also is producing some nice walleyes for
anglers trolling a crawler harness or crankbaits on the bay.
In Oconto County, suckers up by the Stiles dam are still the
most numerous fish in the river. The Pensaukee River, Oconto
Breakwater Park, and Oconto Park II have all been producing
northern pike, walleyes, and trout, with anglers trolling in 4 to 8
feet of water with crawlers and crankbaits
MBK Sport Shop, (715) 735-5393.
Strong south and northwest winds combined with cool temperatures
dominated last week’s weather. Fishing pressure became relatively
light throughout the week on the East and West Twin rivers, the
piers, and Lake Michigan due to cold temperatures, strong winds,
and little angling success. Anglers fishing for steelhead on the
East Twin had little success. The sucker and steelhead run slowed,
but both are still present in quantities worthy of a fishing trip.
Use crawlers to catch several suckers near the Mishicot dam or
spawn sacs for steelhead. West Twin River steelhead fishing slowed
down as water levels dropped and the water temperature rose from 46
to 54 degrees. Anglers had the greatest success using flies or an
orange jig. A few anglers tried their luck on catfish, but fishing
was slow. Manitowoc River fishing was relatively quiet due to high,
murky, fast-flowing waters. A few anglers ventured out for catfish,
landing a few small fish. Anglers used a variety of baits, from
crawlers to even spawn sacs on bottom. A few fly fishermen on the
Branch River near the golf course landed nearly a half dozen
steelhead during the week. On the Little Manitowoc River,
late-arriving steelhead with great color were taken near the mouth
of the river by floating spawn or orange yarn. Silver Creek water
levels have dropped and so has the number of steelhead and suckers
swimming in the creek. Winds calmed long enough during the early
morning hours to get some good fishing in at the Two Rivers and
Manitowoc harbor and piers. A few catfish have been taken on spawn
by anglers brown trout fishing. Anglers fishing on Lake Michigan in
7 to 13 feet of water south of the Manitowoc harbor were landing
CUB Radio report, (920) 683-6816.
MINOCQUA/WOODRUFF/ LAKE TOMAHAWK AREA
High winds kept most anglers at bay until Sunday when things
calmed down enough to get out. Most attention is on crappies, which
seem to be holding in 5 to 8 feet of water near weeds. The fish are
taking small jigs or minnows. Water temps were running 48 to 52
degrees. Those high north winds kept surface temps from rising much
this past week. The cool nights (30s) also are holding lake temps
down. The area needs rain. Many lakes are low. Redtails are running
Island Sport Shop, (715) 356-4797.
Great Outdoors Sports Shop, (715) 356-6818.
Captain Hooks, (715) 277-2405.
J & J Sports, (715) 277-2616.
Anglers are trying some panfishing on the lower bottoms south of
Prairie du Chien. Some crappie and bluegill action has been
reported. Anglers fishing in the Ambro Slough complex have taken
some perch, crappies, and a few bluegills. Crappies have been
caught on small minnows. Action has been spotty. The Cold Spring
area remains very slow. Most anglers are venturing under the train
bridge to the Mississippi River where smallmouth bass and walleyes
are being taken. Walleye and sauger action was pretty good;
however, windy conditions were a problem. The Lynxville dam was
producing some walleyes and sauger, along with a few perch and
northern pike. Some anglers are targeting wing dams now that the
walleyes are done spawning. Another place to check for walleyes is
the “S” curve by Harpers Ferry. Walleye activity has been decent
Stark’s Sport Shop, (608) 326-2478.
The crappies moved into the shallows and started hitting on Big
Clam early last week. The lakes are really low. Water temperatures
were in the mid-50s last week. The walleye fishing should actually
be pretty good for the opener despite the early spring.
Big Mike’s Outdoor Sports, (715) 349-2400.
Fur, Fin and Feathers Sports, (715) 349-8445
Anglers reported good numbers of browns last week, mostly on
crankbaits and spoons. Heavy winds were the cause of some turbid
waters, a factor that benefited the fishing. Walleyes were still
being reported with consistency off of the train bridge in Sturgeon
Bay, and along the shorelines moving west toward Potawatomi State
Park and Green Bay. Many northern pike have been seen in the local
marinas. One angler reported a 25-pound northern pike taken while
the angler was fishing for browns out of Fish Creek. Stream fishing
has been picking up a little, with some steelhead being taken out
of Hein’s and Whitefish Bay creeks. Many anglers reported seeing a
good number of steelhead. Spawn sacs have been the popular choice
for best results.
Stevenson Pier Mini Mart, (920) 824-5222.
Bass are hitting topwater baits and small crankbaits over rocks
in 1 to 3 feet of water. Walleyes are coming on strong. Look for
submerged timber in 8 to 12 feet of water and use jigs tipped with
minnows. Crappies are spawning and can be readily taken with small
minnows under slip bobbers and worked around stumps and wood in
backwater areas of the Wisconsin River.
Hooksetters, (715) 693-5843.
Wisconsin Angling Adventures, (715)_297-7573.