Plenty of heat, for sure, but plenty of fishing, too

DOOR PENINSULA

AND KEWAUNEE  AREA

Door County salmon fishing has slowed somewhat from Sturgeon Bay to
Gills Rock. Anglers averaged around two or three fish. Many boats
were seen still working green J-plugs and looking for cooler water.
Few reports came from the Green Bay side of the county. Walleye
fishing has been good on Green Bay towards the southern part of the
county. Crawler harnesses have produced some nice catches with most
of the fishing pressure taking place along the southwest shore of
Door County. A few muskie anglers were out this week however had
nothing good to report. Perch anglers in Sturgeon Bay say fish are
being seen, but with minimal size. Working minnows along the weed
edges and around the moored sailboats has been a popular choice for
anglers. Sturgeon Bay walleye anglers have been fishing Larson’s
Reef with some good luck. Most angers have been fishing in 20 feet
of water during the day and moving shallower during low light
periods. A few smallmouth bass anglers were seen having success on
the flats in Sturgeon Bay and along the west shore of the county.
Plastics grubs and tube jigs have worked for artificial baits and
nightcrawlers have been a good choice for live bait. Little
Sturgeon Bay anglers have been targeting perch with some success.
Fishing south on Green Bay near Chaudoir’s Dock has been promising
with good fish and decent size. Perch anglers have been finding
size and numbers of perch.

In Kewaunee County, the weather has been a lot more cooperative.
The water temps in the middle of the week dropped to 63 degrees at
the surface, but a shift in the wind brought the temperatures back
up into the upper 60s. The fishing off of the Kewaunee pier remains
slow due to the warm water in the area. A few small king salmon
were caught earlier in the week on green/silver spoons towards the
lighthouse. A few anglers have landed some smallmouths along the
pier using bobbers and crawlers. The fishing out of Kewaunee –
boaters were averaging about two fish per boat last week but a few
lucky boats returned with five to seven fish – mostly kings and a
few cohos. The hot lure has been green J-plugs and spoons that glow
green. The fish have been in a range of depths, but it seems most
consistent around 120 to 140 feet of water and 50 to 70 feet
down.

It was another slow week of fishing off the shores of Algoma. The
fishing was a little better at the beginning of the week because
the water temperatures dropped down to 63 degrees but the wind
shifted and brought back warmer temperatures and have risen as high
as 70 degrees in some areas. The most successful anglers were
fishing in depths of 140 to 180 feet, 60 to 80 feet down.

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.

EAGLE RIVER AREA

Walleyes are holding on the outside of weed edges in 10 to 15 feet
of water. The walleyes would normally be moving to rocky areas, but
they seem reluctant to do so this season and are still hanging
around weeds. Use a jig and a fathead minnow or leech. The muskie
bite is very sporadic. The muskies are moody because of the long
period of warm weather. Look for an early morning, late afternoon,
or cloudy day bite on bucktails, spinners and surface baits. An
algae bloom is beginning to appear on some Eagle River chain lakes.
Fishing can be very good during a bloom. Use bright baits and do a
figure-8 at the end of each cast. Northern action is good. Fish 15
feet of water or less in and around weeds. Largemouth bass are
hanging in 8 feet of water or less in and around heavy weeds,
holding near structure (docks, drowned wood, stumps and brush
piles). Use a jig and a pig, a topwater like a frog or mouse, or a
weedless Texas Rig with a plastic worm. Panfish are all together.
Fish 15 feet of water or less in or near weeds. Crappies and
bluegills will suspend at varying depths.

Eagle Sports Center, (715) 479-8804.

Guides’ Choice, (715) 477-2248.

GREEN BAY/APPLETON AREA

In Brown County, Fox River shore anglers were catching a plethora
of sheepshead, catfish and white perch from the metro landing all
the way to Voyager Park. Anglers trolling for walleyes were not
having the same good luck. Most have been trolling harnesses or
crankbaits. Walleye fishing has been spotty at Bayshore Park. Most
have been trolling harnesses. Walleye anglers have reported
catching some very nice perch, catfish and sheepshead, as well. The
perch anglers are having some good success in 15 to 20 feet of
water just north of the harbor. Most have been using bottom rigs
tipped with a minnow or piece of crawler.

The Sportsman, (920) 734 3299

Deprey’s Kwik Stop, (920) 866-2934

HAYWARD AREA

With the high amount of rainfall in the past two months, wet
conditions continue across the north and most rivers and streams
are at very high levels. The high stream and river flows have also
filled most flowages and drainage lakes to the brim, though many
smaller seepage lakes are still slowly creeping up as ground water
levels increase. Walleye action seemed to be especially slow, with
some fish being found suspended over the deeper mud flats and near
deep rock bars. Panfish success has been fair with some decent
crappie and bluegill catches still being made over mid-depth cover
and on the deep edge along emergent weed lines. And of course, rock
bass are always there to provide action when success for other
species is slow. Muskie action has been at least average. Most
fishermen are seeing a lot of fish, and are catching a few.

Pastika’s Sporting Goods, (715) 634-4466.

Hayward Bait, (715) 634-2921.

LAKE HOLCOMBE AREA

Cats are real good right now – and they’re all over. Bays, around
cover, over rock piles. And they’re fairly deep; best to fish
around 15 feet or so and best after dark. Lots of nice eating
channel cats in the 4- to 5-pound range are being taken, along with
some smokers – flatheads and channels in the 10- to 12-pound range.
Use crawlers, stink bait, cut bait, or chicken livers. Smallies are
looking for shady cover. Fish over rock bars in 4 to 10 feet of
water. A particularly productive area would be the rock shell off
of the county park or Main Creek and the Jump River area. There are
also good reports of some fish in sand/gravel areas at 4 to 10
feet. The action below the dam has been pretty good. Crawlers are
working as the live bait of choice, and any type of imitation
crayfish pattern plastic is quite good. You might also try the
Flambeau river and the Chippewa river to the north. There has been
some bluegill action in the shallow, weedy areas. Fish bays and
inlets. Use a waxie or a worm. Crappies are scattered. You’ll get
them in 10 feet of water, and then nothing there, and suddenly
you’ll get them in 20 feet of water. If you hit a school, you’ll do
real well. The deeper crappies will suspend over rock piles, off of
crib sides, and over brush piles. Minnows will work, but also try
waxies or worms. Way too much rain has hurt the fishing. Walleyes
are slow with warm water and lots of food. Try the Jump River and
Main Creek areas. Crawlers are the best bet and then minnows.

Lake Holcombe Sport Shop, (715) 595-4293.

LAKE MICHIGAN /

METRO AREA LAKES

In Sheboygan, trollers have been catching a few kings and rainbows.
Fish have been scattered. Spoons and flies have taken the most
fish. Shore fishing has improved, with a few chinooks taken off the
north pier; a mixed bag of rainbows, cohos, kings, and brown trout
taken off the south pier. Spoons and alewives have both produced
off the south pier, and early mornings have had the most
action.

Trollers in Port Washington have taken fair numbers of kings,
cohos, rainbows and browns anywhere from 40 to 170 feet of water.
Most fish have been 20 to 70 feet down, and spoons, flashers and
flies, and J-plugs have all produced. Shore anglers have had some
success off the pier, with a few chinooks and coho taken on
alewives, and perch have been caught on jigs.

In Milwaukee, trollers have been catching mostly chinooks, along
with a few cohos. Fish have been caught in 40 to 60 feet of water
or deeper, and spoons have taken the majority of fish. Shore
fishing effort has dropped considerably, especially off McKinley
pier. Perch anglers fishing from shore have had some limited
success at Cupertino pier and the Lake Express Ferry dock. Small
shiners have produced the most when fished early in the morning.
Boaters fishing perch at the boils off South Milwaukee have been
catching some on small shiners, but the bite has been slow
overall.

In Racine, chinooks and cohos have been taken by trollers in 90 to
110 feet of water. Spoons and J-plugs have been catching fish 40 to
60 feet down. Rainbows have also been biting in 200 to 220 feet of
water. Trout and salmon fishing off the piers has been slow, and
perch fishing from shore has been hit-or-miss. Boaters looking for
perch have taken fair numbers at the south breakwater.

In Kenosha, trollers have been catching some chinooks and cohos 30
to 40 feet down in 70 to 90 feet of water. J-plugs, spoons, and
some flies have all taken fish, and silvers and greens have been
the most productive colors. Some rainbows have also been reported
from trollers in 200 to 220 feet of water. Shore fishing has been
generally slow for trout and salmon anglers as well as perch
anglers. Kenosha boaters looking for perch continue to catch some
at the bubbler or near the jetties off of 75th Street. Crab tails,
minnows, and spinners have all produced at times, but most perch
have been on the small side.

DNR hotline, (414) 382-7920.

Smokey’s Bait Shop, (262) 691-0360.

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

MARINETTE AREA

In Marinette County, the Peshtigo River is producing some
smallmouth bass along with a few sheepshead and rough fish. Fishing
for catfish has slowed a bit as the river is running high with a
lot debris floating down river. The Menominee River continues to
produce walleyes during low light periods both trolling and
drifting live bait in the area of the Interstate Bridge up to Bum
Island. Some nice panfish were being caught in the slough areas
below the Sixth Street Slip using slip bobbers and worms in the
evening. Reports of salmon catches have been spotty with few
interviews to rely on. The information being gleaned from such
reports puts the best salmon bite in the Chambers Island area. For
those of you who want to stay closer to home some nice walleye were
being caught around the Green Island area.

In Oconto County, the bluegill bite at the Stiles dam is going
strong, fishing with slip bobbers and worms or drifting live bait
in current seams. Some sorting is required. Pensaukee Landing,
Oconto Breakwater Park, and Oconto Park II are catching limits of
perch and walleyes. The perch bite is coming in 12 to 16 feet of
water adjacent to weed cover, using crappie rigs and slip bobbers.
The walleye bite is coming in the same depth of water with people
concentrating on rock bars and using both crankbaits and
crawler/harness. The perch have been running a respectable size in
the 8 to 9 inch range with the walleyes running 18 to 23 inches.
Some nicer walleyes being caught in the 20 to 30 foot range
according to anglers.

Bluegills on Noquebay were fair, with bigger gills in 12 to 15 feet
of water. Worms, wax worms and Mini-Mites in pink and white or
chartreuse were catching the most fish. Bass fishing is good to
fair, with soft plastic baits like Scum frogs, Yum Dingers, and
Power Bait all working well. Colors varied based on weather and
cloud cover, but purple, watermelon fleck and any dark motor oil
type color have produced some nice bucketmouths. Crawler harnesses
with bright high contrasting colored blades have also been working.
When it comes to size, the bigger fish seem to be on the deep drops
adjacent to the weed edges. Smallmouth action on the upper
Menominee is going good. Topwater baits like Hubb Chubs and wacky
rigged plastic worms were most often used. Color selection most
used is crawfish or brown. As for plastic worms most colors with
some sort of fleck work well. Shore fishermen were taking bass and
walleyes in the evening on Rattlin Raps.

MBK Sport Shop, (715) 735-5393.

Hook, Line and Sinker, (715) 854-2073.

MANITOWOC/

TWO RIVERS AREA

Water temperatures continue to fluctuate between 66 and 68 degrees
resulting in very little angler success. Boaters continue to
average two to four fish per boat consisting mostly of chinook
salmon. Fishing action continued to slowly move in due to the light
westerly wind throughout the week. The few fish that have been
caught appear to be in the 100- to 125-foot range and out as deep
as 150 feet. Many anglers report finding temperature breaks in all
depths, so find those areas and work those breaks as much as you
can. Work the areas straight out of Manitowoc and northward outside
the nets all the way to the lighthouse north of Two Rivers in the
100- to 125-foot range. White flashers with blue/white flies and
green and pearl J-Plugs have been taking some kings 60 to 80 feet
down on the downriggers. Flasher/fly set-ups on the Dypsy have also
been taking a few fish when set down deeper in the water column.
The sizes of the chinooks have varied from small jacks to 3- and
4-year-olds up to 15 pounds. Fishing off the piers remained slow
with the warm water still swarming the lakeshore. One or two kings
a day have been caught off the Two Rivers piers and the south pier
in Manitowoc. A few salmon have been caught in the Two Rivers
harbor, a good sign considering how warm the water is inside the
harbor.

CUB Radio report, (920) 683-6816.

MINOCQUA/WOODRUFF/

LAKE TOMAHAWK AREA

Largemouth bass: Good to very Good. With the exception of new high
pressure, bass are very active on wacky style Senkos/Dingers in
weeds of 8 to 14 feet. Towards evening topwaters are tearing up the
fish and 18- to 20-inch fish are not uncommon. Smallmouth bass:
Good to very good. Fish sand grass flats in 14 to 22 feet of water.
Lift and drop Chomper skirted grubs, Carolina style. Also try light
jigs with a large leech, crawler or soft-shelled crayfish.
Bluegills: Good. The nice ones are schooling over deep water, along
coontail edges or over weed-covered humps. Small leeches are hard
to beat. Muskies: Good. The heat is bringing back a good evening
bite. Use loud surface lures at dusk/after dark. Daytime – work
bucktails fast over weeds. Crappies: Good to fair. It depends on
how bright. Some anglers are finding crappies moving out to deep
weed edges, holding 2 to 3 feet from bottom in 18 to 20 feet.
Walleyes: Poor to fair. There have been some good catches at night,
but daytime is rough. Night anglers set up on off-shore humps by 7
p.m. Work jig/crawler combos on lighted slip floats with leeches.
Surface temps hit 75 to 78 degrees and probably will continue to
rise. Leeches are getting tough to come by; double hook and keep
them away from panfish. Luckily crawlers are working just as well.
No cold nights in the forecast. Fish early/late.

Island Sport Shop, (715) 356-4797.

Great Outdoors Sports Shop, (715) 356-6818.

Captain Hooks, (715) 277-2405.

J & J Sports, (715) 277-2616.

PRICE COUNTY AREA

Largemouth and smallmouth bass fishing has provided some
consistency, but action still could only be considered fair. Most
of the largemouths were found in and near mid-depth woody cover and
could be coaxed to bite with plastic finesse baits. Some were also
being found in the thick weed beds and were hitting topwater baits
in the early morning hours. Smallmouths were a bit more predictable
and many have moved to woody cover along deeper water breaks. The
best success was coming on larger plastics, which seem to be easier
to find with the high and dark-stained water in many flowages and
rivers. Muskie activity continued to be a hit or miss proposition.
Some days seem to produce a lot of follows and hits, and other days
would show barely a hint of activity. The most productive lures
have been Bulldawgs and large two-bladed bucktails, though
slow-moving surface lures have also provided quite a bit of action.
The best areas have been the weed edges and some of the best times
have been in the mid-day hours during the middle of the week.

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

Ross’s Sport Shop, Phillips, (715) 339-3625.

WAUSAU AREA

Muskie are hitting in shallow weeds. Topwaters and bucktails in
green and black have been producing best. The walleye bite has been
consistently good, with some nice catches coming in. The most
productive method has been long-line trolling Rapalas and
Thundersticks in 4 to 7 feet of water over big mid-lake flats.
Panfish anglers are having a ball catching lots of crappies and
some nice bluegills. Work weed edges in 12 to 16 feet of water,
with a slip bobber and a small jig tipped with either a crawler or
small minnow. Catfish have been the most consistent of any fish
this summer, with record catches being taken. Work deep holes below
dams with cut bait.

Hooksetters, (715) 693-5843.

Wisconsin Angling Adventures, (715) 297-7573

UPPER PENINSULA REPORT

Awesome! That’s the report from Lake Gogebic. Walleye action is
hot! Leeches and crawlers are both working and in a variety of
depths – 9 to 12 feet along the weeds, 18 to 22 feet over the mud,
and at 25 to 27 feet, also in the mud. Plan on catching some nice
perch along with those walleyes, along with some hefty smallmouths.
Anglers working the weeds and edges are also taking a good number
of pike, but they are running on the small side. Gogebic continues
to give up some of the best quality fish we have seen in
years.

Bear’s Nine Pines Resort, (906) 842-3361.

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