As fishing slows, there’s plenty else to do in the woods
DOOR PENINSULA AND KEWAUNEE AREA
Perch fishing has remained steady in Sturgeon Bay and a few other
spots up the west shore of the county. Fishing along the shipping
channel in Sturgeon Bay between the bridges, near the cans off of
the state park, and across onto the flats have all been productive
areas to try. Minnows have been the consistent live bait choice to
get near-limit catches. Perch fishing has been good in the bay of
Little Sturgeon. Most anglers have been targeting the remnant weeds
to find fish. The anglers that have been producing the best catches
have been mobile. Smallmouth bass have been caught in many of the
northern bays along the west side of the county. Working plastics
and deep-diving crankbaits in waters as deep as 50 feet brought in
some fish; however, very few “lunkers” have been seen. An
occasional walleye has been reported by anglers targeting northern
pike, but few trips strictly targeting the fish have been
documented. Northern pike are being caught in Sturgeon Bay between
the bridges along the shipping channel, with most anglers pulling a
variety of stickbaits and spoons, as well as jigging minnows off
the bottom. The salmon run is nearing its end as spawning at
Strawberry Creek has all but ceased. Perch fishing has been fair
during the past week at Chaudoir’s Dock, with some limits being
reported. Most anglers have been fishing the standard 20 to 30 feet
of water using small minnows on bottom rigs. The waters
temperatures this week in both the Algoma and Kewaunee areas
dropped down to 47 degrees, and 49 degrees in the Ahnapee and
Kewaunee rivers. The water clarity remains good, but the high winds
early in the week made fishing difficult. The reports of chinook
salmon continue to drop, but the numbers of coho salmon are
beginning to rise. This week the coho salmon began their run up the
Kewaunee River. There were reports of a lot of cohos being caught
on in the Footbridge and Bruemmer Park areas. A few rainbow trout
were caught in these areas, as well. Silver Creek produced a few
chinook salmon. Forrestville is producing chinooks.
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
Northerns, crappies, walleyes, and perch are putting on a good
bite. Smaller muskies are hitting artificial baits in the Eagle
River area. Glidebaits, dive/rise baits, crankbaits, and plastics
are the choices right now. Fish weed break edges and remaining
green weed areas in 6 to 8 feet of water, with some muskies hitting
off deeper break edges. Northerns are putting on a good bite. Fish
15 feet of water or less in and around weeds. Use a northern sucker
under a slip bobber, a jerkbait, or a flashy spinnerbait.The
walleyes are hitting fair. Perch action is good. Fish two
places: weeds in 8 to 15 feet of water, or deep holes in 20 to 35
feet of water. Use a jig and a fathead minnow for walleyes. Use a
crappie minnow on a jig or under a slip bobber for perch. Crappies
are putting on a good bite. Fish weeds in 8 to 15 feet of water,
where the crappies will be suspending up and down the water
column. Fish deep holes in 20 to 35 feet of water, where the
crappies will be close to the bottom. Use a crappie minnow under a
Eagle Sports Center, (715) 479-8804.
Guides’ Choice, (715) 477-2248.
GREEN BAY/APPLETON AREA
Fox River anglers seeking muskies have been having trouble finding
active fish. Most muskie anglers have been tolling the lower bay
with large deep-diving crankbaits. Shore anglers have been catching
good numbers of perch at the Metro landing with some fish being of
decent size. Walleye fishing on the river has been good, and some
nice catches of fish are being landed by the dam. The perch fishing
picked up again last week at Bayshore Park. Most anglers have been
targeting 20 to 30 feet of water between Bayshore and Red River
parks. Anglers also have been catching some catfish, white perch,
and a few whitefish, as well. Walleye fishing has been hit or miss,
with some walleyes being caught by anglers trolling crankbaits in
low-light conditions. Suamico River anglers have been fishing from
shore for perch and are having fair success. Most of the perch,
however, have been small in size. A few pike and bass are being
In Manitowoc County, water temperatures dropped down to 46 degrees,
currently holding steady around 48 to 49 degrees in the
tributaries. The salmon run is nearing an end, but a few nice
salmon were still caught. The Manitowoc marina continues to be the
spot for some nice rainbows for anglers using chinook spawn on the
bottom. More rainbows have been caught in the morning. Anglers
continue to have success using spawn near the Shoto and Mishicot
dams. Anglers fishing the Little Manitowoc River have had great
success catching large quantities of coho salmon despite the small
area that can be fished. Fishing spawn on bottom, using bobbers and
floating spawn, or jigging the spawn has all worked.
The Sportsman, (920) 734 3299
Deprey’s Kwik Stop, (920) 866-2934
Muskie action is very good. Fish are scattered at varied depths,
often around weeds and bars. Suckers are getting the most action,
but sucker supplies are limited. Bucktails, plastics, and jerkbaits
are still catching some fish. Trolling, where it is allowed, is
also effective with large crankbaits and stickbaits. Walleye
fishing is fair. Water temperatures continue to be warmer than
normal, and walleyes have yet to establish their fall patterns. On
the deep, clear lakes, work deeper water gravel, weeds, and
mid-lake humps down to 50 feet. On the shallower lakes, fish weeds
and humps down to 25 feet. The fish often move into shallower water
during low-light conditions, such as early morning, in the evening,
and on overcast days. Fatheads and walleye suckers, on jigs, under
slip bobbers, and on spinner rigs are the most productive baits.
Trolled Rapalas, crankbaits, and crawlers also are catching fish.
As the water cools, switch to larger baits. Northern pike can be
caught around weeds – green or not if they are holding panfish –
with spinnerbaits, spoons, crankbaits, stickbaits, and northern
suckers. Anglers pursuing smallmouth bass are catching some nice
fish on minnows and walleye suckers fished around deeper weeds.
Keep in mind that river smallmouth move downstream in the fall to
wintering areas in the lakes. Crappie action is fair to good, but
the fish continue to be scattered, suspending, and so far showing
little interest in schooling. You will find them on mid-depth and
deeper weed edges, along shallower weedlines, and suspending over
deeper water. About the only consistency is their bait preference:
crappie minnows and plastics. Perch are along deep weed edges and
near mid-depth cover. Waxies, worms, and small minnows will work
for both species.
Pastika’s Sporting Goods, (715) 634-4466.
Hayward Bait, (715) 634-2921.
LAKE MICHIGAN / METRO AREA LAKES
In Milwaukee, shore fishing has been relatively slow along the
lakefront. Salmon numbers have increased in the Milwaukee River,
and many fish can be seen trying to jump the falls at Kletzsch
Park. Egg-sucking leeches and yarn have been effective for fly
anglers. Flows have increased on the Menomonee River and Oak Creek,
and fishing should improve as water levels begin to drop back
down. In Port Washington, shore anglers have been catching a mix of
chinooks, and rainbow and brown trout on skein and spawn in the
north slip and near the power plant. A few steelhead also have been
taken on tube jigs fished off the pier. Some chinooks and cohos
have been caught in Sauk Creek, and skein has taken the most fish.
Water levels in Sauk Creek have improved with recent rains.On the
Root River in Racine, flows have been increasing the past several
days. Most anglers have been concentrated below the Root River
Steelhead Facility, with little fishing pressure upstream from
there. Weekend catches were mixed between cohos and chinooks, with
the best fishing near sunrise and sunset. A couple of steelhead and
few brown trout have been caught. Shore anglers in Kenosha continue
to catch occasional chinooks and brown trout in the harbor near the
hotel, and fresh skein, white tube jigs, and silver crankbaits have
taken the most fish.
DNR hotline, (414) 382-7920.
Smokey’s Bait Shop, (262) 691-0360.
Dick Smith’s, (262) 646 2218.
In Dodge County, anglers continue to catch large stripers on Beaver
Dam Lake. Most of these fish are close to dinner-plate size. Local
duck hunters are having mixed success on local birds including
teal, wood ducks, and mallards. Redheads and some canvasbacks are
down. The “ducky” weather helped hunters improve their success this
past weekend. Canada geese are plentiful in the area, and farmers
continue to harvest crops and open up more opportunities for goose
hunters. In Jefferson County, anglers are picking up a few walleyes
below the dams in Watertown on jigs and minnows. Action has been
fair. Pheasant hunting has been the most popular hunting in Rock
County with pheasant stocking in full swing. Hunters are taking
advantage of the extra pheasants that are being stocked in 2010.
Fishing pressure has slowed on the Rock River and Lake Koshkonong
with many outdoors people focusing on the hunting seasons.
D&S Bait & Tackle, (608) 244-3474.
Dorn Hardware, (608) 244-5403.
Fishing has slowed on the area lakes. Lake Noquebay has been
lowered for the winter so access may be tough for bigger boats.
Bluegill and perch action on Lake Noquebay has been fair. Small
plastics, and fathead and crappie minnows are working best. Muskie
fishing has been tough this fall due to the shortage of suckers
this year. The high water on the Menominee River has scattered the
smallmouth bass throughout the system. A good number of fish are
still being caught, but you may have work a bit harder this
MBK Sport Shop, (715) 735-5393.
Hook, Line and Sinker, (715) 854-2073.
MANITOWOC/TWO RIVERS AREA
Water temperatures dropped down as low as 46 degrees, currently
holding steady around 48- to 49- degree range in the tributaries.
The salmon run is nearing an end, but a few nice salmon were
caught. The Manitowoc marina continues to be the spot for some nice
rainbows on chinook spawn on the bottom. More rainbows have been
caught in the morning, but fishing the afternoon has also been met
with some success.
CUB Radio Report, (920) 683-6816
MINOCQUA/WOODRUFF/ LAKE TOMAHAWK AREA
A low-pressure system with rain is improving the muskie and walleye
situation. High water continues to keep supplies low. The best
action for muskies is occurring from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The most
productive bait is a sucker. Crankbaits, gliders, jerks, and soft
plastics all accounted for fish this past week. A 51-inch muskie
was reported. The majority being reported are in the 35-inch
to 40-inch range and they are hanging out between 10- to
14-foot depths in existing green weed edges. Walleye action is fair
to good with most of the success being in deep water. Vertical
fishing 1⁄8- to 1⁄4-ounce jigs in 20- to 40-foot depths is working
well. Drifting spinner rigs with chubs is accounting for larger
fish and some big smallmouth bass. Water temps are in the 42- to
Island Sport Shop, (715) 356-4797.
Great Outdoors Sports Shop, (715) 356-6818.
Captain Hooks, (715) 277-2405.
J & J Sports, (715) 277-2616.
PRAIRIE DU CHIEN AREA
Bluegill fishing has been excellent. Most have been caught
off docks in 5 to 6 feet of water. The crappie action also has been
good. The Wisconsin River has been fluctuating so the walleye
fishing has been almost nonexistent. Black jigs and small, dark
rubber worms have been producing for bass anglers. The water
temperature has been in the 49- to 50-degree range.
Stark’s Sport Shop, (608) 326-2478.
SAUK CITY AREA
Despite the warmer weather, archers are reporting that the bucks
are really starting to move. The peak of the rut this year will
more closely coincide with the regular nine-day season. Some
northern ducks are arriving in the Bakkens pond area. Hunters have
been harvesting some canvasbacks and ringneck (ringbill) ducks, and
there have been reports of large flocks of mallards in this same
area, as well. There are still wood ducks around the area sloughs,
Muskies in the central Wisconsin area have been active at midday
and late in the afternoon. With the sunny days, there has been an
increased late-day bite as opposed to an early morning bite. Areas
with deep water and wood, along rocky shorelines, have been the
best areas for success. Crankbaits and jerkbaits have been the
most consistent producers. With the cooler water temps the walleyes
in the central Wisconsin area are on the prowl and be holding in
deep water. Look for areas with wood in 12 to16 feet of water along
sharp contour lines. Jigs tipped with minnows will work all day
long. The crappie bite is good in deeper water. Fish 14 to 18 feet
of water, as the crappies are suspending and holding 5 to 7 feet
down. Jigs tipped with small plastics and/or minnows set up on slip
bobbers will catch more than your share of these tasty
Hooksetters Fishing & Hunting Guide Services, (715)
Wisconsin Angling Adventures, (715) 297-7573
UPPER PENINSULA REPORT
The walleye action continues to be fantastic. Most of the fishermen
are fishing from shore with a few in boats concentrating in 4- to
8-foot depths. Sucker minnows are the best bait on a jig or below a
slip bobber. Crankbaits also are producing; work them slowly
through the weed tops or near the shore. Expect this same pattern
to stay the same until ice-up. Grouse hunting remains
Bear’s Nine Pines Resort, (906) 842-3361