Some fishing occurring, but deer have taken center stage
EAGLE RIVER AREA
There’s been good muskie, northern, and perch action, with walleye
action fair. Water temperatures have ranged from the mid-30- to low
40-degree range in the Eagle River area. Muskie action in the Eagle
River area is good. Fish outside of the weeds to the first break
edge, in 8 to 15 feet of water. Use a jerkbait, glide bait, or a
12- to 15-inch sucker. Northern pike are in 15 feet of water or
less in and around weeds. Use a minnow bait like a Husky Jerk or a
northern sucker under a slip bobber. Walleyes are providing fair
action in the Eagle River area. Fish break edges over hard-bottom
areas in 15 to 30 feet of water. Walleyes will be tight to the
bottom. Use a jig and a large fathead. Perch are hanging with the
walleyes in 15 to 30 feet of water, and are putting on a better
bite than the walleyes. Fish right off the bottom, and use a small
fathead minnow on a jig.
Eagle Sports Center, (715) 479-8804.
Guides’ Choice, (715) 477-2248.
GREEN BAY/APPLETON AREA
Walleye action on the Wolf River in the New London area has been
excellent. Anglers have been successful when drifting and using a
jig and minnow. On Lake Winnebago, perch action has been good. Fish
the east shore along reefs and use live worms and minnows.
The Sportsman, (920) 734 3299
Muskies have put on the feed bag and action continues to be very
good. Suckers are still the most productive bait, though anglers
are having some success when casting and trolling big crankbaits
and stickbaits. Fish are in varied depths, from shallow to deep,
around weeds, bars, and often around no discernible features.
Walleye anglers are catching fish, but the hit-and-miss action is
lacking consistency. Best success is during periods of low light.
Walleyes are scattered at different depths on different lakes; it
can be difficult to locate them. They can be in exceptionally
shallow water or very deep on rocks, flats, bars, or near weeds.
Baits and presentations are almost as varied, from walleye suckers
and fatheads to trolled crankbaits and stickbaits. Live bait
presentations include slip bobbers, plain hooks, jigs, spinner
rigs, and bottom bouncers. Northern pike action remains good in and
around green weeds, with anglers catching some nice fish on
spinners, spoons, bucktails, and northern suckers. Crappies are
still scattered in deeper water, but so far are showing little to
no interest in schooling up. Look for them also along deep weed
edges, mid-depth breaks, and around cover, such as cribs. Crappie
minnows, waxies, small spinners, and plastics are the top baits,
and some anglers report plastics are the most productive offering
at this time.
Pastika’s Sporting Goods, (715) 634-4466.
Hayward Bait, (715) 634-2921.
LA CROSSE AREA
Walleyes are hitting fair to good. The best bet is to catch them
earlier or later in the day. The most productive lures have been
jigs with minnows. Sauger have been hitting hard all day long in
15 to 25 feet of water. Crappies, perch, and bluegills also have
been biting near wood, docks, and snags. Fish for northern pike in
shallow bays with spoons, spinners, and suckers.
Schafer’s Boats, (608) 781-3100.
Bob’s Bait & Tackle, (608) 782-5552.
LAKE MICHIGAN / METRO AREA LAKES
In Sheboygan, anglers on the Sheboygan River have taken a mixed bag
of chinooks, cohos, rainbows, and browns between Esslingen Park and
the Kohler dam. A few northern pike have been taken, as well. Most
anglers have been fly-fishing, but a few fish have been taken on
spawn sacs, as well. In Port Washington, shore anglers have been
catching a mix of chinooks, rainbows, and browns on skein in the
north slip and near the power plant. Fishing on Sauk Creek has been
slow, and water levels are very low. In Milwaukee, shore fishing
has been relatively slow along the lakefront. Salmon numbers have
increased in the Milwaukee River, and anglers have been catching
fish in Kletzsch and Estabrook parks. Decent numbers of browns and
steelhead also have been seen downstream of Capitol Drive, and
egg-sucking leeches and yarn have both been effective for fly
anglers. Water levels are low on area tributaries again, and
fishing has been slow on the Menomonee River and Oak Creek. On the
Root River in Racine, fishing has been decent. Water temperatures
are in the mid-40s, water clarity is good, but water levels are
low. Most anglers have been picking up coho salmon and brown trout;
however, some chinooks are still being caught. Catches of steelhead
have been limited, and most have been taken downstream from the
weir. Fish have been caught on both spawn sacs under bobbers and on
medium-sized, brightly colored flies.
DNR hotline, (414) 382-7920.
In Iowa County, deer hunters report that bucks are definitely well
into the seeking phase of the rut and the chase phase is beginning.
Waterfowl hunters have been disappointed lately with the low number
of ducks in the area, but happy with the larger numbers of geese
In Grant County, water levels on the Mississippi and Wisconsin
rivers continue to slowly rise and should be reaching the crest in
the next few days. Many of the Wisconsin and Mississippi river
islands are once again under water. A few bluegills have been
caught near Far Nuff landing in 6 to 10 feet of water.
In Dodge County, shore fishers around Beaver Dam Lake continue to
have success. A variety of fish are being caught, but the most
active remains the yellow bass. Tundra swans are showing up in good
numbers in the Horicon Marsh. Skim ice has begun to form on many of
the smaller bays and ponds, pushing ducks to the bigger waters of
Green Lake, Beaver Dam, Fox Lake, and Lake Maria. Thousands of
ducks were observed field-feeding toward the evening in the
northern portions of the county. Hunters had good success on when
hunting the fields, but success was short-lived and things were
slower later. Some ducks were back to the fields, but the hunters
In Jefferson County, trappers are having good success trapping
raccoons and muskrats. Raccoon numbers are high in most areas, and
fur prices are good. Water levels in area marshes are higher this
year than in some past years, so trappers are finding more areas to
set. Goose hunters are having better success with open-field
hunting. Pheasant stocking is still taking place, so hunters are
having decent success finding birds on the public hunting grounds.
Many birds get pushed back into the thicker cover, so hunters must
work a little harder to find them.
In Rock County, fishing activity has picked up on Lake Koshkonong,
with bluegills biting near Charley Bluff. Walleye also are being
caught near Blackhawk Island. Trapping activity has picked up
around the county with the muskrat, beaver, fox, and coyote
trapping seasons opening recently. Some trappers with fisher and
otter tags have been calling in to register their furs.
D&S Bait & Tackle, (608) 244-3474.
Dorn Hardware, (608) 244-5403.
Fishing has slowed on 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,
fathead minnows, and crappie minnows are working best. High Falls
and Cauldron Falls fishing has been slow. Muskie fishing has been
tough this fall due to the shortage of muskie 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 year. Water
temperatures on most of the lakes are still in the 50s, so it may
take longer to turn over.
MBK Sport Shop, (715) 735-5393.
Hook, Line and Sinker, (715) 854-2073.
MINOCQUA/WOODRUFF/ LAKE TOMAHAWK AREA
Water temperatures continue to drop. With water temps running about
40 degrees and lower on most lakes, fish are preferring large,
slow-moving targets. Muskie action has been good. Suckers have been
best bet, with large, weighted jerkbaits and glider baits working
well, too. Work a 10-inch jerkbait deep across rock humps or
outside existing green weeds. The walleyes are active on most small
to mid-sized lakes experiencing a good weed edge bite. The walleyes
were biting especially well on cloudy days or at dusk. Deep-water
anglers reported good catches when using heavy jigs and chubs or
suckers. With most of the focus on deer this week, expect fishing
pressure to be very light. Single-digit nights that are expected
will start to lock up smaller lakes. Muskie season ends Nov.
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
The Wisconsin River’s water level has been fluctuating, so walleye
fishing has been hit or miss. Those that are having success have
been using one eyes, jigs, and blade baits. Crappies are biting on
Mini Mite jigs. Anglers are catching bluegills with nightcrawlers
and wax worms near docks. The water temperature has been in the
mid-40s. Duck hunting has been exceptionally good in the
Stark’s Sport Shop, (608) 326-2478.
PRICE COUNTY AREA
Walleye action has been great. Anglers are catching them on
fathead minnows and bright-colored jigs in 18 feet of water. The
water temperature has been in the low 40s Many large white-tailed
deer have been seen.
Bridge Bait & Tackle, Park Falls, (715) 762-4108.
SAUK CITY AREA
Walleye and white bass have been hitting below the Sauk damn.
Anglers are catching them during the day out of boats and at night
time while fishing on the shore. Plastics, ring worms, and Twister
tails have been the most popular baits. Water temps had dropped to
43 degrees as of late last week. Many big bucks are being reported,
and does are hard to find.
Wilderness Fish and Game, (608) 643-2433.
There’s been a strong muskie, walleye, and crappie bite, with a big
surge in bow deer hunting. Water temperatures are in the upper 30s
and fish have been holding over deep water and relating to
suspended forage about 6 to 8 feet down in 12 to 16 feet of
water. Muskie action has been strong, with good catches being made
on a regular basis. Crankbaits have been working well, with the
afternoon bite being best as the water temperatures warm up
throughout the day. Walleyes have been putting on an all-day bite
and are hitting on every outing. Sharp breaklines from 12 to 16
feet on main-lake basins have been the best bet for consistent
catches. Jigs tipped with minnows or Lindy rigs dragged along the
bottom have been providing some excellent action. The crappie bite
is outstanding. The fish have been holding over deeper water – 14
to 18 feet deep, suspending down 5 to 7 feet. Slip bobbers rigged
with small jigs, tipped with plastics or minnows are consistently
putting lots of fish in the boat. The real key here is being
versatile with color, as one day the crappies will like orange or
yellow, and the next day, it may be green or pink. Bow deer hunters
in the central Wisconsin area have seen a surge in activity as the
rut is now in full swing. Bucks are moving more freely during
daylight hours, and are aggressively chasing does. Good locations
to set up now are doe feeding areas and close to or near bedding
areas. Try hunting the feeding areas in the evening, and hunting
the bedding areas in the morning for best results.
Hooksetters, (715) 693-5843.
Wisconsin Angling Adventures, (715) 297-7573
UPPER PENINSULA REPORT
Lake Gogebic conditions have changed very little. Fall anglers
continue to fish from shore, using sucker minnows and crankbaits,
and concentrating on evening and night bites. The bite has slowed a
bit this past week, but expect this to improve again before ice-up.
Rifle season for deer hunters opened on Nov. 15 and has seen
excellent snow cover to keep the hunters happy.
Bear’s Nine Pines Resort, (906) 842-3361.