WI: Anglers battling winds, cold fronts, but catching fish Issue: 12

DOOR PENINSULA AND KEWAUNEE AREA

Anglers have been finding good numbers of active smallmouth bass
north of the ship canal in Sturgeon Bay. Most fishermen have been
using tube jigs and other soft plastics. Anglers were reporting
bass on beds, as well. Sawyer Harbor bass fishing has been spotty,
with most anglers targeting bedding bass. Anglers fishing for perch
were finding some small fish. Little Sturgeon Bay bass fishing has
been good the past few weeks, with anglers targeting bass in the
shallows of Little Sturgeon and Riley’s Bay. Anglers were finding
some larger fish hiding in deeper water. Perch fishing has picked
up some at Chaudoir’s Dock with the nice weather. Anglers were
still having the best luck in 25 feet of water while using bottom
rigs. Walleye fishing has been hit or miss, with most anglers
trolling for them during low-light periods.

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

Muskie fishing remains slow. Use a small bait with a standard
retrieve. Fish in 5 feet of water or less in new weeds, or over
muddy bottoms. Walleyes are in 8 feet of water or less in and
around new weeds. Use a jig and a fathead minnow. The best jig
colors are orange and chartreuse. It’s an all-day bite, with peaks
in the evening. The action has been fair to good. Perch are in the
same locations as the walleyes, but they are scattered. Fish tight
to the bottom, using a crappie minnow under a slip bobber or a
fathead on a jig. Action is fair. Northern pike are providing good
action. Fish in 10 feet of water or less in and around new weeds.
Smallmouth bass are putting on a good bite. Fish shallow sandy
bottoms in 8 feet of water or less. Use a small spinner, or a jig
and a tube. Crappies are in 6 feet of water or less, suspending in
and around weeds. Use a crappie minnow under a slip bobber, or a
jig tipped with a crappie minnow.

Eagle Sports Center, (715) 479-8804.

Guides’ Choice, (715) 477-2248.

GREEN BAY/APPLETON AREA

Shore anglers have been finding success on the Fox River on catfish
the past few weeks, with cut bait working the best. Muskies have
been active the past week, with anglers trolling or casting large
crankbaits. Bayshore Park anglers have been finding walleye fishing
to be spotty. Trolling crankbaits or harnesses has worked the best.
The best action has been south of the ramp or toward Suamico. Perch
fishing has been good, with anglers finding luck in 20 to 30 feet
of water. Walleye anglers also were reporting catching numbers of
large perch as they were trolling.

The Sportsman, (920) 734 3299.

Deprey’s Kwik Stop, (920) 866-2934.

HAYWARD AREA

The recent spell of hot weather has pushed water temperatures up to
the 70-degree range on many small lakes, and this has spurred on a
slug of bass and panfish spawning activity. Both largemouth and
smallmouth bass are heavy into their spawning seasons now, and look
for them to finish up their spawning activity in the next week.
Crappies are just finishing up their nesting period, while
bluegills and pumpkinseeds have just begun. For anglers, panfish
seemed to be the highlight of the week, as some good catches of
bluegills and crappies were reported. The crappies were being found
along the shallow weed edges, and the best fishing was in the early
morning and late afternoon hours. Some larger bluegills were found
on the breaklines in 6 to 8 feet of water, and they seemed to be
congregating for the beginning of the spawning season. Walleye
success seemed to get a bit more inconsistent as the fish have
begun to ignore the jig and minnow baits. The annual mayfly hatch
has just begun on many lakes, and this usually signals the start of
leeches and crawlers as preferred walleye bait.

Pastika’s, (715) 634-4466.

Hayward Bait, (715) 634-2921.

LAKE MICHIGAN/METRO AREA LAKES

Trollers off of Sheboygan have been catching decent numbers of fish
in 150 to 250 feet of water. The most productive baits have been
orange dodgers and fly combinations or spoons in green or orange.
The majority of fish caught have been cohos, although some
rainbows, chinooks, and lake trout also have been taken. On the
piers, anglers have taken some cohos and a few chinooks, but
catches have been hit or miss. Most anglers have been casting
spoons or using alewives off of the bottom, and large numbers of
alewives can be found near shore.

In Port Washington, most trollers continue to catch good numbers of
fish. Most success has come on orange dodgers and flies fished 50
feet down in 250 to 300 feet of water. Good numbers of cohos have
been taken, along with some lake trout, rainbows, and chinooks.
Shore anglers have been catching a few cohos and brown trout,
although a large number of undersized incidental browns also have
been caught. Most fish caught in the harbor have been taken on
spoons or spawn. Anglers fishing off of the Port Washington pier
have been occasionally catching cohos on spoons and alewives.

In Milwaukee, trollers continue to catch good numbers of cohos.
Flashers coupled with peanut flies in purple or green have taken
fish in and around 60 feet of water. When the winds are
consistently out of the west, shore anglers have been able to catch
some salmon off of McKinley pier, as well. Blue/silver or
green/silver spoons have produced, along with alewives fished off
of the bottom. Shore anglers also have been catching a few brown
trout behind the Summerfest grounds.

In Racine, trollers have been doing extremely well, with numerous
limits of cohos taken. Late last week, many catches were made off
of the mouth of the Root River in 20 to 30 feet of water, but by
the weekend it appeared that the fish had moved deeper, with the
best catches coming from 80 to 110 feet of water. Orange flashers
and blue or green flies fished 20 to 30 feet down have been taking
cohos, and the area around the reef was a popular destination. Some
rainbows have been taken on orange spoons fished near the surface
in 80 to 110 feet of water, and a few chinooks have been taken 80
to 100 feet down in 140 to 180 feet of water. Shore fishing has
been slow overall, but a few cohos have been taken off the
piers.

Kenosha trollers have had excellent catches of cohos, with some
limits taken in only one and a half hours of fishing. Last week,
cohos moved out deeper, and the best success is now 20 to 30 feet
down in 65 to 110 feet of water. Orange dodgers and green or blue
flies have worked well for cohos; some chinooks, lake trout, and
rainbows have been taken on spoons fished somewhat deeper.

DNR hotline, (414) 382-7920.

Smokey’s Bait Shop, (262) 691-0360.

Dick Smith’s, (262) 646 2218.

LAKE WINNEBAGO AREA

The white bass action has slowed down, but anglers can make up for
that with some fast catfish action in the Fox River, and walleye
fishing has been good near the mouth of the Fox River on Lake
Winnebago. Fishermen also are finding yellow perch all over the
lake, but most of the fish are small.

Fox River Bait, (920) 233-7409.

MADISON AREA

Strong winds tempered fishing interest and effort last week. Lake
Mendota walleyes have remained quiet, but anglers were catching a
number of nicer northern pike last week. Catfish were hitting on
Cherokee Marsh. Lake Mendota crappies were being caught in 7 to 12
feet of water. Smallies were coming into the shallows last week. On
Lake Monona, anglers reported bluegill action in all of the bays
and near the bridges, mostly under bobbers in 5 to 10 feet of
water. Muskie action has been rather quiet, but anglers were seeing
fish cruising in the shallows. On Lake Waubesa, anglers were
catching bluegills in front of Lake Farm Park, and crappies on the
south end of the lake and near Babcock.

D&S Bait & Tackle, (608) 244-3474.

Dorn Hardware, (608) 244-5403.

MANITOWOC/TWO RIVERS AREA

Harbor temperatures rose to nearly 65 degrees, with surface
temperatures in front of the pier heads at 51 degrees and ranging
to 46 to 48 degrees out deep. Success has slowed out of Two Rivers
and Manitowoc for boaters, who averaged zero to two fish per boat.
Depths that have resulted in success have varied. Fishing in 90 to
120 feet of water early in the week resulted in a mix of cohos and
chinooks. By the weekend, 70 to 100 feet of water was the ticket,
with a mix of cohos, chinooks, rainbows, and lake trout.
Green/green and pearl/pearl dodger/fly combos on downriggers have
been hot, along with green spoons on Dypsys. Those fishing north of
Two Rivers have had the most success. The chinooks have been in the
8- to 14-pound range, with cohos averaging 4 to 6 pounds. Pier
anglers began catching chinooks last week. With the large number of
alewives around the pier heads, fishing remains relatively slow. In
the Two Rivers harbor, anglers continue to catch catfish and
carp.

CUB Radio report, (920) 683-6816.

Cub Radio Sport Fishing Hotline, (800) 236-9978, ext. 124.

MARINETTE/OCONTO AREA

The catfish bite is on in the Peshtigo Harbor area with fish
ranging from 2 to 6 pounds being caught on the bottom on crawlers.
Smallmouth bass also were present, and casting spinnerbaits and
crankbaits has worked well. The bluegill spawn has started on lake
Noquebay. Worms have been the bait of choice, but leeches, wax
worms, and small plastic jigs also have worked. Bass fishing has
picked up on Noquebay. Spinnerbaits, plastic worms, and crawlers
under slip bobbers have been working. High Falls and Cauldron Falls
also have seen the early stages of a bluegill spawn. On any body of
water, start fishing in 6 feet or less and then move out deeper if
the bite slows.

In Oconto County, Stiles dam anglers have been reporting a wide
variety of fish being caught. Spinnerbaits and crankbaits have
worked for smallmouth bass from the dam to below the Hwy. 141
bridge. Panfish and suckers also were being taken in and around the
Stiles dam. Slip bobbers and live baits are the best producers.
Anglers have been reporting limits of walleyes being taken in the
Pensaukee and Oconto breakwater area. The bite has slowed some, but
those who stick to it were being rewarded. Successful anglers were
fishing in 7 to 12 feet with crawlers and harnesses.

MBK Sport Shop, (715) 735-5393.

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

MINOCQUA/WOODRUFF/ LAKE TOMAHAWK AREA

The area saw lots of hot and unstable weather early last week. That
raised water temps on the small to mid-sized lakes. While crappie
anglers were sad to see the lack of spawning action, bluegill
fishing quickly improved. Bluegills started to bed on most lakes.
Use poppers over bedding fish. Thunderbugs, small leeches, worms,
and waxies work, too. Smallmouth action is very good. They are
starting to show up on mid-sized to large lakes. Crayfish-type
crankbaits dig into the bottom to stir up interest. Pike fishing
remains good, but action may slow if water temps continue to climb.
So far, these fish are active on spinnerbaits and live chubs in
weeds 6 to 10 feet deep. Muskie action is good. Try bucktails in
the smaller sizes, or twitch small crankbaits. Largemouths are
hitting plastics in the shallows, and recent heat has brought on
topwater action. Walleye action has been fair to good. On large,
deep lakes fish in the evenings on gravel humps in 18 to 26 feet
with large redtails.

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

Muskie success has been fair, with anglers reporting quite a few
sightings and follows. Bass action during the release season has
been good. Soft plastics have been the most successful bait, and
the key to catching fish has been a slow presentation. As bass
finish up spawning activity, look for success on larger fish to
improve.

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

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

SAUK CITY AREA

Fishing had been great – bluegills had been on fire everywhere –
but the cold weather late last week slowed that down a bit. Catfish
and walleyes are hitting on the Wisconsin River, and trollers were
catching walleyes on Lake Wisconsin.

Wilderness Fish and Game, (608) 643-2433.

WAUSAU AREA

The muskie bite has been very good, and some boaters are catching
and releasing multiple fish up to 45 inches. Most of the action is
on smaller bucktails, along with a few on 6-inch crankbaits. Work
shallow bays in less than 5 feet of water on lakes and current
breaks on the Wisconsin River. Anglers also are picking up a few
really big northerns, with several of them in the 30-inch range,
and the largest going almost 40 inches. The walleye bite continues
to be consistent, with limits of 15- to 20-inch fish being caught.
Most of the action has been coming from working jigs tipped with
minnows along shoreline breaks in 6 to 10 feet of water. Smallmouth
bass have been going strong with some dandy fish being caught by
working shoreline wood. The crappies have spawned and are moving
back into their summer feeding grounds. Work deep water, up to 20
feet deep, with slip bobbers tipped with minnows set at various
depths.

Hooksetters, (715) 693-5843.

Wisconsin Angling Adventures, (715) 297-7573.

UPPER PENINSULA REPORT

Lake Gogebic fishing has been great. Warmer temps and nice weather
are producing great action. Bass anglers are in heaven, with fish
moving shallow and hitting most anything. The walleye bite has been
good for fishermen using leeches and crawlers. The bite on minnows
is slowing down, but a few anglers are still using them. Trollers
also are seeing action on boards with crankbaits and crawler
harnesses.

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

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