Saturday, February 4th, 2023
Saturday, February 4th, 2023

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WI: Anglers finding better-than-average summer fishing action Issue: 14


Chequamegon Bay smallies are scattering throughout the bay. The
bite can be tough, as the fish are recouping from the spawn, but
fish are feeding throughout the day. Most anglers are having luck
with fish in the shallows yet, around weeds and wood. The Sand Cut
and the Kakagon have been good in 2 to 6 feet. Walleyes have been
hit or miss, but most fish are keyed in on deep weeds or mud
bottoms in 10 to 20 feet of water. Spinner rigs seem to be the best
way to catch them – troll at 1.5 mph or slower. Lake trout have
been popular, with the flats producing lots of fish from the Sand
Cut shoals all of the way to the Buoy 14 area. Clean spoons off of
riggers, Dipsys, and leadcore have been great, as have
spin-and-glows behind a dodger or flasher tight to bottom. Fish in
the islands have been going great, too, up along structure. Work
points and secondary breaks from 40 to 100 feet with a mixture of
tactics and lures until the pattern has been determined. On the
streams, big browns are the name of the game. This bite is good
from the Brule to the White. On the inland scene, Namekagon and the
Pike Lake chain have provided good action for a lot of species,
including muskies. Walleyes in Namekagon are up tight on the weed
edges and onto the flats.

Angler’s All, (715) 682-5754.

River Rock, (715) 682-3232.


All species have been biting well lately, with bass and panfish
providing the best overall action. Topwater fishing is kicking in
for muskies, with a lot of the best surface action now at dusk and
after dark. Water clarity does not seem to be a factor; the muskies
are hitting equally well on the clear and stained/dark lakes.
Panfishermen are still reporting good crappie action – just in
deeper water and off the weed edges. The walleyes have been a
little stingy, but guys are catching fish.

Boulder Junction Chamber of Commerce, (800) 466-8759.

Northern Highland Sports, (715) 385-2134.


Fish are still being caught every day, but the action last week was
off a tad from previous reports. Most of the action has been in 100
to 200 feet of water, fishing 50 to 110 feet down for kings and in
the top 50 feet for rainbows. Some guys are fishing in 200 to 500
feet for mixed catches of rainbows, lake trout, and cohos, with the
chinooks down deep.

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.


Muskie action has picked up. The fish are holding in weeds in 10
feet of water or less. Bucktails, topwaters, and crankbaits are all
working. While it’s an all-day bite, the most predictable time to
fish is around sunset. Walleyes are providing a good bite in 10
feet of water or less, and they’re holding on the outside weed
edges. Use a jig and a fathead minnow. The northern action has
dropped off a bit. Crappies, bluegills, and perch are all in the
same general areas, and are providing some good action for anglers.
Fish in 10 feet of water or less near weeds. The crappies and
bluegills will be suspending, and the perch will be tight to
bottom. For the crappies and perch, use a small minnow under a slip
bobber, and for the ‘gills, use a chunk of crawler under a slip

Eagle Sports Center, (715) 479-8804.

Guides’ Choice, (715) 477-2248.


Bayshore Park anglers have been finding some walleyes. The best
action has been on trolled crawler harnesses. Crankbaits have been
working as well, with anglers finding perch or shad colors
performing the best. Perch fishing has been hit or miss, with some
really respectable perch being caught in 20 to 25 feet of

The Sportsman, (920) 734 3299.

Deprey’s Kwik Stop, (920) 866-2934.


Smallmouths and largemouths have been providing the best action
across the board for game fish species, with topwater lures
offering a lot of fun. Some panfish are suspending, depending on
the lakes. The panfish action has remained strong. Muskie action
has picked up on topwater lures and bucktails. The walleye bite has
been a little tough, but the best action has been at night on a jig
and leech.

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

Hayward Bait, (715) 634-2921.


Bluegills are hitting in 3 to 4 feet of water. Crappies are near
docks on the Black River. There is a bit of flow with the high
water. The bluegills are suspended in 4 to 5 feet of water over 12
to 16 feet. Northern pike are in shallow weedbeds in the cleanest
water you can find in the Black River. Bass are in the duckwort;
use Slop Frogs or a weedless topwater lure. Walleyes are in the
side channels because the water is so high. Use leeches and willow
cats and drift in 13 to 18 feet of water. Striped bass are super
shallow over sand or are near closing dams in heavy current.
Flathead catfish are next to deep water right now. Use sunfish or
suckers and fish on the flats next to deep water that have wood.
Channel cats are in shallow water with mild flow.

Schafer’s Boats, (608) 781-3100.

Bob’s Bait & Tackle, (608) 782-5552.


Fishermen were catching walleyes in deep water last week, mostly in
the channel areas, on leeches and crawlers. Nice crappies were
being caught in deep water on minnows. Sometimes the crappies and
walleyes are in the same holes. There hasn’t been a lot of word on
muskies yet, but they should start popping any day now. Nice
smallies are hitting on the Chippewa and Flambeau rivers. Try
crawlers, spinnerbaits, and Twister tails. Catfish have been
hitting cut bait, gobs of crawlers, or suckers.

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


In Sheboygan most trollers were having success in 100 to 200 feet
on orange or silver dodgers with flies. Cohos continue to dominate
the catch, but better numbers of chinooks and rainbow trout have
been showing up.

Most Port Washington trollers continue to catch good numbers of
fish on dodgers and flies in 150 to 250 feet. The main catch has
been cohos, but higher numbers of chinooks and rainbows were being

The fishing off of Milwaukee remains good for boat anglers. Cohos
are still active, but they’re scattered and can be found from 40
feet out to 180 feet of water. A few chinooks were showing up, but
with no frequency or pattern.

Coho action remains good off of Racine; most trollers have been
doing well in 100 feet of water. A few chinooks have been taken, as
well. Racine shore anglers have been taking a few perch.

Good coho action continues off of Kenosha, and some chinooks have
been taken, too. The most popular bait continues to be orange or
red flashers coupled with flies in blues, greens, and reds. Most
fish have been taken around 100 feet of water.

DNR hotline, (414) 382-7920.

Smokey’s Bait Shop, (262) 691-0360.

Dick Smith’s Bait, (262) 646 2218.


Nice walleyes are being caught on Lake Winnebago at the mouth of
the Fox River and around most of the reefs out in the lake. Catfish
are still in the Fox River. Perch in the 8- to 10-inch range were
being caught on the south end of the lake. Also try Asylum Bay for
panfish and perch.

Fox River Bait & Tackle, (920) 233-7409.


Fishing action has been picking up in general, and quite a few
smallmouths are being caught on the Lake Menodata bars in 14 to 19
feet of water. Try leeches. There also have been quite a few
reports of perch on Mendota weedlines all over the lake, not just
one spot. Fish tight to the weeds with worms, spikes, or waxies.
Lake Monona bluegill action has been picking up a bit. Some
bluegills were still in spawning, and a lot of bluegills are on
deeper weedlines. Muskies are hitting on Monona and Waubesa.
Waubesa panfish are still scattered in 6 to 8 feet of water.
Walleyes and bluegills are along the weed edges on Kegonsa.

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

Dorn Hardware, (608) 244-5403.


The Peshtigo Harbor has been producing some nice catfish, along
with a few bass and walleyes, for anglers using a dead-drift
approach. Fishing the Menominee River has been slow, with a few
catfish and walleyes being caught at the Hattie Street dam. Wind
and rain have slowed the bluegill action around Crivitz, but the
fish are there. Worms are most often used, but small leeches and
Mini Mites also are taking fish. Crappies are being caught on High
Falls. Some are suspended in 15 to 25 feet; others are shallower.
On Noquebay, the last two hours of daylight is the best time for
crappies. Fish the weed edges with small minnows. Bass fishing has
picked up. Plastic worms and frogs, spinnerbaits, and jigs have
been producing fish.

MBK Sport Shop, (715) 735-5393.

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


Water temps have risen – most lakes are in the low 70s, but a few
big lakes were still in the upper 60s. Mayfly hatches on Fence and
Tomahawk signify the last of that little hurdle, and summer
patterns should start to solidify. Muskies are chasing bucktails
and surface baits. They’re holding a little deeper during the day
(8 to 15 feet), but they move into the back of bays toward dusk.
Largemouth action is good. Some larger lakes are seeing bedding
bluegills. Smallmouth action is not quite up to full summer speed.
Try tube jigs in 8 to 15 feet of water, or use light jigs with live
bait. Mayfly hatches were dampening the walleye bite on large
lakes, but the hatch should be over soon. Fishing weed edges with
leeches early and late has been the best.

Island Sport Shop, (715) 356-4797.

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

Captain Hooks, (715) 277-2405.

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


Bluegills are still hitting like crazy and the smallmouth bass
fishing is still hot, but most other species are in their summer
patterns. Guys are still catching walleyes early and late, but the
daytime stuff has been pretty slow. Bluegills keep trying to spawn,
and they are fairly shallow yet. Smallies have just been crazy.
They are starting to hit on surface baits, or just about anything
you throw in front of them. Muskies have been hit or miss.
Fishermen have been seeing a lot of grouse chicks on the

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

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


Lake Wisconsin walleyes continue to bite, and anglers are catching
them in a number of ways, including trolling crankbaits on planer
boards, or by using jigs and leeches or crawlers. Big bluegills are
hitting on Devil’s Lake – up to 111⁄2 inches on deep weed edges.
There has been some trout activity on Devil’s, but the action is a
little slower than normal with reduced stocking quotas. Smallies
are hitting on the Wisconsin River, and channel cats are spawning
in the river. Fish the shallows in slack-water areas.

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


The crappies have moved out to deeper water, but fishermen are
still finding them. The bluegills are still pretty close to shore.
Try Yellow Lake for walleyes and muskies. Water temperatures are up
now all over the area, and the catfish are going nuts. Anglers are
targeting catfish on the Clam River system, the Namekagon River,
and the St. Croix River. Bass action has been good.

Big Mike’s Outdoor Sports, (715) 349-2400.

Fur, Fin and Feathers Sports, (715) 349-8445.


The walleye bite has been very good, with lots of fish in the 15-
to 19-inch range being caught. Most of the action has come on Lindy
rigs tipped with minnows or crawlers, or try crankbaits in the
shallows early and late. Work current breaks and midlake humps in
the 8- to 11-foot range, but go shallower on overcast days. Muskies
have been pretty consistent. They seem to be holding tight to
structure and in the heaviest weeds you can find. Bucktails have
accounted for a good majority of the fish, but glide baits and
topwater baits are working, too.

Hooksetters, (715) 693-5843.

Wisconsin Angling Adventures, (715) 297-7573.


Lake Gogebic fishing is on the upswing. Some nice jumbo perch are
hitting crawlers in the weeds and also in 15 to 16 feet of water.
Crawlers are producing walleyes in these same areas.

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

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