WI: Sportsmen’s attention turning more to deer, but fish biting Issue: 23
Fishing has been pretty good for the people who have made it out.
Trout, salmon, and smallmouths are being caught consistently in
Chequamegon Bay. For walleyes, try the Ashland shoreline at night
and during the early morning hours. Anglers fishing the streams are
doing OK, but with all of the streams being extremely clear and low
right now, fishing has been tough.
Angler’s All, (715) 682-5754.
River Rock, (715) 682-3232.
BEAVER DAM / FOX LAKE AREA
Walleyes have been biting well along rocky shorelines and off of
islands in 2 to 3 feet of water. The best baits have been Flicker
Shads and Thundersticks. On Fox Lake, limits of perch and crappies
have been taken in shallow water around the inlet. Some perch up to
10 inches have shown up, with 8-inchers being the most common.
Walleye action has been better than average for anglers trolling
with crankbaits and planer boards. Bluegill action has been
Tim Nehls’ Fish Tales Bait, (920) 210 0321.
BIG GREEN LAKE AREA
Some great smallmouth bass action has been reported, with fish
mostly coming from deep points and fish cribs. Both numbers and
size are good. Perch fishing has been good, but anglers are having
to sort through a bunch of fish for a limit. Walleye action has
been spotty, but some fish are being caught, especially after dark.
Trout anglers this year are reporting larger-than-normal fish, with
20-plus-inchers being more common.
North Bay Sport & Liquor, (920) 294-6462.
BOULDER JUNCTION AREA
Walleyes are biting, but they’re deep, with most fish hitting in 20
feet of water or deeper on the bigger lakes. Some lakes, like
Trout, are producing walleye action in as much as 70 feet of water.
Vertical jigging and other finesse tactics are key. Muskie anglers
are reporting multiple-fish days with suckers being the meal of
Boulder Junction Chamber of Commerce, (800) 466-8759.
Northern Highland Sports, (715) 385-2134.
CHIPPEWA FALLS / EAU CLAIRE / MENOMONIE AREA
Most anglers in the area have put away their fishing rods in
exchange for bows. There just aren’t a lot of people getting out
for fish. Hunters have been noticing some daytime movement of bucks
in the area.
Big Mama’s Bait Shop, (715) 231-0839, Menomonie.
Mouldy’s Archery & Tackle, Chippewa Falls, (715)
Bill’s Sport Shop, Chippewa Falls, (715) 723-9033.
DOOR PENINSULA AND KEWAUNEE AREA
Fishing has remained consistent for most species of trout and
salmon. Charter fishing has been very good, while shore anglers are
catching their share, too. Rivers remain low, with few anglers
fishing. Some nice pike have been caught, with anglers having the
best success tossing jerkbaits in 5 to 10 feet of water.
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 has been outstanding. Slower-moving jerkbaits, as
well as big plastics, have been the best bets, while suckers seem
to produce the most consistent bite. Be patient and work slowly
around any remaining green weeds for the best action. Bowhunters
say that white-tailed bucks are on the move.
Eagle Sports Center, (715) 479-8804.
Guides’ Choice, (715) 477-2248.
GREEN BAY/APPLETON AREA
Green Bay and Fox River muskies are seeing plenty of pressure, but
they’re still responding well. Trolling has been the most
productive tactic. Walleye anglers are catching some nice fish
while trolling with crankbaits and crawlers. Productive depths have
been in the 15-foot range, with tight-wobbling crankbaits being the
most consistent artificial lure choice.
The Sportsman, (920) 734 3299.
Deprey’s Kwik Stop, (920) 866-2934.
Muskie action has been good in the 10- to 25-foot range, with
jerkbaits, tubes, and suckers providing the best action. Trolling
has been OK. Walleyes are hitting suckers in 20 to 50 feet of
water. Most panfish are being found suspended deep or on drop-offs
with any remaining weeds. Largemouth bass are being caught on deep
weeds on plastics and live baits.
Pastika’s Sporting Goods, (715) 634-4466.
Hayward Bait, (715) 634-2921.
LA CROSSE AREA
The Dresbach dam area is seeing the most fishing pressure, as many
people have hung it up for the season. Those who are sticking it
out are finding good catches of sauger, with an occasional walleye
in the mix. Some crappie action has been a bonus. Fishing by the
dam and the wing dams has been good, with some nice pike being
caught as people target walleyes on the wing dams. Bucks are on the
move, but mostly the small ones right now.
Schafer’s Boats, (608) 781-3100.
Bob’s Bait & Tackle, (608) 782-5552.
LAKE HOLCOMBE AREA
Muskie anglers are doing well on suckers – when you can find them,
as there is a shortage of large suckers in the area. Walleyes and
smallmouths are being caught in deep water around cribs and breaks
on small suckers and big fatheads.
Lake Holcombe Sport Shop, (715) 595-4293.
LAKE MICHIGAN/METRO AREA LAKES
Shore fishing has been spotty, with some anglers doing OK with
spawn sacs. Despite low water levels, some fly fishermen are
catching good numbers of salmon on egg-sucking leeches. Trollers
are doing well and are able to stick close to the harbor for good
catches of mature chinooks, browns, and a few whitefish. Inland
lakes are in fall patterns, with most fish suspended or around
drops-offs and remaining weedlines. Panfish and walleye fishing
have been hit or miss, with bass producing the most consistent
action. For muskies, Pewaukee Lake has been producing the most
consistent action, while Okauchee has been slower, but with larger
fish are being caught. Whitetail rutting activity has been mostly
the smaller bucks, but taxidermists are starting to see some
DNR hotline, (414) 382-7920.
Smokey’s Bait Shop, (262) 691-0360.
Dick Smith’s Bait, (262) 646 2218.
LAKE WINNEBAGO AREA
Fishing has been pretty slow, with perch and white bass anglers
seeing the most success. Dragging jigs in 5 to 15 feet of water has
been the most productive technique. Once you find them, especially
the white bass, action has been good. Walleye fishing has been slow
on the lake as fish migrate to the river. Duck hunters are getting
lots of shooting.
Fox River Bait & Tackle, (920) 233-7409.
Lower temps have brought water temperatures into the 50-degree
range. Walleye action has been slow on Mendota, but a few shore
anglers are catching some at night off of University Bay. Muskie
angles are doing well on the west side of Lake Monona. Walleye
anglers are getting a few fish after dark from the bank. Panfishing
has slowed substantially. Perch and bluegills should be stabilizing
in the 50-foot range soon. Lake Waubesa has been producing muskies
and walleyes on live bait. Weeds are key, but they’re hard to come
by on most of the area lakes. Lake Wisconsin has seen some
increased walleye action. Ducks and geese are migrating and are
being seen in large numbers.
D&S Bait & Tackle, (608) 244-3474.
Dorn Hardware, (608) 244-5403.
MANITOWOC/TWO RIVERS AREA
Trout fishing success has decreased in the harbors, with only a few
fish being caught per day. Rainbows have been caught on crawlers.
Most of the success has come by fishing on the bottom. A few cohos
have showed up at the Mishicot and Shoto dams. Large numbers of
diver ducks are passing through, and hunters are reporting good
CUB Radio report, (920) 683-6816.
Cub Radio Sport Fishing Hotline, (800) 236-9978, ext 124.
Browns, salmon, and steelhead are being caught in the Menomonee
River. Perch are doing well out of Oconto. Walleye action has been
slow due to low river levels. Whitefish should be peaking in late
MBK Sport Shop, (715) 735-5393.
Hook, Line and Sinker, (715) 854-2073.
MINOCQUA/WOODRUFF/ LAKE TOMAHAWK AREA
Muskie action has been good, with a 49-incher and a 50-incher being
reported last week. Nearly everything has been on suckers in the
15- to 30-foot range. If you can’t find suckers, try big plastic
baits, or use slow-moving jerkbaits. For walleyes, try Lindy
rigging in 20 to 25 feet on areas of hard bottom. You also may try
vertical jigging spoons. On lakes with less than 25 feet of depth,
use light jigs tipped with fatheads or the same bait under a
slip-float after dark. Water temps were slowly working down to 38
to 44 degrees, but should drop quicker with snow and teen temps at
Island Sport Shop, (715) 356-4797.
Great Outdoors Sports Shop, (715) 356-6818.
Captain Hooks, (715) 277-2405.
J & J Sports, (715) 277-2616.
Walleyes are being caught in deep holes and around the dam toward
evening. Crappie action has been good. Hunters are reporting lots
of bucks chasing does.
Sunrise Bait & Tackle, (715) 886-5440.
Petenwell Sports, (608) 564 7707.
PRAIRIE DU CHIEN AREA
Bluegills, crappies, perch, and bass are all being caught in good
numbers and size in the sloughs of the Mississippi River. Bits of
crawlers have been the most productive for panfish, while bass are
responding well to slow-moving plastics, jig-n-pigs, and sucker
chubs. Walleye action has been slow, but most people are waiting
for the water to cool off some more before targeting those
Stark’s Sport Shop, (608) 326-2478.
PRICE COUNTY AREA
Muskie action remains good in Price, Ashland, and Iron counties on
rubber baits, jerkbaits, and suckers. Anglers are fishing bigger
lakes, rivers, and the Turtle-Flambeau Flowage. Walleyes are being
caught on the Phillips chain in 20 feet of water. Most anglers are
anchoring and casting jigs tipped with minnows.
Bridge Bait & Tackle, Park Falls, (715) 762-4108.
Ross’s Sport Shop, Phillips, (715) 339-3625.
RICE LAKE AREA
Rice Lake has been giving up muskies on suckers, and panfish and
bass around shallow weed edges. For walleyes, head to Red Cedar,
where anglers are catching nice ones by vertical jigging in the
deeper areas of the lake. Bucks are on the move.
Rainbow Ace Home Center, (715) 234-8116.
J.C. Bear Paw Co., (715) 236-7300.
SAUK CITY AREA
Walleyes are setting up near the dam on Lake Wisconsin. On the
Wisconsin River, action has been good; try vertical jigging around
bends and deeper holes. Fatheads have been the bait of choice. The
rut is in full swing, with lots of midday sightings being
Wilderness Fish and Game, (608) 643-2433.
The few reports coming in have found good walleye action on Clam
and Yellow lakes. Muskies have been biting on Yellow. Most
sportsmen have put away their boats for the year and are hunting
deer, grouse, turkeys, or waterfowl.
Big Mike’s Outdoor Sports, (715) 349-2400.
Fur, Fin and Feathers Sports, (715) 349-8445.
Muskie action has been very good, with a lot of nice fish being
caught, including several fish in the 30-pound range, with a couple
pushing that 40-pound mark. With the water temperatures now down in
the 30s, most of the action has been on suckers suspended about 5
to 7 feet below bobbers. There also has been good action on
artificial baits. Most of the action has come to anglers drifting
in 8 to12 feet of water along rocky shorelines. With most
outdoorsmen focusing on deer hunting or muskie fishing, there are
not a lot of people out there targeting walleyes, but the walleye
fishing has been good in deep water (12 to 16 feet) at the lower
end of the deeper pools. With the rut coming on stronger, hunters
should look at targeting scrape lines, rub lines, and areas with
high concentrations of does. Midday can be the best time for big
Hooksetters, (715) 693-5843.
Wisconsin Angling Adventures, (715) 297-7573.
UPPER PENINSULA REPORT
Lake Gogebic fishing has improved thanks to seasonable temps
sparking a fall bite. Pressure is light, with most anglers just
fishing from shore. Jigs tipped with suckers are working the best,
but some fish are responding to crankbaits. Shorelines and weeds
are producing best at dusk and dawn. Grouse hunting has been
Bear’s Nine Pines Resort, (906) 842-3361.