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Northern Wisconsin Fishing Report – August 10th, 2012

ASHLAND AREA

Lake levels and weed growth are about normal. The water has warmed up considerably with the warm weather, but fishing has still been good in the deeper water on inland lakes early and late in the day. Bear problems have been reported.
Angler’s All, (715) 682-5754.
River Rock, (715) 682-3232.

MARINETTE/OCONTO AREA

Floating the Peshtigo River from the municipal garage down to the mouth has been providing some fast action for pike and smallmouth bass on surface plugs and plastics. Some perch are being caught off Little River in the weeds on minnows and crappie rigs in 10 to 15 feet of water. Salmon and trout anglers catching fish near the Trout Bar and Green Island in 80 to 100 feet of water. Walleye anglers are reporting some nice fish in the Green Island area on crawler/harness and jigging with minnows and plastics. Lots of turkey broods are using roadsides and forest openings to feed on insects and weed seeds.
MBK Sport Shop, (715) 735-5393.
Hook, Line and Sinker, (715) 854-2073.

MINOCQUA/WOODRUFF/ LAKE TOMAHAWK AREA

As temperatures start to return to normal, so has the fishing. Largemouth bass action is very good. Lots of 13- to 14-inch fish are being caught, along with some 18- to 19-inchers. Muskie action is good, with the best action towards dusk. Bucktails are bringing in best action. There is also the deep, open water bite for anglers willing to work big rubber baits and crankbaits over cisco schools. Smallmouth action is good. After a front, smallies seem to move off of rock humps and work weed lines. Walleye action is fair. Clouds from fronts help the daytime bite, but the evening walleye bite is back.
Island Sport Shop, (715) 356-4797.
Great Outdoors, (715) 356-6818.
Captain Hooks, (715) 277-2405.
J & J Sports, (715) 277-2616.

EAGLE RIVER AREA

Water temps are holding in the low 80s. Fishing action remains good. The panfish bite is very good to excellent in 15 feet of water or less along weed edges. Walleye action is good. Fish in 10 to 25 feet of water along break edges, over hard-bottomed areas. Use a jig and a leech or a jig and a half of a crawler. It’s an all-day bite with peaks at sunrise and sunset. The largemouth bass bite is good. Fish in 10 feet of water or less, along shoreline structure (docks, downed wood, lily pads, weeds or brush piles). Use topwaters like frogs and rats early and late, and a Texas rig with a plastic worm all day. Smallmouth bass are being found mainly in the deeper, clearer lakes. Fish in 10 to 35 feet of water off of break edges along rocky areas. Muskies are showing two patterns. Fish shallow weeds in 10 feet of water or less, or open water in main lake basins in about 30 feet. The muskie will be found in the deeper water wherever the bait fish are locating.
Eagle Sports Center, (715) 479-8804.
Guides’ Choice, (715) 477-2248.

HAYWARD AREA

River levels are low, but near normal for this time of year on the north and south forks of the Chippewa River system. Fishing is good for bass, muskies, walleyes and catfish on area rivers. Anglers fishing muskies should release fish quickly to reduce stress. Many are having success on topwaters for smallmouth bass on the rivers. If fishing holes, crawlers and leeches are doing well. The catfish bite is best in early evening, into dusk. Cut bait is best right now due to smallmouths, rough fish, and chubs being real active and “nibbling” crawlers to pieces before the catfish can get them. Walleyes are doing OK on crawlers, minnows and leeches during early morning and at dusk. A few decent fish have been observed, with some in the 20-plus-inch range. The larger fish have been taken on large crankbaits.
Hayward Bait, (715) 634-2921.
Hayward Lakes Visitor and Convention Bureau, (800) 724-2992.

PRICE COUNTY AREA

Water temperatures have dropped back to the upper 70-degree range and muskie fishing has been getting a bit of attention with the slight cool down. Nearly all anglers are reporting quite a few follows, sightings and short hits – and there have also been a good number of muskies caught up to 38 inches. The deep weed edges and the less dense weed beds continue to hold most of the fish, with crankbaits, bucktails and surface baits being the popular lures. Bass fishing has continued to be good, with largemouths providing the most consistent action near heavy cover, such as logs, docks, thick weeds and bog edges, with soft plastics and bass jigs providing the best success. Lily pad beds have become hard to fish – the stems have hardened up so it’s hard to get bait through, and even tougher to get the fish out of. Smallie fishing has been erratic as the warm temperatures and low water levels seem to have pushed many of the fish to deeper water. Crawlers, leeches and small finesse plastics have been getting most of the action. Walleye angling has been fair. Some good success on 12- to 16-inch fish has been reported on the deep weed edges and deep rock and gravel bars, with leeches and crawlers continuing to be the best baits. Panfish action has been fair and a few nice catches of crappies, bluegills and rock bass have been made in the last week. Small jigs tipped with a grub and slip bobbers fished with a small leech or crawler piece have been successful in producing fish, and the bigger panfish have been suspended near cover in the mid-depth ranges of 8 to 14 feet.
Bridge Bait & Tackle, Park Falls, (715) 762-4108.
Ross’s Sport Shop, Phillips, (715) 339-3625.

SIREN AREA

Fishing on area lakes has been slow because of the warm weather and warm waters. The St. Croix River is at a low level and caution should be used on the river. Does and fawns have been very active in the area.
Big Mike’s Outdoor Sports, (715) 349-2400.
Fur, Fin and Feathers Sports, (715) 349-8445

WAUSAU AREA

Walleyes continue to be a very good attraction, with nice fish being caught on crawlers and leeches. Most of the fish are in 8 to 12 feet of water near wood and rocks. Smallmouth bass have been fairly aggressive on topwater baits and small crayfish style crankbaits. The best action is coming from rocky riprap areas, as well as shoreline wood. The catfish bite is about as good as it gets! We are not only catching a lot of nice fish, we are getting some good ones in the 10- to 15-pound range. Most of the cats are being caught on cut bait or crawlers cast into deep water, usually 12 feet or more and sometimes as much as 20 feet deep. The panfish bite has been good, with nice catches of bluegills, crappies and a few jumbo perch. A lot of the panfish are holding tight to bottom in 8 to 12 feet of water near weeds or wood, but the crappies are suspended down 4 to 7 feet from the surface. Small jigs tipped with a piece of crawler or a tiny minnow have been working the best. The muskie bite has been pretty good during low light periods and after dark, with a few nice fish on topwater baits and bucktails burned in as fast as you can retrieve them.
Wisconsin Angling Adventures, (715) 297-7573.
Hooksetters, (715) 693-5843.

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