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Northern Wisconsin Fishing Report – October 5th, 2012


Muskie fishing has picked up with the cooler weather, with a lot of average fishing caught and a couple in the 48-inch range. Typical fall lures have been producing fish. Bass fishing has been good, with plastics working around cover and deep water. Even a few bonus walleyes have been caught. Crankbaits have been taking eager smallmouth bass, while panfish anglers are reporting deep weed edges are the prime location.
Angler’s All, (715) 682-5754.
River Rock, (715) 682-3232.


Walleye action is picking up on Lake Wissota. A jig and minnow or leech are the best options. Panfish are biting on Otter Lake in 7 to 8 feet of water around green weeds. Lakes have not yet turned over.
Big Mama’s Bait Shop, (715) 231-0839, Menomonie.
Mouldy’s Archery & Tackle, Chippewa Falls, (715) 723-3607.
Bill’s Sport Shop, Chippewa Falls, (715) 723-9033.


Low water has made river salmon fishing nonexistent right now, but anglers are catching some panfish by the Peshtigo dam. Nice walleyes are still being caught around Green Island off the mouth of the Menomonee River in 15 to 30 feet of water on stick baits. A few brown trout are being caught on crawlers. Walleyes and perch have been slow to bite near Oconto, but the panfish bite has been good around the Stiles Dam.
MBK Sport Shop, (715) 735-5393.
Hook, Line and Sinker, (715) 854-2073.


The fall bite is getting under way, with good smallmouth bass and walleye fishing. Focus on gravel humps and use chubs, leeches, and crawlers. Creature baits and football jigs are working for big bass. Perch have been biting around wood cribs in 14 to 18 feet of water. Minnows and crawlers on slip floats are working, as are 1⁄16-ounce jigs in 6- to 8-foot weed flats. Bluegills have been aggressive in 8 to 12 feet of water on a variety of presentations. Warmer days have been best. Pike and largemouth bass action has been modest. Muskies still aren’t red hot yet, but people are getting a few fish on bucktails and twitch baits. Suckers should come into play in a few days.
Island Sport Shop, (715) 356-4797.
Great Outdoors, (715) 356-6818.
Captain Hooks, (715) 277-2405.
J & J Sports, (715) 277-2616.


Excellent action for northerns and panfish, along with a good bite from muskies, walleyes, largemouths, and smallmouth bass is being reported. For panfish and walleyes, look for weed edges and use minnows and chunks of crawlers in 10 to 20 feet of water. The bite remains good all day. Northerns are in 10 feet of water or less around weeds and they’re hitting small bucktails and jerk baits. For muskies, target 10 feet of water or less in the weeds and use a bucktail, topwater, or jerkbait.  Largemouth bass are in the same general areas as muskies and are being caught on rats and plastic worms. Smallies are 10 to 20 feet deep over hard bottom like gravel and sand. Tubes, deep-diving cranks, and jig and minnow combos are working. Most grouse are still in coveys. 
Eagle Sports Center, (715) 479-8804.
Guides’ Choice, (715) 477-2248.


Lakes are starting to turn over, which means the sucker bite will be on for muskies. Fish shallow weeds with topwater baits and bucktails. Bass have been biting great on points with weeds and rocks. Lipless crankbaits and deep divers are both working, and some wind helps. Walleye fishing has picked up, with jig and minnow combos working the best, although the action has been scattered from shallow to deep. Move a lot to find active fish. Pike fishing has been good, with spinnerbaits, spoons, and suckers catching fish. Largemouths have been active on shoreline structure on a variety of lures.
Hayward Bait, (715) 634-2921.
Hayward Lakes Visitor and Convention Bureau, (800) 724-2992.


Smallmouth bass have been going nuts around rock and wood, while muskie fishing is really picking up. Flowages have been the most productive for perch and walleyes in 13 to 18 feet of water. Crappies are suspended midlake, and they’re active when you can get on them. Pike action as been steady around any weeds.
Bridge Bait & Tackle, Park Falls, (715) 762-4108.
Ross’s Sport Shop, Phillips, (715) 339-3625.


Bear hunting has been outstanding. Hunters have had great success on grouse. There’s not much to report on fishing.
Rainbow Ace Home Center, (715) 234-8116.
J.C. Bear Paw Co., (715) 236-7300.


River fishing on the Yellow, St. Croix, and others in the area has been very good for walleyes and smallmouths. Beetle spins cast in and around shoreline wood has been a good option. Clam Lake has given up surprisingly nice perch on the south end. Duck hunting has been excellent.
Big Mike’s Outdoor Sports, (715) 349-2400.
Fur, Fin and Feathers Sports, (715) 349-8445.


Smallmouth and largemouth bass have been biting great on classic fall patterns. Using crankbaits on points has been the key. Lakes are nearing turnover, and muskies are starting to turn on. Shallow weeds flats have been good. Pike anglers are doing great.
St. Germain Chamber of Commerce, (715) 477-2205.


Good to excellent action for northern, and panfish, with a good bite for muskies, walleyes, largemouths, and smallmouth bass. Grouse and duck hunters are doing well.
Wisconsin Angling Adventures, (715) 297-7573

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