Southern Wisconsin Fishing Report – December 14th, 2012
BEAVER DAM / FOX LAKE AREA
Large flocks of tundra swans have been seen in Dodge County. Fishermen are having success fishing for crappies from shore on Beaver Dam Lake and the Beaver Dam River at the Lowell dam. Most anglers are having success with small jigs and tails.
Tim Nehls’ Fish Tales Bait, (920) 520-0015.
BIG GREEN LAKE AREA
There is no ice on Big Green Lake. The landing in town had been frozen over, but that opened up again last week. If anything, fishermen will go back out in boats to fish for ciscoes over deep water. The first areas to freeze over will be the back channels, and that’s not close to happening yet.
North Bay Sport & Liquor, (920) 294-6462.
LAKE MICHIGAN/METRO AREA LAKES
In Sheboygan, trollers were getting a few browns north of town in 30 to 50 feet of water on small spoons or crankbaits fished off downriggers, and lead cores fished off of planer boards. The Pigeon River still held a few cohos in the deeper pools, and anglers were getting a few on spawn or small flies drifted near bottom, but overall, stream fishing was slow.
Fishing in Port Washington improved, with several browns and a few steelhead being caught at the power plant discharge and the Rotary Park rocks. Spawn sacs fished off bottom, or casting spoons and crankbaits have all been good. Some boat anglers were catching browns by trolling crankbaits off of downriggers or on lead core fished off of planer boards in 20 to 40 feet of water.
Brown trout fishing in Milwaukee remains hot, with many browns and a few lake trout being caught from the lake and in the harbor. Most methods have been producing fish, with the best being short lead cores in two to four colors, and crankbaits fished off of planer boards, or crankbaits fished off of downriggers. Other anglers are having success casting and jigging spoons or plastics, as well. The wet, warm weather spiked the Milwaukee River some, and a few anglers were having action for steelhead by floating spawn sacs or flies in the deeper, slower holes. Shore fishermen near the Hoan Bridge and Summerfest grounds have been catching browns and some perch on spawn sacs fished off the bottom on a three-way rig.
Fishing in Racine slowed, with only an occasional brown caught by shore anglers or small boat fishermen casting crankbaits or spoons at the river mouth and inner harbor. The marina gave up a few browns for shore anglers using spawn or minnows.
One final pheasant-stocking took place last week on the Theresa, Allenton, and Jackson wildlife areas. The two waterfowl refuges on Theresa Marsh opened for the remainder of the season to small game, pheasant, and late archery deer hunting, and trapping.
DNR hotline, (414) 382-7920.
Smokey’s Bait Shop, (262) 691-0360.
Dick Smith’s Bait, (262) 646 2218.
LAKE WINNEBAGO AREA
The southern duck-hunting season ended with a bang on Lake Winnebago. The cold weather hit at the right time, and many duck hunters found late-season success.
Last week there was no ice on the Wolf River, and no one has been doing any open-water fishing on the river. Anglers were catching perch on Lake Winnebago. Walleyes and crappies can still be caught in good numbers on the Wolf River around New London. Walleyes can be a little hit or miss, though. Live bait is still a safe bet. There are still a few pheasants on the Mukwa Marsh and Larson state properties west of New London.
Critter’s Wolf River Sports, (920) 582-0471.
Fox River Bait, (920) 233-7409.
Dutch’s Trading Post, (920) 922-0311.
There hasn’t been a lot a lot going on in the area, fishing-wise, but anglers who have an interest may find walleyes on the steeper breaks in deeper water on Lake Mendota. There will be pike on the breaks, too, but closer to the weeds. Fishermen are looking forward to a good ice-fishing season.
In Jefferson County, not many hunters took part in the muzzleloader season. Pheasant hunters are still chasing birds. The weather and cover conditions are still good. Migrating swans have been seen on area waters. Numerous bald eagles, adult and juvenile, have been seen hunting area river corridors.
In Iowa County, pheasant hunters are reporting good luck, with a lot of birds seeking cover in the tall grasses. A lot of birds are being seen south of Barneveld and Ridgeway. A lot of this land is private, but with permission hunters could have a great hunt.
D&S Bait & Tackle, (608) 244-3474.
Dorn Hardware, (608) 244-5403.
PRAIRIE DU CHIEN AREA
The few walleye and sauger anglers venturing forth noted slow fishing activity and small fish in the 6- to 10-inch range. Bluegill and crappie fishermen noted ice on Long Pond Slough on Jack Oak Island, and Bertom Lake, but recent warm weather opened these areas. Anglers are now waiting for safe ice to return. There is a large number of bald eagles in Mississippi River Pool No. 11.
Stark’s Sport Shop, (608) 326-2478.
SAUK CITY AREA
Open-water fishing below the Prairie du Sac dam has been good. Anglers are catching walleyes on jigs and minnows or a hook and minnow.
Wilderness Fish and Game, (608) 643-2433.