Northern Wisconsin Fishing Report – April 19th, 2012
Last week saw a return of snow showers following the warmer weather that preceded it. Ice fishing on all area inland lakes continues with good access and good action. Maple sapping is under way.
Angler’s All, (715) 682-5754.
River Rock, (715) 682-3232.
BOULDER JUNCTION AREA
Lake access and ice travel are the best they have been all winter. Ice fishermen are getting out everywhere. There is plenty of ice and panfish action has been good. Some anglers are driving out in trucks, but many anglers are using snowmobiles or ATVs.
Northern Highland Sports Shop, (715) 385-2134.
In Marinette County, the boat landing at the Peshtigo municipal garage is open and being used by anglers targeting walleyes. Catch rates remain low. Fishermen at the Peshtigo Harbor are targeting walleyes, trout, and pike with little success. Menominee River anglers are catching a few walleyes, trout, and whitefish around the Hattie Street dam. The boat launch at Stephenson Island and Boom Landing are open, but fishing is slow.
In Oconto County, most of the fishing pressure has been in the Stiles dam area or at the Oconto breakwater. Walleyes, trout, and pike are being targeted. The Oconto River is open to the mouth with fishermen casting spoons and crankbaits for walleyes and trout. A few are walking on the ice north of the causeway to fish for pike with tip-ups.
MBK Sport Shop, (715) 735-5393.
EAGLE RIVER AREA
The Wisconsin River has open sections of water from Eagle River to Rhinelander that are attracting tundra swans, trumpeter swans, Canada geese, and numerous duck species. Bear sightings are being reported and one person observed a loon flying outside Eagle River. Panfish anglers are still driving on area lakes, although the shoreline edges will begin to break up soon.
Eagle Sports Center, (715) 479-8804.
Guides’ Choice, (715) 477-2248.
Crappie action is good and improving as we move towards ice-out. Most of the fish are suspending in 15 to 25 feet of water, although some have started their move to shallower locations. Use your electronics to search varied depths until you find them, and then check the entire water column. Crappie minnows, waxies, plastics, and Gulp! baits are all effective, though not necessarily all at the same time – be prepared to offer a variety of presentations. Bluegill action is improving with the melting snow and ice. They are suspending in 6 to 15 feet of water, often holding with crappies. Waxies, spikes, plastics, and Gulp! baits are all work for bluegills, and you can increase your catch rate by downsizing line and baits. Perch anglers are finding some good action of nice fish, particularly on the deep, clear lakes. Look for the fish near the bottom, primarily in deeper water out to 20 feet of water on mud flats and bar edges, but expect them to start moving toward shallower water. Top baits include fatheads, rosy reds, waxies, spikes, and plastics on jigs and plain hooks, or tipped on spoons.
Hayward Bait, (715) 634-2921.
Hayward Lakes Visitor and Convention Bureau, (800) 724-2992.
Ice conditions are OK for fishing. Many of the landings are starting to go with recents rains and runoff. There is still more than two feet of good ice on the lakes. Panfishing has still been slow.
Big Mike’s, (715) 349-2400.