Northern Wisconsin Fishing Report – July 26th, 2013


Fishing has been fantastic on Chequamegon Bay and Lake Superior. The smallies have been providing the best action, but the walleyes and lake trout also have been hitting. The walleyes are in weeds in 6 to 15 feet, and the bigger smallies are out on the rock piles. The lakers have been in 30 to 190 feet of water. Some fishermen are still flat-lining them. They’re out on the flats and out around the islands. The lakers are all over.
Angler’s All, (715) 682-5754.
River Rock, (715) 682-3232.


Muskie, smallmouth, and largemouth action has been very good. Row-trollers aren’t finding active muskies over deep water like they might expect to at this time of the year, but anglers who are casting lures along deep weed edges have found a lot of action. Both bass species are hitting just about anything right now, and some big fish are being caught. Walleye fishermen are having trouble getting their lures to the walleyes on some lakes, because the bass are hammering everything. Walleye fishing has been at least decent, with some of the best action coming on the bigger, deeper lakes. Fish rock humps in deep water that top out around 15 to 25 feet, or deep weed edges.
Northern Highland Sports Shop, (715) 385-2134.


Bluegill fishing has slowed down on Lake Noquebay. The bluegills that are being caught are in 10 to 14 feet of water and in the lower half of that range. Worms and small leeches are working the best. Walleye fishing on all area lakes has slowed, with one- to two-fish days being the average. Bass fishing on the upper Menominee River has been good, with the best catches coming on crankbaits.
Hook, Line and Sinker, (715) 854-2073.


Walleye fishing has been fair, but it was slower this week than the previous week. Even the night bite is off. Most action is coming along 14- to 18-foot weed edges on big leeches. Perch action has been good. They’re moving to outside weed edges of 10 to 12 feet and sand grass flats of 14 to 18 feet. Muskie action is good to very good. There’s been some topwater action on Whopper Ploppers. The best action has been along 15- to 20-foot flats adjacent to coontail beds. Count down Medussas, Alien Eels, and the small Super D’s over these open areas. The top fish reported was a 48-incher, with several in the 40- to 43-inch range being caught. Smallmouth action is good. They’re working their way out to deep gravel humps, but they’re still shallower than usual in 12 to 18 feet. Largemouth bass action is very good. Try topwater action on plastic frogs, and Jitterbugs in the evenings along the slop. Imitation craws on standup jigs, drop-shot rigs, and craw-patterned crankbaits are hot. Pike action is good. Try Boonie Bait spinnerbaits with willow blades on the clearer lakes. Chubs, suckers, and soft-bodied swim baits also are making for nice catches. Bluegill action is good over weed tops of 8 to 12 feet where they’re feeding on small daily hatches of insects. Use small leeches or waxies. Fly fishermen are using poppers on calm nights for great action.
Island Sport Shop, (715) 356-4797.
Great Outdoors, (715) 356-6818.
J & J Sports, (715) 277-2616.


Walleye fishing has been pretty good for this time of year. Most fish are being found near the deep edges of the weeds. Mornings and evenings are best, but you can find some fish during the daytime, too. Fish close to the bottom. The weed edges are roughly 8 feet on the darker lakes and 12 feet on the deeper lakes. All live bait is working now, with minnows, leeches, and crawlers equal in their production. If you’re using crawlers, use half crawlers. Bass fishing is at its summer best now, with the smallies out on rocks and feeding daily on crayfish. Anglers have been getting some on Rapalas twitched on calm days over those rocks. Leeches are the best live bait for these guys. Largemouths are in the slop and can be as shallow as 3 feet. Plastics and spinnerbaits are working best for these fish. Crawlers will work, but the bluegills will drive you crazy. Northerns are in the weeds and hitting well. Look for areas of deeper grass weeds for best production. Chubs are best for these fish, but artificials such as Mepps and Johnson Silver Minnows work well, too. Muskie action has been good, with some big fish now being caught throughout the area. Overall, bucktails are working best, but all bait types work at this time of year. Night fishing is also good. It’s a good time of the year to use surface baits.
Eagle Sports Center, (715) 479-8804.
Guides’ Choice, (715) 477-2248.


The bass – especially largemouths – have been going nuts lately and the panfishing is still pretty good. Walleyes have been pretty active on the bigger, deeper lakes. Northern fishing has been decent, but muskie fishing has been slow.
Hayward Bait, (715) 634-2921.


Despite the heat, anglers are still catching bluegills and walleyes. The fish have moved a little deeper; they’re in about 12 to 18 feet of water now near cribs and wood. They are hitting super light. Anglers are doing well on largemouth bass. The bass are piling up in heavy cover. Fishermen are using plastic frogs and a lot of Senkos. Muskie action has been good right away in the morning, and again at dusk and after dark. They’re getting a few, but it really hasn’t turned on yet. Fishermen also are pulling channel catfish out of the Flambeau River. The action has been very good, with up to six or seven fish caught per night.
Bridge Bait, (715) 762-4108.
Ross’s Sport Shop, (715) 339-3625.


Walleyes are still hitting on Yellow Lake despite the heat. Most guys are jigging leeches and fatheads for those fish. Fishermen also are getting walleyes and smallies on the river above and below Clam Lake, and below the dam. The bass have been hitting really well on all lakes. Catfish also have been hitting on the Clam River and on the St. Croix River. Muskie action has been a little slower than anglers would like.
Big Mike’s, (715) 349-2400.
Fur, Fin and Feathers Sports, (715) 349-8445.


Despite the heat, the fishing hasn’t been too bad. The bluegill action has been very good. Fishermen are catching a lot of nice 8- and 9-inch bluegills. There has been one 10-incher brought in recently. The northern pike action also has been very good. The bass fishing has been excellent, as well.
AAA Sports Shop, (715) 635-3011.

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