Northern Wisconsin Fishing Report – August 9th, 2013
CHIPPEWA FALLS / EAU CLAIRE / MENOMONIE AREA
Trout anglers are reporting good action while using artificial flies in the deeper pools on the Buffalo and Trempealeau rivers. Looking for a great place to take a kid fishing? Look no further than the pool below the dam in Strum. The bluegills have been biting on worms and crawlers there, and it’s always a good place to cast a spoon for northern pike. In Dunn County, fishing pressure on Tainter Lake is very low due to the lake being green with algae bloom. Bear hound dog training has increased recently due to the unusually cooler weather. There has been an increase in bear baiting in northern Dunn County. Young turkeys are being seen.
Buroker’s Taxidermy and Bait, Eau Claire, (715) 835-0847.
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.
In Oconto County, Geano Beach fishing activity was very low. Some walleyes were being caught between the Pensaukee River and Oconto Park II in 14 to 20 feet of water. Jigging with live bait, Zip lures, and rattling jigs is out-preforming trolling with crawler harnesses. Walleyes are averaging 6 pounds. Some perch are being caught in 8 to 14 feet of water by fishing a foot off bottom with minnows.
In Marinette County, some sheepshead, bass, and catfish are being caught at the Peshtigo Harbor on live bait, while fishing on bottom. Some trout and salmon were caught on Green Bay during the M&M Brown Trout Derby; numbers were low and the weather was bad.
MBK Sport Shop, (715) 735-5393.
Hook, Line and Sinker, (715) 854-2073.
MINOCQUA/WOODRUFF/ LAKE TOMAHAWK AREA
Late October in July! This cold, while not fun to fish in, didn’t actually shut all fishing down. It threw fishermen some surprises, but fish were caught. Water temps have dropped sharply; some lakes that were in the upper 70s are now in the mid- to upper 60s. Largemouth bass action is good to very good. Topwater action is out due to cold. Work in the heavy weeds and use creature baits, worms on jigs, or Texas rigs. Live bait will work. Walleye action is good. They are surprisingly hitting shallow-running crankbaits on weed flats of 5 to 8 feet toward dusk. Work deep breaks of 14 to 22 feet and use crawlers during daylight hours on jigs and Lindy rigs. Pike action is good on spinnerbaits and Rattle Traps over weeds of 5 to 10 feet. Muskie action is good. Slow down the retrieve. Panfish action is fair to good.
Island Sport Shop, (715) 356-4797.
Great Outdoors, (715) 356-6818.
J & J Sports, (715) 277-2616.
EAGLE RIVER AREA
What an October-like cold front that was! The area experienced unusual weather recently, but the surprising part of that cold front was that it didn’t seem to have a big effect on the fishing. The area also had some much needed rain. Lake levels are good compared with last year, but the water temps have taken a dive down to the low 70s. Walleye fishing held up well, with evening action still the best. The fish are holding in deeper weeds or in wood. Minnows have been the best bait, fished on jigs right at the weed edges. Fish very close to the bottom at all times for these fish. Northern action has been very good. Most of these fish have been caught by anglers actually fishing for bass or walleyes in the weeds. Minnows work best, but they will hit just about any artificial bait, too. Look for the deep weeds on many lakes in the 10- to 13-foot range. They hold in these deeper weeds and you can run crankbaits or minnows on slip bobbers over them. Bass action continues to be good, with largemouths hitting well on plastics. Look for the thickest slop you can find for these fish. Surface baits also are great fun at this time of year. Smallies are hitting on many lakes. They are usually over rocks and harder-bottom areas. Muskie action continues to be good during the daytime and at night. Now that we’re further from the full moon period, daytime action has improved greatly on surface baits and bucktails. Panfish action is good, with bluegills again leading the way.
Eagle Sports Center, (715) 479-8804.
Guides’ Choice, (715) 477-2248.
PRICE COUNTY AREA
The major cold front that came through Wisconsin made for a big decrease in fishing and boating activity. Water temperatures on most lakes have been holding in upper 60s to low 70s, and this at least has allowed a few patterns to develop. Largemouth and smallmouth bass have continued to provide the most consistent action, with largemouths becoming less related to the weeds and lily pads and more associated with wood, brush, docks, and bog edges. Smallmouth bass also have become more wood-oriented. Look for this to increase as the water warms back up in August. Walleye fishing continues to be erratic, with the best catches made in the deep weedbeds during the low-light periods. Weedless jigs tipped with leeches or crawlers and dropped into open pockets in the weedbeds worked the best. The cool weather has kept muskie success down, and many anglers have been having a tough time finding fish. The deep weed edges have been producing a few fish.
Bridge Bait & Tackle, Park Falls, (715) 762-4108.
Ross’s Sport Shop, Phillips, (715) 339-3625.