BEAVER DAM / FOX LAKE AREA
Crappies are biting in the shallows on Beaver Dam Lake. Duck hunters are seeing plenty of canvasbacks around Fox Lake. The deer hunters also are happy. The rut has been in full swing this past week. and a good number of deer are being registered.
Tim Nehls’ Fish Tales Bait, (920) 520-0015.
LAKE MICHIGAN/METRO AREA LAKES
In Sheboygan County, water levels are decent on the Sheboygan River. In the Kohler area, most catches have been on flies, with cohos and brown trout taken, as well as the occasional rainbow. In the Esslingen Park area, catches have consisted mainly of brown trout caught on flies. Very few anglers have been downstream of Kiwanis Park, and no catches have been reported in the lower reaches. Fishing effort at the Sheboygan lakefront has been slow from the piers, but a few anglers have been working off the docks near the Deland boat launch and in the slips in the marina. Those casting crankbaits and spoons from the launch docks reported catching a few rainbows, and those using dead alewives in the slips caught a few rainbows and brown trout.
In Port Washington, a couple of cohos, chinooks, and rainbow trout have been caught on spawn sacs near the power plant discharge and in the north slip. Fishing effort from shore has been relatively low in recent days. The fish-cleaning stations have been closed for the season.
In Milwaukee County, shore anglers have been catching some perch on minnows off the bottom under the Hoan Bridge, as well as in the Summerfest Lagoon. Access to the fishing pier at the Oak Creek Power Plant will be closed after Nov. 15. Anglers have been seen fishing the Milwaukee River, with the majority of pressure concentrated in Kletzsch, Estabrook, and Hubbard parks, as well as the area around the North Avenue dam. Cohos, browns, and a few rainbows have been caught throughout the upper reaches of river. Spawn and small flies have been effective. A few anglers have been seen on the Menomonee River near Miller Park, but success has been limited. The best presentation has been to use skein, small flies, or small spinning baits to trigger a strike. There have been a few crappies and perch caught on minnows under floats near the MMSD building.
In Racine County, fishing activity at the lakefront was slow, with the majority of action concentrated on the Root River. After the recent rain, cohos moved upriver in large numbers. Anglers have been fishing all the way up to the Horlick dam with success. Most fish caught were cohos and brown trout, with an occasional steelhead. Spawn and brightly colored flies have been productive. The Root River Steelhead Facility is closed for the season.
In Kenosha County, fishing pressure in the harbor has dropped. Most anglers have been in the corner near Navy Memorial Park. Anglers have been seeing nice-sized brown trout, and some have been caught on spawn fished under bobbers.
DNR hotline, (414) 382-7920.
Smokey’s Bait Shop, (262) 691-0360.
Dick Smith’s Bait, (262) 646 2218.
LAKE WINNEBAGO AREA
Deer registration has picked up and hunters are anticipating great numbers for gun season. Duck hunting has been fantastic on Lake Winnebago. Divers, bluebills, and mallards have been on the rise. A few canvasbacks also are being seen.
Critter’s, (920) 582-0471.
Fox River Bait, (920) 233-7409.
Dutch’s , (920) 922-0311
In Columbia County, anglers on Lake Wisconsin have been having success catching walleyes near Okee from shore and from boats. Huge flocks of sandhill cranes also can be found around the county. Look for them on the sandbars of the Wisconsin River by Pine Island, or in the Pardeeville/Cambria/Fall River areas. The northern ducks still don’t appear to be in the county, in large numbers at any rate. The area should start seeing more divers soon. Hunting activity has really picked up on the public hunting grounds, with many happy pheasant and bowhunters using the properties.
D&S Bait & Tackle, (608) 244-3474.
Dorn Hardware, (608) 244-5403.
MINOCQUA/WOODRUFF/ LAKE TOMAHAWK AREA
Surface temps on area lakes range from 35 to 40 degrees. Some lakes as of last Saturday were inaccessible due to ice in the bays. While the wind will keep things open as it blows, low temps this week will shut some lakes out, though larger lakes should stay open until the muskie season closes Nov. 30. Two weeks ago, whitefish were coming up shallow to spawn after dark, but by the weekend reports had slowed considerably. A few anglers are catching walleyes in deep water on larger minnows. Big suckers are the best bait for muskies from here on out, with slow-moving jerkbaits, rubber creature baits, and slow-moving crankbaits as other options.
Island Sport Shop, (715) 356-4797.
Great Outdoors, (715) 356-6818.
J & J Sports, (715) 277-2616.
PRAIRIE DU CHIEN AREA
Fair numbers of bluegills and perch are being caught. Fish the bottom with a small jig and piece of crawler on the channel edges. Anglers are catching plenty of crappies on minnows. The walleyes are biting like crazy on the river in DeSoto near wing dams. Archery deer registration has picked up, with many reports of large bucks coming in.
Stark’s Sport Shop, (608) 326-2478.
SAUK CITY AREA
Walleyes and sauger have been quite active on Lake Wisconsin. Anglers are using plastics, live bait, and blades to catch them in about 18 to 24 feet of water. Crappies are schooled up over deep water. Call ahead to check for ice conditions on the landings. Northern ducks are starting to show up on the Lower Wisconsin River. Bowhunters are having success, with many large bucks being registered.
Wilderness Fish and Game, (608) 643-2433.