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Southern Wisconsin Fishing Report – December 13th, 2013


All along the Fox River fishing pressure remains slow, but there were a few more anglers out looking for muskies than last week. Anglers were using crankbaits (perch and other dark colors) for bait. There also were a few duck hunters out toward the tail end of the season, and they reported that they were doing well. On the Suamico River, people reported catching about 100 perch and keeping their limit. The average size was about 7 to 8 inches, while anglers used minnows for bait in about 8 feet of water. There also were a few duck hunters out in that area, too, and they also reported doing fairly well. Along the Suamico River shoreline, there were a few anglers looking for perch. They were doing OK, keeping only a handful of perch due to their small size. The average size was about 6 inches, and anglers were using minnows and nightcrawlers for bait.
Smokey’s on the Bay Bait, Tackle and Guide Service, (920) 436-0600.


The Sheboygan River continues to produce fish in the Kohler area. Most catches have been on flies, with coho salmon and brown trout being caught, as well as the occasional rainbow. In the Esslingen Park area, catches have mainly been brown trout caught on flies. A few anglers have been working off of 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 a few brown trout.
In Port Washington, a few cohos, browns, and rainbows have been caught on spawn sacs near the power plant discharge. Decent numbers of browns should remain in the harbor area throughout the late fall and winter months.
In Milwaukee, shore anglers have been catching some perch on minnows off of the river bottom under the Hoan Bridge, as well as in the Summerfest Lagoon. 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. Coho salmon, brown trout, and a few rainbow trout have all been caught throughout those stretches of river. Spawn sacs and small flies have been effective presentations.
In Racine, fishing activity at the lakefront was slow, with the majority of action concentrated on the Root River. Water levels in the Root are rising after the weekend rainfall, but should peak in the next couple of days. Coho salmon remain in the river, and brown trout and a few rainbows can be found in the lower reaches. Spawn and brightly colored flies have been productive.
In Kenosha, most anglers have been fishing 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. Shore anglers also have reported catching yellow perch in the harbor, although most of the perch have been fairly small.
DNR hotline, (414) 382-7920.
Smokey’s Bait Shop, (262) 691-0360.
Dick Smith’s Bait, (262) 646 2218.


In Iowa County, pheasant hunters continue to report success, especially in the Avoca units of the Lower Wisconsin State Riverway.
In Grant County, most of the backwaters have had some ice off and on for the past three weeks. It is not enough to walk on, but enough to cause many of the ducks to move on, or at least out to open water on the big rivers. There are still a few wood ducks, teal, mallards, and ring-necked ducks around. Beaver and otter sign is plentiful again this year. Muskrats seem a little harder to find this year than last, though.
In Columbia County, large flocks of mallards and Canada geese were seen flying in the area. Pheasant stocking will resume after the nine-day deer season, but for hardy pheasant hunters, there should be some birds left on the stocked public lands to pursue even as stocking efforts tail off for the season.
Rock County waters are beginning to start the day with a layer of ice, and some of it lasts through the day. It’s going to take a little more cold weather to set these lakes up for consistent ice fishing.
D&S Bait & Tackle, (608) 244-3474.
Dorn Hardware, (608) 244-5403.


The walleye bite is excellent, with the best reports of good action coming at dusk and just after dark. Fish with tip-ups baited with suckers or chubs and fish in waters of 6 to 12 feet deep. With a little bit of decent ice and the mobility easy, jig fishermen are using Jigging Raps and Chubby Darters with great success because the walleyes have been aggressive. Plenty of 17- to 24-inch fish have been reported. The northern pike fishing also has been excellent. Use big suckers, shiners, and chubs on tip-downs over weeds in 5 to 9 feet. They have been feeding on panfish in shallows. A good number of 30-plus-inch fish being caught.
Crappie fishing has been very good. They are moving into the classic bays with standing weeds. The best catches had been made by anglers finessing plastics on tiny jigs. Action has picked up on minnows below tip-downs. Bluegill fishing is good. Target areas of submerged wood to find larger fish in 5 to 8 feet of water. Red spikes and dark plastics are working. Perch fishing has been fair to good. Use minnows to catch some larger perch in the weeds. Surprisingly, largemouth action has been very good. These winter bass are taking Jigging Shad Raps, spoons, and even small ice jigs tipped with waxies.
Island Sport Shop, (715) 356-4797.
Great Outdoors, (715) 356-6818.
J & J Sports, (715) 277-2616.


Great fishing has been reported on Gremore and Spring Lake. Anglers are catching their limits of bluegills on Cold Spring. Walleyes and sauger are being caught at the No. 9 dam at Lynxsville north of Prairie du Chien. Jigs and plastics are working the best.
Stark’s Sport Shop, (608) 326-2478.


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