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Northern Wisconsin Fishing Report – September 5th, 2014


Fishing remains stable on Chequamegon Bay. Smallmouths are in deeper areas. Use suckers. Some days allowed sight-fishing in shallower water with plastics, minnows, crankbaits, or flies. Walleye anglers are slow-trolling crawler harnesses and crankbaits in deeper water. Anglers casting spoons and spinnerbaits along the breakwall and the Ashland shoreline are catching northern pike. Trout and salmon anglers are still coming up short on salmon, but report great catches of lakers and browns on spoons and Spin-N-Glos in depths of 30 of 100 feet.

Angler’s All, (715) 682-5754.

River Rock, (715) 682-3232.


The Chippewa River is running a little above normal for this time of year due to recent rains, but is still easily navigable. Higher water allows boaters more access to some good fishing spots, and fishing seems to be heating up in the rivers with the cooler weather.

Buroker’s Taxidermy and Bait, Eau Claire, (715) 835-0847.

Bill’s Sport Shop, Chippewa Falls, (715) 723-9033.


In Marinette County, anglers fishing the Peshtigo River proper report good catches of smallmouth bass and northern pike throughout the entire river. Some anglers are putting smaller boats in at the city garage landing and floating to the Klingsborn Landing while casting spinnerbaits and topwater baits. Anglers at the mouth of the Peshtigo are reporting the same kind of success. Perch are being caught out of the Little River landing; fish are running small. The walleye bite in the Menominee River remains good, with most fish being caught in the evening by trolling with crankbaits. Shore anglers on the Menominee River are catching some panfish, bass, and walleyes.

In Oconto County, panfish and some small bass are being caught below the dam at Stiles on live bait. Perch fishing on the bay from the Pensaukee landing to Oconto Park II remains fair to good, with fish being caught in 9 to 14 feet of water on minnows and crawler chunks fished near or on the bottom. Anglers also report an uptick in the walleye bite while they’re fishing in 14 to 25 feet of water and trolling large crankbaits or crawler harnesses.

Hook, Line and Sinker, (715) 854-2073.


With the water temps stable in the 70-degree range, anglers are finding patterns stabilizing. Largemouth action is good to very good. There is an early morning start with plastics. Later on, try spinnerbaits and crankbaits along and over weeds or wait until evening to use Jitterbugs, Hula Poppers, or plastic frogs around lily pads and other vegetation. Bluegill action is good to very good. Small leeches have been tops for nice fish suspended along deep weed edges. Crappie action is good. Work through weed tops in 8 to 14 feet. Smallmouth bass: good. Try off-shore humps in 18 to 24 feet with tubes and creatures, or leeches and crawlers. Muskies: good. Some nice fish (tops, a 481⁄2-incher) last week. Use bucktails along deep weed edges. There is some good action toward dusk on topwater lures. Walleyes: good. The best action has been over hard bottoms on crawlers and leeches. 

Island Sport Shop, (715) 356-4797.

J & J Sports, (715) 277-2616.


Muskies have still been the focus for many anglers, and action was inconsistent. Most of the anglers were reporting quite a few sightings, follows, and short strikes, though catches were a bit tough to come by. Most of the muskies were in the 30- to 38-inch size. Artificial baits are still providing most of the action, and some of the favorite lures have included large bucktails, jerkbaits, and topwaters. With water temperatures holding in the low 70s, muskies have been in a variety of locations – shallow break lines, mid-depth weedbeds, and the deeper weed edges. Largemouth and smallmouth bass action varies by day. Smallmouth success has been fair to good on the flowages and larger rivers. Largemouth action showed the most consistency in the past week, with most of the fish being found in the mid-depth areas around cover. Walleye success has remained fair, with many anglers still making decent catches on the weed edges with crawlers and leeches.

Bridge Bait, (715) 762-4108.

Ross’s, (715) 339-3625.


Water temps are down in the 60s on most lakes. Panfish are still using weeds for cover, but deeper weeds. Walleye fishing has been pretty good lately, with some fish in the deep holes on the Eagle River chain. This makes them pretty easy to locate, and to fish for with jigs and minnows or leeches. We also are finding fish on the weed edges. Evenings are best, especially on the clear, deep lakes. Fish the deep weed edges. Leeches are working the best on the big lakes. Bass fishing has been very good. Largemouths are deeper for some reason now, and plastics are working well on the clear lakes off the weeds and structure. Smallies have been hitting in a little shallower water. Muskie action has been very good on all lakes. The last week has shown some nice fish being caught, and very good numbers, too. The weeds have been holding a lot of fish. Panfish action has been quite good, with the bluegills hitting well everywhere in the weeds.

Eagle Sports Center, (715) 479-8804.


Muskie action is spotty, but is improving, and has even been good on some days, with early mornings and evenings and after dark offering the best odds. Target weedlines, weed edges, and other structure in depths from shallow to 18 feet. Favored baits include Bull Dawgs, bucktails, buzz baits, and topwaters. The best walleye-fishing opportunities are in early morning and night. Concentrate on weed edges, gravel, rock, bogs, bars, brush, points, humps, and river channels in 10 to 30 feet with crawlers and leeches. Northern pike action is inconsistent, with larger fish in deeper water out to 20 feet or so, and smaller pike providing good fishing in shallower water. Largemouth action is very good to excellent from very shallow out to 12 feet or so. Smallmouth fishing is fair on deeper weedlines, wood, rocks, and breaks in 10 to 22 feet. Crappie fishing is fair to good, with the best bite in early morning and evening. Look for crappies along weedlines, bogs, brush, and cribs in depths out to 20 feet or more, with many fish suspending over deeper water. Top baits include minnows, fatheads, waxies, plastics, and assorted Gulp! baits on plain hooks or jigs. Use a slip bobber to hang and hold your offering at the correct depth.

Hayward Bait, (715) 634-2921.

Hayward Lakes Visitor and Convention Bureau, (800) 724-2992.



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