Northern Wisconsin Fishing Report – June 26th, 2015


On the Ashland side of Chequamegon Bay, the smallmouth fishing continues to be amazing, with large numbers of fish around. They are biting on flies, plastics, and minnows – just about everything is working right now. Folks are getting walleyes at the mouth of the Kakagon Slough, around the Brush Point area out to the rock pile, and over the weedbeds by using crawler harnesses and crankbaits. They’re also catching northern pike, perch, and walleyes (during the low-light hours) along the bay’s shoreline.

The smallmouth bass are all over the bay, including in the shallows and wherever there are structures under the water. They are in post-spawn mode now.

Trolling for trout and salmon has been good offshore and out into the Apostle Islands, but there has been the occasional brown trout in the bay proper, as well. The fish are shallow early, going deeper as the day progresses. Brown trout seem to be found more on the Washburn side of the bay and through the channel as they follow the bait fish. 

Angler’s All, (715) 682-5754.

River Rock, (715) 682-3232.


Bluegills are the only fish that haven’t completed their spawn, but most of them are in along the shorelines doing their annual job. We’ve had a lot of rain up here in the last several weeks, and it is showing in the lake levels.

Walleye fishing has been very good, with good catches with some size reported in the past week or so. It is weed walleye time, and the fish are in the muskie weeds on the Eagle River chain in good numbers. They will be in weeds on the chain as shallow as 5 feet even during the daytime. As usual, jigs and minnows are the best bait, but we now find more anglers using leeches and crawlers.

On the bigger, deeper lakes, this pattern is also happening, but the weed growth is deeper. You’ll find fish in emergent weeds, especially in the evenings. You can find fish at times on deep rock bars during the daytime.

Bass fishing is now trending toward summer in location of the fish and in feeding patterns. The smallies are done with their spawn, even on the bigger lakes and have moved off the shorelines to 5 to 12 feet of water. Leeches have worked well for these fish, but crankbaits are now starting to produce, too, especially in red or orange. Jigs with orange or black twister tails also are producing in deeper areas. Largemouths are in the weeds now for the summer. The heavier the cover, the better for these fish. Everything from plastics to surface baits is working well.

Muskie action is good and getting better as the larger females are becoming more active and feeding more. This is now the time that you will be able to catch these fish almost anywhere in the lakes, as we see some fish feeding at most times in the weeds and some suspending during the daytime in deeper water. Surface baits have begun to work well now, so the whole range of muskie baits is working. 

Eagle Sports Center, (715) 479-8804.


Leeches are turning walleyes on the 12- to 20-foot weed edges of the Chippewa Flowage, Grindstone Lake, Round Lake, and Lake Lac Courte Oreilles. The walleye action is fair to good, with best success during low-light conditions and/or early and late in the day. You’ll find crappies in the 10- to 15-foot weeds and sunfish and bass along the shorelines of most lakes. Muskie reports have been favorable, with small bucktails on the Spider Lake Chain, Lost Land Lake, and Teal Lake. Muskies are active on green weeds, breaks, and bars in depths to 12 feet.  

Northerns are active in depths to 15 feet around weedlines, bogs, and spawning panfish. The most productive baits include spinners, spinnerbaits, spoons, crankbaits, and suckers under bobbers. Fish deeper water with bigger baits for trophy pike. 

Largemouth fishing is very good over weeds, lily pads, wood, around docks, and other structure in depths out to about 12 feet. The top baits include weedless plastics (worms, tubes, creatures), spinnerbaits, crankbaits, swim baits, buzz baits, and topwaters. 

Smallmouth action is good. Fish are on break edges and hard-bottom areas with wood and rock. Plastics (tubes, worms), leeches, and minnows on jigs, spinners, and topwaters are all working for smallmouths. 

Crappie fishing is good, with fish scattered and moving to deeper water. You will find them on the edges of weeds and breaks, brush, bogs, and cribs in depths from 5 to 18 feet or so. 

Hayward Bait, (715) 634-2921.

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


For those targeting walleyes, keep your eyes open for mayfly hatches. The Turtle-Flambeau Flowage had a big one June 14. Current surface temps are 64 to 68 degrees. Smallmouth bass action on the flowage has been very good, and some anglers are finding a few decent yellow perch out there.

Turtle River Trading Co., Mercer, (715) 476-0123.


Wind shifts and the random downpour threw a few curves at anglers last week. Steady temps, though, have brought some stability to our fishing.

Smallmouth bass: Good to very good. Post-spawn action has increased. Exceptional fish were being released as smallies put on the feed bag. Use deep-running crayfish-patterned crankbaits during the day. We released a
22-inch fish, along with several others in the 19- to 21-inch range the other day.

Largemouth bass: Good to very good. Many bigger bodies of water still are not seeing bedding largemouths. On these waters, fish pre-spawn bass on plastic crayfish, creature baits, and jig/pig combos. On smaller lakes, use topwaters.

Walleyes: Good. While weeds are still key on many lakes, rocks and wood also are showing signs of holding fish, especially on days of changing weather (from cloudy to clear). Crawlers and leeches are providing the best action.

Bluegills: Good to very good. They are setting up to spawn soon. Small leeches and worms have been effective. Fly fisherman are having success on Bimbo Skunk flies and poppers on warmer, quieter evenings.

Perch: Good. Search out deep wood for the biggest perch.

Northern pike: Good to very good. Action from larger fish is evident in reports of 32- to 43-inch pike being caught.

Muskies: Good to very good. Still shallow as shown by a 51-incher caught early last week in 2 to 3 feet of water. Twitch baits, gliders, and bucktails are working best.

Crappies: Good. The best fishing has been around deep wood and boathouse pilings. Mini-mites and Tattle Tails tipped with small minnows or wax worms are working the best. On shallow lakes, cast a small Beetle Spin or Charlie Bee over weed tops.

Island Sport Shop, (715) 356-4797.

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


The constantly changing weather has continued to make for variable fishing success on area lakes. Muskie fishing seemed to be the highlight of the week, and quite a few anglers have been out trying their luck. But action has been on the slow side with just a few reports of 32- to 40-inch fish being caught. Most of the fish are being seen along the deeper weedlines, and smaller bucktails and crankbaits have been the favorite lures. Mayflies continue to hatch on many northern lakes, and this has upset the walleye bite on most of these waters. The jig-and-minnow combinations are no longer as successful, and most of the action is taking place on leeches or crawlers. Panfish action has been good, with bluegills and crappies providing some excellent action. Crappies have been found along any emergent weedlines, suspended over mid-depth structure and deeper weedbeds. Quite a few bluegills have still been found on the spawning beds, but look for their spawning period to start winding down. Northern pike action has continued to be good, with fish still being found in shallow water around and over any new weedbeds. Most largemouth and smallmouth bass have completed their spawn, though some males can still be found guarding schools of young fish.

 Bridge Bait and Tackle, Park Falls, (715) 762-4108.

Ross’s Sport Shop, Phillips, (715) 339-3625.


Spring Lake and Spooner Lake are giving up sunfish and crappies in 8 to 10 feet. On Benoit Lake, largemouth and smallmouth bass are being caught in 6 to 12 feet, and muskies are chasing topwater baits on the emerging weedlines. Walleye fishing has been slow.

AAA Sports Shop, (715) 635-3011.



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