Look for crappies on Loveless Lake and sunfish on Bear Trap Lake, Big Round Lake, Balsam Lake, and Pike Lake in 12 to 20 feet. Throw spinnerbaits or bucktails for muskies on the Apple River and Lake Wapogasset, while the Clam River and St. Croix River are producing channel catfish. Bass and pike fishing remains strong in the area, and Power Grubs are turning walleyes in the 12- to 15-foot weeds of Half Moon Lake.
Lucky Baits (715) 268-6231
DOOR PENINSULA AND ALGOMA/KEWAUNEE AREA
Salmon fishing out of Door County’s ports can be classed as good to very good, depending on the day. The best depths have been as shallow as 65 feet of water out to that 150-foot mark. Fish the top 60 feet of water. Flasher-and-fly combos and glow spoons are working quite well right now.
Bass fishing has been a bit slower the past couple of weeks, though the fishermen who are able to put extra time out on the water are able to see a bit of a pattern. Smallies are transitioning out to their summer spots, which includes those deeper-water areas like the reefs, shoals, and steep shoreline drops.
Perch fishing is finally picking up. The best areas are downtown Sturgeon Bay, Sawyer Harbor, areas on the flats, and the deeper mud off of Chaudoir’s Dock. Fathead minnows and crawler pieces are the live baits of choice.
Walleye fishing has been good in the Chaudoir’s Dock area and on Larson Reef. Deep-diving crankbaits and crawler-harness rigs have been the best.
Howie’s Tackle, (920) 746-9916
Algoma Chamber of Commerce, (920) 487-3090
GREEN BAY/APPLETON AREA
Walleye fishing continues to be steady on the west and east shores of Green Bay. Trolling small crankbaits and crawlers harnesses is producing nice fish in 25 to 30 feet of water, fishing around 15 feet down from the surface. There also are some nice perch being caught out of Bay Shore Park and Chaudior’s Dock on minnows.
Muskie fishing has been tough on the bay in recent weeks, but has been picking up with reports of some nice muskies being caught on the west shore by casting bucktails or trolling crankbaits.
Smokey’s on the Bay Bait, Tackle and Guide Service, (920) 436-0600
LA CROSSE AREA
Bass, northern pike, and crappies have been providing the best action now. The guys who are catching the nicer bluegills are catching them near wing dams. On Lake Onalaska, guys are drifting live bait for big northerns. Crappies have been in the channels and the chutes off of Gibb’s Lake.
Schafer’s Boats, (608) 781-3100
Bob’s Bait and Tackle, (608) 782-5552
LAKE WINNEBAGO AREA
There is a pretty good walleye trolling bite going on over the mud in 17 to 19 feet of water on Lake Winnebago. There is still also a weed bite going on in the bays. The perch bite has been a little slow. Guys are still catching white bass in the Fox River on blade baits. Catfish also are hitting on the Fox River.
Critter’s, (920) 582-0471
Fox River Bait, (920) 233-7409
Dutch’s, (920) 922-0311