Northern Wisconsin Fishing Report – October 16th, 2015
Muskies are hitting suckers on the weedlines of Bone Lake, Deer Lake, Blake Lake, Cedar Lake, Lake Wapogasset, and the Apple River. Look for sunfish, bass, and pike in 7 to 10 feet at Balsam Lake, Bear Trap Lake, Big Round Lake, and Pike Lake. Minnows are working for walleyes on the 7- to 14-foot weedlines of Half Moon Lake, Upper Turtle Lake, and Balsam. Several big bucks have been shot this week, grouse numbers appear up, and waterfowl hunting remains good as well.
Lucky Baits (715) 268-6231.
Look for bluegills in the 12-foot weeds of Beaver Dam Lake and crappies on the 7- to 15-foot weedlines of Lake Vermilion and Beaver Dam. Minnows or crankbaits are producing walleyes in 20 to 25 feet on Shell Lake. Duck and goose hunters are finding success and bear baits are getting hit.
Indianhead Sport Shop, (715) 822-2164.
EAGLE RIVER AREA
Walleye fishing has been pretty good, with action on the Eagle River chain having improved with the dropping temps. In the fall, the fish move into the deep holes and that process is under way. The best action seems to be around the edges of the holes on gravel in depths of 12 to 15 feet of water. Much to our surprise the fish are hitting minnows and crawlers equally.
On the larger lakes we also have an uptick of action. The fish are off the dropoffs a little, and can be caught in depths from 14 to 35 feet of water. Jig and minnow combinations are best, but we are getting reports of some crawler action.
Bass action has slowed, but largemouths are still providing some good action in the weeds on plastics. This has been our best summer ever for action from largemouths, as we northern anglers adopt the tactics of the southern bass guys. Some of this action is still in shallow depths of 3 feet. Smallies are deeper, but are hitting well on plastics also. You can catch some smallies in the weeds feeding on minnows as long as long is the bottom is at least hard sand.
Muskie action is good, but is scattered as lakes clean up from turnover. We’re still getting reports of fish in the weeds, in deep water, and all spots in between. As these temps drop jerkbaits and slow plastics are starting to work better. Suckers have started to produce well now on quick-set rigs.
Panfish action is OK, but few anglers are out for them now. Those few going out are being rewarded with excellent action on crappies in deeper weeds and with good perch action in the weeds.
Eagle Sports Center, (715) 479-8804.
The Chippewa Flowage, Round Lake, and Lake Lac Courte Oreilles are giving up walleyes on minnows in 18 to 25 feet of water. Large suckers continue to work best for muskies in less than 15 feet of water on Spider Lake, Lost Land Lake, Teal Lake, and the flowage. Most hunting reports in the area continue to be favorable for puddle ducks. Of the 434 entrants fishing the annual Hayward Lakes Chapter-Muskies, Inc., fall tournament, 52 anglers caught 61 fish, the largest a 48.5-inch fish from Lake Namakagon.
Hayward Bait, (715) 634-2921.
Hayward Lakes Visitor and Convention Bureau, (800) 724-2992.
MINOCQUA/WOODRUFF/ LAKE TOMAHAWK AREA
Muskies: Fair to good. Action tailed off with the high pressure and cloudless skies. Bucktails, gliders and twitch baits all accounted for fish, just not as many fish as the week before. Suckers were favored, as is typical at this time of year, but this also probably due to the less active bite.
Crappies: Fair to good. Deep wood (14 to 20 feet) and outside coontail edges are holding nice crappies. Watch your locator for suspended fish 2 to 4 feet off bottom.
Walleyes: Fair to good. A high pressure system really seemed to hit these fish, but by moving around on dark water lakes and flowages, some nice catches of walleyes were made on redtails. Deeper lakes were off, but should improve.
Smallmouth bass: Good. Nice big fish up to 21 inches were caught, but not a lot of anglers are out targeting this species. Jig and creature baits crept along sand/gravel humps of 10 to 18 feet worked well. Larger chubs meant for walleyes also caught smallies.
Island Sport Shop, (715) 356-4797.
J and J Sports, (715) 277-2616.
PRICE COUNTY AREA
The continued mild and dry weather has made for a very pleasant fall – but fishing success has been slow. Most of the fishing pressure was for muskies and action could be termed fair at best. Many anglers have started to drag suckers around and their success has been on the low side. Walleye fishing has shown some improvement, but action has still been fairly erratic. With the shortening days, a few more walleyes have been moving up into the shallows and in or around the dying weed beds. A jig and minnow or a minnow on a slip bobber fished on the deep edges have been the most successful. Most of the walleye have been in the 11- to 15-inch range and the best action has been in the hour before dark. With the water temperatures still in the low 60s, largemouth and smallmouth bass have still been fairly active. Panfish action has been fair, with some nice crappies still being found near shallow water and close to cover and any weed edges.
Bridge Bait and Tackle, Park Falls, (715) 762-4108.
Ross’s Sport Shop, Phillips, (715) 339-3625.