Wisconsin Outdoor News Fishing Report – June 10th, 2016
Crappies are set up in the reeds and mid-depth weeds, while sunfish and bass remain along the shorelines of lakes Vermillion, Bear Trap, Staples, Beaver Dam, and Round. Walleye reports have been limited.
Indianhead Sport Shop, (715) 822-2164
DOOR PENINSULA AND ALGOMA/KEWAUNEE AREA
Bass fishing has been excellent from Sturgeon Bay to the north all the way to Sister Bay in 3 to 15 feet. Look for bottom transitions in whatever area you are fishing. Tubes, grubs, flukes, drop-shotting and Senkos are all working right now. Walleye fishing has been going great in recent days. The day bite was excellent, especially around the Chaudoir’s area. Flicker Shads and Flicker Minnows, along with crawler harnesses, are working well now. The night bite is also going good from Chaudoir’s north past the Old Stone Quarry. Fish the drop-off with Rogues and Husky Jerks.
On the big lake, fishing has been very good for a mix steelhead, kings, lake trout and even a fair number of cohos in 100 to 250 feet of water. The top 60 foot of water has had the highest concentration of fish. Bright-colored spoons and flasher/fly combinations have been the best baits.
Howie’s Tackle, (920) 746-9916.
Algoma Chamber of Commerce, (920) 487-3090.
EAGLE RIVER AREA
Water levels are good. The water temps on sunny days will get up into the 70s on many lakes. Weed growth is now good, with nice cabbage showing on most lakes. The one negative is that it appears to be a banner year for bugs, so take repellent along on your fishing trips. Walleye fishing is good right now, with some spread of fish in the weeds and in deeper water. Weed walleyes are an important part of our June fishing, and a good part of the walleye population is in those weeds. You can either use jigs and minnows or slip bobbers tipped with minnows for these weed walleyes. One good thing about these active fish is that they will bite all day long in these weeds. The Eagle River chain also has some fish in deeper water in the holes, usually in tighter schools. These fish are less active, but can be enticed by well-placed casts.
Northern fishing has been great. The fish are in weeds and feeding with aggression every day. Any flashy bait will be attractive to them. Try some Mepps spinners in these weeds for almost guaranteed success. For live bait, use chubs under slip bobbers, and the fish can be in weeds of all depths.
Bass fishing is absolutely crazy right now, with the bass up shallow spawning and thus very accessible to any shallow presentation. Look for largemouth in bullrush areas very shallow. Smallies are generally on harder bottom shorelines bedding at this point.
Muskie action started well, with the fish in shallow areas chasing minnows and panfish. There have been a number of fish in the high 40s reported already. Some of these bigger fish are still marked up from spawning. In general, small bucktails and small twitch baits work very well for these fish.
Eagle Sports Center, (715) 479-8804.
GREEN BAY/APPLETON AREA
Walleye anglers launching from the Green Bay metro launch caught fish at good rates this week. Trolling crankbaits early in the morning in 5 to 10 feet of water landed fish. Fish measured this week ranged from 15 to 26.8 inches and averaged 18.5 inches. Walleye anglers launching from the Suamico launch and heading north are catching high rates of fish. Early morning is a good time. Crankbaits are being used more than crawler harnesses.
Smokey’s on the Bay Bait, Tackle and Guide Service, (920) 436-0600.
Minnows and leeches are producing walleyes in 5 to 15 feet on Lake Lac Courte Oreilles, Grindstone Lake, Big Round Lake, and the Chippewa Flowage. A few muskies are being taken on Lost Land Lake, Teal Lake, and the Chippewa Flowage.
Hayward Bait, (715) 634-2921.
Hayward Lakes Visitor and Convention Bureau, (800) 724-2992.
IRON COUNTY AREA
Constantly changing weather in the last week has made for some challenging fishing conditions. Water temperatures seem to be holding in the mid-60s on most lakes and this has extended the spawning activity for a lot of crappies, largemouth and smallmouth bass. This has also gotten a few bluegills, pumpkinseeds and rock bass to begin their nesting periods.
Muskie anglers reported only mediocre action – with many sightings and follows and a relatively low number of hook-ups. Small to medium bucktails seemed to produce the most activity, while jerkbaits such as Suicks also got some interest. With the wind and ever-changing weather, walleye fishing continued its erratic trend and anglers were having to move around quite a bit to find some active fish. The most productive baits have been jig/minnow combinations, as well as leeches and crawlers – either on a slip bobber, a small jig or on a bare hook/split shot rig. The best success has come in the evening hours as the wind dies down, and some fair catches of fish in the 12- to 16-inch size have come along break lines or structure in 8 to 12 feet of water. The mayfly hatch has just begun on many lakes, so walleye action with leeches and crawlers may get a little consistent once the hatches get into full swing on these lakes. Many largemouth bass seem to be in their post-spawn recovery period, but some decent fish have been found cruising the shallow and mid-depth weed beds. The largemouths haven’t been relating too much to woody structure yet, but lily pad beds have produced some good action on top-water and soft-plastic baits.
Turtle River Trading Co., Mercer, (715) 476-0123.
LAKE MICHIGAN/METRO AREA LAKES
In Ozaukee County, there are still many baitfish all around the lakeshore. A 16-pound brown trout and three cohos were caught on alewives from Rotary Park. Cohos were also caught by the power plant and from South Pier. Boat anglers’ success has slowed down a little, but is still very good overall. They are catching mostly cohos and occasionally a Chinook. A variety of flies and spoons all remain the successful baits of choice.
In Sheboygan County, many baitfish remain around the lakeshore. A fair number of anglers fished from the piers over the weekend. Success was overall low, but some whitefish were caught from both piers, mostly at the far ends, throughout the week. Boat anglers had more success, catching mostly coho salmon and some rainbow trout on spoons and flies.
DNR hotline, (414) 382-7920.
Smokey’s Bait Shop, (262) 691-0360.
Dick Smith’s Bait, (262) 646 2218.
LAKE WINNEBAGO AREA
Walleyes are starting to show up on their usual offshore haunts now, so start fishing the reefs, or the mud flats just off the reefs.
Critter’s, (920) 582-0471.
Fox River Bait, (920) 233-7409.
Dutch’s, (920) 922-0311.
Anglers have been catching cohos, rainbows, and kings just outside of the commercial nets in 120 to 145 feet on spoons in green and orange. Nets are in 80 to 100 feet. Rainbows were caught in 170 to 180 feet on red Dodgers and green and black flies off of a Dipsey 45 to 100 feet back. Spoons in perch patterns are also working.
WCUB Radio, (920) 683-6800.
Anglers reported catching good numbers of walleyes when trolling crankbaits in the Menominee River from the tip of Stephenson Island down to the mouth. Muskies were caught around Boom Island, the docks at Nest Egg Marina. Shore anglers caught a few walleyes on a jig-and-minnow near the Hattie Street Dam.
Hook, Line and Sinker, (715) 854-2073.
MINOCQUA/WOODRUFF/ LAKE TOMAHAWK AREA
A soggy Memorial Day weekend put a damper on what could have been a great muskie opener, but, despite the forecast anglers who dodged the rain in many cases faired pretty well.
Northern pike: Very good. Many are being caught by anglers targeting bassand muskies in cabbage beds at 8 feet and shallower.
Smallmouth bass: Very good. Many fish are up on beds. Topwater action was best between rain squalls using Pop-R’s and Skitter Pops. Shadow Raps, X-Raps and Husky Jerks also worked.
Largemouth bass: Very good. They are cruising the warmest shallows taking plastic lizards and creatures on light Carolina rigs.
Walleyes: Good. Overcast and rain is OK for this species. Use big leeches and chubs and suckers in weed beds of 6 to 10 feet when the sun is not shining. Anglers casting Shad Raps over and along side weed beds/weed edges are doing very well.
Island Sport Shop, (715) 356-4797.
J and J Sports, (715) 277-2616.
Good numbers of white bass are still being taken below the Nekoosa dam. Walleyes out in the Petenwell Flowage are hitting Flicker Shads in 10 to 12 feet of water. Crappies are in the deeper wood areas. White bass and catfish are being taken while trolling.
The bass are on the beds in Lake Arrowhead. Crappies are active in deeper water areas.
The Castle Rock Flowage is producing a mixed bag of walleyes and white bass while trolling in 8 to 12 feet of water. Smallmouth bass are done spawning and moved into rocky areas where crayfish are abundant. A few crappies are left in the backwaters near the Buckhorn Bridge. Lots of short walleyes are in the area. White bass and a few slot walleyes are hitting near the bridge. Big bluegills are being caught off the Adams County park and Steiner’s Bay on the east side of the lake.
There are reports of nice crappies being taken in front of the gates below Castle Rock dam, and some legal walleyes and white bass on a jig and minnow. Muskie fisherman are using smaller baits with a slower presentation with some success.
Petenwell Sports, (608) 564 7707.
Castle Rock Dam Bait Shop, (608) 339-2967.
PRICE COUNTY AREA
The bluegill bite continues to be strong and I think it will go good right into the weekend on some area lakes. Muskie season opened in the north zone over the weekend and they were also very active. We had a lot of reports of boats with multiple fish. One boat reported boating seven fish on the first day. The muskies were super shallow and taking small topwaters or bucktails.
Bridge Bait and Tackle, Park Falls, (715) 762-4108.
Ross’s Sport Shop, Phillips, (715) 339-3625.
Walleyes are hitting minnows and leeches in 6 to 18 feet on Long Lake, Shell Lake, Big McKenzie Lake, and the Minong Flowage. Bluegills are in less than 6 feet, and crappies are set up over 8 to 10 feet on Lake Sissabagama, Sand Lake, Dilly Lake, Lipsey Lake, and Spooner Lake.
AAA Sports Shop, (715) 635-3011.
Walleyes are inhaling leeches in 12 to 15 feet on Fish Lake and Island Lake. Crappies also are being caught in 12 to 14 feet at Island, Fish, and Wolf Lake. The south shore of Lake Superior has been giving up some lake trout and salmon, most of which are suspended about 20 feet down over 100 feet of water.
Chalstrom’s Bait (218) 726-0094