Wisconsin Outdoor News Fishing Report – September 2nd, 2016


Walleyes and panfish are biting on Lake Wapogasset in 12 to 15 feet, and Balsam Lake is producing sunfish in 12 feet. Bucktails are raising muskies on Bone and Deer, as are suckers below the dam on the Apple River. Bass and northern pike reports continue to be favorable throughout the area.

Lucky Baits (715) 268-6231


The bay is looking good and fish are biting. We are right on track for early fall fishing with reports of some nice fish being caught. Houghton Point to Pikes has clear water and the fishing continues to be good there. Trolling for trout has been great using spoons and spin-n-glows. Overall, Lake Superior is in good shape and fishing has been good. Walleye fishing has been good. When you have a clear sunny day, anglers are fishing the edges of the channel and in the channel for walleyes.

Inland lakes have had good reports of anglers catching panfish, bass and northern pike.

Angler’s All, (715) 682-5754.

River Rock, (715) 682-3232.


Salmon fishing out on Lake Michigan slowed with all of the warm water the past few weeks, but with a hard blow from the west, we anticipate the water to get cooler and the fish to become more active and concentrated. There are some fish starting to stage in front of the harbors to take their last swim, so there will be some shallow-water options, also. Once the salmon do come in, anglers will be trolling and casting in the Sturgeon Bay ship canal and in front of the harbors. Glow spoons, crankbaits and some spawn will all be good options to land a big king or brown trout. Perch fishing continues to please anglers; there are a bunch of fish around. Walleye action continues to get better and better as we figured it would as we move into September. Areas to fish include the Chaudoir’s Dock area, Henderson’s Point, Larson’s Reef, and the vast structure to the north of Sturgeon Bay. Bass fishing continues to stay hot from Sturgeon Bay north to Washington Island and will continue to stay good now through fall.

Howie’s Tackle, (920) 746-9916.

Algoma Chamber of Commerce, (920) 487-3090.


Water temps are fluctuating somewhat, with the cold fronts followed by hot weather. The temps were hovering around 76 degrees on the Eagle River chain. Cool nights will soon start to bring those temps down. Walleye fishing had improved from the summer slump. We are starting to see some better action on the chain, with walleyes in the very deep weeds and on the mud flats. These fish are still hitting half crawlers, but we are seeing some action on minnows and leeches. On the bigger lakes, there have been some good days right at the deep edge of the weeds.

Bass action, especially for largemouth, has been great all year and remains so. They are mostly weed related, and can be quite shallow. While a few are being caught by walleye guys a little deeper, most fish are in the 3- to 6-foot range. Try some surface baits in the “slop” for a real kick on those hits. The smallies are a little tougher this year, but some good action has been reported deeper than normal, especially if you can locate deep wood.

Muskie action is good. The fish are spread out, so you can use deep running baits in the open water or surface baits and spinners over the weeds. It is a great time for spinners.

Panfish action has been good. Crappie action has been very good on the chain in weeds.

Eagle Sports Center, (715) 479-8804.


Bay Shore Park fishing pressure remained very high last week due to the outstanding walleye fishing that is going on right now. There have been multiple reports of limits being caught in a couple hours of fishing. Anglers are using crawler harnesses, crankbaits, and jigging in all depths from 12 feet to 26 feet. Vincent’s Point seems to be a good starting point right now. The size of the walleyes are also on the rise, with the average size being 21 inches. Anglers who targeted yellow perch had a bit more difficulty, but the fish averaged 11 inches. Water temperatures were just peaking at 80 degrees and water clarity was around 2 feet.

Smokey’s on the Bay Bait, Tackle and Guide Service, (920) 436-0600.


You’ll find bluegills in 8 to 10 feet and crappies suspended over deeper water on most lakes. Trolling crankbaits in 20 to 30 feet is producing walleyes on Lac Courte Oreilles, Round Lake, and Grindstone Lake. Muskie activity has been up and down with topwaters, bucktails, or plastics triggering fish on the Chippewa Flowage, Lost Land, Teal, Spider, and Lake Namekagon. Crankbaits and spinnerbaits are turning bass and pike on the weedlines of most lakes. Walleye fishing has been inconsistent, with fish scattered from deep structure to suspending over deeper water to shallower weeds and rock in the evening. Smallmouth action is fair to good, depending on the day and lake. Target hard-bottomed areas with rock and gravel, stumps, cribs, wood, and weeds in 6 to 25 feet.

Hayward Bait, (715) 634-2921.

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


In Sheboygan County, pier fishing has been very popular recently. One angler caught an 18-pound brown trout from the north pier and another angler on the south pier caught three smaller brown trout. The water conditions and weather last week made it difficult for boat anglers.

In Ozaukee County, fishing on the north pier was very slow last week. A few small perch were released. Several anglers reported seeing kings surface and they got a few hits one evening, but only one large king was landed. Fishing in Coal Dock Park has been picking up a little. Boat anglers did well two days last week, catching mostly kings, but also some rainbows, and a few lake trout and cohos.

In Milwaukee, the majority of the fish caught under the Hoan Bridge the past two weeks have been sheepshead and small rainbow trout on jigs, fatheads, spoons, and spinnerbaits. The perch anglers normally seen on the Cupertino Park pier were fishing in the harbor behind Summerfest. A few perch and small crappies were landed on the Grant Park shoreline. Fishing pressure on the Oak Creek power plant pier tapered off due to warm water. Activity at the Bender Park boat ramp continues to be low, but boats out of Bender landed nice catches of trout and salmon 40 to 60 feet down in 110 to 150 feet of water. When a cold front brought cold water closer to shore at McKinley Pier, king salmon were jumping out of the water on the lake side and harbor side of the pier around sunrise.

In Racine County, trolling action was still slow. Most anglers fished in 100 to 160 feet of water, catching mostly rainbows and lake trout. A few anglers fished in closer in 20 to 50 feet hoping for some king salmon. These anglers caught mostly small brown trout, but a few caught salmon. Shore fishing and pier fishing was slow.

In Kenosha County, trolling action was slow last week, with most catches being up to four rainbows and lake trout. Anglers fished in 120 to 180 feet of water with flasher/fly, dodger/fly, and spoons. A few anglers fished in close by the Pike River mouth or trolled in 20 to 45 feet of water. Shore fishing and pier fishing was slow.

DNR hotline, (414) 382-7920.

Smokey’s Bait Shop, (262) 691-0360.

Dick Smith’s Bait, (262) 646 2218.


Walleyes are hitting near the Hwy. 41 bridge and at the mouth of the Fox River on crawlers. There are plenty of catfish in the river, too, and they’re hitting on cut bait. A few perch have been caught on Lake Winnebago, but not a ton. Farther upstream, some bigger perch and bluegills were hitting off the channels of the Wolf River. White bass action also picked up. Lake Poygan walleye action picked up a little bit last week on trolled crankbaits. A lot of trail cam photos of nice bucks are coming into the shop.

Critter’s, (920) 582-0471.

Fox River Bait, (920) 233-7409.

Dutch’s, (920) 922-0311.


Fishing has been on the sluggish side due to continued warm water temperatures. A handful of guys have been perch fishing on Lake Mendota in the weeds with some success. Guys are still catching some bluegills on Mendota. They are finding some decent size on weeds and rocks. Mendota smallmouths have been on the weed edges for the most part, but some are also still living out over the bars. Lake Monona muskie fishing reports have been light, but a few shore fishermen reported catching some muskies. Lake Waubesa has seen a bit of a decent bluegill bite. They have been suspended in 17 to 20 feet of water, or up tight to the weed edges.

D&S Bait and Tackle, (608) 244-3474.

Dorn Hardware, (608) 244-5403.


In Oconto County, fishing pressure was low most of the week. Crappies and bluegills are still being caught on live bait in good numbers below the dam at Stiles on the Oconto River. There were a few reports of perch being caught from Oconto Park II to the Pensaukee River mouth in 9 to 14 feet of water adjacent to weeds. Walleyes and smallmouths can be a hot bite once you find them. Anglers report larger walleyes being caught in 20 to 30 feet of water on a crawler/harness and large crankbaits.

In Marinette County, anglers out of Little River have been doing well for browns by fishing the top of the Trout Bar, with the added bonus of catching a few rainbows, kings, sheepshead, and catfish. Spoons and crankbaits have been working the best. There is still a decent walleye bite on the Menominee River. Bass and panfish have been caught in the Menominee River and at Shakey Lakes. Early goose hunting should be good with a lot of birds in the area.

Waterfront Sports, (906) 424-4108.

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


Largemouth bass: Good. We’re seeing the most consistent action all summer, yet a bit slower this past week. Wacky worming in 7- to 12-foot weeds has been the best approach.

Smallmouth bass: Good. Fish outside weed coontail edges in 14 to 18 feet using skirted grubs (Carolina rigs), countdown lipless cranks over sand grass flats of 16 to 22 feet, or gravel humps topping at 22 to 26 feet.

Northern pike: Good. Best on double-bladed Boonie Baits or Chatterbaits over 6- to 10-foot weeds. Chubs and suckers are also working well.

Muskies: Fair to good. Action has been the best on bucktails and twitchbaits. Topwaters are producing early and late. Many anglers are choosing to soak smaller suckers despite surface temps in upper 70s to low 80s.

Walleyes: Fair to poor. This could be a time of transition on some lakes. Despite warm temps, this species will tend to migrate to deep gravel on certain lakes. The shallow weed bite has slowed, but after dark try lighted slip-bobbers and leeches, or cast deep-running crankbaits along outside weed edges.

Recent highs in the low 80s will prolong early fall patterns from kicking in.

Island Sport Shop, (715) 356-4797.

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


Some largemouth bass and northern pike are being caught on spinnerbaits in the Sprague and Goose pools in the Necedah National Wildlife Refuge. Some northern pike also being caught in the Suk Cerney Flowage. A few smallmouth bass and walleyes are hitting below the dam in Necedah on the Yellow River. Large catches of white bass are being made on a jig and twister tail in the Petenwell Flowage. White bass and catfish are being caught near the Buckhorn Bridge on the Castle Rock Flowage. Large white bass in the 12- to 14-inch range were caught on the flat just downstream from the Castle Rock dam. Smallmouth bass and walleyes are clobbering 5-inch Kalin white Jerk Minnow in 6 feet of water near fallen trees. Due to higher than normal summer water levels the muskies are scattered, with most fish in shallow water areas downstream.

Jordan Lake has been producing some nice bluegills along the deep weed edges on small minnows. Lake Mason fishing has been slow.

Petenwell Sports, (608) 564 7707.

Castle Rock Dam Bait Shop, (608) 339-2967.


With more stable and consistent weather in the last two weeks, fishing success was pretty good for many anglers. Smallmouth bass seemed to be the highlight of the past week, with rivers and flowages providing some very good action. Anglers have reported some nice catches of 16- to 18-inch fish, with a couple of 4-plus-pound smallies being released. Most of the fish were found near wood and structure along hard bottomed areas that were also close to weeds and deeper water. Topwater baits and larger crayfish-imitating plastics were the most successful baits. Muskie action continued to be good. Fish have been getting increasingly active the last few weeks and most anglers report plenty of activity. Large bucktails, Bulldawgs and topwater baits continue to work and most of the fish have been found along the weed edges and even up in some of the dense weed beds. No huge muskies have been reported; most of the fish have been in the 34- to 42-inch range. Walleye fishing continues to be rather erratic. The best success has come on live bait from deep-water structure such as rock humps and cribs.

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

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


You’ll find bluegills in 10 feet and crappies over 18 to 20 feet at Fish Lake. Minnows are turning some walleyes in 20 feet on Fish and Island lakes during low-light periods. On Lake Superior, anglers trolling spoons from the Lester River to the pumping station are catching lake trout down 75 to 100 feet and a few kings 50 feet below the surface.

Chalstrom’s Bait, (218) 726-0094.



Lake trout fishing has been pretty good in Lake Superior at Stannard Rock and Big Reef. A few cohos and occasionally a splake also have been caught. Early goose season should be decent.

Gander Mountain, (906) 226-8300.


Fishing has slowed on Lake Michigan’s Little Bay de Noc and fishing pressure has been light. A few fish have been caught at Round Island. Bass are hitting at Ogontz in the reeds along the shoreline. Best catches of smallmouth bass were in the Nahma area by anglers casting or trolling plastics, spinnerbaits, crankbaits or crawlers in 5 to 16 feet of water. Goose season should be good with lots of birds on the bay.

Bay View Bait and Tackle, (906) 786-1488.

BayShore Resort Bait and Tackle, (906) 428-2950.


Fishing on Lake Gogebic remains slow. A few perch reports are coming in from anglers fishing in the weeds in 8 to 10 feet of water. Walleye action has been very unpredictable with the best reports coming from anglers trolling crankbaits along the deep weed edges in 21 to 26 feet of water over the mud. Smallmouth bass have been fairly active and continue to hit leeches and nightcrawlers. Early goose season should be pretty good.

Bear’s Nine Pines Resort, (906) 842-3361.


Bluegill fishing has been pretty good on Lake Antoine and Badwater Lake. The fish have moved deeper and are hitting in 15 to 18 feet of water. Smallmouth and a few largemouth bass have been caught on the Menominee River below the Sturgeon Falls dam and in Lake Antoine. Walleye fishing has been slow with warm water hampering success. Trout streams rose a little, but have receded again and trout fishing has been slow with light fishing pressure. Goose hunting should be good with a fair number of birds in the area.

Northwoods Wilderness Outfitters, (906) 774-9009.


The bite has slowed a bit in Lake Superior’s Keweenaw Bay for anglers trolling for salmon. Those trolling have fished from the head of the bay northward as far as the red rocks at the roadside park on US-41 near the community of Keweenaw Bay. A few fish have been caught by those trolling spoons and bodybaits in 30 to 90 feet of water, 25 to 70 feet down. Oranges and greens have produced the best results.

Fish-On II Guide and Charter Service, (906) 369-4341.


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