Wisconsin Outdoor News Fishing Report – October 28th, 2016


Drifting large suckers along the shallow weed edges is producing muskies on the Apple River, Cedar Lake, Bone Lake, Deer Lake, and Lake Wapogasset. Walleye and panfish action has slowed. Waterfowl hunters are shooting wood ducks, mallards, and geese, while pheasant hunting is going OK and should improve as corn is harvested.

Country Store, (715) 268-7482.


There is a great smallmouth bite going on in Chequamegon Bay right now. Coho, brown trout and rainbow action is also very good. As the water temps come down the fishing will get even better. Inland lakes report say that muskie fishing is slow right now. We need the waters to cool down a bit more. Fall is salmon time – there are some fresh fish still in the rivers and in the bay. Salmon are in the staging areas off the river mouths or are spawning in the rivers. The rains have brought fresh salmon into the rivers. The browns are in the rivers, too, feeding on salmon eggs.

Angler’s All, (715) 682-5754.

River Rock, (715) 682-3232.


Crappies and sunfish remain active in 7 to 9 feet at Big Round Lake, Shallow Lake, Lake Vermillion, and Beaver Dam Lake. Suckers and quick-strike rigs are turning muskies in 20 feet on Sand Lake. Grouse hunting has been productive for most groups, and waterfowl hunters are seeing more geese than ducks.

Indianhead Sports, (715) 822-2164


Perch fishing has been a very bright spot for the past month or so and the fishing should get better as it usually does deeper into fall. Some of the best areas have been in downtown Sturgeon Bay along the edges of the shipping channel, some areas on the Sturgeon Bay Flats, Sawyer Harbor, Little Sturgeon and Riley’s Bay. Fatheads and crawler pieces have been the best live baits. Bass reports have been a bit mixed, but should become more consistent as the water cools off and gets them out of this extended transition into a fall pattern. Look for steeper shoreline drop-offs, off-shore reefs and shoals, and deep channels and pay attention to your graph. The fall salmon run is nearing its end, but there are still a few fish to be caught. Areas to check out would be Baileys Harbor and the Sister Bay area, the Sturgeon Bay ship canal, Stoney Creek and the Ahnapee River. Out on the big lake, there is still plenty of time left to get in on some very good fishing for those 2- and 3-year-old kings, along with some rainbow trout. Pike fishing has been fantastic, to say the least. Big fish beyond 40 inches have been released. A few areas that will give up some big pike include Sherwood Point and Henderson’s Point. Walleye fishing is still a bit tough, but once that water cools off, the fishing should pick up. The best bite has been coming from the folks rip-jigging during the day and trolling or jigging at night.

Howie’s Tackle, (920) 746-9916.

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


Muskies: Bigger spinnerbaits, crankbaits, jerkbaits and topwaters are still working. More anglers are using suckers now.

Northern pike: Fish the deep flats with some type of weeds (could be sand grass or coontail). Use jig and minnow combos.

Walleyes: Fish deep mud flats and deep rock humps. Early and late in the day you can find fish on the tops, but they will go deeper in the mid-day.

Panfish: Bluegills are on the deepest weed edges with the greenest weeds. Slip bobber rigs are the way to go – baited with waxies or red worms. Plastics are working under bobbers with a twitch of the rod. Crappies are starting to suspend over mud flats and small jigs tipped with minnows or small blade baits will work. Perch are on mud flats.

Waterfowl: Migrating flocks have been flying overhead this past week. Hunters may contact lake associations to ask for permission to hunt on private land; some associations are looking for help to reduce goose numbers.

Upland gamebirds: Migrating woodcock are here in decent numbers and holding tight for pointing dogs. Fall turkey hunters lucky enough to draw a tag in the north should have no trouble finding flocks of birds.

Deer: A few fresh rubs are appearing and bucks are beginning to mock spar in the fields.

Eagle Sports Center, (715) 479-8804.


In Brown County, Suamico fishing pressure was moderate to high, with many shore anglers fishing for perch and boaters fishing for muskies. Anglers headed out on the bay found a tough bite for walleyes and muskies.  Duck Creek saw moderate fishing pressure with all the anglers targeting perch. One group of three anglers said 80 percent of the fish were less than 7 inches. Fox River anglers targeted walleyes and muskies. Muskie anglers had trouble finding fish; most anglers are trolling crankbaits. Walleye anglers reported a mixed bag of results with a few anglers finding a good number of fish and others having no luck.

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


Minnows are producing walleyes and smallmouth bass in 15 to 20 feet at Lake Lac Courte Oreilles, Grindstone Lake, and Whitefish Lake. Muskies are hitting bucktails or suckers on the Chippewa Flowage, Lost Land Lake, Lake Namekagon, and Teal Lake. Look for suspended crappies over 12 to 16 feet on Nelson Lake and the Chippewa Flowage. Grouse hunters are reporting good numbers of birds and better success now that the leaves are down.

Hayward Bait, (715) 634-2921.

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


In Kenosha County, anglers reported catching a few lake trout at 200 feet on a flasher/fly combo. Pier fishing was slow. Most anglers are focusing their efforts in the harbor. The is still slow, but a few brown trout, two steelhead, and a few kings were reported on spawn sacs, spoons and shiners. Only a few kings were reported on the Pike River on orange yarn eggs just upstream from the Hwy. E bridge.

In Racine County, fishing pressure was light last week. One angler fishing near the boat ramp reported catching two steelhead on spawn sacs. Only a handful of pier anglers reported catching a few brown trout. With more than an inch of rain, Root River flows brought in an increasing number of salmon. Fish were processed at the Root River facility on Oct. 17, and 829 fish were passed upstream. So far this fall, DNR crews have handled 1,585 Chinooks, 336 cohos, six rainbows and seven browns.

Trout and salmon continue to stage in the Milwaukee boat harbor for the run up the Milwaukee, Menomonee, and Kinnickinnic rivers. A large number of Chinooks moved from the harbor into the rivers last week. Small rainbows, brown trout, and a few nice cohos have been landed by anglers fishing with shiners and fatheads on the shoreline behind Summerfest. A large number of trout and salmon were stacked up in the Lakeshore State Park lagoons, but very few anglers were fishing for them. One angler lost a large brown trout and a large Chinook in the lagoons. A large number of Chinooks were stacked up at the McKinley boat launch, but the fish were very dark. Anglers under the Hoan Bridge have been targeting brown trout and rainbows with shiners and fatheads but the catch rate has been low. Anglers on the Grant Park shoreline have been targeting trout and salmon at the mouth of the Oak Creek with crankbaits, spoons, and spawn sacs

In Ozaukee County, the power plant discharge area in Coal Dock Park still has high fishing pressure, but success has slowed down. The north slip marina area has also slowed considerably.  Chinook and coho salmon were caught in Sauk Creek.

In Sheboygan, fishing pressure has been very low and very few fish have been reported lately.

DNR hotline, (414) 382-7920.

Smokey’s Bait Shop, (262) 691-0360.

Dick Smith’s Bait, (262) 646 2218.


In Oconto County, fishing pressure has been low, especially from boaters. Most of the rigs belong to waterfowlers. A few anglers are still catching some bluegills and crappies below the dam on the Oconto River. Anglers at the Iron Bridge on the Oconto River are catching a few pink salmon. Shore anglers at Oconto Breakwater Park and Oconto Park II are catching perch using minnows and crawler pieces. At Geano’s Beach, fishing pressure was low.

In Marinette County, fishing pressure has been low, especially from boaters. Most of the boat trailers are waterfowlers. A decent run of king salmon has been observed at Little River, with anglers catching fish up to Little River Road. Spawn and hardware are being used. A run of walleyes has been reported on the Menominee River from Stephenson Island to the Hattie Street dam.

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


Fall fishing is in full swing now that last week’s cold nights helped to put the turnover behind us, for the most part.

Muskies: Very good. Suckers have been the “hot” bait on the menu. On windy days, drift bladed quick-set rigs using suckers. Jerkbaits (Suicks), gliders (Smity Jerks) and twitch baits have been scoring well. Moderate retrieves with small pauses were working best.

Walleyes: Very good, but with a catch! Walleyes are feeding well, but they are very tentative. Patience is the key to “feeding” red-tailed chubs up in heavy green weeds – slow drag light weedless Jack’s jigs or Northland Weed Weasels. On deeper lakes use Lindy style rigs, jigs or Jigging Raps.

Crappies: Very good. Crappies suspended 9 to 11 feet down are being caught by trollers using Flicker Shads, Shad Raps and Jr. Thundersticks.

Bluegills: Very good. That’s surprising since few anglers target bluegills at this time of year.

Island Sport Shop, (715) 356-4797.

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


Water temperatures are cooling down throughout the Wisconsin River system, with temperatures around 55 degrees last week. Some nice crappies are being caught in the Petenwell Flowage in the deeper brush piles. Muskie action below the Nekoosa dam is picking up. White bass and small walleyes are stacked below the Petenwell dam, with some nice channel catfish being caught. Smallies are hitting topwater baits near the rocks along the east shore of Castle Rock Flowage. Muskie and pike are hitting in transition areas on Medussa lures. White bass and some legal walleyes are hitting in the Yellow River near the Buckhorn Bridge. A few large crappies were caught just east of the Buckhorn Bridge in 6 feet of water. Muskie action below the Castle Rock dam has been good on large suckers and quick-strike rigs. Legal walleyes were taken in the trees north of the Two Rivers landing.

Duck hunters in the Necedah area have been reporting large amounts of ducks in the refuge, but with the warm temperatures not many are moving. The Lemonweir River had been producing a few wood ducks and a few mallards. Some new geese are moving into the area. Rub lines and scrapes are starting to be used heavily by the younger bucks with lots of activity on moonlit nights.

Petenwell Sports, (608) 564 7707.

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


A few days of great weather last week offered excellent conditions for anglers to be on the water. Muskies remain the species of interest and provide the most consistent success. Muskie anglers are seeing the best action by drifting suckers under bobbers along the shallow/deep breaks. Sunny, warmer days still produce hits on crankbaits and Bull Dawgs. Walleye action has been erratic, with the best action near dark on jigs and minnows or slip bobbers fished along weed edges and deep breaklines. Crankbaits cast along shorelines in low light hours are also effective. Most bass anglers have stored their boats for the year, though warm, sunny days are producing good action for the die-hards. Panfish action is fair.

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

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


You’ll find crappies from the dam to the narrows area on Fish Lake in 14 to 16 feet. Hit Boulder Lake with minnows in 12 feet for crappies or 8 to 10 feet for walleyes. Large suckers are turning muskies on Island Lake in 8 to 10 feet and Kamloops have started moving closer to shore on Lake Superior. The woods is thinning and grouse are spreading out so hunter success has improved, and one or two deer are brought in daily by archery hunters.

Chalstrom’s Bait (218) 726-0094

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