Wisconsin Outdoor News Fishing Report — June 2, 2017


Chequamegon Bay anglers had an interesting time dodging lightning and rain recently, and the bay is red from stream run-off. Smallmouth anglers who know the structure caught fish, even with the poor visibility. There are pre-spawn fish and some fish making beds. Most success is on slowly moved light jigs and plain hooks with plastics, while fly anglers slowly strip large profile streamers. Walleye anglers were doing well slow-trolling crankbaits over weed beds. The wind has affected trout and salmon fishing. If it calms down, look for mudlines.

Angler’s All, (715) 682-5754.

River Rock, (715) 682-3232.


Anglers are finding some good fishing on the Chetek chain after the tornado and flooding rains hit the area. Anglers are finding good walleye fishing around the bridges and channels where there is some good flow on live bait rigs or jigs tipped with a fathead, nightcrawler or leech. Bass are in the bays around submerged wood and docks. Catch crappies by drifting the bog areas and over submerged wood along the shorelines.

Up-Der North Guide Service, (715) 829-9477.


Bluegills are being found on the shorelines of Big Round, Vermillion, and Staples lakes, among others. Minnows are still turning walleyes in 4 to 8 feet on Shell Lake, while the shallow weeds on Pipe and Staples are holding crappies. Heavy rains have raised water levels on the streams and slowed trout fishing. Look to the 6- to 10- foot weedlines of Beaver Dam Lake, Bear Lake, and Vermillion for pike.

Indianhead Sports, (715) 822-2164


Bass fishing has been fantastic. Look for warm water pockets in any bay and fish transition areas like rock to sand or channel cuts. Another key ingredient for big smallmouth bass, especially at this time of year, is to fish slow. The best baits have been shorty tubes, paddle tails, grubs, and spinnerbaits when you can find 60-degree temps. Walleye fishing during the day has been going good from the Chaudoir’s Dock and south to the lower bay. To the north, the night bite has been better for the trollers and shore fishermen using crankbaits. And they are still catching some walleyes by rip-jigging during the day around some of the steep shoreline drops.

Howie’s Tackle, (920) 746-9916.

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


The cold, windy weather played a role in slowing down the crappie action this past week. Anglers were finding them in deeper water using minnows. The water levels have been high, but that didn’t deter trout fishermen from getting out on the rivers and streams. Opening week produced good numbers of trout with quite a few 15- to 18-inch brookies caught on bigger spinners in the fast water. Walleye action has been fair for smaller fish on jumbo leeches or suckers. Pike action has picked up and they’ve been hitting on suckers.

Whisler Outdoors, (715) 528-4411.


Walleyes have been put off by cold weather. Fish that were beginning to come up into the emergent weeds stayed in deeper water. Anglers who did get some walleye got them on jigs and minnows in 8 to 12 feet of water. Warming water will improve walleye fishing – and fishing for all species. Bass have been slowed, too. Most moved back into areas just off where they will spawn, but a few fish started sliding up late last week. Muskie will also will be helped by warmer weather. Use smaller baits and a slow retrieve until water temperatures improve.

Eagle Sports Center, (715) 479-8804.


Boat fisherman targeted walleyes, with most catching one to three fish last week. The good news? There has been a steady increase in walleyes caught  since opening day. Anglers out of Suamico have been mostly focusing their efforts on walleyes with some success. There has also been an increase in the number of northern pike being caught around Geno’s Beach.

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


Post-spawn walleyes are starting to scatter. Look for them in new weeds and wood. Walleyes are hitting minnows or leeches in 8 to 12 feet on the Chippewa Flowage, Grindstone Lake, and Lac Courte Oreilles. Largemouth and smallmouth bass continue to be caught consistently in shallow water on most lakes. Look to Nelson Lake and the Chippewa Flowage for panfish in 4 to 8 feet.

Hayward Bait, (715) 634-2921.

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


Live-bait rigs tipped with crawlers or leeches are turning walleyes and sauger in less than 8 feet on Lake Pepin and the lower end of the Mississippi River. Look to the bays and marinas for panfish as water temperatures start to again climb.

Four Seasons, (651) 388-4334.

Schafer’s Boats, (608) 781-3100.

Bob’s Bait and Tackle, (608) 782-5552.


In Sheboygan, boaters have been getting out recently with limited success, but one boat had nine rainbows and one coho between two anglers. They fished in less than 100 feet of water using a variety of spoons and flasher flies with no one particular bait outperforming the others.

In Port Washington, anglers have been targeting cohos, with a few rainbows and kings being caught. Many limits have been caught by using coho dodgers (orange/red) with small peanut flies. No one depth has been best.

In Milwaukee, nice catches of cohos and a few kings were landed on the lakefront. Cold fronts and small craft advisories have made fishing – even from the shoreline – a challenge. A couple of limits of cohos were landed on McKinley Pier. One pier angler landed his limit of cohos in two hours while bottom fishing with alewives.

In Racine, most anglers fished in 20 to 40 feet during periods of rough water. They caught browns and a few lake trout and cohos.

DNR hotline, (414) 382-7920.

Smokey’s Bait Shop, (262) 691-0360.

Dick Smith’s Bait, (262) 646 2218.


In Oconto County, a few fish were caught below the Stiles dam – crappies, bluegills, smallmouths, and pike in low numbers. High fast water has made most of the river unfishable. Anglers at the mouth of the Oconto River have been catching some perch, smallmouths, walleyes, and pike. The hot spot has been the mouth of the Pensaukee River were anglers have been catching limits of walleyes in 4 feet of water by trolling crankbaits and crawler harnesses.

In Marinette County, anglers on the lower Peshtigo River have been catching good numbers of walleyes using jigs and live bait on current seams and in holes. Some smallmouths and pike are also being caught by trolling crankbaits and crawler harnesses. The Menominee River had three gates wide open and two gates half open, pushing a tremendous amount of water and debris. Muskie anglers are catching a few fish.

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


Cold, wind, rain, and thunder storms created havoc for anglers up through last week. The effects of these weather systems threw fish off, also. Fish that had just started to move in and bed were pushed out by the dropping water temperatures.

Walleyes: Fair to good. Improved as anglers were able to locate the walleyes that had scattered due to the storms. Bites were lighter and the hard bait/ lure crowd did not score as well as those using live bait.

Largemouth bass: Fair to good. Action picked up after effects of storms, mostly on leeches and minnows meant for walleyes.

Crappies: Fair. What should have been a great week of crappie fishing wasn’t. The cold and storms shut this fishery down. If there is an upside, it’s that the best is yet to come.

Muskies: They have been active in the shallows, mostly for spawning reasons, but this should be good time for small bucktails and twitchbaits in the shallows.

Island Sport Shop, (715) 356-4797.

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


Crappie action has picked up during the evening hours on the shorelines of Fish Lake and Island Lake. Chubs or shiner minnows are producing walleyes in 8 to 10 feet on the St. Louis River, Boulder Lake, Rice Lake, and Fish. Heavy rains have muddied the water on Lake Superior so fishing action has slowed.

Chalstrom’s Bait, (218) 726-0094.

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