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Wisconsin Outdoor News Fishing Report – July 28, 2017


Smallmouth bass fishing has been good. Anywhere you have structure you will most likely catch bass in 2 feet to 30 feet of water. In the deeper water in the bay, use suckers. Anglers have been catching walleyes at the head of the bay, Brush Point, and Kakagon Slough on crawlers, leeches, and minnows. During the day look for walleyes in the channel or the drop-offs into the channel trolling crankbaits. Northerns have been caught at the breakwall and along the Ashland shoreline. Trolling for trout and salmon has been very productive from Houghton Point all the way out to the Apostle Islands.

Inland fishing is good, with reports of panfish and largemouth bass, muskies and crappies being caught.

Angler’s All, (715) 682-5754.

River Rock, (715) 682-3232.


Walleye and muskie reports continue to be slow, but largemouth bass are biting in the deep and shallow weeds of most lakes. You’ll find crappies and sunfish on the 6- to 8-foot weedlines of Lake Vermillion, Big Round Lake, and Staples Lake or in 16 to 18 feet on Beaver Dam Lake.

Indianhead Sports, (715) 822-2164


Salmon fishing has been excellent in recent weeks, with some very big fish getting caught. Many in the mid 20s to low 30-pound range have already been weighed in so far. The 100- to 150-foot range has been the best depth; try flashers/flies or spoons.

Walleye fishing has been good around the southern end of the bay from Chaudoir’s Dock south to the lower bay and across the bay over on the west shore. Flicker Shads, minnows along and crawler harnesses have been working well. To the north, from Henderson’s Point north to Sister Bay, there have been a few walleyes. That action should get better in late July and into August. Perch fishing has been excellent from Sturgeon Bay and south past Little Sturgeon and even out in some of that deeper mud from Little Sturgeon down to Chaudoir’s.

Howie’s Tackle, (920) 746-9916.

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


Walleye fishing has been surprisingly good throughout the area, with fish going deeper over the mud flats during the day. Some nice fish have been caught over that mud on larger leeches. There has also been some action in the weeds for walleyes, but these fish seem to be smaller. On the larger lakes, you’ll find walleyes in the 12- to 18-foot range right at the drop-offs. Muskie action has been good, but the bigger fish are mostly deeper than 15 feet. On the Eagle River chain, many fish have been caught in the deeper areas by trolling crankbaits or Bulldawgs in 15 to 20 feet over open water.

Eagle Sports Center, (715) 479-8804.


Walleye and pike action has been heating up. Walleyes are ranging from 18 to 26 inches. Fishermen have been reporting good catches using leeches and minnows. Try spinnerbaits or suckers for pike. Panfish action has been excellent. Good numbers of bluegills are being caught, some reaching 11 inches. Try fishing off the bottom with crawlers. Crappies and perch have been plentiful. Bass action remains hot. Trout action is improving. Anglers are bringing in good numbers of brookies using spinners or worms.

Whisler Outdoors, (715) 528-4411.


In Suamico, most anglers targeted walleye and found consistent action, with most boats catching at least one or two walleyes for a half day’s trip. All anglers had a tough time keeping freshwater drum off their lines. At the Green Bay metro launch, anglers saw improved success from previous weeks with most boats catching at least two walleyes. The white bass bite has slowed down considerably. The catfish catch continues to be low, but steady.

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


Fathead minnows or leeches are turning walleyes during low-light periods in 14 to 16 feet at Nelson, Chetek, Lac Courte Oreilles, and Sissabagama lakes. Bass are active on the Minong Flowage, Chippewa Flowage, Long Lake, and Nelson. Spinnerbaits and topwater lures are producing muskies in 6 to 12 feet on Lost Land, Teal, and Whitefish lakes. Hit the Birchwood area on Chetek or the weedlines on Nelson and Smith lakes for panfish. For muskies target weedlines, drop-offs, points, and bars. Northern pike have been active in weeds. Smallmouth fishing is excellent.

Hayward Bait, (715) 634-2921.

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


Weather changes have been doing a number on the fish activity. The big temp changes, storms, or lack of winds with bright skies have not been helped the walleye fishing, or any thing else for that matter. The best results have come while vertical jigging in 10 to 14 feet over submerged wood with light weedless jigs tipped with half of a crawler or fathead minnows. Walleyes, perch, smallmouths, and a big mixture of rock bass and bluegills have been present in these areas.

Flambeau Flowage Sports, Mercer, (715) 476 2526.

Turtle River Trading Co., Mercer, (715) 476-0123.


Three-way rigs with crawlers or leeches are producing walleyes in 6 to 8 feet along the main channel. Work the mouths of the feeder creeks with spoons or suckers for northern pike. Cut bait or crawlers are producing channel catfish, while suckers or bullheads are turning flathead catfish on the Mississippi River.

Schafer’s Boats, (608) 781-3100.

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


In Kenosha, anglers reported catching between one and six fish last week from 25 feet out to 160 feet, but most of the fish were caught in 25-45 feet of water just north of town. Most anglers also reported catching more fish in the early morning hours. Brown trout and king salmon made up most of the catch.

In Racine, fishing was slow for most anglers last week, with boats landing one to nine fish. Most of the fish were caught on spoons, but no color seemed to work better than another. Anglers reported fishing from 25 feet out to 150 feet for brown trout, steelhead, lake trout, cohos and kings.

In Milwaukee, fishing remains spotty with some doing well and others not catching much at all. Trollers are finding pods of fish anywhere from 20 feet out to 180 feet. A mix of cohos, kings, and steelhead are making up the catches. Flashers and flies fished in the top 50 feet are doing the best when fished off of downriggers, or three to 10 colors of leadcore behind planer boards.

Shore anglers caught a few browns and kings from the Oak Creek power plant pier on spoons and plastics. Anglers coming to the McKinley Pier to catch alewives for bait and staying most of the night are finding a good Chinook bite around midnight.

At Port Washington, pier fishing was slow and success reported from boaters was limited. Catches were made at depths ranging from 90 to 100 feet.

In Sheboygan, fishing is improving, with only a couple of boaters reporting no catches during some poor weather. The Chinooks have been running up to 23 pounds. Fish were caught in depths ranging from 70 to 180 feet on spoons and flies.

DNR hotline, (414) 382-7920.

Smokey’s Bait Shop, (262) 691-0360.

Dick Smith’s Bait, (262) 646 2218.


Walleyes are hitting near the mouth of the river, the Hwy. 41 bridge, and out on the Winnebago mud flats. Most anglers are using crawlers and leeches. Fishermen are catching perch at Black Wolf. Anglers looking for smallies are finding them around bridge pilings.

Critter’s, (920) 582-0471.

Fox River Bait, (920) 233-7409.

Dutch’s, (920) 922-0311.


Lake Mendota fishermen are still having some good luck on channel catfish and that good fortune continues up into the Yahara River near Naughty Gal. There has been a little bit of perch action on Lake Mendota, with some of the best luck coming along the weedlines on the west shore, between Nelson State Park and Governor’s Island, in University Bay, and along city shoreline. Smallmouth anglers are doing OK on slip bobbers and live bait or plastics. Some small walleyes have been showing up for trollers on Lake Monona. For bluegills on Monona, try drifting mid-depth ranges. Guys are also catching yellow bass and white bass while drifting. The Monona muskie bite has been picking up. Lake Waubesa anglers have been struggling on panfish; walleye anglers are trolling the main basin. A few nice perch and bluegills were caught on weed edges on Lake Kegonsa. Lake Wisconsin anglers were catching walleyes and crappies.

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

Dorn Hardware, (608) 244-5403.


Fishing pressure continues to be very low in Manitowoc and Two Rivers because of weather – wind and rain. When boats have gone out, anglers have been catching mostly king salmon and rainbow trout, but success has been on the light side.

WCUB Radio, (920) 683-6800.


In Oconto County, bluegills and smallmouth bass are still being caught below the dam at Stiles on the Oconto River. Live bait and plastics have been working the best with anglers fishing the current seams and slack water. The mouth of the Oconto River is producing smallmouths, drum, and catfish using tube jigs and live bait fished on bottom. The walleye bite from the Pensaukee River to Oconto Park II remains slow. Oconto Park II and the Oconto Breakwater Park has had reports of perch biting in 7 to 11 feet of water.

In Marinette County, anglers fishing the lower Peshtigo River from Klingsborn’s Landing to the landing at the mouth of the Peshtigo River report catching a few walleyes by trolling or jigging in the river mouth. Perch, catfish, smallmouths, and drum are also being caught. Shore anglers and boaters are catching some walleyes, catfish, drum, and smallies on the Menominee River.

A&K Bait & Tackle, (715) 732-9595.


Crappies: Good to very good.  Anglers are finding good numbers and very good sized (a 15-incher topped the charts last week). Boathouses near deeper water are producing.

Bluegills and perch: Good to very good. They are enjoying the warm-up. Bluegills are active from mid-morning on with top-water action on poppers. Perch are showing up with some quantity and quality along coontail edges with a sandgrass “lawn.”

Bass: Good. For largemouths it’s tough to beat wacky-rigged worms in and around the weeds. Use topwaters lures at dusk. For smallmouths, fish the same coontail edges/sand grass flats where you are finding larger perch. Try X-Raps and Husky Jerks on inside weed lines in the mornings.

Muskies: Fair to good. These fish are starting to be “seen” more. Bucktails are bringing best overall action, but smaller swimbaits and twitch baits are also moving (and tagging) fish. Top-water action is heating up.

Walleyes: Poor to fair. It’s been a tough summer so far. Even trollers are struggling. The best bet has been deeper in 16 to 28 with Lindy rigs.

Island Sport Shop, (715) 356-4797.

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