Look for sunfish in 12 to 15 feet at Big Round Lake, Lake Wapogasset, North Twin Lake, and Pike Lake. Minnows or crawlers are turning walleyes during low-light periods at Wapogasset and Half Moon in 16 to 18 feet. Muskies are hitting topwater baits and bucktails on the Apple River, Deer Lake, and Wapogasset. Largemouth and smallmouth bass action remains strong throughout the area.
Lucky Baits (715) 268-6231
Fishing on Chequamegon Bay was very good with beautiful weather and cooperative fish. Smallmouths are in the shallows and on deeper drops, especially on sunny days. Suckers work best in deep water, while plastics work well shallow. Walleye anglers are trolling crankbaits such as Bombers, Flicker Shads, and Flicker Minnows over weed beds and in the channel. Lake trout fishing is fantastic. There is a good population of fish, with reports of numerous 20-pounders this summer. Most anglers are trolling spoons and Spin-n-Glos from Long Island to Outer Island.
Angler’s All, (715) 682-5754
River Rock, (715) 682-3232
Anglers are finding some crappies in the same 5- to 8-foot areas as bluegills. Vertical jigging a crappie jig tipped with a waxie or minnow will work. Bass anglers are finding some good action on topwater baits in the early morning and evening hours along the weeds. Pike anglers are finding some action in the same crappie and bluegill spots. You will also find pike chasing baitfish on the same weed edges as the bass. Spoons, spinnerbaits, Rapalas, and Rattle Trap will all work on pike. Anglers are finding that as water temps start hitting the 80s the walleyes are suspending more over deep water. Lindy rigs and bottom bouncers can work well at this time with live bait such as minnows or crawlers. Leeches are getting hard to find.
Up-Der North Guide Service, (715) 829-9477
Sunfish remain active in less than 10 feet in most weedy areas of Staples, Big Round, and Vermillion lakes. Beaver Dam Lake is giving up sunfish in 18 to 22 feet. Muskie and walleye action remains slow, but Beaver Dam Lake is giving up a few brown trout over 60 to 80 feet of water on spoons and downriggers. Largemouth bass remain active in the weeds of Vermillion, Staples, and Sand lakes.
Indianhead Sport Shop, (715) 822-2164
DOOR PENINSULA AND ALGOMA/KEWAUNEE AREA
Fishing pressure in Door County was high during the K/D Salmon Tournament. Although it was a tough bite due to warm water, Chinook salmon and rainbow trout were being caught from Sturgeon Bay to Washington Island. Anglers fishing in Baileys Harbor and Sturgeon Bay were catching a mix of Chinooks and rainbows early on, but water temperatures rose quickly into the low 70s later and fishing action slowed. The smallmouth bass fishing remains good on Green Bay in 4 to 20 feet of water, with reports of an aggressive bite early in the morning. A few anglers reported success with smallmouth bass from Murphy Park Pier, Anderson’s Pier, and the breakwall in Egg Harbor. Sawyer Harbor anglers found some bass, too, with catches ranging from five to 15 fish for half a day. Perch anglers also found success, as well, catching 10 to 25 fish for half a day’s trip
The action seems to be picking up from Kewaunee north to Sturgeon Bay. The best action has been for rainbows in 200 feet of water or more, with multiple fish being caught and some larger rainbows up to 15 pounds. Dodger/fly combos and orange spoons have been working well.
Howie’s Tackle, (920) 746-9916.
Algoma Chamber of Commerce, (920) 487-3090.
EAGLE RIVER AREA
Walleye fishing has actually been pretty good on the Eagle River Chain, with the walleyes suspending over mud or in the holes during the day. Then in the evenings they come up to the weed edges to feed and are pretty catchable. Leeches seem to be the best bait for them right now, but a few anglers report decent action on nice fish just drifting over the deep mud with crawlers. The larger natural lakes are producing on deep weed edges in the 12- to 14-foot range. These areas always seem to be productive because the deep water is so close. Fatheads and leeches are working on these lakes.
Bass fishing is good to great right now. Largemouths are in the weeds or hiding under structure like fallen trees or piers – sometimes in surprisingly shallow water. Smallmouths have been very active over rocks and even on the weed edges. These fish have been hitting plastics consistently.
Muskie action has been a little inconsistent, but all in all pretty good. They have been active on bucktails and surface baits during the day. Night fishing is good now, as it usually is during the summer. Probably the best place for consistent action would be the weed edges near deeper water.
Eagle Sports Center, (715) 479-8804.
FLORENCE COUNTY AREA
Crappie and bluegill action has been excellent. Small leeches, Berkley Powerbaits, and worms have all been working well. Most fishermen are finding them in deeper water while fishing just off the bottom. Muskie action has been improving. There have been several longer than 40 inches landed recently. Bucktails and large jerkbaits were producing the best results. Bass fishing continues to be excellent. Lots of big largemouths and smallmouths are being caught. Use leeches, topwater lures, and plastics. Walleye and pike action has been fair.
Whisler Outdoors, (715) 528-4411.
GREEN BAY/APPLETON AREA
Out of Bayshore Park, fishing for walleyes the past week has been relatively consistent. Most boaters found themselves catching at least a couple of fish for a half-day trip. Only a few boats were fishing for perch out of Bayshore last week and they didn’t have much luck. As always, the freshwater drum bite has been hot and anglers were catching plenty of them. Anglers also caught white perch, white bass, and catfish while fishing for walleye.
On the Suamico River, fishing pressure was high recently. Walleye anglers reported having some success and brought home two to three fish per boat. Anglers were running crawler harnesses with mixed success. Most of the walleyes that were caught ranged from 16 to 22 inches, with a good number of larger fish (26 inches or better) being released to be caught another day. Other species caught were freshwater drum, yellow perch, white bass, white perch, and channel catfish. A few anglers fishing from shore were catching some smaller yellow perch, but it’s nice to see kids outside enjoying some family time and fishing.
At the Fox River mouth, walleyes have been the main target, with anglers launching from the mouth and running a couple miles north usually. Walleye anglers have had a tough time finding decent numbers of fish and they are also struggling to keep the non-target fish off their lines – many times white perch or freshwater drum will hit their baits before a walleye can get there.
Smokey’s on the Bay Bait, Tackle and Guide Service, (920) 436-0600.
Muskie fishing is consistent, with night fishing offering good catches. Target deep humps, points, and weed edges during the day and shallower locations in the evening. Nearly all lure types are producing fish. Walleye action is best in the early morning and from late afternoon into darkness. During the day, concentrate on mid-depths to deep weeds, or mud flats. In low light, work shallow weeds and rock shorelines. The most effective baits include leeches, crawlers, and minnows on jigs, slip bobbers, crawler harnesses, Lindy Rigs, and bottom bouncers.
Largemouth fishing is good to very good near weeds, docks, and any structure providing cover. The most productive baits include plastics, spinners, spinnerbaits, swim baits, and topwaters. Smallmouth action is decent on deeper, hard-bottomed areas, rocks, stumps, gravel, points, and cribs.
Hayward Bait, (715) 634-2921.
Hayward Lakes Visitor and Convention Bureau, (800) 724-2992.
LAKE MICHIGAN/METRO AREA LAKES
In Sheboygan, boater success was limited, with the majority of the fish being caught over the weekend. Mainly rainbow trout were caught, along with some cohos, and Chinook salmon, along with a handful of brown trout, and lake trout. Most of the kings were caught in water depths of 200 to 300 feet on spoons, flasher flies, and Dipsy divers.
In Port Washington, success off the boats was hit or miss with some boaters catching a couple of fish and others returning to the ramp with none. Mainly rainbows were caught, along with some Chinook salmon and coho salmon, and one lake trout. Catches were reportedly made in water depths ranging from 140 to 260 feet on spoons and dodger flies.
In Milwaukee, warm water and a lack of fish made trolling difficult last week after east winds warmed the water to the upper 70s. Most boats going out of Milwaukee were finding only a few fish. Trollers willing and able to head out to deep water of 300 feet ore more were having the best luck – mostly on lakers, with an occasional Chinook or coho mixed it. Flashers and flies or magnum spoons fished deep off downriggers from 70 to 100 feet down are the most productive; copper line and leadcore line fished off of planer boards have also taken a few fish. Some west winds and cooler water will be needed to improve fishing off Milwaukee.
DNR hotline, (414) 382-7920.
Smokey’s Bait Shop, (262) 691-0360.
Dick Smith’s Bait, (262) 646 2218.
LAKE PEPIN AREA
The walleye bite was slower last week, with a few fish being caught on crankbaits in 10 to 15 feet at the Head of the Lakes and Maiden Rock areas of Lake Pepin. Panfish and northern pike are biting in the bays and the wing dam areas below the dam on the Mississippi River is producing channel catfish and sturgeon.
Four Seasons, (651) 388-4334.
Salmon fishing in Manitowoc and Two Rivers was on a steady rise throughout last week. Consistent numbers (from two to 10 fish) were coming in from almost every boat. Anglers who came in with more fish typically had mixed bags, and every species of salmon and trout was brought in between the two ports. Two distinct depths produced fish consistently: some anglers did well around 120 feet, and some also had success in 200 to 250 feet. Those fishing deeper caught primarily rainbows, but kings and some lakers accompanied them. Green dodger/fly combos 60 feet down, as well as orange or green spoons on 10-color leadcore, caught the most fish in the deeper water. The shallower water (120-ish) saw even splits of Chinooks, cohos, and rainbows, with the same presentation and depth fished being effective, but flies outfished the spoons at that depth.
WCUB Radio, (920) 683-6800.
Boat and shore anglers have caught walleyes, freshwater drum, catfish, and smallmouth bass in the Menominee River below the Hattie Street bridge. Boat anglers are trolling live bait and crankbaits, or casting spinners and plastics. Shore anglers were using live bait fished right on the bottom. Anglers below the dam at Peshtigo have been catching some panfish and the occasional trout on the power house side of the river. Live bait and small plastics are being used. The mouth of the Peshtigo River and the holes upriver has been producing walleyes, perch, drum, catfish, and smallmouths. Most anglers are using a simple jig and live bait or plastic. Brown trout are still being caught in the vicinity of the Trout Bar off the Little River Boat Launch.
In Oconto County, panfish and smallmouth bass are still being caught below the dam at Stiles on the Oconto River. Live bait has been working the best. The lower portion of the Oconto River has been producing some very nice catfish, smallmouths, and drum. Live bait, spinners, and plastics have been working well. The perch and walleye bite from the mouth of the Pensaukee River to Oconto Park II has been slow. A few reports of walleyes being caught out of the mouth of the Oconto River while trolling with crawler harness have been heard.
Waterfront Sport Shop, (906) (906) 424-4108.
MINOCQUA/WOODRUFF/ LAKE TOMAHAWK AREA
Summertime patterns are now forming. It’s late, but better late than never.
Largemouth bass: Very good to excellent. Square-lipped and lipless crankbaits are working, as are spinnerbaits over weed tops. The heat has increased topwater activity – there has been some very good plastic frog action.
Smallmouth bass: Very good. Fish deep gravel/rock humps and deep coontail edges with tube jigs, drop-shot rigs, and Carolina-rigged creatures. Anglers are catching some very nice fish in the 19- to 21-inch range.
Crappies and bluegills: Good to very good. For crappies, fish tops of narrow -leafed cabbage in 10 to 12 feet. Bluegills are suspended along deep coontail edges.
Walleye: Fair and improving. There is a deep bite going on; fish over humps at dusk with big crawlers and leeches. Use lighted slip-bobbers after dark with the biggest leeches you can find.
Muskie: Fair to good. There have been reports of good action on topwater baits and big-bladed bucktails.
Island Sport Shop, (715) 356-4797.
J and J Sports, (715) 277-2616.
PRICE COUNTY AREA
Anglers continue to have success fishing the Flambeau River for muskies, walleyes, northern pike, and bass. Grouse coveys are being seen.
Bridge Bait and Tackle, Park Falls, (715) 762-4108.
Ross’s Sport Shop, Phillips, (715) 339-3625.