Wisconsin Outdoor News Fishing Report – July 13, 2018


Bucktails continue to raise muskies on the weedlines and shoreline breaks of Deer Lake, Bone Lake, and the Apple River. Walleyes are hitting leeches or crawlers on Lake Wapogasset in 12 to 14 feet and North Twin Lake in 10 feet. Look for consistent largemouth and smallmouth bass action throughout the area.

Country Store (715) 268-7482


The mayfly hatch has started, which will bring fish to the surface so don’t be afraid to use topwater baits. Trolling with crankbaits has been successful for browns and lake trout. There have been a lot of boats out trolling and doing well on the flats and the South Channel. There is still floating debris and other obstructions coming in from Fish Creek after the last big storm. Use caution.

Angler’s All, (715) 682-5754.

River Rock, (715) 682-3232.


Bass fishing is good, especially from Egg Harbor to Washington Island. Fish from 5 feet out to the 15-foot mark now as fish slide to deeper water. Perch fishing has been fantastic. Try the Sturgeon Bay ship canal, the Flats, Potowatomi State Park, Sawyer Harbor and Little Sturgeon. Walleye fishing has been getting better to the south around Chaudoir’s Dock after about a two-week slow down. Lately 15 to 25 feet of water has been the best depth for crawler harnesses and crankbaits. Salmon fishing has been good. Flies behind flashers have been the best for kings and 100 to 200 feet of water. There is also a good rainbow bite in 250 to 450 feet on temperature breaks.

Howie’s Tackle, (920) 746-9916.

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


The mayfly hatch has just ended, and it was spectacular. We’ve never seen so many of mayflies in town. Water levels remain high, and water temperatures are getting quite high with all the hot weather. Walleyes are in their summer pattern. Fish deeper or on weed edges during the day. You will find some nice fish on the mud flats on the Eagle River Chain. On the larger lakes, fish weeds in 8 to 14 feet, or the deeper rock bars. Bass fishing has been great all over. Smallies like deep rocks and cribs for cover and feeding. Largemouths are everywhere in shallower cover. Spinnerbaits, wacky worms, plastics and surface baits have all been working. 

Muskie action has started to get better as the water has warmed. This is the time for night fishing if you are a serious muskie angler. The night action has been very good until about 11 p.m. Daytime action is better in the weeds and in deeper water.

Eagle Sports Center, (715) 479-8804.


Walleye action has been fair. Most catches have been smaller. If you’re fishing in shallow water, try using leeches on a bait harness. In deeper water use a large minnow. Bass action has been steady. Largemouths have been hitting topwater lures like poppers and frogs. Smallmouths are hitting best on the rivers. They are favoring wacky worms and leeches. Pike action also remains steady. Crankbaits and spinners have been producing a good bite. Muskie fishermen have been reporting good numbers of follow-ups with a few catches upwards of 40 inches.

Whisler Outdoors, (715) 528-4411.


Anglers working out of the metro launch have seen steadily increasing walleye catches. Early last week anglers were lucky to catch a couple of fish. By week’s end most were catching at least half a dozen. Voyager Park shore anglers didn’t fare as well; no catches were reported. Anglers fishing out of Bayshore Park saw some slower action, with most boaters catching less than three walleyes per person and harvesting only a couple or none at all. Most walleyes were in depths of 18 to 23 feet. Yellow perch have started to show up.

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


Walleye action has been good with the deep, clear lakes producing better action. Slip bobbers with leeches or weedless jigs with leeches in the deeper weeds have been turning fish. Trolling with crawler harnesses and crankbaits will produce as well. Panfish have been biting well. They are schooling up along weed edges and bogs. Leafworms, waxies, and small plastics should get the job done. Muskie action has been getting better with bucktails and topwaters, but try some jerk baits as well. Most fish are still shallow so focus on weed edges and bars. The trolling bite should start picking up as the water continues to warm. Largemouth bass are relating to weeds and hard cover, while smallmouth bass are hanging around rocky flats and bars.

Hayward Bait, (715) 634-2921.

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


The mayfly hatch is going on all around Lake Onalaska, but the pike and bass fishing is very good. Crappies are hitting in the dredge hole. Fishing pressure out on the Mississippi River has been light because the river is still running pretty high.

Schafer’s Boats, (608) 781-3100.

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


Bluegill fishing was best along weed edges in 9 to 18 feet, with larger bluegills towards to bottom. Crappies were suspended along outside weedlines in 12 to 18 feet of water, or over deeper water. Northern pike action has been great on deeper weedlines or structure near baitfish. A sucker or golden shiner on a circle hook with a heavy fluorocarbon leader and slip sinker worked best. Largemouth bass are in their summer patterns. During early morning or evening hours, fish weed flats in 5 to 10 feet of water using swim jigs, spinnerbaits, or topwaters. Smallmouths were found along breaks or cruising shallow rock bars. Walleyes were active along weed edges in 8 to 18 feet of water, along with deeper structure in 20 to 30 feet. All live baits have been working well. Muskie action picked up last week along weedlines or deeper structure. Try fishing topwater baits early and late in the day.

DNR hotline, (414) 382-7920.

Smokey’s Bait Shop, (262) 691-0360.

Dick Smith’s Bait, (262) 646 2218.


Upstream from Lake Winnebago, the walleye fishing has still been pretty good on Lake Poygan, and the northern pike action has been excellent just about anywhere. Bluegills are leading the way among the panfish species. The bluegills are in the channels around Winneconne where they’re hitting leaf worms.

Walleye action has been very good out over the mud on Lake Winnebago where most anglers are trolling crankbaits. They’re also catching a lot of catfish on the Fox River in Oshkosh on stinkbait.

Critter’s, (920) 582-0471.

Fox River Bait, (920) 233-7409.

Dutch’s, (920) 922-0311.


The Lake Mendota smallmouth bite has been really good, with the walleye bite running just a little bit behind. Trolling for white bass has been good around Governor’s Island and Warner Bay. Perch are hitting on weedlines in a number of places. Bluegills are also scattered on the weedlines. Lake Monona bluegills and crappies are hitting along weed edges, but the crappies are a little on the small side. Anglers are also drifting Monona right now for the panfish that have moved out over deep water. The Lake Monona muskie bite has been a little tough, but anglers are catching some bigger fish. Lake Waubesa bluegills are on weed edges and over the rock piles, but anglers are also drifting the north end of the lake for bluegills. Bass fishermen have been doing very well all over the chain. Look for smallmouths on the rock bars.

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

Dorn Hardware, (608) 244-5403.


Reports are coming in from the Wisconsin River in Wausau of 50-inch sturgeon being released. Crappies are back in deeper water of 10 to 15 feet on the river. And small lakes such as Mayflower Lake are producing nice fish, as well. Mayflower is located in the town of Norrie in the eastern part of the county. This 99-acre lake is moderately clean and has a maximum depth of 16 feet. Crappies, bass, walleyes and Pike are abundant in this lake. There is public access on Hwy. D north. Our fishing calendar shows good fishing July 1-8 and July 16-23, with excellent fishing predicted July 9-15.

Riverside Rentals & Bait Shop, (715) 574-1771.


In Oconto County, Oconto River anglers reported increased catches of walleyes and perch over the last couple weeks. River levels have started going back down. At the Oconto breakwater and harbor, pier anglers were catching catfish, pike, perch, and smallmouth bass. Boat anglers reported success on channel catfish, pike, perch, smallmouth bass and walleyes.

Pensaukee River anglers reported success catching northern pike, perch, and walleye. At Oconto Park II, anglers reported success on perch, smallmouth bass, and walleyes. Anglers were catching perch on nightcrawlers at 5 to 10 feet, and walleyes on crankbaits in 5 to 15 feet.

In Marinette County, the water temperature on the Menominee River ranged from 70 to 73. At the Boom Landing ramp, some anglers were having success catching crappies, northern pike, rock bass, and smallmouth bass. Anglers using the Mystery Ship ramp in Menominee, Mich., caught catfish, northern pike, and walleyes. Menekaunee Harbor anglers reported having success on northern pike and walleyes.

Fishing pressure on the Peshtigo River was concentrated on the river mouth where anglers were having success catching northern pike, smallmouth bass, and walleyes.


Water temps were in the 70s to low 80s, with mid-day air temps in the 80s, making the best fishing early and late in the day. High pressure, hot weather, and lots of boat traffic kept some lakes off for anglers.

Largemouth action has been very good on spinnerbaits, chatterbaits, and swimbaits in cabbage out to 10 feet. 

Smallmouth bass action has been good early with X-Raps and Shadow Raps along shallow rocky slopes.

Bluegills are biting very good. Towards dusk use popper on a fly rod or small flies with clear floats on light spinning rigs.

Muskie action is fair. Try topwaters in the evening and bucktails and large spinnerbaits during the day.

Walleye action is fair. They’re hitting best on leeches and crawlers along 12- to 14-foot weed edges early in the morning and on lighted slip bobbers with big leeches after dusk.

Island Sport Shop, (715) 356-4797.

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


Water levels are back to normal and the fishing is good overall. Guys have been catching a lot of muskies lately. One guy was fishing from shore and caught a decent muskie. Walleye action has been better than average, with a good number of fish “measuring out.” Fish up to 30 inches have been caught. Live bait has been best.

Petenwell Sports, (608) 564 7707.


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