Report from the Dock
Fishing reports have been light and we’re down to just the hardcore walleye and muskie anglers at this point, although those venturing out are doing well.
Large suckers are turning muskies on in the weedlines throughout the Apple River, Lake Wapogasset, Bone Lake, and Deer Lake. Hit Big Round, Balsam, and Wapogasset with minnows for walleyes in 12 to 20 feet of water. Bowhunters have taken some big bucks during the past week, and deer activity has picked up. Waterfowl hunters are shooting quite a few geese, but not many ducks. Grouse and pheasant reports have mostly been favorable.
Country Store, (715) 268-7482.
DOOR PENINSULA AND ALGOMA/KEWAUNEE AREA
Most of the days this past week the wind kicked up and made it difficult to fish. Waves in some areas crashed over the top of piers and docks. Fishing pressure has dropped all around Door County. Anglers targeting bass fished between Sturgeon Bay and Egg Harbor, but a few catches were reported. Northern pike were caught.
In Algoma, the number of pier anglers has decreased. Salmon have been spotted jumping near the pier. Fishing activity along Stoney Creek has decreased as catches have dropped. Fishing along the Ahnapee River has increased. Anglers were catching chinooks near the Forestville dam.
In Kewaunee, anglers were catching chinook salmon by Bruemmer County Park on orange spawn sacs, and green flies. The number of pier anglers has decreased.
Howie’s Tackle, (920) 746-9916.
Algoma Chamber of Commerce, (920) 487-3090.
EAGLE RIVER AREA
Walleye fishing on the chain has been good now that fish have finally reached the deep holes for winter. This makes the fish easier to locate, as the holes are pretty compact. Walleye fishing has also been good on most other lakes in the area. Crappie fishing also has been very good. These fish can be found in schools in deep water, where minnows and plastics are working well. Crappies and walleyes will often be found in the same 15- to 30-foot spots. Muskie fishing should improve, now that the turnover has passed. The Eagle River and Three Lakes chains will provide great action on jerkbaits, crankbaits, plastics and suckers.
Eagle Sports Center, (715) 479-8804.
GREEN BAY/APPLETON AREA
Longtail Point and Geano Beach were hot spots for duck hunters last week. Anglers along the Suamico River caught yellow perch on minnows and crawlers. Success on yellow perch was also seen out of Duck Creek on minnows. The Fox River was very active with boat anglers and shoreline anglers. Success was reported on walleyes, smallmouth bass, and white bass using crankbaits and jigs.
Smokey’s on the Bay Bait, Tackle and Guide Service, (920) 436-0600.
Muskie anglers continue to go out in decent numbers with suckers or rubber baits producing fish at Round Lake, Grindstone Lake, Lake Lac Courte Oreilles, Lake Namekagon, the Chippewa Flowage, along with many small lakes in the area. Walleyes also are being caught on minnows in varying depths from shallow to deep – it just depends on the lake. Waterfowl hunters continue to shoot some geese and puddle ducks, including quite a few wood ducks. Deer activity, bucks especially, has picked up.
Hayward Bait, (715) 634-2921.
LAKE MICHIGAN/METRO AREA LAKES
Kenosha piers and shorelines continue to see steady effort. Most anglers are fishing with eggs on a slip bobber, but the fish have been mostly uncooperative. The Pike River had another slow week. Some anglers were still fishing near the mouth of the river. Due to the continued low angling effort on the river, success also has been low, but one lucky angler caught a chinook on a spoon near the mouth of the river.
Racine piers and shorelines saw another very slow week. Only a small handful of anglers are fishing on the piers or around the harbor. The Racine boat ramp saw activity pick up at the end of the week, but even with the increase in fishing boats only one brown trout was reported. The Root River continued to see high levels of angling activity over the past week as salmon numbers in the river remain high.
In Milwaukee, most anglers were fishing upstream on Oak Creek, where salmon could be caught, mostly on flies. The McKinley Marina saw moderate activity on chinooks. Milwaukee River anglers at North Avenue reported catching chinook, steelhead, and a brook trout on flies and spinners. Some anglers also targeted smallmouth bass. Kings were caught at Estabrook Park on eggs and flies.
Port Washington anglers focused their efforts at the marina piers and caught a few kings. Anglers fished at all access points, primarily the marina piers and the outflow.
In Sheboygan, a few anglers focused their efforts at Pigeon River Park, with a couple anglers fishing by boat. Sheboygan River anglers fished primarily at Esslingen and River Wildlife, with no catches reported.
DNR hotline, (414) 382-7920.
Dick Smith’s Bait, (262) 646 2218.
Some walleye action has been reported in the Naughty Gal area on Cherokee Marsh. On Lake Mendota, walleye action has been decent on any steeper breaks, such as Governor’s Island and Picnic Point. Anglers are vertical jigging live bait in 15 to 25 feet of water. They also have fond some pike down at 30 feet. The Mendota perch bite has slowed down, but if there are any perch to be caught, try fishing over the mud in 35 feet. Bluegills on the bars, but bass are shallow – pier fishing has been good. Lake Monona bluegills and crappies have been hitting “off the wall” of the convention center and in Monona Bay. Muskie anglers are mostly struggling, but a 49-incher was released on Lake Waubesa, where anglers are also finding bluegills in 17 to 20 feet of water.
D&S Bait and Tackle, (608) 244-3474.
Dorn Hardware, (608) 244-5403.
MANITOWOC COUNTY AREA
At Two Rivers, a handful of groups at East Twin and West Twin rivers caught king salmon on green/silver and chartreuse spoons, plastics, ear plugs, and orange yarn balls. East Twin anglers reported seeing fewer salmon than the week before. A West Twin angler caught a 16.3-pound salmon.
In Manitowoc, the Manitowoc River saw the most fishing pressure. At Silver Creek one kayaker entered Lake Michigan and reported marking many fish at 20 feet, with one-foot waves and a water temperature of 54 degrees.
Louie’s Sporting Goods, (920) 684-4501.
Peshtigo River boat launches had activity from duck hunters. Red Arrow Park saw a few boat anglers out in the “pocket” trying for perch. The perch bite was slower than in previous weeks. A few salmon and brown trout could still be seen at Little River and the Menominee River.
In Oconto County, most of the boat landing activity came from duck hunters. Fishing activity was mainly seen by shore anglers at Oconto County Park II and in the ditches along Hwy. Y.
A&K Bait & Tackle, (715) 732-9595.
MINOCQUA/WOODRUFF/LAKE TOMAHAWK AREA
As October exits (one of the warmest most of us can remember), and we move into November, our weather seems to be getting back on track. Muskie action has been good with water temps ranging from 48 to 55 degrees. Use gliders, jerkbaits and rubber baits along first breaks in 10 to 14 feet of water on small to medium lakes and 14 to 24 feet on large lakes. Suckers and trout on quick-strike rigs are picking up the slack when following fish don’t take. Walleye action is also good, with locations varying by lake type. Shallower lakes and mid-sized lakes with green cabbage are seeing a good bite on windward weed lines and at dusk. On larger lakes the deep-water bite in 22 to 40 feet has been decent on jigs and live bait. Crappie action has been good to fair, with the best results coming from over deep wood and along coontail edges of 14 to 18 feet on fatheads under slip bobbers best. Angler participation has been dropping off, as expected. With the warm October, expect open water to remain for a while.
Island Sport Shop, (715) 356-4797.
J and J Sports, (715) 277-2616.
PRICE COUNTY AREA
Muskie fishing is improving and this will continue until ice-up. Try dragging suckers along weedlines while casting baits along/on top of weeds to bring muskies to the live bait. After turnover, try fishing shallow, especially on sunny days. You can even try surface baits in the shallows. Northern pike are now mostly weed related. Anglers should cover a lot of water with reaction baits. Walleyes are on the move, and shallower than in summer. Start looking for them on green weeds along deep breaks. Crappies are relating to cover while suspending at various levels on deep breaks along stair-stepping weedlines and fish cribs. Panfish are schooling on weedlines and structure such as cribs and deep stumps.
Ross’s Sport Shop, Phillips, (715) 339-3625.
Muskie anglers report mixed success by casting and trolling any number of baits near weed edges and on flats. Most muskie anglers have switched to floating suckers while casting lures. Northern pike and largemouth bass are hitting crankbaits and plastics, with wacky worms also still a great tactic. Smallmouth bass are on various types of rock and wood structure. Crappies are schooling near drop-offs, but getting them to bite is the challenge. Give the water temperatures some time to rise each day, and do not be afraid to use ice fishing tackle with plastics.
AAA Sports Shop, (715) 635-3011.