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Wisconsin Outdoor News Fishing Report – November 18, 2021

Report from the Dock

With the exception of some die-hard muskie and walleye fishing activity, there wasn’t much to report from anglers across most of the state this past week. There’s snow on the ground in some areas up north, it has become colder, and skim ice has started to form on ponds, some shallow bays, and along shorelines in select areas, further limiting any thoughts of fishing open water at this point. Most people seem to be prepping for the upcoming ice fishing season or continued participation in the archery deer season and the gun deer season.


Fishing reports have been nonexistent over the past week with colder weather and wind putting an end to even those hardcore anglers late- season fishing options. There’s also some skim ice taking hold on the small ponds and most people have been busy prepping for this weekend’s firearms deer opener.

Country Store, (715) 268-7482.


Anglers are still catching some bass out on the lake. They are starting to see the bass move shallower and into weed coverage. Lake trout and whitefish seasons are now closed. The coho, splake, and brown trout have not made a big run yet, despite ideal conditions. Anglers are catching a few here and there, but have yet to see a large push. Low water levels in the rivers may be a contributing factor, or they could possibly be moving at night.

Angler’s All, (715) 682-5754.

River Rock, (715) 682-3232.


Success on yellow perch, northern pike, and smallmouth bass was reported out of Sawyer Harbor at Potawatomi State Park. Those who had success on yellow perch and northern pike used minnows. Success on smallmouth bass was reported with green or chartreuse crankbaits. Some success on yellow perch was also reported out of Little Sturgeon Bay at the Robert M. Carmody boat landing on minnows.

Howie’s Tackle, (920) 746-9916.

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


There is not a lot going on in the fishing world right now. There are a few diehard muskie fishermen out there, and one or two walleye guys, but that’s it. Open water is almost done for the year, and the ice fishing season isn’t far off. The water is looking more and more like ice will be forming soon. Early ice can be great fishing. Remember when deer hunters looked forward to bringing their tip-ups along for the deer season for some evening ice fishing? That hasn’t seemed to happen for a number of years now. Nevertheless, that first ice can produce very good walleye action on shiners placed on weed edges.

Eagle Sports Center, (715) 479-8804.


Suamico River shore anglers and boat anglers had success catching yellow perch on minnows and nightcrawlers. Longtail Point and Geano Beach were hot spots for duck hunters. Duck Creek anglers reported success on yellow perch while using minnows as bait. The Fox River was very active with both boat and shoreline anglers. Success was reported on walleyes, smallmouth bass, and white bass on crankbaits and jigs.

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


A few die-hard muskie anglers continue to float suckers in less than 15 feet of water with some success on Lake Namekagon, the Chippewa Flowage, and Grindstone Lake. With a coating of snow and ice starting to form in some bays and shoreline areas, open water fishing options are coming to an end. Hunting reports have been light, but most people are gearing up for the firearms deer opener.

Hayward Bait, (715) 634-2921.


Most sportsmen have been focusing on archery deer hunting, preparing for the gun deer season or hunting ducks and geese as they wait for some solid ice to arrive to the area.

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


In Racine, the Root River continued to see high levels of angling activity over as salmon numbers in the river remain high. Anglers continue to be spread out all over the river with the highest concentration of anglers being in Lincoln Park once again. Anglers are still targeting salmon using fly fishing tackle with either flies or spawn. Despite the high angling effort, anglers were struggling to catch fish. A mix of kings and cohos were caught using a variety of flies.

On the Milwaukee River, anglers at North Avenue reported catching kings, steelhead, and a brook trout using flies and spinners. Some anglers were also targeting smallmouth bass. Kings were caught at Estabrook Park using eggs and flies. Anglers were fishing Kletzsch Park, as well, but had no luck. Anglers could also be seen fishing under Capitol Drive. There were a few anglers fishing the Menomonee, with most of the activity near Miller Park. One angler reported catching a coho on a fly.

DNR hotline, (414) 382-7920.

Smokey’s Bait Shop, (262) 691-0360.

Dick Smith’s Bait, (262) 646 2218.


Peshtigo River boat launches had activity from duck hunters last week, as did the launch at Red Arrow Park. Red Arrow also had a few fishing boats out in the “pocket” trying for perch. The perch bite was reported to be slower than previous weeks. Minnows were the bait of choice. A few salmon and brown trout could still be seen at Little River and the Menominee River. Anglers reported no luck however trying to catch them.

In Oconto County, activity at area boat launches was light, with most being used by duck hunters. Fishing activity was mainly seen by shore anglers at Oconto County Park II and in the ditches along Hwy. Y. Perch were biting well with mainly smaller perch caught. Anglers reported to have to sort through many perch to find keepers.

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


Muskie fishing has been good, but not many anglers are on the water. Guide Jake Smith ended his season (of 59 straight muskie trips) with a three-fish day Nov. 14, including a big tiger. Most of the few muskie anglers reported best action on suckers or trout, with a few boated fish on jerkbaits and rubber. Walleye action has been good, with a deep-water bite still good for the few anglers using suckers or large fatheads in 25- to 40-foot transition lines of mud/gravel. The northern Wisconsin muskie season remains open through Dec. 31, but only if open water is available. Ice fishing for muskies is not allowed.

Island Sport Shop, (715) 356-4797.

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


Sportsmen are either hunting deer or ducks, or they are waiting for safe ice to begin some tip-up fishing. Only a handful of diehards are still pursuing  walleyes or muskies.

Ross’s Sport Shop, Phillips, (715) 339-3625.

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