Report from the Dock
Many reports were very similar to the last report, which tends to happen at this time of year. Not much changes at this point of the season until water temperatures start to cool down. That means walleyes are primarily being caught on main lake structure or along deep, thick weedlines, mainly early and late each day. Just about anything goes at this point for presentations with leeches, crawlers, crankbaits, plastics, and hard baits such as Jiggin’ Raps all producing a few walleyes. Muskie reports are OK, and sometimes better than OK, although there doesn’t seem to be a lot of people fishing for them, even on the state’s bigger, more-noted muskie waters. With water temperatures continuing to increase, many muskie anglers have pulled back so they don’t cause added stress on these fish. The most consistent fish-catching opportunities last week came in the way of panfish, bass, and pike. Weeds are the key right now, and in many areas, deep weeds are producing bigger fish.
Bucktails are triggering muskies over humps or on weedlines on Lake Wapogasset, Deer Lake, and Bear Trap Lake. Look for crappies and sunfish along the 12- to 14-foot weeds on Balsam Lake, Round Lake, and White Ash Lake. Walleye action has been slow, but pike and bass are hitting in and around the weeds on most lakes.
Country Store, (715) 268-7482.
The weather has been stable and that has led to some consistently good fishing. “Bug slicks” (mayflies that have not hatched yet) have been producing walleyes and bass in the 12- to 15-foot range throughout the bay. Bass and northerns are biting on suckers; walleyes on crawlers and leeches. Trolling for lake trout has been good in the flats around 90 to 100 feet, or in cooler water in the islands at 35 to 40 feet. Inland lakes are producing lots of crappies, perch and bluegills.
Angler’s All, (715) 682-5754.
River Rock, (715) 682-3232.
DOOR PENINSULA AND ALGOMA/KEWAUNEE AREA
The fishing out on the big lake has been quite good in recent weeks, with nice numbers of salmon and steelhead. A mix of flasher and fly combinations, along with spoons and meat rigs, are still working well in 80 to 160 feet, fishing the top 75 feet. Perch fishing is still excellent and should remain that way into fall. The walleye fishing has been very good in recent days while trolling crawler harnesses and just about any type of hardware. The jig bite also is quite good. The pike fishing is really kicking into high gear once again. The best depth has been 10 to 20 feet along edges of weed beds.
Howie’s Tackle, (920) 746-9916.
EAGLE RIVER AREA
Fishing for most species has been definitely better the first and last hours of the day, but great daytime fishing can be had for bass and northerns. Smallies are generally deeper and over hard bottom of some type. They can be as deep as 25 feet. Largemouths are easier to find. They mostly stay shallow in the weeds or under shoreline structure like piers or downed trees. Muskie action has be pretty good along the weeds and over the deeper water for suspended fish. For those guys, deep running crankbaits or big muskie plastics work best. For the weed anglers, try bucktails over the weeds, then back off and fish the weed edges. Surface baits work very well right now. Panfish are hitting, also. Look for bluegills in the weeds anywhere. Waxies or worms work best for these fish.
Eagle Sports Center, (715) 479-8804.
GREEN BAY/APPLETON AREA
Bayshore Park boat anglers caught yellow perch, walleyes, muskies, catfish, sheepshead and white perch. The yellow perch and catfish were caught on nightcrawlers and minnows. The walleyes and sheepshead were caught on crankbaits, nightcrawlers and minnows. The muskies were caught on white swimbaits. Fox River shore anglers were targeting catfish, sheepshead and white bass. Fox River boat anglers caught some smallmouth bass and largemouth bass.
Smokey’s on the Bay Bait, Tackle and Guide Service, (920) 593 1749.
Topwater baits are producing muskies on the Chippewa Flowage, while crappies and bluegills are being caught in the 10- to 15-foot weeds at Nelson Lake, Spring Lake, Smith Lake, and the Chippewa Flowage. Bass fishing is strong in the shallow and deep weeds on most lakes with plastics. Jigs and plastics, crawlers, and Jiggin’ Raps are producing an occasional walleye in 25 to 30 feet on Grindstone Lake and Lake Lac Courte Oreilles.
Hayward Bait, (715) 634-2921.
Hayward Lakes Visitor and Convention Bureau, (800) 724-2992.
LAKE MICHIGAN/METRO AREA LAKES
In Kenosha, perch were reported off Southport Marina’s southern pier on lures in the early-morning hours.
In Racine, perch were reported off Reefpoint Marina’s southern pier responding well to live bait in the early morning.
Milwaukee boat anglers reported multiple catches of cohos, kings, browns, lakers and rainbows at depths of 90 to 150 feet by trolling with flashers or spoons, but live bait was also used. A few shore anglers used live bait to catch brown trout off McKinley Pier.
Port Washington had reports of king salmon last week off the north pier by anglers using jigs and spoons. Boat anglers made good catches of kings and cohos, with some reports of rainbows and lake trout in depths of 50 to 150 feet along the top 50 feet.
Sheboygan pier anglers had reports of trout, salmon and whitefish from the north pier. Sheboygan boat anglers reported of coho and king salmon catches, along with a few rainbows and lake trout in depths of 80 to 260 feet along the top 25 to 50 feet.
DNR hotline, (414) 382-7920.
Smokey’s Bait Shop, (262) 691-0360.
Dick Smith’s Bait, (262) 646 2218.
Fishing around the chain has been good, with bluegills and yellow perch suspended along deep weed edges, smallmouths in 10 to 20 feet of water and walleyes hanging out on mid-lake humps. Catfish action has been good at the Hwy. 113 bridge. Largemouths are hitting surface lures in shallow weedy areas and on the Yahara River.
D&S Bait and Tackle, (608) 244-3474.
In Oconto County, boat anglers were targeting walleyes and perch, with the walleye fishing picking up on glide baits, and jigs with nightcrawlers in depths of 6 to 13 feet. The sizes of walleye ranged from 15.5 to 22 inches. The best areas were south towards Pensaukee in waters 20 to 30 feet deep.
In Marinette County, anglers fishing the Menominee and Peshtigo rivers had luck catching smallmouth bass and northern pike on spinnerbaits and topwater lures. Popular areas were upstream from the Hwy. BB launch on the Peshtigo and off the piers on the mouth of the Menominee.
A&K Bait & Tackle, (715) 732-9595.
MINOCQUA/WOODRUFF/LAKE TOMAHAWK AREA
A few cool mornings put the brakes on some of the fishing last week, yet once some mid-morning warmth returned, the action picked up. Smallmouth action is very good, with lots of good reports and lots of big fish to boot, including some 21- and 22-inchers. Same story for largemouths, but fish on inside weed lines in the early morning for big “cruisers.” Bluegill and perch action is good to very good. Try typical “dock” action for bluegills, but with some schools suspending off deep weeds. For perch, drift Lindy Rigs with floating crawler harnesses over sand grass in 14 to 18 feet. Muskie action is fair to good – cooler mornings with clouds have been good. Work outside wild rice edges using large spinner baits and Colorado-bladed bucktails.
Island Sport Shop, (715) 356-4797.
J and J Sports, (715) 277-2616.
PRICE COUNTY AREA
Muskie action is heating up for numbers and size. Anglers are catching most fish on bucktails and spinnerbaits at dawn and dusk, but also with a few daytime bites. The fish are on deep weed edges and deeper structure. Walleye fishing is a bit tough, but the catches are good quality fish. They hold on deep structure off main lake humps and points, and minnows and leeches on jigs are producing. Bluegills are near docks and tight against shoreline weeds and structure.
St. Croix Rods, Park Falls, (715) 762-3226.
Ross’s Sport Shop, Phillips, (715) 339-3625.
Largemouth bass action is good –go shallow for small bass – with bigger bass on weed patches and grasses in 8 to 12 feet. Anglers are fishing different types of plastics on the bottom, as well as crankbaits and spinnerbaits. Smallmouth bass are a tough bite, but you can find fish on rock piles and steep breaks in 20 to 25 feet. Most anglers are using drop-shot rigs and deep jerkbaits, or leeches on slip bobbers and drop-shot rigs.
Crappie fishing is good on weedlines and in basins in 15 to 20 feet, and in 6 to 8 feet in the evenings. Bluegill fishing is very good any time of the day, shallow and deep, but with weedline edges in 6 to 8 feet being the best. Anglers are using waxies, leaf worms, and crawlers on small jigs
Big Mike’s Outdoor Sports Shop, (715) 349-2400.
Northern pike are incidental catches for bass and muskie anglers, with fast moving spinnerbaits and crankbaits the ticket. Focus on weeds where prey fish hide. Weed edges, shallow and deep, are holding fish. Largemouth bass fishing is good on artificials and live bait. Fishing crawlers off docks and running spinnerbaits through weeds are working well, as are working weedless worms and jigs with trailers through shallow, heavy weeds.
Smallmouth bass and walleye anglers are catching fish in the same locations with the same techniques – jigging leeches and minnows on deep rocks and structure does the trick. Crappie fishing is tough, with fish holding tight to cover near bottom and just inside deep weed edges. Minnows on small jigs under bobbers are most productive
AAA Sports Shop, (715) 635-3011.