Panfish reports have improved on the shorelines of Big Round, Balsam, Wapogasset, and Magner lakes. Minnows or leeches are producing walleyes on the 10- to 12-foot weed edges of Magner, Wapogasset, Balsam, and Lower Turtle Lake. Suckers have been turning muskies below the dam on the Apple River, and bass are active in shallow water on most lakes.
Country Store, (715) 268-7482.
Water temperatures range from the mid 50s to low 60s. Many smallmouth bass are still making their way into the shallows and combined with the fish that are already there, this will make for some great fishing over the next few weeks. A simple jig and grub has been the best presentation. Anglers pulling crawler harnesses are catching a few walleyes around Brush Point. Trollers working deeper water are catching some big lake trout, but there is still some action up high, so there are many options for near-and off-shore trolling.
Angler’s All, (715) 682-5754.
River Rock, (715) 682-3232.
DOOR PENINSULA AND ALGOMA/KEWAUNEE AREA
Bass fishing has been going very well overall. Look for bottom transitions and fish those areas very slowly. Pike fishing has been very good. The best areas have been the Sturgeon Bay ship canal, state park shoreline, Sawyer Harbor and Little Sturgeon and Riley’s Bay. Jerkbaits, large spoons, spinners and suckers all will work well. Perch fishing is just starting to get going as the water continues to warm. Areas to try include downtown Sturgeon Bay, Sawyer Harbor, Little Sturgeon and the deeper mud around the Chaudoir’s dock area. Try fatheads and crawlers.Walleye fishing has been great with good numbers around Chaudoir’s Dock and to the south of there. To the north, fair numbers of bigger fish are getting caught. Trolling with lures and crawler harnesses is working well, but so is jigging.
Howie’s Tackle, (920) 746-9916.
Algoma Chamber of Commerce, (920) 487-3090.
EAGLE RIVER AREA
Lake levels are still high – very high in most cases. A few of the smaller dark water lakes finally reached the low 70s.Walleye fishing is pretty predictable on the Eagle River Chain. Guys are getting nice numbers of fish, but not in most cases a lot of size right now. Jigs and minnows remain the best bait. On the larger deeper lakes, the same basic pattern is in effect. You can find some fish in the weeds if you can find some weeds up high enough to provide cover. You can try some crawlers or leeches on these lakes also. Bass action will be spectacular for the next several weeks, as they are moving or have moved in to the shorelines. Remember to release them to let them spawn for the future. Muskie action has been pretty slow and limited to the smaller males, as the females are recovering from the spawn. On some of the bigger, colder lakes, there is still some spawning going on. If you see them on the shorelines, leave them be to complete their spawn. Crappies are spawning on many lakes, and the bluegills are just starting up to the shorelines.
Eagle Sports Center, (715) 479-8804.
GREEN BAY/APPLETON AREA
On the Fox River, the most popular areas for shore fishing were Fox Point and the metro landing, with large numbers of shore anglers at most river access points. Voyageur Park had many shore anglers. Anglers are reporting fish at mixed depths with no clear zone producing fish. Mid-week water clarity was low, with the river and bay appearing cloudy brown. Walleye anglers have been reporting a consistently slow catch, with evening fishing being more productive. The Longtail Point access points remain lightly used by anglers, but bowfishing has been steady there. Duck Creek shore angling efforts have increased. The Bayshore Park launch has been busy on weekends. The park has seen few shore anglers. Early last week Bayshore walleye action was slow, with anglers reporting one to two fish per person from the boats. As the week went on anglers were averaging five to seven walleyes. They were using crawler harnesses and crankbaits. The water temperature ranged from 60 to 63.
Smokey’s on the Bay Bait, Tackle and Guide Service, (920) 436-0600.
Muskies are hitting, but by no means is there a feeding frenzy. Timing-wise, it’s the edge of the small and big bait seasons. The walleyes are in the weeds, but will soon head to summer patterns. Use minnows and leeches or Flicker Shads, Husky Jerks and plastic minnows. If you do not see walleye around shallow weeds, try deeper brush. The northern pike bite is strong on suckers and chubs, but try spinners and spoons, too. Crappie fishing is difficult, with minnows and Gulp! baits the best choice. Some anglers are catching bigger crappies in brush piles and cribs in 15 to 20 feet, while others are catching fish shallow and still with spawn.
Hayward Bait, (715) 634-2921.
Hayward Lakes Visitor and Convention Bureau, (800) 724-2992.
LAKE MICHIGAN/METRO AREA LAKES
In Sheboygan County, the ramps were slow, most likely due to the cold, rainy weather. However, it started to pick up as the weather became nicer and the water temperatures became a little warmer. There were some anglers out trying for salmon and trout but reported no success. There was one boat that went during the night and had a successful trip catching a good number of catfish, rock bass, and white bass in the last of the cold water.
In Ozaukee County, surface temperature remained around 60 degrees in Port Washington. A few anglers caught some browns and cohos on spoons. Other angers were targeting carp and were having success. A few boats had success during the evening, with one anglers on one boat reporting eight lake trout and another reporting three.
In Milwaukee County, McKinley Marina saw a ton of movement thanks to the weather, but the fishing boats that came in reported hit-or-miss success with lake trout, cohos and steelheads. Most boats only brought in a fish or two and reported few hits. Very few anglers were seen fishing the north city shoreline. Success was reported near south metro and the power plant area. The pier at the Oak Creek power plant saw some modest effort, but with little success.
In Racine County, activity on the piers and shores in Racine has still been relatively low. Those who were fishing were hoping to catch some coho salmon, but said they would have been happy to catch anything given how slow the fishing has been. The fishing boats coming in also had very limited success though.
In Kenosha County, shore and harbor angling pressure was light. Fishing has been very tough the past several weeks. Nobody has been able to catch a fish from land. Various methods have been tried including spawn sacs, spoons, crankbaits, and live alewives. Boat anglers brought back a few cohos, along with a few steelhead and lake trout. Fishing success is still very inconsistent with as some boats coming back with empty coolers.
DNR hotline, (414) 382-7920.
Smokey’s Bait Shop, (262) 691-0360.
Dick Smith’s Bait, (262) 646 2218.
LAKE WINNEBAGO AREA
The walleye bite has been pretty spotty on Lake Winnebago, but guys are doing pretty good on bluegills in the channels. Catfish may be leading the way as far as action goes for game fish. There has also been some good whitefish action on the river, with the Fremont area being mentioned as a good place to start.
Critter’s, (920) 582-0471.
Fox River Bait, (920) 233-7409.
Dutch’s, (920) 922-0311.
Waters are starting to warm up a little bit and fishing activity has been picking up. White bass have moved up into the shallows to spawn on Lake Mendota. Smallmouth bass have wrapped up their spawn for the most part and are hanging out in 7 to 10 feet of water, although a few smallies have been found on the bars already. Lake Monona bluegills and crappies are becoming very active. The weeds are coming up, so fish location will change a little as those weed edges develop. Lake Waubesa has seen quite a bit of bluegill and crappie action at Lake Farm Park. Lake Kegonsa bluegills are in 5 to 8 feet of water.
D&S Bait and Tackle, (608) 244-3474.
Dorn Hardware, (608) 244-5403.
MARATHON COUNTY AREA
Surface temperature of the Eau Claire River at the store was 61 degrees. The DNR’s Free Fishing Weekend went off without a hitch. Anglers enjoyed a weekend of fishing without having to purchase a license. Crappie minnows, worms and crawlers sales are leading the pack for live bait. Anglers report numerous catches of bluegills, crappies and northern pike. The Eau Claire River Flowage will be drawn down and fishing closed from the Schofield dam to Hwy. X from June 10 to Oct. 1.
Riverside Rentals & Bait Shop, (715) 574-1771.
In Marinette County, walleye fishing was slow, with the best luck taking place at night or low light in the Menominee River. Fish were being caught off the piers and off Hattie Street under these conditions with various sizes being caught. The Peshtigo River had some good catches of walleyes reported by jig fishermen. Some limits were seen from the launch on Hwy. BB down to the river mouth. Most fish were 15 to 20 inches, with bigger fish up to 30 inches still present. Try plastics and live bait on jigs. There was a lot of muskies interest on the Peshtigo River last week with fish of all sizes being caught. Most boats reported about one fish per day.
In Oconto County, walleye fishing was slow, but a little better than the previous week as most boats were getting a few fish. Fish are scattered at all depths. Perch anglers tried their luck at Oconto Park II and the city docks in Oconto, but with little luck. Most fish caught were small and not kept.
A&K Bait & Tackle, (715) 732-9595.
MINOCQUA/WOODRUFF/LAKE TOMAHAWK AREA
Largemouth bass: Very good. They’re cruising the warm shallows and hitting just about everything.
Bluegills: Very good. They were still not spawning as of last week, but were taking advantage of the warmer shallows to help with egg production.
Crappies: Good. Some crappies were setting up to bed, while most were found outside spawning areas. Small jigs with flash have helped anglers catch crappies to 15 inches.
Muskies: Good. Most of the action has been from mid-30-inch fish cruising shallows. Try smaller bucktails and 6-inch twitch baits or large bass swim jigs tipped with 5-inch tails.
Walleyes: Good. Action along weed edges of 10 to 15 feet is improving – use leeches or fatheads on weedless jigs.
Island Sport Shop, (715) 356-4797.
J and J Sports, (715) 277-2616.
PRICE COUNTY AREA
The North Fork and South Fork of the Flambeau River has seen some sporadic fishing. The river level is high, but is definitely navigable. Muskie season is open. On some of the area lakes people have been catching bass, crappies and sunfish. There hasn’t been a lot of activity on the area lakes but it is certainly picking up now. Loon chicks are hatching, turtles will be laying eggs, songbirds nesting, fireflies will be coming. Geese and ducks are nesting and groups of goslings are being seen.
Bridge Bait, (715) 762-4108.
Ross’s Sport Shop, (715) 339-3625.