Wisconsin Outdoor News Fishing Report – June 24th, 2016


Bluegills remain an easy catch in shallow water on most lakes and crappies are hitting in 10 to 15 feet at Bear Trap Lake, Balsam Lake, and Lake Wapogasset. Walleyes are hitting leeches on the 8- to 12-foot weedlines of North Twin Lake, Pike Lake, Half Moon Lake, and Wapogasset. Muskie action is slow, but bass are hitting crankbaits or plastics on the weedlines of most lakes.

Lucky Baits (715) 268-6231


We still have the dirty water shoved into the head of the bay, but anglers are still getting walleye by trolling, drifting crawler harnesses and jigging with leeches. Most of the walleye activity in shallow water takes place during the low-light hours. There are people fishing off the “pig iron” even during the day, but the majority of the walleyes are in the drop-offs in the channel or on the humps during the daytime, especially if it’s sunny.

The smallmouth bass in the shallows are still in all three modes: pre-spawn, spawn and post-spawn. If these little cold fronts drop the water temperature down, it could send fish a little deeper. Trout and salmon anglers have reported good days from Houghton Point to Outer Island. They’re getting plenty of browns and lakers.

Angler’s All, (715) 682-5754.

River Rock, (715) 682-3232.


Crappies are being caught in the 8- to 12-foot weeds on Round Lake, Lake Vermillion, and Beaver Dam Lake. Look for sunfish and bass in less than 6 feet on most lakes and muskie reports have been limited.

Indianhead Sports, (715) 822-2164


Fishing out on the lake has been outstanding from Baileys Harbor south to Algoma for a mix of rainbows, kings, cohos and a few lake trout in 100 to 250 feet of water (top 60 feet). Mauler, Pro-King, and Stinger spoons and flasher/fly combinations have been the best

Bass fishing is still going good throughout the county with the biggest fish coming to the north of Egg Harbor now as there are still some pre-spawn fish up there. From Sturgeon Bay south to Little Sturgeon the bass fishing has been OK, as those fish are moving into their post-spawn patterns and are starting to move out to some deeper water.

Perch fishing reports are getting better. Try the marinas in Sturgeon Bay, the Sturgeon Bay Flats, Sawyer Harbor, Little Sturgeon and some of the deeper mud around the Chaudoir’s Dock area and toward Bayshore Park.

Walleye fishing has been good during the day from Bayshore Park south to the lower bay. Soon that off-shore reef bite will be starting as those fish start to move to summer feeding areas.

Howie’s Tackle, (920) 746-9916.

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


Weed growth is now going well everywhere in the area, and with the good water levels the landings are in good shape. Walleye fishing has been productive in the weeds and on the deeper rocks. While jigs and minnows have been the bait of choice, we do have some reports of leeches and half crawlers working on the Eagle River chain. In the evenings, don’t hesitate to go shallow in those weeds. We’ve gotten reports of fish in the 4 feet of water in the evenings.

Bass action remains very good, with smallies and largemouths hitting well on plastics, spinnerbaits and surface baits. Action has been spectacular on all lakes. Smallies are done spawning and are moving deeper to rocks.

Northern pike action remains good. They can be found anywhere there are weeds. They will hit anything that moves. Muskie action is good, but we sure had a reaction to that big storm that came through June 10. It seemed to put the fish down severely, as troubled weather often will. As the water warms again and things settle down we will get an upsurge of quality of fishing. All types of baits are working. Some bigger fish are now moving.

Panfish action is good, with bluegills on any shoreline with some cover. Crappies are done spawning.

Eagle Sports Center, (715) 479-8804.


In Brown County walleye anglers found good success from the Suamico River launch. Anglers were reporting a few limits being caught by trolling Flicker Shads and crawler harnesses.

Fishing pressure on the Fox River was pretty consistent the whole week and success was moderate, with many anglers out trying to catch anything that would bite – mostly freshwater drum, smallmouth bass, white bass and channel catfish. A few boats tried their luck with muskies, but found little success.

Anglers heading out from the metro launch did well, with many boats getting their limits. Most were also reporting catching a large number of short fish. The best presentation has been trolling crankbaits and crawler harnesses in 6 to 11 feet.

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


Crankbaits are turning walleyes in 10 to 15 feet on Lac Courte Oreilles, Round Lake, and Grindstone Lake. The 10-foot flats on these lakes are giving up numbers of smallmouth bass as well. On the Chippewa Flowage, look for fish along river channels and on weeds, wood, and brush in 8 to 25 feet, depending on time of day. Leeches and crawlers on jigs, slip bobbers, and Lindy Rigs work best, but anglers also catch fish on minnows, crankbaits, and plastics. Look for crappies in the 10- to 12-foot weeds and sunfish on the shorelines of most lakes. Small jerkbaits are raising muskies on top of the weeds at Lake Namakagon and the Chippewa Flowage. On other waters, muskie fishing has been fair to good over shallow weeds and rocks.

Crappie fishing is good to excellent for fish suspending near weed edges, and near wood, brush, drop-offs, and cribs in 5 to 25 feet.

Hayward Bait, (715) 634-2921.

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


Boats out of Kenosha are catching mostly cohos on red dodger/fly rigs, but some fish are being caught on spoons. A few browns, kings, lake trout, and rainbows are also being caught. Boaters are having the most success in the top 30 feet over 60 to 100 feet of water. Pier fishing has been slow. Anglers fishing the shoreline reported catching some small trout.

Boats out of Racine are catching an average of six fish per trip, mostly on red dodger/fly combos. Most of the fish being caught are cohos. Boaters are having the best luck between 65 and 110 feet of water in the top 25 feet. A few anglers fishing in the harbor caught some rock bass, crappies, and bluegill.Anglers caught a few cohos at the end of the south pier and at the end of the north pier on alewives or crankbaits.

The coho catch on Milwaukee’s Mckinley Pier tapered off last week. Anglers on the pier landed a few trout and salmon but the numbers have been down. Anglers on McKinley Pier had to work a lot harder to find the larger alewives for bottom fishing. A 15-pound Chinook was caught with a green/white spoon and a couple of 15 pound-brown trout were caught with alewives. A few anglers released 10- to 12-inch perch on the Menomonee River at the 11th & Bruce Street Bridge prior to the perch opener on June 16. Boats out of Mckinley continue to land nice catches of cohos, along with a few rainbows, kings, and lake trout, in 120 to 150 feet of water with some limits.

On the south side of Milwaukee, nice catches of brown trout (up to 16 pounds) were landed under the Hoan Bridge on spoons. A 12-pound brown trout and a few smallmouth bass were released on the Coast Guard pier by a couple of anglers fishing with alewives. A U.S. Geological Survey boat netted lots of smallmouth bass, but very few perch, while doing an electro-shocking survey in the South Shore harbor on June 8. Undersized rainbow trout are being caught on the Grant Park shoreline. Brown trout continue to be caught on the lake side of the Oak Creek Power Plant pier by anglers drifting crankbaits in the current from the discharge chute.

In Ozaukee County, shorefishing has been picking up a little with some browns and cohos being caught around Rotary Park and Coal Dock Park. Early morning hours seem to be the most successful on spoons and alewives. Boat angling success has been slowing down, but is still good for cohos and a few rainbows.

DNR hotline, (414) 382-7920.

Smokey’s Bait Shop, (262) 691-0360.

Dick Smith’s Bait, (262) 646 2218.


Water temps have hit the low 70s for the most part. Bluegill spawning activity was about midway through the annual process as of early last week. Guys have been catching a lot of smallmouth bass on Lake Mendota. They are still in 8 to 12 feet of water, sometimes with an occasional walleye being caught, as well. Most of the walleyes have been small. Anglers are also trolling for white bass on Mendota. The muskie action has been picking up on Lake Monona.

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

Dorn Hardware, (608) 244-5403.


In Oconto County, high water below the dam at Stiles on the Oconto River kept catch rates low for panfish and smallmouth. Live bait and plastics are producing the most fish. The lower Oconto River is still producing some smallmouths along the riprap. Shore anglers at the mouth of the Oconto River are also catching some catfish and sheepshead. Weather permitting, walleye anglers are having some success from the mouth of the Pensaukee River to Oconto Park II in 8 to 18 feet of water.

In Marinette County, anglers below the Peshtigo River dam are catching smallmouths on a variety of baits, from fly fishermen using wooly buggers or streamers to spin fishermen casting small spoons and crankbaits in the current breaks. The lower Peshtigo has been producing some walleyes, sheepshead, and smallmouths. Anglers on the Menominee River have had some success trolling for walleye using crankbaits and crawler/harness from Stephenson Island to the mouth of the river. The smallie bite has been slow.

Hook, Line and Sinker, (715) 854-2073.


Largemouth bass action has been very good, with post-spawn, hungry fish. A wide variety of techniques are working, depending on the weather, but there has been lots of great action with lots of 14- to 18-inch fish and several 20-inchers being released.

Northern pike have been biting blade baits, lipless crankbaits, and swim baits.

Walleyes have been very productive. Cloud cover is the walleye angler’s friend and on cloudy days work cabbage beds in 6 to 10 feet. Leeches and crawlers are working well, but smaller redtails are also producing in the mid 60-degree waters. Husky Jerks and Shadow Shads are also picking up better-than-average walleyes (19 to 24 inches) over and through cabbage of 5 to 10 feet in the early mornings. Smallies are biting good. At dawn, work shallows with X-Raps and Shadow Shads. As smallies move out during the day, work the next breaklines of 8 to 15 feet.

Island Sport Shop, (715) 356-4797.

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


Northern pike are being caught on spinners on the Suk & Cerney Flowage in the Necedah Wildlife Refuge. Lake Necedah is producing bluegills. Summer patterns are prevailing on Castle Rock and Petenwell flowages with white bass, crappies and walleyes hitting drifted leeches and minnows on dead rods in 10 to 15 feet of water. Smallmouths are recovering from the spawn and are feeding heavily on crayfish and mayflies. Sheepshead are hitting throughout the system.

Flathead catfish over 30 pounds are being caught below the Petenwell dam. White bass are still being caught in good numbers. A few smaller muskies are being caught below the Castle Rock dam. Channel catfish are common, with some flatheads mixed in. Northern pike are being caught on suckers. Chatterbaits are producing largemouth bass in Lake Mason. Panfish are being caught in the shallows.

Petenwell Sports, (608) 564 7707.

Castle Rock Dam Bait Shop, (608) 339-2967.


Nearly all muskie anglers are seeing fish. Work the edges of new weed beds with smaller bucktails and crankbaits, fished a little slower than normal. The mayfly hatch upset the walleye bite on most waters, with leeches and crawlers now producing the best success. Northern pike action is good in shallow water around any new weed beds. Largemouth action is good on soft plastics and finesse baits in new weed and lily pad beds. Largemouths and smallmouths are finishing spawning on some larger lakes.

Bridge Bait, (715) 762-4108.

Ross’s Sport Shop, (715) 339-3625.


Bluegills continue to bite in 3 to 8 feet on Spooner Lake, Casey Lake, Island Lake, and Big and Little McKenzie lakes. Leeches are producing walleyes in 5 to 15 feet on Long Lake or in 10 to 12 feet and 18 to 20 feet on Shell Lake. Bass and northern pike action remains strong on the weedlines of most lakes.

AAA Sports Shop, (715) 635-3011.


Island Lake is giving up walleyes on leeches or crawlers in 15 feet and crappies, most of which are suspended over 25 feet. Hit Fish Lake in 15 feet for walleyes and the lily pads for bluegills. The Cloquet River and Island Lake are providing consistent smallmouth bass action, while spoons are turning lake trout and coho salmon on Lake Superior in over 100 feet.

Chalstrom’s Bait (218) 726-0094

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