North (Central)

Northern Wisconsin Fishing Report – September 18th, 2015

AMERY AREA Muskies are chasing bucktails and suckers in 12 to 15 feet on the Apple River, Deer Lake, and Wapogasset Lake. Panfish are biting in 15 to 20 feet Balsam Lake, Half Moon Lake, Pike Lake, and Wapogasset. Walleyes are taking minnows in 14 to 16 feet on Balsam in low-light.  Lucky Baits (715) 268-6231 ASHLAND AREA The smallmouth fishing has been very good with anglers finding them…

North Central Pennsylvania Fish Report – September 11th, 2015

Hammond Lake (Tioga County) — Don’s Tackle Shack reported Aug.  26 that low, off-color lake conditions made for tough fishing here and elsewhere in the region. A couple of striped bass were reported on crawler harness rigs but they were small. Largemouth bass were hitting topwater lures in shallow water in the morning hours, and smallmouth bass and some smaller-size…

Northern Illinois Fishing Report – September 4th, 2015

Chain: White and yellow bass are hitting Mepps spinners, pinkie jigs or live bait. Pike are being caught around creek mouths. Muskies and walleyes are fair. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers. Bluegills and crappies good, falling into deeper waters (8 to 15 feet). Bass are also biting well as water has cooled some in recent days. Bigger fish are starting to move shallow, though the best…

Northern Wisconsin Fishing Report – September 4th, 2015

AMERY AREA Bucktails and sucker minnows are triggering muskies in 12 to 18 feet on Lake Wapogasset, Deer Lake, and the Apple River. Crappies and sunfish are suspended over 15 to 20 feet on Balsam Lake, Half Moon Lake, Pike Lake, and Wapogasset. A few walleyes can be had during the evening hours in 15 feet on Balsam and Wapogasset. Bear numbers seem extremely high in this…

Northern Illinois Fishing Report – August 21st, 2015

Lake Michigan: Yellow perch are spotty. Northeast winds and thunderstorms have affected the perch fishing. If summertime weather holds up, perch should be hitting both for boaters and shore fishermen. Chinook are very deep. Fishermen are going to the north and south reefs. North reef is better, fishing in 175 to 220 feet of water. Bigger kings and lakers are there. On…

Northern Wisconsin Fishing Report – August 21st, 2015

ASHLAND AREA Smallmouth fishing is still steady with some days better than others, but that’s typical for this time of year. The fish are following their summertime patterns, utilizing deep weeds, current areas, rock piles, and structure around Ashland. Sometimes it pays to move around and try different spots if you’re not getting any action. This past week we’ve seen…

North Central Pennsylvania Fish Report – August 14th, 2015

Allegheny Reservoir (McKean County) — As water temperatures climbed in late July, walleyes moved to deeper, cooler water. Cowanesque, Tioga, Hammond lakes (Tioga, Potter counties) — Bass anglers were doing well in the evening and nighttime hours in late July, as bass chased schools of young fish along the edges of the lake. The lunker in the recent Fourth Annual…

Northern Illinois Fishing Report – August 7th, 2015

Chain: Walleyes are biting well in the evening on jig/minnow combos and crawler harnesses. River channels and the shallow sandy flats are showing the most action. Bass are holding tight to cover and are hitting wacky rigged worms near boat docks and weedless frogs worked over the heavy mats of weeds and lilies. Muskie action is slowing with the warmer water temps. Early morning…

Northern Wisconsin Fishing Report – August 7th, 2015

MARINETTE/OCONTO AREA Fishing on Lake Noquebay has improved lately. Bass have been hitting spinnerbaits and artificial worms, tubes, and frogs. Fish the 8- to 12-foot weed breaks and the lily pads for some nice action. Fishing for panfish has been deep – in 12 to 15 feet of water and tight to the bottom or halfway down. Plan on doing some sorting to get your limit of…

Northern Lower Peninsula Fishing Report – July 31st, 2015

NORTHWESTERN LP Traverse City Area A few salmon are still being caught in East and West Grand Traverse bays. Dodgers and flies or spoons trolled 65 feet down over 150 feet of water are catching fish. Largemouth bass fishing has been very good on Big Platte Lake. Anglers dragging nightcrawlers under bobbers and casting crankbaits and tubes report good action. Trout anglers are enjoying a…

North Central Pennsylvania Fishing Report – July 31st, 2015

​Hamilton Lake (Tioga County) — Trout were still hitting around the dock, with mealworms effective, through mid-July. Hammond, Tioga lakes (Tioga County) — Don’s Tackle Shack reported crappies were hitting on live minnows through mid-July, when water was murky but clearing. Fish sizes were better than numbers.  Cowanesque Reservoir (Tioga County) — Don’s Tackle Shack reported some nice bass were biting for anglers…

Northern Illinois Fishing Report – July 24th, 2015

Chain: Most fish are slower because of the heat. Bluegills have been good in and around shallow shoreline piers or laydowns. Catfish are excellent on nightcrawlers or leeches. Walleye fishing remains good around bridge areas. Crappies are fair in 10-12 feet, with Marie best. White bass are good. Muskies are decent on topwaters mornings or evenings, or try bucktails. Shabbona: Bass fishing has slowed a bit but they are still being…

Northern Lower Peninsula Fishing Report – July 17th, 2015

NORTHWESTERN LP Traverse City Area Whitefish have arrived in East Grand Traverse Bay. Anglers are using jigging spoons in 30 to 60 feet of water with good results. Walleyes are suspended in 35 to 45 feet of water on South Lake Leelenau, and anglers are catching good numbers of fish on crankbaits. WildFishing Guide Service, www.wildfishing.com.  Cadillac Area Walleye fishing has…

North Central Pennsylvania Fishing Report – July 17th, 2015

Pine Creek (Clinton, Lycoming counties) — High flows with murky-to-muddy conditions slowed the fishing here and elsewhere in the region through July 1.  Lake Cowanesque, Hammond Lake (Tioga County) — The Tackle Shack reported that smallmouth and largemouth bass were hitting on dark-color plastics and chartreuse crankbait through early July, depending on conditions.  Hills Creek Lake (Tioga County) —The Tackle…

Northern Wisconsin Fishing Report – July 10th, 2015

ASHLAND AREA The smallmouth fishing is great, with plenty of fish around, including in the shallows and over any structure. There are still a bunch of smallmouths up shallow, but there are a few fish venturing out to the usual summer haunts. The warm-water fishery has turned on in Chequamegon Bay. Folks after walleyes are working the edges of the channel and sometimes the…

North Central Pennsylvania Fishing Report – July 3rd, 2015

Slate and Cedar runs (Lycoming County) — Some trout fishing continued, as conditions allowed, through mid-June. Spring Creek (Centre County) — Rainfall in mid-June caused flow to rise and have color, creating good streamer-fishing conditions. Water was in the high 50s. Nymphing was generally recommended along banks and slack water during the day. Tan caddis (14-16), midges (22-26), and blue-winged…

Northern Illinois Fishing Report – June 26th, 2015

Chain: The walleyes are really starting to turn on all over the chain. Jig and minnow combinations or spinner rigs with nightcrawlers are the best producers. Strong reports of good panfish have been coming in. Small ice jigs under a float or bobber. The shallow portions of the bays seem to be producing quite well. Bass have been hitting Rattletraps fished in the shallower areas…

North Central Pennsylvania Fishing Report – June 19th, 2015

Penns Creek (Snyder, Union counties) — Sulphurs (16-18) were lingering through early June. Trout were hitting Green Weenies during the day and Green Drake duns and spinners in the evenings through early June.  Spring Creek (Centre County) — TCO Fly Shop reported plenty of topwater action as of June 7, and good nymphing when fish weren’t rising. Sulphers (14-16) were…