Wisconsin Outdoor News Fishing Report – Aug. 10, 2018

ASHLAND AREA

The water in Chequamegon Bay has finally cleared up. Walleye anglers are trolling over the shallow weedbeds with crawler harnesses or crankbaits. Fishing could be very productive working the mud lines that you find. Smallmouth fishing continues to be very good. Smallmouths have scattered throughout the bay and could relate to any type of structure. Anglers have been successful using suckers and larger plastics. Trolling has been excellent, with reports from Long Island all the way to Outer Island and all points in between. The lake trout bite is fantastic in the flats and among the islands. Most trollers are using spoons or spin-n-glos run off of downriggers, Dipsy divers or leadcore lines.

Angler’s All, (715) 682-5754.

River Rock, (715) 682-3232.

CUMBERLAND AREA

Crappies and sunfish are being caught in the weed pockets of Big Round Lake or in the 10-foot weedlines of Beaver Dam Lake. Walleye action is slow, but muskies are chasing bucktails or topwater baits on Rice Lake, Bone Lake, and Big Sand Lake. Topwater baits also are producing largemouth bass in the shallow weed areas of Rice, Upper Turtle Lake, and Pipe Lake. 

Indianhead Sport Shop, (715) 822-2164

DOOR PENINSULA AND ALGOMA/KEWAUNEE AREA

Smallmouth action is still very slow across northern Green Bay. Pier fishermen have been catching a few small bass, rock bass and perch. North winds made fishing difficult recently. No walleye action to report. Strong north winds kept many anglers from going out for the start of the K/D Salmon Tournament, leaving little to report for Gill’s Rock and Rowley’s Bay. The anglers out of Bailey’s Harbor that braved the winds managed to bring in a few fish, including a 27.88-pound fish caught in 140 feet of water. Action should pick up as the lake settles.

The Sturgeon Bay shore had low fishing pressure. Anglers were out with a few reports of small perch caught on crawlers near the highway bridge and steel bridge. Early in the week, temperatures averaged 63 degrees on the east side toward the Sturgeon Bay pier and 76 degrees closer to the bay. Some folks are coming back with kings and rainbows out in 150 to 165 feet. A few anglers were catching smallmouth bass and rock bass at Bay View Park.

Howie’s Tackle, (920) 746-9916.

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

EAGLE RIVER AREA

Walleye fishing remains inconsistent, with good and bad reports coming in daily. Most fish seem to have moved deeper during the day, so try the deeper hole edges and the mud flats. Most guides report success with jigs and crawlers in 12 feet of water or deeper on the Eagle River chain. Evening fishing is better when the fish move into the weeds as the water traffic slows down.

On the large off-chain lakes, the same pattern is happening, with the fish on the deeper rock bars during the day. You can get some in the weeds in 10 to 14 feet of water on these lakes. The best fishing is in the evenings in weeds from 6 to 12 feet of water.

Bass fishing has slowed some. The largemouths have been pounded on most lakes this year and a good part of that population has moved deeper. Green cabbage and nice lily pads are still producing for these fish. Smallmouths are still in deeper water over hard-bottomed areas. Leeches are the best live bait.

Muskie action has been inconsistent, with fish suspended over deeper water and others feeding in the weeds hitting in short-time bursts. Deeper water has been better than the weeds this year. For larger fish this is a good time to night fish. The action is lasting until midnight, so stay out later.

Eagle Sports Center, (715) 479-8804.

FLORENCE COUNTY AREA

The walleye bite has been good. Fishermen are finding them in deeper water while trolling with leeches, minnows or crawlers. Bass action has been excellent. Topwater lures have been working well for smallmouths, while drop-shot rigs are doing the trick for largemouths. Muskie fishermen are reporting a good number of follows. Catches have been ranging anywhere from 35 to 43 inches. Bucktails and jerkbaits have been producing the best bite. Northern pike action has remained steady. Anglers are doing well trolling over weedbeds.

Whisler Outdoors, (715) 528-4411.

GREEN BAY/APPLETON AREA

In Brown County, a few anglers were out on shore at Voyager Park in search of whatever would bite. No catches were reported. Anglers fishing Duck Creek reported catching a dozen small yellow perch. Walleye fishing continues to be consistent out of Suamico and Geano Beach. The typical catch was three to six walleyes for half a day on the water. Anglers also caught plenty of freshwater drum and a few catfish. Some anglers have found success using Flickers Shads/minnows while others have had better luck jigging.

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

HAYWARD AREA

Cooler days are making it more comfortable for anglers and this pattern should continue over the next week or so. Muskie success is picking up for anglers working various baits near dark. During the day, cast bucktails, swim baits, and jerkbaits along weed edges. Walleyes are concentrating on mid-lake humps, reefs, and deeper holes. Anglers should try jigging Buckshot spoons tipped with minnow heads and large plastics or trolling crawler/leech rigs and small crankbaits over deep humps. Fishing is best in very early mornings and early evening into night. Largemouth bass are in/around shallow weeds, docks or downed trees, and lily pads. Crappies are around deep vegetation and cribs. The better bluegills are in 10 to 17 feet, with many small fish in the shallows.

Erik at Hayward Bait says area lakes are fishing quite well, especially following a recent cool-down that dropped water temperatures to the mid-70s. 

Hayward Bait, (715) 634-2921.

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

LAKE MICHIGAN/
METRO AREA LAKES

At Sheboygan, a lot of boats have been out, but not many fish have been caught. Some boats took the skunking while others only saw a mixed bag of one to three fish per boat. There was one boat that fished through the night on Friday night and came back with significantly more fish. Everyone is looking for cooler water, but without much luck. 

In Port Washington, hundreds of boats took to the big pond last weekend with high hopes, but many came back disappointed. The average catch was a mixed bag of zero to two fish no matter if they were out a half day or a full day. Boaters were all over in search of a decent bite, and everywhere they went they found warm water as far down as 70 feet over 200 feet of water.

In Milwaukee County, very few fisherman used the McKinley ramp last week. Earlier, however, anglers found success landing cohos and kings, and the occasional lake or brown trout in depths ranging from 80 to 100 feet as well as 125 to 155 feet of water. Most of the browns were caught in water that was 30 feet or less or within the harbor. A variety of spoons or flasher/flies found the most success. Schools of alewives are still present at Jones Island. Low fishing pressure continues at the Oak Creek power plant pier. 

In Racine, many boaters were out for the tournament. Most had luck catching browns, cohos and a few kings on flies and spoons in about 100 feet. Many anglers report seeing lots of baitfish out from 80 to 120 feet of water. 

In Kenosha, not many boaters went out last week. Water temps fluctuated throughout the week, but boaters still found success with cohos and brown trout. A few small kings were also caught out in about 250 feet of water. Most boaters were using flashers/flies and spoons, with flies being the most productive. Many perch fishermen were out, but with little to no luck for the majority.

DNR hotline, (414) 382-7920.

Smokey’s Bait Shop, (262) 691-0360.

Dick Smith’s Bait, (262) 646 2218.

LAKE WINNEBAGO AREA

There have been some decent reports of perch hitting red worms and crawler pieces on jigs in 8 to 11 feet of water around off-shore humps on the west side of Lake Winnebago. Perch, along with a few white bass, were hitting on the east side of Winnebago last week, but in a little deeper water – 11 to 15 feet. Some anglers reported catching limits on either side of the lake while dead-sticking and using slip bobbers.

Critter’s, (920) 582-0471.

Fox River Bait, (920) 233-7409.

Dutch’s, (920) 922-0311.

MADISON AREA

Lake Mendota perch action has been sporadic, with a few good reports here and there – mostly along west-side weedlines. Anglers have found some Mendota bluegill action off of the rocks on the bars – not much for numbers, but there has been some nice size. More smallmouths have been found in 12- to 18-foot depths along shoreline-related points rather than off-shore bars, but it still pays to fish the bars. Walleyes are being caught, but they have been smaller than usual. Leeches have been the best live bait, but they’re getting hard to come by. The Lake Monona bluegill bite has been phenomenal. Guys are catching them all over – over weeds, along weed edges, over the mud, and suspended over deep water. The deep-water bluegills are mostly hanging over 35 to 50 feet, and about 10 to 20 feet down. Go less than 35 feet and those deep fish are harder to find. There has been no  rhyme or reason to where they are suspending over deep water. Some bigger muskies have been reported on lakes Monona and Waubesa on a variety of baits.

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

Dorn Hardware, (608) 244-5403.

MARATHON COUNTY AREA

The surface temperature of the Eau Claire river was 72 degrees last week. Emerging weeds and lowering water conditions on the Eau Claire River have yielded reports of fish finding deeper runs in the bay right above the dam in Schofield. Bluegills and smallmouth bass are abundant, with crawlers and suckers proving most effective. There have been reports of 20- to 25-pound catfish right below Schofield dam, along with a few pike. Lake Wausau anglers say that walleyes and crappies have retreated to deeper water. Pink, chartreuse and white jigs with a crappie minnow or fathead have been the key to good fishing. Warmer summer weather can play havoc with your live bait.

Riverside Rentals & Bait Shop, (715) 574-1771.

MARINETTE/OCONTO AREA

In Marinette County, the weather did not cooperate with anglers recently. High winds and rain made it difficult for folks to have a lot of success. Some did decent by trolling for walleyes using crawlers at depths of 10 to 15 feet. The water temperatures on the Menominee River ranged from 73 to 75 degrees last week. Anglers were having some success on rock bass, catfish, northern pike, smallmouth bass, and walleyes. Menekaunee Harbor anglers reported good success on northern pike and walleyes. Little River anglers caught some perch along the shore on crawlers. Brown trout were being caught on trolled spoon rigs at 50 to 60 feet. Peshtigo River anglers had some luck on northern pike, rock bass, and smallmouth bass. 

In Oconto County, anglers battled high winds and rain. Despite the weather some anglers had some success on walleyes with nightcrawlers at depths of 10 to 15 feet. Over the past weekend, the water temperature for the Oconto river ranged from 70-80 degrees. Fishing pressure increased at the Oconto Park II area this week. Anglers were reporting success catching some perch, smallmouth bass, and walleye over the weekend. Anglers were having success catching perch using nightcrawlers at water depths between 5 and 10 feet. Anglers on the pier were having some success on catfish, northern pike, perch, and smallmouth bass. Pensaukee River anglers reported success on catfish, northern pike, perch, and walleyes. Fishing pressure has remained low at the Stiles dam and iron bridge area. 

MINOCQUA/WOODRUFF/LAKE TOMAHAWK AREA

It’s summertime, but the fishin’ ain’t easy. Several species seem tight-lipped this summer, but bluegill action has been good, although they are moving deeper on the large lakes. Anglers have been surprised to find them as deep as 25 feet, with most hovering in the 12- to 18-foot range. 

Largemouth bass: Good. The best fish are buried in the weeds. Use Ned rigs or wacky worms to pull these fish out. Creature baits and jig/creature combos are also working.

Smallmouths: Good to fair. Fish deep gravel humps or over sand grass beds while drop-shotting 3-inch craws.

Crappie: Fair. Not a lot of reports this week. A few scattered nice slabs (12-13”) over deep wood. 2” twister tails or med Fatheads on slip-floats.

Perch and crappies: Fair. The better crappies have been found on deep wood. Fish deep sand grass edges for the better perch.

Muskies: Fair. Run big spinnerbaits over cabbage flats, with some topwater action early and late. As usual, there have been more lookers than takers.

Walleyes: Downright tough. The best windows of action have been small and very early or after dark. Leeches have been working the best. 

Island Sport Shop, (715) 356-4797.

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

PRICE COUNTY AREA

Water levels on both forks of the Flambeau River are moderate and perfect for paddling. Walleyes and smallmouths have been hitting on the North Fork of the Flambeau River. Elk cow and calf groups and a few young bulls have been seen often on some of the main roads. The biggest bull in the area that has been seen is a 6×6 with the antlers extended way back.

Bridge Bait and Tackle, Park Falls, (715) 762-4108.

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

SPOONER AREA

Crappies and sunfish are being caught in the weed pockets of Big Round Lake or in the 10-foot weedlines of Beaver Dam Lake. Walleye action is slow, but muskies are chasing bucktails or topwater baits on Rice Lake, Bone Lake, and Big Sand Lake. Topwater baits also are producing largemouth bass in the shallow weed areas of Rice, Upper Turtle Lake, and Pipe Lake. 

AAA Sports Shop, (715) 635-3011.

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