Fishing Report:

Our autumn weather continues to be rather mild with day time temperature ranging from the mid 50’s to the lower 60’s. Mixed in with couple days of rain and some cooler night, which did bring our first frost. Leaf peppers are enjoying the changing colors, which are now at or almost peak. Hunters are taking to the woods for the grouse season, bow deer season and to the water for water fowl. Anglers are on the water searching for the trophy musky.

Pan fishing action has quieted, but there are a few successes being reported. Anglers are fishing off the deeper weeds for bluegill and crappie and finding them in 8 to 12 feet of water. Sometimes they are suspended and other times closer to the bottom, so adjust your baits in the water column accordingly. They are schooled and will move around so good electronics will help in the search. Early afternoon appears to be the best time for the bite. Slip bobbers rigs baited with a crappie or small fathead minnow as produced best results, but vertical jigging with small tube jigs has produced also.

Bass and walleye action has been incidental as most anglers now are concentrating on the musky. Several reports of catching these species on musky lure while trolling. Those that are fishing for walleye are finding them in the late evening into the night fishing along the shallow weeds and rock bars as they come in to feed. Small crankbaits, tube jigs and jig and minnow have produced. Largemouth still haunt the deeper weeks and the smallmouth can be found on the rock or gravel areas. Same baits will work for those fish.

Northern pike are still active in and around the weeds as proven by the musky anglers. Most are caught on midsize to small bucktails or spinnerbaits. They will hit almost anything that moves or flashes.

The most action on the lakes as been the search for musky. This is the time to float a medium or large sucker while casting. Most of the fish caught in the past couple of weeks has on live bait. Larger bucktails, swim baits, glider baits and deeper running crankbaits will work also, but as mentioned most action has come on suckers. If you float a sucker and are casting be sure to retrieve your bait by the sucker in chance you may have a follow. A lot of follows have been missed by anglers not performing the figure eight at the boat. Last weekend’s Muskie Inc. tournament produced some nice fish using all artificial baits, but not nearly to numbers caught on suckers.

Let’s Go Fishing

Here are the species of fish available to catch in the “QUIET LAKES”


The king of freshwater fish. They are the top predator and least populated fish in our lakes. Catch and release is the common practice these days. It’s known as the fish of 10,000 casts, but hiring a guide will cut those odds.


Wisconsin’s second largest predator fish, second only to their relative the Musky. Pike are typically very aggressive and will feed anytime the opportunity allows. They prefer weed flats and other ambush points.


The walleye is the largest member of the perch family and is often targeted for its table fare. Walleyes can be tough to find, but when they are located, they typically cooperate and bite. Bait secret: minnows, nightcrawlers and leeches, and back to minnows as the season starts and finishes.


A small fish that most anglers seek more for the taste than the tug. Adults average 7 to 10 inches which make it a good fish for all ages to catch. Perch have a tendency to congregate in large schools making it a one-stop spot to catch your dinner.


Large and smallmouth bass are brothers, but like family they do take separate paths. We have several small backwoods lakes that offer untapped largemouth fishing, and several area lakes that offer numbers to trophy fishing for smallmouth. NOTE: the season for smallmouth isn’t open to harvest until the 3rd Saturday of June. Regulations for harvest of largemouth are different from lake to lake.


These fish are probably one of the most popular sport and eating fish in Wisconsin. Crappies, bluegills, and sunfish are our most common “panfish”. Probably the most targeted fish in the spring, and often over harvested. Remember to take only enough for a meal and leave some for another day.