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Date 10-May-19
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Conditions : Northeast Rgion - Marinette County - Menominee River had fair numbers of anglers this past week with most effort upstream of the Hwy 41 bridge early in the week. Most boat anglers were trying their luck in the bay during the week with more boats showing up in the river come the weekend. Overall walleye fishing was slow with best results below the Hattie Street dam in the beginning of the week. Over the weekend the fishing shifted downstream with walleyes being caught by boat anglers jigging from Marinette Marine down to the Turnbasin off the 6th street launch. A few boats were targeting brown trout and walleyes of the Little River launch with no fish reported. Peshtigo River fishing pressure was steady this week with boats being seen at all three launches fairly equally. Walleyes were reported caught out of all three areas but in low numbers. Suckers, northern pike, perch, and muskies were also reported as species caught. Sturgeon have made it upstream now and can be seen below the dam in Peshtigo.- Scott Poquette, fisheries technician, Peshtigo

Oconto County - Overall fishing pressure has slowed from previous weeks. Anglers were still fishing for walleyes in the Oconto River and in the bay. Rather slow fishing was reported all week. Wind and rain hurt effort early in the week. Anglers reported a few walleyes caught in the bay along with northern pike and a couple small muskies. Fishing in the Oconto River yielded suckers and a few pike. - Scott Poquette, fisheries technician, Peshtigo

Brown County - Weather conditions at the start of this week included high winds and rain. Midweek the launches along Green Bay were strewn with debris. The end of the week temperatures rose, and conditions calmed considerably. The weekend showed a high amount of angler effort and boat numbers at popular launches. Most parties reported quite low success, anglers were interested mainly in walleye and bass. Occasional small northern pike catches were reported. One case there were nine walleyes caught but the party had put in a quite significant time effort. Metro boat launch at the mouth of the Fox River was very busy with all docks now installed for the season. Warm clear weekend weather showed high numbers of people utilizing the Fox River walk, a few people were even jet skiing and water skiing on the river. Shore angling was in moderate numbers with low success. One party harvested 12 white bass on Saturday launching near the mouth. Early week rough weather caused large waves to cast quite a bit of debris along the channel and launch at Geano Beach. This was cleared by the weekend and use of this launch increased from previous weeks. Although use and effort was increased, anglers reported slow fishing. The Suamico River launch was slow early in the week but became quite busy especially Saturday. Anglers reported low success; many people walking and using access for recreation. Longtail Point and Duck Creek accesses were still not currently used by anglers to launch. Foot traffic and bird watching was very common with the warm weekend temperatures. - Riley Schultz, fisheries technician, Green Bay

Door County - During the week there was nobody fishing off the Bayshore Park pier or from shore. The boaters were having luck and averaging one or two per boat usually. The water temperature was between 48 to 51 degrees. During the weekend the fishing pressure increased dramatically due to opening weekend of fishing. On Saturday there was 153 boats launching from this launch. A lot of the anglers were having luck and averaged two to three walleyes. The size range of the walleyes being caught were 16 to 22 inches. Trolling with night crawler harnesses and flicker shad raps were having the most luck catching the walleyes. The pier anglers on Saturday were not having any luck. The Red River boat launch had no boaters launching off of it during the week. On Saturday there was one person who launched off of it. They has been nobody shore fishing from this location either. During the week the fishing pressure was light with only a handful of boats launching off from Chaudoir's Dock. The anglers were not having the best of luck catching anything most of the time it was either one walleye or none. On Saturday the launching pressure increased drastically. All of the parking areas for vehicles and trailers were filled. The average catch was between two to three walleyes. With the average size being between 18 to 22 inches. They were being caught more on night crawler harnesses while trolling. There was nobody launching off Sugar Creek boat launch. There was nobody fishing from the shore either. The only people who used this launch was people walking the trails and picking shells on the beach part. The Potawatomi State Park launch had little usage during the week. The shore anglers were not having any luck either. During the week there was only a handful of boaters using the Little Sturgeon launch. - Brandon Wagester, fisheries technician, Green Bay

There was still someone still fishing along Hibbards Creek. Some yellow perch were in Heins Creek but that was it. Whitefish Bay Creek still has some northern pike hanging out around the road crossings. The only anglers going out on the bay were out of the Stone Quarry launch. The anglers were targeting walleyes and had mixed results. Some anglers fished nearly all day and managed to move a couple of fish. While other anglers only spent half a day fishing and managed to land 15 walleye. Walleyes were being caught using jigs. A few anglers that were fishing in the canal behind Stone Harbor resort that managed to catch some northern pike and even a smallmouth bass. The fish were caught casting crankbaits. - Cody Flavionl, fisheries technician, Mishicot

Suckers we're observed spawning in many of the tributaries and also saw several steelhead in Heins and Hibbards creeks. - Dave Boyarski, fisheries supervisor, Sturgeon Bay

Outagamie County - Recent rain had the Wolf River up near record heights in the Shiocton area but now the water is beginning to recede. With water levels going down and weather warming up the fishing has gotten a little bit better. A few walleyes and white bass are being caught in the Shiocton area. Farther down river near Fremont and Oshkosh the white bass bite has been pretty good recently. We saw a lot of activity with sturgeon spawning this year but the major spawning activity is over. The fish spawned this year from approximately April 22 to April 30. A few fish can still be seen swimming along the rocks where they had been spawning. - Zack Seitz, conservation warden, Appleton

Calumet County - Although there have been continuous fluctuations in the weather, the fish bite continues. Fishermen are mainly catching crappie and walleye on the east shore of Lake Winnebago

Shawano County - Warden of Shawano County reports that the Sturgeon Spawn has ended. There will likely be a smaller second spawn that will last about a day as the water temperatures increase. The high water conditions made the sturgeon spawn different from years past. Some commonly used spawn areas on the Wolf River were not used this year due to the change in currents. There was plenty of visible spawn activity below Shawano Dam despite the high water levels. Shawano Lake water temperatures are in the high 40s, and get up to the low 50s during the day. Crappie spawn has been impacted by the fluctuating temperatures. Once the weather stabilizes and water temperatures reach closer to the mid 60s we will see the bluegill start to bed up and prepare to spawn.` - Clark Delzer, conservation warden, Shawano

Peshtigo River State Forest - We are seeing turkeys and deer in large groups on the trails. Most days you can hear woodcock, drumming grouse, sandhill cranes, wood frogs and spring peepers. Spring wildflower are just starting to pop. The campgrounds are now open for the season. Please register at the park office. - Maggie Kailhofer, property manager.

Reported by: Wisconsin DNR



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