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Date 24-Aug-17
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Conditions : Northeast Region: Marinette County - The lower Peshtigo River is still producing walleye, perch, cat fish, drum, and small mouth bass using live bait and jigs with plastics. Look for deeper holes and structure. Panfish are being caught below the Dam at Peshtigo using crawlers and small spinners. Anglers at Little River report catching perch in 6 to 14 feet of water using mainly crawler chunks and minnows, find the weeds and you should find fish. Sorting has been required as a lot of the fish are small. Reports of a few browns being caught along the Trout Bar but no reports of salmon yet. There is still a gate open on the Menominee River, but anglers report Catching a few walleye and small mouth at the Hattie Street Dam using jigs, spinners and crank baits. Anglers trolling the Menominee River report catching walleye, small mouth, cat fish and drum. - Kevin King, fisheries technician, Peshtigo

Oconto County - Bluegill and smallmouth bass are still the main draw below the Dam at Stiles on the Oconto River. Live bait and plastics have been working well below the dam all the way to the 141 bridge. Fly anglers report catching a few brown trout using streamers in the Iron Bridge area. The lower Oconto River is producing smallmouth bass, a few walleye, crappie, catfish, and drum using mostly live bait and some plastics or small spinners and spoons. Anglers from the landing at Pensaukee to Oconto Park II report perch starting to be caught in 6 to 14 feet of water using minnows and crawler pieces. Find the weed beds and keep moving when the bite slacks off has been the routine. The walleye bite has been going good with anglers trolling and rip jigging in 30 feet of water. Trolling anglers are fishing an ounce of weight 100 feet back, while rip jigging anglers are finding fish on structure. - Kevin King, fisheries technician, Peshtigo

Brown County - During the week most anglers were going after walleye and had pretty consistent success. Anglers reported harvesting their limit while also catching other shorts, freshwater drum, and white bass. The parking lot averaged about 15 trailers during the week. - Kara Winter, fisheries technician, Green Bay

Door County - At Chaudoir's Dock most boats were after walleye and caught approximately 2 to 4 of the target species while usually keeping at least one fish. Few anglers reported fishing for yellow perch and had similar success with small numbers. Anglers from boat also caught freshwater drum, white perch, and a white fish. The parking lot averaged about 8-15 trailers during the week. Little Sturgeon Bay anglers had good luck this week while targeting yellow perch. Most were able to catch well over 10 perch total per boat, though reported many of them to be short. Freshwater drum catch has decreased, but anglers were still reeling in a few here and there for each trip along with few northern pike and white perch. Anglers targeting walleye throughout the week did not have as great of luck however, harvesting between 1 to 3 fish throughout the week. During the weekend days, the parking lot averaged about 40 trailers and about eight trailers during the week. At Sawyer Harbor, over the weekend anglers reported targeting walleye with varying success. Few boats were able to harvest their limit while others struggled to harvest at least one. - Kara Winter, fisheries technician, Sturgeon Bay

Salmon fishing in Door County this past week has been hit or miss but some anglers have been catching a good number of very large fish along with good numbers mainly North of Sturgeon Bay. The best action has been reported in 150-300 feet of water. Although anglers are catching salmon and trout on spoons and plugs, flasher/flies combos have been producing good action. Baileys Harbor has been great and has produced some very large rainbow trout this past week. The smallmouth bass fishing has slowed down throughout Door County. The best bite this past week was still being reported from 10-30 feet of water near offshore structure. The yellow perch fishing has slowed but still remains good in the Sturgeon Bay area with most success occurring near deep weed lines. The walleye fishing in Door County along the Green Bay shoreline remains good and anglers are reporting excellent fishing. Jigging has been the best method for catching walleyes, but trolling has also brought success for many anglers. - Lucas Koenig, fisheries technician, Sturgeon Bay

Kewaunee County - Fishing pressure was below average this week in Kewaunee County and fishing has been tough for most anglers. Despite a tough bite, anglers have been harvesting a good number of chinook salmon, along with a mixed catch of lake trout and rainbow trout. Trolling in 200-300 feet of water has been reported to be working well, along with a shallow nearshore bite for brown trout. - Lucas Koenig, fisheries technician, Sturgeon Bay

Manitowoc County - Salmon fishing out of Manitowoc and Two Rivers was slow yet again this week. Even with a small tournament bringing out over 60 boats between the two ports on Saturday, most boats didn't bring in more than one fish. Many anglers have still been targeting the 150-200+ feet-of-water range, but some tried trolling in 60 or less feet after a couple days of west winds brought some cooler water close to shore. Those that did troll in close reported no more than a stray brown with no discernable pattern. Boats fishing in the deeper water caught more chinooks than any other species, but some rainbows also made a trip back in the cooler. With most boats only having one fish, it was hard for anglers to report any pattern as to depth, lure, or color, but those boats that came in with 4-6 fish had mixed reports. One boat had a mix of six chinooks and rainbows that all came on the same green fly/dodger combo and one boat with four chinooks caught all their fish on different spoons. Because of this, anglers say it has come down to luck when finding fish, and the boats that had multiple fish reported catching them in a short window, sometimes one after the next. Many anglers also reported marking schools of what were likely baitfish in about 60-80 feet-of-water, but had no luck when fishing around them. Some anglers out of both ports turned to smallmouth fishing for a change of pace, but that was mostly unsuccessful as well. Some anglers reported that it was tough to get them to bite hard enough to get a hook into them, but tubes seemed to be the best lure for getting any fish to commit. Anglers fished the rocks along the Manitowoc marina as well as the harbor and around the outside of the piers, and anglers out of Two Rivers fished around the base of the piers as well as further upriver. Pier anglers breathed a slight sigh of relief this week as they hooked into something besides just a sheepshead. With the west winds came cooler water which brought a handful of salmon in. A couple chinooks and rainbows came off in Manitowoc and Two Rivers, and a couple is very literal as only a few lucky anglers came off with fish. The chinooks came off casting spoons, either champs or cleos, and the rainbows were caught on both spoons and nightcrawlers. Anglers fishing the harbor with spoons or spinners in Manitowoc reported hits from smallmouth and northern pike, and some anglers fishing with nightcrawler pieces around Two Rivers have had good action with bullhead and a channel catfish or two. - Jacob Steckmesser, fisheries technician, Mishicot

Waupaca County - Fishing on the Wolf River has been good. Decent catches of walleye, northern pike, bass, and catfish have been reported. Anglers have had the most success using Wolf River rigs with night crawlers for bait.

Reported by: Wisconsin DNR

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