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Wisconsin Statewide Fishing Report
Wisconsin Statewide fishing report  1.21.14

Bayfield County - Washburn north to the Onion River has had a decent trout and salmon bite; whitefish were also on a decent bite most days when anglers could find them. Try to fish the drop offs and flats near them for a consistent bite. A few anglers are venturing out for lake trout; however, the ice in between the Apostle Islands still is unpredictable so make sure to check before you go. Due to continued snowfall the snowmobile trails continue to be in excellent condition for riding. The ice caves have officially opened on the south shore of Lake Superior and have been a big attraction since it's the first time they have been open since 2009. - Jonah Lottig, conservation warden

Upper Chippewa Basin fisheries report (Price, Rusk, Sawyer Taylor and inland Ashland and Iron counties) - With the more seasonal and consistent weather this past week, ice thickness has been holding in the 15 to 17 inch range on most lakes across the Northwoods. However, there is about 8 to 12 inches of snow on top of the ice and this has made vehicle travel rather tough in undisturbed areas. Most ice traffic is sticking to the packed-down trails as the frozen ruts and deep snow have still been getting some 4WD vehicles stuck. In addition, areas of slush have been showing up on many lakes and this is also contributing to the difficult travel conditions. Temperatures in the mid-teens with light winds seemed to bring out a few extra anglers this past weekend but angling success continued it generally slow trend. Walleye have still been the main species of interest across the area and action has been very sporadic at best. Some days have produced decent action but it seems the fish have been very finicky on the bait they'll hit and the spot where it's being presented. The most consistent spots have been the mid-depth break lines and the mud flats in 6 to 10 feet of water, with small sucker minnows or large fatheads as the preferred bait. Most of the walleye caught have been in the 12 to 15 inch range, but a few fish in the upper teens have also been landed. Northern pike fishing has been fair, with the bright sunny days producing the best action during the middle of the day. The best success has come on large golden shiners and sucker minnows, fished near any green weeds in the 4 to 8 feet of water. Some nice pike in the low 30-inch range have been reported from the area in the past week. Panfish have been providing generally slow but consistent action in the area, with some fair catches of perch and bluegill being made. Perch have been found just off the bottom in water from 5 to 15 feet deep, while the bluegill have been suspended over deeper water and near any green weeds. Crappies have been especially tough to find in the last few weeks. The most successful panfish anglers have had to move around quite a bit to find the active fish. - Skip Sommerfeldt, senior fisheries biologist, Park Falls

Brown County - Anglers were seeking perch out of Long Tail Landing with little success, drifts and slush on the ice made travel difficult and catch rates were low. A few anglers were out of Voyageur Park. - Kevin King, fisheries technician, Peshtigo

Door County - Fishing pressure was high this week. Despite the amount of snow that dropped early in the week, anglers reported high traffic on the ice. Temperatures rose to 38 degrees early in the week creating ice and slush beneath the snowfall. ATVs and snowmobiles were the best way to access the ice. Though there were warmer temperatures anglers were still reporting 16 to 18 inches of ice from Little Sturgeon to Sturgeon Bay. While snowfall kept many shanties empty earlier in the week and some of the weekend, good weather brought out many anglers Thursday, Friday, and Sunday. Anglers fishing off of the Stone Quarry, Birminghams, Potawatomi Park, and Bullhead Point in Sturgeon Bay have had more success with whitefish this week. Other areas in Sturgeon Bay with low fishing pressure thus far include Little Harbor, Memorial Drive, Big Creek and Sunset Park. Those who are successful catching whitefish off Stone Quarry were using minnows in 35 feet of water. Shanties are scattered 100 yards off shore and farther both right and left of the piers. Anglers were using snowmobiles and gators to access their fishing shanties. Over the weekend many out of town anglers were hoping to catch northern pike. Few had much success, but there were some smaller northern caught off the water treatment plant using tip ups and shiners. Anglers off of Potawatomi Park have reported fishing to be slow so far. Those who have been interviewed reported small perch and whitefish caught in 16-30 feet of water using minnows. Shanties can be seen anywhere from 200 yards off High Cliff to 1.5 miles out and cars parked at both Cabot Point and High Cliff. Pressure has picked up to moderate. Many cars were parked and some driving on the ice over the weekend in Little Sturgeon Bay. Despite the number of anglers on the ice, those interviewed have reported slow success so far. Popular areas with the most traffic include Big Rock Place, Clafin Park, Lime Kiln, and Wood Lane, while Riley Bay, Town Park Road, and Sand Bay Resort see much less action. Sand Bay Resort anglers have chosen to set up miles off shore on the reef. The amount of anglers looking to access the ice in this area has increased. Deep snow near the access has made driving on the ice difficult. Anglers were using ATVs and gators to access the ice. Anglers off Clafin Park have reported using wax worms and minnows to catch whitefish in 25-30 feet of water. Shanties were scattered throughout the bay. Remember ice conditions and weather are always changing and anglers should always use caution when accessing their favorite fishing areas. - Bobbi Kolstad, fisheries technician, Sturgeon Bay

Milwaukee County - Anglers along Lake Michigan and bow hunters in Metro Unit 77M have been braving the cold this week, with varying levels of success.

Sheboygan County - In Sheboygan a few anglers have been ice fishing off the docks in the marina, as well as near the boat launch ramps. A few steelhead, browns, and northerns have been reported in the harbor, and golden shiners have taken the most fish.

Ozaukee County - In Port Washington a few browns and rainbows have been caught on crankbaits and spawn sacs near the power plant. The discharge area will provide an open water fishing opportunity throughout the winter months, and decent numbers of browns should remain in the harbor.

Columbia County - Ice anglers have been seeing some crappie action on a few local lakes, but overall, fishing remains slow. - Paul Nadolski, conservation warden, Portage

La Crosse County - Ice fishing activity has been really slow for panfish on the backwaters of the Mississippi River. Individuals are catching a few perch and bluegills on Lake Onalaska using tip-downs rigged with fathead minnows or jig poles using small ice fishing jigs rigged with spikes or plastic. Individuals are catching a lot of bass using tip-ups rigged with shiners. Individuals are catching a few nice crappies on Lake Neshonoc using live bait. There are two ice fishing derbies taking place in La Crosse County on Jan. 25, one fishing derby is on Lake Onalaska and the other is on Lake Neshonoc.

Minocqua area fishing report

Lake Michigan Fishing Report and tips

Price Co. Fishing report

Information compiled from the WDNR Outdoor report and private sources