Fishing Report and News

Here are some of the latest fishing reports and newsbits that I received.  If you have any reports  or news to share please send to   Send in photos too!

Elkhart Lake, Sheboygan WI Report by Don Dziedzina

Last weekend we fought the rain but yet the fishing was still good.  Roger Wright of the Fishing and Outdoor Radio Show and I headed to Sheboygan Wisconsin to tape a TV show. The continuous rain kept the camer in the dry locker and under wraps.  I did get to snap a few photos though and they can be seen here in the gallery.

Roger and I fish Elkhart Lake which is located west of town.  Its not a big lake but one of the deepest in the state.  We caught quite a few bass, largemouth and smallmouth on wacky worms.   Water surface temp was 66 degrees.

We stayed at the Harbor Winds Hotel (905 S 8th St., Sheboygan,WI 53081, (920) 452-9000) which was really nice offering a complementary continental breakfast.

This is my third trip to the Sheboygan area.  It offers great fishing for a variety of inland lake species and salmon and trout from Lake Michigan and the rivers.  For more information on the area, visit the Sheboygan Tourism website at

Lake Shelbyville Report by Steve Welsh

The water temps have bounced around all last week and with this weeks cold weather we are starting to see the crappie fishing really getting right. Which means they are moving shallow following the shad. We are catching them back in short coves and on main lake on down trees from ten-foot of water all the way up to three-feet. We are also catching them in creeks very shallow and seeing some nice fish. We are catching at least three to four a day over 13 inches and plenty of nice healthy 11 and 12 inch fish. We have also seen some real pigs this past week pushing two-pounds. Minnows under a slip bobber is still what they want. We are setting it about 30-inches deep or even shallower in the stained water.

We are heading into our best shallow crappie bite period and some real big crappie show up during this time frame. The jig bite under a cork is already starting up in the rivers and it won't be long before they will prefer it over minnows on the main lake. This next two months is by far the best crappie fishing we have on Lake Shelbyville so I am putting all my efforts into them and won't be doing any white bass fishing.

Steve Welch

Mercer Wisconsin Fishing and Hunting Reports & News by Tina Brunell

Fishing Update: Musky have been receiving the most attention lately and the action has continued to be good. The musky have been active at nearly all times of the day and most anglers were reporting some sort of action including short hits, follows, swirls, and a good number of catches as well. Artificial baits have still been producing some pretty good action, but live suckers have been getting more and more attention in the last two weeks. Bass fishing has continued to get more erratic on local waters, but some good action has been experienced on a couple of days. Soft plastics and jig/craw combinations continue to be the best baits, though rubber frogs over the thick weeds have also produced a few fish. Northern pike fishing has remained good, with the cool water temperatures continuing to favor this species. Spinner baits fished in or near any weeds has pro-vided some great action. Panfish success has been fair, with some bluegill, perch and crappie showing up along the deeper weed edges.

Hunting Update: Bow hunting opened up on September 14th and an unusually high number of bucks were brought in on opening weekend with antlers still in velvet. Some bear hunters reported difficulty in attracting bear to baits due to the heavy mast crop this year, although some large bear have been harvested. Turkey are prominent along the roadsides and fields and while waterfowl was reported as prevalent this year, the northern water-fowl opener had mixed results with wood ducks being the most seen bird.

Outdoor Events in Mercer during October

  • October 10-13th – Pumpkin Run ATV/UTV Rally. 11th Annual fall rally with great trail riding on over 250 miles of trails with variations of terrain. The rally features a parade, poker run, prizes, specials and great fall riding.
  • October 18-19th- Mercer Muskie Madness Challenge. Two day Muskie Tournament on 10 lakes along the Turtle River Chain including the Turtle Flambeau Flowage, with partial proceeds going to Wounded Warriors in Action teams. Cash prizes, awards and dinner included in registration.

Wausau Report from Lisa Berry, Wausau Tourism

On October 5, Bruce Johnson caught a 45" muskie on a bucktail spinner.  He was fsihing the Wisconson River  in Wausau Wisconsin.


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