Northern Wisconsin: 8-15-2023
Overall the bite has been good in Northern Wisconsin and water temps are still in the mid-seventies on most of our lakes.
Anglers can expect to catch walleyes on Jigging Raps, swimbaits, and slip bobbers. Most the fish can be found on deep structure near bait. Target depths between twenty and thirty feet of water.
The smallmouth bass bite has been really good in fifteen to twenty feet of water. Look for bass on rock piles and rocky points. Finesse presentations seem to be working best. Ned rigs and drop-shots have accounted for a majority of our fish.
Crappies can be found out in the mud flats in eighteen to twenty five feet of water. Small spoons, jigs, and small Jigging Raps are all producing crappies. That bite is just getting started and should only get better.
On Lake Superior the walleyes are still really spread out. We haven’t had enough wind to concentrate those fish. You can still catch fish, but you really have to cover some water. Stickbaits in twenty to twenty-five feet of water continue to be the best presentation. Pinks, greens, and purple have been the better colors lately.
Don’t be surprised if you pick up a smaller laker or two trolling for walleyes.
Good luck to all those fishing the Hayward, Wisconsin area this week and over the weekend!
- Jeff Evans
Northern Wisconsin Fishing Guide