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Fishing WisconsinLake Superior Outdoor Fishing Report – April 23, 2020

Fishing reports will be updated based on availability of field reports and work schedules of field staff.

REMINDER - Anglers must carry a paper copy of their license/stamps while fishing on the waters of Lake Michigan, Lake Superior, and the WI/MI, WI/MN and WI/IA boundary waters.

Chequamegon Bay:

Open-water fishing has begun in Chequamegon Bay, although water temperatures are still relatively cold. Good shallow-water trolling for Brown Trout, Splake, and Coho Salmon exists during this time of year around Long Island, Houghton Point, and the Washburn shoreline. A few anglers have been targeting Northern Pike in nearshore wetland areas. Walleye and Smallmouth Bass fishing should pick up gradually as water temperature increases in the next few weeks.

Apostle Islands:

Excellent trolling occurs in this region during the early spring as the ice leaves the lake and water temperatures begin to rise slowly. Anglers can catch Brown Trout, Splake, Coho Salmon, and maybe even a Lake Trout during this time of year by targeting shallow areas and pockets of warmer water.

Western Arm:

Good trolling exists when conditions allow in the Western Arm region of the lake. Anglers can target Coho Salmon, Brown Trout, and Lake Trout in shallower water during this time of year.

Bois Brule River:

Steelhead run continues and includes fresh fish from Lake Superior and holdovers from last fall. Some brown trout out-migrating after spawning last fall. Water temperatures rising slowly and steadily so far this season. Watch for slippery banks near river edges. Fishing season is open from U.S. Highway 2 downstream to Lake Superior.

Flag, Cranberry, Sioux Rivers and Fish Creek:

Steelhead runs continue, with few out-migrating brown trout. Water temperatures rising slowly and steadily so far this season. Check fishing regulations for open fishing season boundaries.

Last revised: Thursday April 23 2020