Trout, crappie action highlights spring fishing

Trout fishing is off to a good start — and may get better as streams start to drop — while crappies are moving closer to shore to spawn. “A lot of good reports on trout,” said John Grier at Whispering Pines Outpost on M-95. “Twelve and 13 inches, and I’ve heard of some bigger.”

“Crappies aren’t spawning yet, but they’re in shallow water,” offered Doug Whisler at Whisler Outdoors in Florence, Wis. “The water is still cold. Walleye fishing is spotty and they’re catching a few northern pike and some bass.” To the south, walleye continue to be caught on the Menominee, Peshtigo and Oconto rivers, but action has slowed. Suckers, northern pike, perch and muskies were also reported as species caught, according to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

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