Great Lakes: Fox muskie, walleye bite to heat up

After a couple days of fierce north winds, lighter breezes and colder temperatures could heat up the Fox River and lower Green Bay muskie and walleye fishing. Pressure could be fairly heavy once the winds settle.

The Oconto, Peshtigo and Menominee rivers are offering mixed bags of salmon, trout, panfish, bass and walleyes, with an occasional pike or muskie hooked. Areas below dams, near islands or around the river mouths are popular.

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Low water levels and the lateness of the run mean very few chinook salmon are being legally hooked in Lake Michigan rivers. A few fresher-run cohos and browns have been caught on spawn.

When it's not too windy, brown and lake trout have been caught from nearshore to 2 miles out off Door, Kewaunee and Manitowoc ports while 2- and 3-year size chinooks and rainbow trout were hitting 3 to 8 miles offshore.

Yellow perch, walleyes and pike are available from Dyckesville to Sturgeon Bay. Perch anglers have been sorting through multiple small fish for each keeper.

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» By the time the last chinook is cleaned out of the Strawberry Creek pond near Sturgeon Bay today, it's likely to be one of more than 5,000 salmon handled there this month. DNR crews will have all the eggs they need for hatcheries after today, so the facility will be shut down for the season.

— Kevin Naze,

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