Peshtigo River, Marinette County

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5/16/16 @ 10:59 AM
Connor Ebben
Connor Ebben
USER since 7/28/13

and check your pm

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5/15/16 @ 3:42 PM
andreindy3
andreindy3
USER since 9/2/13

Positive it is the Peshtigo. Thanks for the info!

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5/15/16 @ 12:42 PM
EvanTLeahy24
EvanTLeahy24
USER since 1/30/08

Are you sure you're not thinking of the oconto river? Either way you'll be fishing for smallmouth bass. You can find em anywhere and use just about anything for them. I like casting shallow diving (squarebill) crawfish colored cranks at rocky shorelines. Good luck

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5/15/16 @ 9:55 AM
andreindy3
andreindy3
USER since 9/2/13

Hello all. I don't want to the be the fisherman who asks for advice and draws the ire of the locals. So my apologies in advance.My wife took the initiative to get ourselves away from Waukesha over Memorial Day weekend for my birthday. We will be staying at Riverview Condos....same stretch of river as Dockside Bar and Grill according to Google Maps. Never been to Peshtigo before. She is graciously allowing me to bring my Kayak. She is ungraciously limiting how much of my garage I can bring with us on this trip. Honest to goodness, I love that woman and she knows I don't get out often. But I will be limited to how many rods, reels, boxes I can stuff into the car. And when I am going somewhere I don't know, I tend to hedge my lack of experience by packing every lure I have ever owned, including those bought with paper route money back in 1985. Reading on this thread going backwards, I see info on walleye runs, and then not much?

Is there anyone willing to give some friendly advice based on where I am staying so I can plan/pack appropriately? I can't travel too far. Not eating anything. And fish species doesn't matter. If you all say I could have fun in a spot catching carp, then carp it will be. 

Sorry for the long post. In all honesty, this post is for my wife. She surprised me with the trip because she knows I work hard and don't get out. Seeing me try to catch fish (she doesn't know the difference in fish species) will make her feel good for doing a good deed. 

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4/22/16 @ 7:51 PM
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Polski
Polski
MEMBER since 5/11/03

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Full Moon
Drove past the dam today in town, nice sunny afternoon and two cars in the parking lot, yep it's done.

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4/22/16 @ 4:29 PM
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Aquarius Man
Aquarius Man
USER since 5/29/14

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Full Moon
Smallmouth have moved in.

Walleyes have moved out.

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4/21/16 @ 10:30 PM
bigminner
bigminner
USER since 1/11/10
I haven't fished the Peshtigo since Sunday but it seemed to be winding down to me. Legally hooked more sturgeon than walleyes on Sunday afternoon (and don't worry I know there is no season to legally target sturgeon in right now). Went to the viewing area Wednesday afternoon and it was all suckers and sturgeon. I am sure someone is still "killing them" on the river but I would move onto the next target personally.

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4/21/16 @ 6:30 PM
BASS SLAYER 74
BASS SLAYER 74
USER since 6/22/12
Are there still walleyes to be caught is what I'm asking. Had about 10 walleyes both days last weekend

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4/21/16 @ 4:12 PM
snatcher
snatcher
USER since 2/26/12
what do you consider fairly well ?

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4/21/16 @ 9:29 AM
BASS SLAYER 74
BASS SLAYER 74
USER since 6/22/12
Was up last weekend and did fairly well on the walleyes down stream from the dam just wondering if it would be worth another trip up this weekend or if the walleyes are all heading back to the bay

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4/19/16 @ 7:35 PM
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slotfish
slotfish
USER since 4/20/15

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Waxing Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Snowing

AIR TEMP
36° - 40° F

WATER TEMP
Below 40° F
First time fishing this area, 4-12-16 thru 4-14-16. 4-12 Tues was sunny, cold, and slow fishing. 8 hours 5 walleye, all pre-spawn fish. All looked the same 24 - 28 inch fish. 4-13 Wed. snow and rain first half of day. Did not get on the water until 1 pm. Water temp. had risen several degrees to 40-41, in some areas. No fish caught this day. 4-14 Thurs. fished a half day 8 am to noon, 3 fish, 2 28 inch walleye and a 40 inch northern. Number 6 rippin raps fire tiger color, and chartreuse ring worms caught all the fish. 8 to 12 foot of water, out from the mouths of the Peshtigo & Oconto rivers produced fish.

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4/19/16 @ 6:40 PM
Dan12
Dan12
USER since 1/15/12
Thanks for clarifying Little Dufek. I chatted with the dnr last night and they confirmed long nose suckers aren't endangered so I jumped the gun with my post. My bad. Sounds like blue suckers are the only ones endangered. Blush

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4/19/16 @ 10:44 AM
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Aquarius Man
Aquarius Man
USER since 5/29/14

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Waxing Gibbous
I would tend to agree with you, Skippy Lou, there is nothing wrong with Ted's post. And as a matter of full disclosure, I am a guide as well. There is no doubt this was an unusual season, but every spring presents new challenges up here, this one was no different in that sense. I spend most of my time well down river, but Ted's post seems to be right on from what I have seen personally.

I was on the river for the first time, March 13th, dodging ice flows. No fish that day, but I got the info I was looking for. The next time back was the 20th of March. From then until my last trip on Saturday, 16th of April, I was on the water 20 days. We caught fish everyday. One of our best days was back in March, on the 29th, with 25 fish.

It was a good spring, different, but good. And frankly, it isn't over yet, but you can't believe what a guide says.

I would listen to the guys at the landing that tell you "the fish aren't biting" or "aren't in the river yet" or "the run is over."

Aquarius Man

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4/19/16 @ 12:54 AM
little dufek
little dufek
USER since 1/20/03
Nice catch Dan. I don't think they are endangered but they are a rare catch. Once the spawn is done they head back to the abyss and it's another year before you see them. I got this one last week out there. The males get pretty cool looking at peak.

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4/18/16 @ 7:37 PM
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Dan12
Dan12
USER since 1/15/12

MOON PHASE (89%)
Waxing Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
71° - 75° F

WATER TEMP
56° - 60° F
Was out this weekend for the walleye run and something strange happened in our boat. We started catching suckers while walleye fishing (no surprise there), but some of the suckers looked considerably different than the others. My brother, who is pictured with one of the suckers, told me that we were catching longnose suckers thought to be on the endangered species list. They had quite a bit more slime than the white suckers and a reddish stripe along the shoulders. Long story short, we caught about 5 of them making us think they are making a big comeback. Also caught a dandy 28" eye and had a great time enjoying the sun.

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