Walleye fishing picks up in Northeast Wisconsin

Jaime Rettler from Black Creek caught five walleyes Friday morning including this 28-inch whopper. (WLUK/Eric Peterson)
Jaime Rettler from Black Creek caught five walleyes Friday morning including this 28-inch whopper. (WLUK/Eric Peterson)

SHIOCTON - As the weather starts to get a little warmer, doing a little fishing may sound like a good idea.

The Wolf River near Shiocton was one the more active places to be.

The boat landing was jammed with fishermen Friday looking for one thing.

"I got five nice walleyes," said Jaime Rettler of Black Creek.

Rettler hit his limit on the Wolf River.

"This 28-incher took the cake for today. That helped me out a lot. But they all averaged about 23 inches. They were all nice fish," said Rettler.

Cody Leitermann and his party fished from a raft.

"The walleyes run up from the lower lakes and they go up to the marsh to spawn. Right now, we are on the faster side of the river. With the current, because they're coming back down," said Cody Leitermann of Shiocton.

He and his party caught three fish the night before, but he says that's all.

"The water is fairly high right now, usually gets pretty high," said Leitermann.

But the high water can bring safety concerns as well. The Wolf River was above flood stage Friday morning.

Boaters were asked to slow down.

"In this area, there are no wakes for safety. But there are other areas where it is not posted. There are people that live along there. You should be considerate of no wake. A lot of these woods are clearing out, where there's stumps and stuff floating down the river. As far as the bridge goes, small flat-bottom boats can go under with no problem. But you get your not-normal Wolf River fishing boats, they aren't going to clear it," said Shiocton Fire Chief Butch Bunnell.

Bunnell says there have been no safety incidents on the river in Shiocton for a couple of years.
Fishermen we talked to say they're just glad the ice is gone.

"It's been a long time waiting for this nice weather. Now these fish are coming out, so it's been great. If the weather stays like this, it's only going to get better," said Rettler.

Anglers say the walleye may be running for another week or two.

Next up are the sturgeon.

Those in the Shiocton area say that spawning there is going to be at least two weeks behind.