Central Wisconsin Fishing Report – November 16th, 2012


There are still a few salmon hanging around the harbors from Sturgeon Bay, north to Sister Bay and south to Algoma, and there’s been some good action coming on the Ahnapee River. Spawn sacs, spoons, and plugs are all taking fish. Northern pike action continues at Sturgeon Bay, Little Sturgeon, and Riley’s Bay. Trolling and casting large crankbaits, spoons, and spinnerbaits and soaking suckers have been the best methods. Walleye action has been better at night than during the day. Trolling the reefs, humps, and shoreline drop-offs has been the best. Suspending crankbaits in an assortment of colors, along with some diving crankbaits, have worked well. Bass fishing continues along the whole peninsula. Sister Bay, Gills Rock, and Washington Island have been producing some of the biggest fish. Soaking suckers on circle hooks seems to be the most productive method. Chartreuse and white spinnerbaits and drop-shotting are other good methods. Perch fishing has been fair to good. Sturgeon Bay, Sawyer Harbor, Little Sturgeon, and Chaudoir’s have been good spots.
Algoma Area Chamber of Commerce hotline, (800) 626-3090.
Deprey’s Kwik Stop, (920) 866-2934.
Stevenson Pier Mini Mart, (920) 824-5222.
Howie’s Tackle, (920) 746-9916.


Perch were biting on Lake Onalaska last week. The perch have been right on the bottom. A few guys also are catching suspended crappies on the lake. The weather has been too warm to move ducks around. There are tons of ducks in the refuge, but there is no need for them to fly.
Schafer’s Boats, (608) 781-3100.
Bob’s Bait & Tackle, (608) 782-5552.


Bowhunters have been crushing the bucks. The rut is on and guys have been seeing a lot of activity, with bucks coming into decoys and following does. Anglers are catching crappies in the channels on live bait. Duck hunting has tapered off as the rut has picked up.
Critter’s Wolf River Sports, (920) 582-0471.
Fox River Bait, (920) 233-7409.
Dutch’s Trading Post, (920) 922-0311


Interest in fishing has slacked off as sportsmen turn their attention to bowhunting for deer. Several large bucks have come in during the past week. In some areas, there are quite a few deer, but other areas have lighter numbers, so hunters have to spend some time looking around. The bucks started chasing does last week. Bays on the Petenwell froze over with light ice last week, so duck hunters had some difficulty getting around. Those who had bigger boats that could break the ice found plenty of ducks.
Sunrise Bait, (715) 886-5440.
Petenwell Sports, (608) 564 7707.

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