Central Wisconsin Fishing Report – November 29th, 2012


In Kewaunee County, the county now has an accessible deer blind for disabled hunters on the Buzz Besadny Wildlife Area off Hickory Lane, in the town of West Kewaunee. Local sportsmen’s clubs, including Kewaunee Hunting and Fishing Club, Carlton Hunting and Fishing Club, Muskrat City Sportsmen’s Club, Kewaunee Duck’s Unlimited Chapter, Whitetails Unlimited, and Gone Fishing Charters all donated money to assist with purchasing supplies.
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.


In Oconto County, the rut in northern Oconto County was in full swing last week. Hunters wishing to hunt Managed Forest Lands open to the public should first talk with the landowner or local forester to ensure they are on lands that are open to the public. Waterfowl hunting on Green Bay slowed with last weekend’s weather. Due to the strong west winds, getting out of a number of the west shore landings was difficult at best. There are a large number of tundra swans on the bay. Large numbers of mallards also are being seen. Perch fishing in Oconto continues to produce limits of nice fish if the angler is willing to sort through some smaller fish. Minnows seem to be the preferred bait.
In Shawano County, many deer have been hit by cars, so drivers need to be cautious and slow down, especially at dusk. The deer are running because of the rut and plenty of deer can be seen in area fields. Waterfowl hunting has been exceptional, with large flocks of ducks and geese working area cornfields. There are still a couple of diehard small-game hunters out having good success when hunting for grouse and pheasants. Even some fishermen seem to be having luck on area waters.
Smokey’s on the Bay Bait, Tackle and Guide Service, (920) 436-0600.


In La Crosse and Vernon counties, deer rutting behavior has peaked, but bucks remain very active. Less chasing is occurring, as bucks are tending receptive does. Favorable weather conditions have resulted in excellent raccoon hunting. Many raccoon hunters have reported successful harvests so far this season, especially of adult raccoons.
Schafer’s Boats, (608) 781-3100.
Bob’s Bait & Tackle, (608) 782-5552.


Fall hunting maps for the Buckhorn State Park, Buckhorn Wildlife Area, and Yellow River Wildlife Area are available on the park website, in the park office, and outside the office by the bulletin board in the map box. The 1,200 acres of the park north of Hwy. G and north of 31st Street are open for gun deer hunting. Park stickers are required for parking on roads adjacent to the park.
Sunrise Bait & Tackle, (715) 886-5440.
Petenwell Sports, (608) 564 7707.

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