Central Wisconsin Fishing Report – December 28th, 2012


While ice fishermen are waiting for cold weather and getting their gear ready, open-water fishermen are still enjoying the great fishing throughout the county. Walleye action has been fair to good as of late. The few fishermen that have been out have reported decent catches off of Henderson’s Point, Larson’s Reef, Sherwood Point, and most of the shoreline and off-shore structure north of Sturgeon Bay. Crankbaits have been the best bait.
Bass fishing is still going strong north of Sturgeon Bay. Fishermen report catching giant smallmouths in anywhere from 15 to 50 feet of water. Drop-shot rigs, blade baits, tubes, grubs, and live bait are all working well for those big bass that are beefing up for the winter.
Perch fishing has been phenomenal. Unfortunately, most fishermen have their boats put away, but the fishermen who are still getting out are finding beautiful fish, with many limits being caught. The Sturgeon Bay ship canal, the Flats, Sawyer Harbor, and the Little Sturgeon area south to Chaudoir’s Dock have all been productive spots. Minnows and wax worms have been the best baits to use.
Pike action is still good. Sturgeon Bay south to Little Sturgeon has been the best place to go. The bigger fish seem to be coming from the deeper drop-offs along the shorelines and out in front of the bays. Trolling large crankbaits has been the best method.
Some fishermen who just can’t wait for ice for whitefish have been venturing out to their favorite ice-fishing spots by boat and are doing well by jigging wax worms and minnows on ice-fishing jigs.
Brown trout action is very good for trollers and shore fishermen. Most of the harbors north of Sturgeon Bay have seen action on nice-sized browns. Trolling crankbaits and Mauler spoons and casting with Cleos and Krocodile spoons have been the best methods. Fishermen fishing with spawn have been taking their fair share, too.
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.


There wasn’t much ice around northeastern Wisconsin last week, but fishermen who still had their boats out were catching crappies on the Fox River up toward the De Pere dam. Landings were still ice-free as of Dec. 18. There was no ice on Shawano Lake or the Machickanee Flowage.
Smokey’s on the Bay Bait, Tackle and Guide Service, (920) 436-0600.


Fishermen are waiting for ice, which was severely lacking last week. There was maybe an inch of ice on some of the backwaters. A few guys are fishing for walleyes, sauger, and perch on open water at the dams on the Mississippi River.
Schafer’s Boats, (608) 781-3100.
Bob’s Bait & Tackle, (608) 782-5552.


There was no ice on the south end of Lake Winnebago as of Dec. 17. Anglers in the Fond du Lac area were fishing for perch from the docks at Lakeside Park, but fishing was slow. They’re waiting for ice.
Critter’s Wolf River Sports, (920) 582-0471.
Fox River Bait, (920) 233-7409.
Dutch’s Trading Post, (920) 922-0311.


There was no ice on the Petenwell Flowage as of Dec. 18. The flowage should start making ice, though, if the forecasts are accurate. No one had been fishing open water.
Sunrise Bait & Tackle, (715) 886-5440.
Petenwell Sports, (608) 564 7707.

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