Central Wisconsin Fishing Report – January 25th, 2013


The ice conditions throughout the Door County Peninsula are still sketchy due to the lack of cold weather. The inner bay of Little Sturgeon still has been one of the few safe spots to fish. Fishermen are reporting lots of action for perch – lots of smaller fish, but if you put in the time, you should be able to catch a limit of nice perch. Lake shiners, rosy red minnows, and wax worms have been working the best. Pike action has been good in Little Sturgeon; golden shiners under tip-ups have been the best bait. Cold weather is finally here – for a little while, at least– and anglers hope to see some other spots safely freeze up so they have more to report.
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.


Brown County anglers at Voyageur Park are reporting about 4 inches of ice on the Fox River. Whitefish, perch, and walleyes were being taken. Jigging with wax worms and minnows has been working well. Anglers at Sunset Beach have been targeting perch and northern pike. Fishing has been a bit slow. Earlier this month, multiple people were rescued from a floating piece of ice after it broke off from shore. Green Bay continues to be open, leaving very few places where the ice is accessible. People are urged to stay off what ice is there until normal winter temperature conditions return. The ice is going to need multiple days of below-freezing temperatures to be ready for foot traffic.
In Shawano County, ice conditions are getting better with the cold, but folks are cautioned to be careful, as ice thicknesses are variable.
Smokey’s on the Bay Bait, Tackle and Guide Service, (920) 436-0600.


Lake Winnebago is back to making ice after high winds and rain. However, officials warn anglers to use extreme caution before venturing out. With recent unusually high daytime temperatures, ice anglers were seeing reduced solid ice on which to fish. Ice heaves and large cracks have formed, making traversing the ice dangerous in some locations. The ice started firming up nicely on area lakes and river backwaters last week once some colder weather returned. Some catches of panfish are being taken.
Critter’s, (920) 582-0471.
Fox River Bait, (920) 233-7409.
Dutch’s Trading Post, (920) 922-0311.


Ice fishing on the tributaries in Kewaunee County has been fairly good despite poor ice conditions. Anglers have had good luck catching steelhead and brown trout on the Ahnapee River near the Fourth Street bridge in Algoma and the Kewaunee River near the bridges on Hwys. E, C, and F.
CUB Radio report, (920) 683-6816.
Cub Radio Sport Fishing Hotline, (800) 236-9978, ext 124.

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