Central Wisconsin Fishing Report – March 8th, 2013
DOOR PENINSULA AND KEWAUNEE AREA
Whitefish action continues to stay hot with tons of fish being caught. Sugar Creek, Chaudoir’s Dock, Henderson’s Point, Larson’s Reef and the rocky, steep shoreline and shoals north of Sturgeon Bay all have been great spots. A wide assortment of jigs tipped with waxies, spikes, Gulp, Impulse and minnow pieces have been the best baits. Perch action has been very good – from Chaudoir’s Dock north to Sturgeon Bay fishermen have been reporting very good action in deep water, along with some good catches of nice fish in shallow bays. Shiners under tip-ups are working well, along with an assortment of jigs tipped with artificial baits, waxies, spikes and minnows. Walleye action is starting to heat up a bit now. Henderson’s Point, Sand Bay and the inner bay of Sturgeon Bay have been fairly good as of late. Odd Ball jigs and Jigging Rapalas are still the favorite. The walleyes will soon start getting ready for the spawn and become more active out in front of their prime spawning areas. Pike action has been a little slower, but we do anticipate that bite to pick up in the near future. Go-to spots include Little Sturgeon, Sawyer Harbor, Potawatomi State Park shoreline and the Sturgeon Bay shipping canal. More and more brown trout have been iced lately. The northern Door County harbors have been the hot spots. Golden shiners under tip-ups still are the fishermen’s favorite
Algoma Area Chamber of Commerce hotline, (800) 626-3090.
Deprey’s Kwik Stop, (920) 866-2934
Stevenson Pier, (920) 824-5222.
Howie’s Tackle, (920) 746-9916.
GREEN BAY/APPLETON AREA
Fishing pressure at Voyageur Park was moderate to heavy last week, with walleyes and whitefish being the main interest of anglers. Jigging with spoons and Rattlin Raps tipped with minnows or wax worms were the favored tactics. Perch fishing has been hit or miss at Sunset Beach, with most fishermen plying their trade in 7 to 9 feet of water with jigs and minnows or wax worms. Perch are still being caught in 7 to 10 feet of water in the Suamico area. Lots of smaller fish are being caught, but if you put your time in you can fill a limit of eaters. There has been some walleye success at dusk off of Geano’s Reef; try large shiners on tip-ups. The Fox River bite continues to be slow. Jigging with minnows was producing perch and smaller walleyes. Current is the key factor in catching fish. It appears that the big walleye run will not happen until open water is here.
On the east shore, whitefish are still active in 6 to 12 feet of water. A camera or flasher is a must, as they do have to be coaxed into biting at times. Try jigging gold Custom Mold & Tackle spoons off the bottom with the single plain hook about 10 to 14 inches above and topped with a waxie. The walleye bite is slow, but steady. Key times are early morning and evenings in 8 to 14 feet of water. Work Jigging Rapalas tipped with a minnow head close to the bottom and set tip-ups with large emerald shiners. Perch are being caught in 8 to 17 feet of water.
Smokey’s on the Bay Bait, Tackle and Guide Service, (920) 436-0600
LA CROSSE AREA
Anglers are fishing below the Genoa dam in boats for walleyes and perch, and the action is hotter than a pistol. They’re mostly jigging. Others are fishing Lake Onalaska through the ice. Action at Stoddard is starting to pick up. Pink is working for all of the panfish. Use rosie reds for perch. Anglers might be able to get a boat in at Dresbach in a week or two. Expect all ice fishing to be as good as it can be for the next two weeks.
Schafer’s Boats, (608) 781-3100.
Bob’s Bait & Tackle, (608) 782-5552.
LAKE WINNEBAGO AREA
Anglers are focusing on white bass on Lake Winnebago and were having good luck last week south of High Cliff State Park on the east shore.
Critter’s, (920) 582-0471.
Fox River Bait, (920) 233-7409.
Dutch’s, (920) 922-0311