Central Wisconsin Fishing Report – April 5th, 2013


The ice conditions throughout the Door County peninsula are still excellent. Whitefish action continues throughout the whole Door County peninsula. Many limit catches are reported each day. An assortment of ice jigs tipped with wax worms, spikes, Gulp, and minnow pieces is still the way to go. Walleye fishing is really starting to ramp up and will continue all the way through ice-out. The hot spots are Henderson’s Point, Riley’s Bay, Sand Bay, and Sawyer Harbor. Odd Ball jigs, Jigging Rapalas, and Moonshine jigs tipped with shiners and fatheads are the best combos. Walleye fishing will just keep getting better as we move further into spring. Northern pike action is heating up. An angler reported a 47-inch, 25-pound pike recently caught. Little Sturgeon, Riley’s Bay, Sturgeon Bay, and some of the harbors north of the stone quarry are all very good areas. Large golden shiners and sucker minnows under tip-ups are the best methods. Brown trout fishing has been hit or miss as of late, but it should pick up with the warmer weather and as some run-off begins. The stone quarry north to Sister Bay is usually the best area for brown trout. Use golden shiners under tip-ups.
Deprey’s Kwik Stop, (920) 866-2934.
Stevenson Pier, (920) 824-5222.
Howie’s Tackle, (920) 746-9916.


Walleye fishing continues on the Fox River. Water clarity has improved and water temps have risen slightly. Walleyes are being caught on the channel edges south of the Hwy. 172 bridge to the dam. Brighter jigs tipped with large fatheads will produce fish. Gulp minnows also are a productive option. If you find dirty water, try jigging a blade-style bait. Don’t overlook throwing crankbaits in 6 to 8 feet of water, especially around sundown. With warmer weather on its way, the “icebergs” should be gone and trolling will be an option. Whitefish are being caught on jigs in 6 to 10 feet of water on both shores of the lower bay. Ice conditions will be changing daily, and the ice breakers will continue working to open the bay. In Brown County, ice conditions continue to be good, with 18 to 24 inches last week along the lower east shore of the bay up to the channel in Sturgeon Bay. Fishing pressure was low. A few fishermen were targeting whitefish, but caught low numbers along the lower east shore. They were using wax worms and fishing in about 15 to 21 feet of water. Anglers were reporting good ice conditions, but some ice is soft along the shoreline. The docks have been installed and are getting good use, with most fishermen targeting walleyes with jigs and minnows. Perch were being caught south of the Long Tail landing.
Smokey’s on the Bay Bait, Tackle and Guide Service, (920) 436-0600.


Snow melt and rains caused a sharp rise in water levels that brought many steelhead up area rivers. Areas near the Shoto and Mishicot dams have concentrations of fish. These stretches also have limited ice cover, unlike many portions of river that are unfishable because of ice. Anglers are catching fish with fly and spinning tackle. Use bright egg patterns, spawn sacs, or yarn flies. Fish are holding in deep holes or in areas near gravel. Because of the low temperatures last week, run-off was being locked back up into ice and water levels were receding daily. The number of steelhead also decreased. Some 30-inch-plus fish were caught. Fishing pressure was moderate to high. Ice fishing at Manitowoc Marina was still possible, with anglers successfully targeting steelhead and browns on tip-ups and jigging presentations. Fishing pressure was low at the marina. The stub piers in Manitowoc Marina were giving up a brown trout occasionally, though with the low temperatures, pressure is also low. Most fish being caught were browns from 3 to 5 pounds.
CUB Radio report, (920) 683-6816.

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