Central Wisconsin Fishing Report – April 19th, 2012
DOOR PENINSULA AND KEWAUNEE AREA
Trout seem to be running in the Kewaunee River, but not the other Kewaunee County rivers or creeks just yet. Quite a few rainbow trout and a brown trout have been taken out of the Kewaunee near Footbridge and Bruemmer Park on spawn sacs. White suckers were also taken off of Hwy. E. The Kewaunee River has been pretty high with brown, murky waters and a moderate flow. On the Ahnapee River, fishing pressure was extremely low. Water was slow moving and was a dark, rusty color. There was no fishing pressure on the shores.
For Door County ice fishing, walleye action has been exceptional, with many giants being caught. The biggest fish we saw was just under 14 pounds. Sand Bay, Henderson’s Point and Sawyer Harbor have been hot. Whitefish action continues throughout Door County, but use extreme caution. A few groups of fishermen had to be rescued off of the ice recently due to cracks opening up. The ice will move with the wind and fishermen have to be aware of that.
For Door County open-water fishing, anglers are rushing to get their boats set up now that the launch in Sturgeon Bay is open. Some fishermen have found good brown trout action along Lake Michigan shorelines north and south of Sturgeon Bay by trolling crankbaits or spoons behind planer boards in 4 to 15 feet of water. Pike fishermen have been doing well in the ship canal on crankbaits, spoons, and live bait.
Deprey’s Kwik Stop, (920) 866-2934
Stevenson Pier, (920) 824-5222.
Howie’s Tackle, (920) 746-9916.
GREEN BAY/APPLETON AREA
It was very windy last week and that slowed fishing effort. Along the lower west shore of Green Bay, there is plenty of ice, but more snow is melting on top. The Fox River was very busy last week with boat anglers and shore fishermen. Anglers were targeting walleyes, but the numbers were low. The main baits used were jigs and minnows, various colors of Rapalas, other styles of crankbaits (chartreuse and green), and various plastics (purple).
Smokey’s on the Bay Bait, Tackle and Guide Service, (920) 436-0600
LA CROSSE AREA
Even with snow on the ground, tom turkeys are gobbling and active at dawn. The birds were just showing signs of breaking out of their winter flocks last week. Walleye fishing on the Mississippi River has slowed a little due to rising water levels and the cool down of the water from snow-melt.
Schafer’s Boats, (608) 781-3100.
Bob’s Bait & Tackle, (608) 782-5552.
LAKE WINNEBAGO AREA
Lake Winnebago fishermen are in a state of flux at the moment – the big lake is opening up, but there was still a lot of ice as of last week. Wind was blowing the ice around and creating “shoves” on shore in some places. Call ahead.
Critter’s, (920) 582-0471.
Fox River Bait, (920) 233-7409.
Dutch’s, (920) 922-0311
MANITOWOC/TWO RIVERS AREA
The most productive steelhead fishing continues to be on the West Twin River, with many fish holding up by Shoto dam. Silver Creek, Little Manitowoc River, East Twin River, and Branch River are all holding steelhead in fair numbers. Water levels are high; use caution when wading. The Manitowoc River has high and fast water, making many areas unfishable. Cato Falls on the Manitowoc River, which usually holds some trout and northern at this time of the year, is a roaring whitewater presently and would be difficult to fish. Successful anglers are fishing tributaries with spawn and spawn imitating flies and lures fished under floats. Smaller spinners and spoons are also starting to get a reaction from fish. Some brown trout have also been taken on the West Twin River. Pier and harbor fishing in Manitowoc and Two Rivers has been slow overall. A few browns and channel catfish have been caught on bottom presentations. Browns have also been caught on spoons.
CUB Radio report, (920) 683-6816.
Cub Radio Sport Fishing Hotline, (800) 236-9978, ext 124.