Central Wisconsin Fishing Report – October 17th, 2013
DOOR PENINSULA AND KEWAUNEE AREA
When the wind allows it, the salmon fishing out of all ports has been fantastic for nice 2- and 3-year-old kings. Fish 120 feet out to about 250 feet and in the top 80 feet. Green, aqua, and frog flies behind chrome and white flashers have been working well. The salmon fishing in the Sturgeon Bay ship canal also has been providing lots of action. There have been quite a few reports of some good action for salmon and browns coming in from most of the marinas in northern Door. Pike action is very good throughout the peninsula. Some of the better areas have been the ship canal, the Potawatomi shoreline, areas on the flats, Sawyer Harbor and Sherwood Point, and Little Sturgeon, including Henderson’s Point. Bass fishing is still going well when the weather permits. The fish are moving into their fall patterns, so fish deep structure, deep shoreline drops, and off-shore islands and shoals. Perch fishing is still going well from Sturgeon Bay all the way down past the Chaudoir’s Dock area. Pick your spots according to the wind. Some of the better areas have been areas along the Potawatomi shoreline, Sawyer Harbor, areas on the flats, Sand Bay, Riley’s Bay, and the deep water off of Chaudoir’s north to Henderson’s point. Walleye action has been slowed due to the wind, but it’s expected the day and night bite will pick right back up like it usually does in October. Areas to try would be south of Chaudoir’s Dock toward Bay Shore Park, Henderson’s Point, Larson’s Reef, Sherwood Point, Monument shoals, Hat Island, Chambers Island, and Sister Bay.
Howie’s Tackle, (920) 746-9916.
Deprey’s Kwik Stop, (920) 866-2934.
Stevenson Pier, (920) 824-5222.
GREEN BAY/APPLETON AREA
In Brown County, fishing pressure was moderate with a few anglers looking for walleyes. Most were mainly targeting muskies, but with little success. A few northern pike and a catfish were released. On the Suamico River, fishing pressure was higher as anglers looked for muskies. A handful were caught from 42 inches to 53.5 inches, and all were released. A few northern pike, a sheepshead, and a lake sturgeon were all released. At Bayshore Park, fishing activity was low to moderate. Most anglers were looking for perch and walleyes.
Shawano County is quickly turning to full colors. The perfect fall weather had made the outdoors the place to be. Fishing has been good, with successful fishermen having most water bodies to themselves. Goose hunters are having some success with local flocks as fields are harvested. Duck hunters are still focusing on local woodies and mallards. Bowhunters are having good success with many archers harvesting nice bucks. Most bowhunters are seeing plenty of deer and are still waiting for the big one. Small-game hunters are enjoying good success.
Smokey’s on the Bay Bait, Tackle and Guide Service, (920) 436-0600.
LAKE WINNEBAGO AREA
Outagamie County archers have been reporting seeing a good number of deer. Goose hunters are beginning to have much more success with the increase in corn being harvested. The fish bite on Lake Winnebago continues to be slow, but anglers are still catching a variety of fish species on the Fox River.
Critter’s Wolf River Sports, (920) 582-0471.
Fox River Bait, (920) 233-7409.
Dutch’s Trading Post, (920) 922-0311.
MANITOWOC/TWO RIVERS AREA
At the Manitowoc ramps, anglers targeted trout and salmon and did report some success. One group of anglers caught a couple of rainbow trout and a couple of kings in 150 to 200 feet of water. Another group reported catching a few lake trout and a couple of kings in 230 feet of water. On the Manitowoc River, fishing activity remains high, with anglers fishing all the way up to the dam in Clarks Mills. The highest concentration of anglers continues to be in Manitou Park and near the Mill Street bridge.