Central Wisconsin Fishing Report – January 10th, 2014


The whitefish action is picking up. Henderson’s Point is the No. 1 spot now, in 15 to 45 feet along the rocky drop-off. Riley’s Bay and Larson’s Reef also are going to be good spots. Be careful trying to get out to Larson’s Reef. Perch fishing hasn’t really kicked in just yet because a lot of guys are still a little nervous about getting out to best perch spots. In the meantime, they’ve been picking up some scattered catches in the Little Sturgeon area, Sawyer Harbor, and in Riley’s Bay. The walleye action has been pretty steady the past two or three weeks at Henderson’s Point and Sand Bay, with jigging working the best for them. Pike action has been fair in Little Sturgeon, Riley’s Bay, and the shipping channel. As a side note, guys caught and released a couple of 50-pound sturgeon and large muskies in Green Bay last week.
Howie’s Tackle, (920) 746-9916.
Deprey’s Kwik Stop, (920) 866-2934.
    Stevenson Pier, (920) 824-5222.


The fishing on Lake Poygan has been good all winter for walleyes, white bass, and crappies. Poygan has good ice, with 17 to 20 inches in spots, but there are a couple of thin spots, so be careful. Lake Winnebago has decent ice, too, with the exception of a bad spot with thin ice about 6 miles out from Oshkosh. Guys have been catching panfish in the bays on Winnebago, but action on the main lake has been off to a slow start because there are not roads or bridges out yet. Only experienced anglers are getting out south of Oshkosh, where there is a long east-west crack. Overall, the fishing has been very good this year.
Critter’s, (920) 582-0471.
    Fox River Bait, (920) 233-7409.
    Dutch’s, (920) 922-0311.


Crappies are biting like crazy on the Petenwell. This is the second winter in a row that crappie action has been above average. Anglers have been catching a lot of crappies up to 13 inches, and a few 15-inchers. They’re averaging about 12 inches. The best fishing has been in the river channel. Sometimes they’re very fussy and don’t want any movement; sometimes they like a lot of motion. The walleye action hasn’t been too bad, either, with most catches coming on tip-ups along the river channel.
    Petenwell Sports, (608) 564 7707.

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