Central Wisconsin Fishing Report – January 24th, 2014
DOOR PENINSULA AND KEWAUNEE AREA
Whitefish action has been absolutely fantastic along the whole peninsula. Some of the hot spots have been Sugar Creek, Henderson’s Point, Riley’s Point, Larson’s Reef, and from the Old Stone Quarry north to Sister Bay. Anywhere you find a rocky shoreline or reef with deep water close nearby, you will find whitefish. The best jigs have been Swedish Pimples, Jigging Rapalas, Hali Jigs, and Forage Minnows, just to name a few. Tip the jigs with minnow pieces, wax worms, spikes, or an assortment of Gulp. Perch action is still a bit slow, but now that some of the deeper water spots off of Chaudoir’s Dock north to Circle Ridge have frozen up nicely, the perch report will be more consistent. Other good areas are Little Sturgeon, Riley’s Bay, and Sawyer Harbor. Medium and large lake shiners, rosy reds, waxies, and spikes have been the best baits. The best method has been tip-up fishing or running the same types of jigs you would for whitefish and tip them the same. Walleye action is still very consistent – not huge numbers, but steady. The better areas continue to be Henderson’s Point and Sand Bay. Oddballs, Rapalas, Moonshine Shiver Minnows, and Buckshot Rattle Spoons tipped with large lake shiners are still the best. Pike action has been going OK in the Sturgeon Bay area and along the state park shoreline. Most fishermen have been having their best action fishing with golden shiners under tip-ups. Some reports of brown trout action have been coming in from northern Door County harbors from Egg Harbor north to Sister Bay. Lake shiners under tip-ups have been the best method.
Howie’s Tackle, (920) 746-9916.
Captain Paul’s Charter Fishing, (920) 421-0163.
Deprey’s Kwik Stop, (920) 866-2934.
Stevenson Pier, (920) 824-5222.
LA CROSSE AREA
Ice depths are at least 18 inches in most places, so access and lake travel is in good shape, but the action slowed a little last week. Still, guys using live bait are catching bass, northern pike, and perch. There have been some windows for crappies and bluegills, but that fishing has been tougher than it’s been all season. There is also about 45 minutes of a good walleye bite every night at the dams on Jigging Rapalas.
Schafer’s Boats, (608) 781-3100.
Bob’s Bait & Tackle, (608) 782-5552.
LAKE WINNEBAGO AREA
The area received 8 to 9 inches of snow early last week, but the clubs and local fishermen are keeping the main roads plowed. The storm calmed everything down, as far as fishing goes. Prior to that, anglers were catching a lot of crappies, white bass, and a few walleyes on Lake Poygan. Things should pick up again with the next stretch of stable weather.
Critter’s Wolf River Sports, (920) 582-0471.
Fox River Bait, (920) 233-7409.
Dutch’s, (920) 922-0311.
The crappie action remains consistent on the Petenwell Flowage, but the area received about 10 inches of snow early last week and anglers were getting stuck the first couple of days after the snow. Once the travel areas get packed down, things will be humming along again.
Sunrise Bait, (715) 886-5440.
Petenwell Sports, (608) 564 7707.