Central Wisconsin Fishing Report - February 22nd, 2013
DOOR PENINSULA AND KEWAUNEE AREA
Whitefish action is still excellent all along the Door County peninsula – from Egg Harbor south to Chaudoir’s Dock. Some of the favorite fishing spots have been Larson’s Reef, Henderson’s Point, Riley’s Point and Sugar Creek. Fishermen are reporting good action in 15 to 50 feet. Perch fishing has been good, with numerous limits reported. Chaudoir’s Dock, Little Sturgeon, Riley’s Bay, Sawyer Harbor and the inner bay of Sturgeon Bay are all producing nice catches of perch. Medium and large shiners and rosy red minnows under tip-ups have been working very well. An assortment of jigs tipped with minnows, waxies, spikes, and plastic baits are also producing. Northern pike action has been steady. Little Sturgeon, Riley’s Bay and Sturgeon Bay have been the most productive spots. Golden shiners and smelt under tip-ups has been the best bait. Bigger fish are still cruising in 15 to 25 feet. Walleye action has been a bit slow, but should be picking up very soon. Areas to concentrate on will be Larson’s Reef, High Cliff and the Potawatomi State Park shoreline. Odd Ball jigs, Jigging Rapalas and Moonshine Shiver Minnows have been the best jigs year in and year out. A few brown trout have been caught in and around the northern Door County harbors. Golden shiners and lake shiners under tip-ups have been the best method.
Deprey’s Kwik Stop, (920) 866-2934
Stevenson Pier, (920) 824-5222.
Howie’s Tackle, (920) 746-9916.
GREEN BAY/APPLETON AREA
On the west shore of Green Bay, perch are being caught in 7 to 10 feet of water. The perch have been active, but anglers have to sort through a fair amount of small fish to get keepers. The schools have been on the move, so be prepared to stay on the move, as well. Fathead minnows on tip-ups or on jigs have been producing the best results within a foot of the bottom.
On the Fox River, the bite has been slow. Jigging with minnows was producing some perch and the occasional walleye. Current is the key factor in catching fish.
On the east shore of Green Bay, the walleye bite has picked up. Key times are early morning and evenings in 8 to 14 feet of water. Work Jigging Rapalas tipped with a minnow head close to the bottom and set tip-ups with large emerald shiners. Whitefish can be found in 6 to 12 feet of water. The daytime bite has been steady, but the fish have been spooky. With the snow cover now, that should not be as much of a problem. Try to keep a distance between anglers, as well.
Smokey’s, (920) 436-0600.
LAKE WINNEBAGO AREA
Fishermen have been catching white bass, crappies and walleyes after the upriver sturgeon spearing season closed. The walleye action has been the best on the north or northeast side of the Horseshoe Hole on Lake Poygan. Guys were catching white bass and walleyes on spoons. Ice conditions are excellent; the launches are rutted, but they frozen over and in good shape.
Critter’s, (920) 582-0471.
Dutch’s, (920) 922-0311.
Fishermen are still doing very well on crappies on the Petenwell Flowage. They’re doing the best in about 14 feet of water and about 4 feet from the bottom. They’re using small red jigs tipped with waxies. Guys are catching a lot of walleyes, but they have been very small, so everyone is fishing crappies. Ice conditions are still fairly good. Guys are getting on at the Lure Bar and the Petenwell County Park. There is about 18 inches of ice. On the south end near the dam, the ice is pretty rough. There are several heaves down there.
Petenwell Sports, (608) 564 7707.