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Central Wisconsin Fishing Report - February 5th, 2016


Whitefish action continues to stay strong and improve as fishermen are starting to venture out to some of the deeper-water spots. With that said, the ice conditions still vary in many spots, and keep in mind that some ice breaking was going on recently, which means the shipping channel was open and allowing the ice to move quite a bit. Fish with a buddy and use extreme caution. Try the Henderson’s Point area, out in front of Little Sturgeon, Riley’s Point, and Riley’s Bay out in some deeper water, the Sand Bay area, and spots to the north of the Old Stone Quarry up to Egg Harbor. 

Even though fishermen havn’t been able to get out to some of those deep-water spots to the south of Henderson’s Point and Chaudoir’s Dock, there have been some nice catches of perch reported. Try Little Sturgeon and Riley’s Bay, along with some areas in Sturgeon Bay and Sawyer Harbor. A variety of jigs tipped with minnows, minnow heads, and wax worms have been working, as have lake shiners and rosy reds suspended under tip-ups.

Pike fishing has been going well as of late. The better areas have been the Little Sturgeon area, Riley’s Bay, and the Sturgeon Bay area, including the Potawatomi Park shoreline. The best method has been suspending golden shiners and suckers under tip-ups. There are a bunch of smaller fish around, which is nice to see, but there have been a handful of upper 30-inchers and even a few 40-inch-plus fish.

Walleye action continues to stay fairly consistent. The Larson’s Reef area is difficult to get to because of the shoved-up ice and rough ice, but some of the shoreline drops are still producing some good fish. Odd’ball jigs, Rapala Jigs, and Moonshine Shiver Minnows are still the top jigs. Tipping your jigs with minnows and minnow heads can help at times.

Howie’s Tackle, (920) 746-9916

Algoma Chamber of Commerce, (920) 487-3090


Ice conditions vary greatly around Lake Winnebago. Clubs do not yet have bridges out on the west side of the lake because of some iffy conditions. Local lake watchers expect the ice to be fine in time for the sturgeon-spearing season on Saturday, Feb. 13. There is some pretty decent ice going as long as warmer forecasts don’t bring rain. There is plenty of ice on Butte des Morts and Poygan.

Critter’s, (920) 582-0471

Fox River Bait, (920) 233-7409

Dutch’s, (920) 922-0311


Lake Necedah has been producing nice bluegills and lots of small northern pike. Big Roche Cri Lake has been producing decent catches of bluegills and perch.

Petenwell Flowage has been producing walleyes in deeper water on fatheads and tip-ups. Walleyes have been hitting rosy reds on tip-downs in 15 to 20 feet of water. There was one report of nine slot fish off of the Adams County Park on fatheads with a red hook. Panfishing has been spotty. The few anglers fishing below the dams are catching some legal walleyes.

Fishing is slow for panfish on Lake Mason, but some nice largemouth bass are being caught.

Petenwell Sports, (608) 564 7707

Castle Rock Dam Bait Shop, (608) 339-2967

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