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Central Wisconsin Fishing Report - October 2nd, 2015


Salmon fishing out on the big lake has been tough as of late, mainly because of the strong winds that seem to never end. It’s been tough to even get out. When able to get out, fishermen have been fishing in the 150- to 200-foot range and mainly fishing the top 60 feet of water with a mixture of flies and spoons. The 4-year-old salmon are now in the ship canal, making their final swim to the spawning grounds. Trollers and shore fishermen are having success trolling and casting with spoons and plugs in or on the edges of the canal.

Bass fishing can still be classed as good and should just get better as they move into their fall patterns. It was a tough tournament for the Bass Master Elite series due windy conditions. The best areas continue to be deeper shorelines, reefs, shoals, and points all over the county. Chartruese and white spinnerbaits, drop-shot baits, tubes, and suckers have been producing fish.

Pike fishing has been good at Henderson’s Point, Sherwood Point, the Sturgeon Bay canal, and the Sturgeon Bay flats. Use spinnerbaits, large swim baits, large crankbaits, and suckers.

Perch fishing has been going very well for the past month. Best spots have been Chaudoir’s Dock, Little Sturgeon, Riley’s Bay, Sawyer Harbor, and the flats.

Walleye fishing has been a bit slow, but should ramp up as it usually does this time of year. Rip jigging and trolling reefs and shoals throughout the county will be the best bet.

Howie’s Tackle, (920) 746-9916

Algoma Chamber of Commerce, (920) 487-3090


In Brown County, angler pressure was low on the Fox River at Voyager Park. Once again, casting and retrieving crawlers on jigs with different color tails produced the most fish, while bottom-fishing crawlers produced catfish just about anywhere in the park. Anglers at the mouth of the river continue to catch drum and catfish by using three-way swivel rigs tipped with crawlers, with the best catches coming in the early morning hours. With the lower temperatures, ever-increasing numbers of smallmouth bass continue to be caught. Walleye anglers continue to have spotty action. Boaters out of the metro ramp are trolling crawler harnesses in 14 to 18 feet of water and had the best catch rates, with the early hours continuing to produce the most fish. Walleye anglers heading out of the Suamico launch had mixed results. Trolling crawler harnesses produced the majority of fish. Water temperatures have dropped significantly, thus slowing walleye action. Muskie anglers are having increasing luck as the water temps continue to drop. Spinnerbaits and topwaters fished in the late evening hours continue to dominate. Muskie anglers continue to work the Long Tail Point area. Many more are reporting follows, but hookups continue to be low. Perch fishing continued to be hot at Duck Creek; however, cooler weather brought a slow-down. Minnows and crawlers continue to produce equally well. Shore anglers are casting worms and minnows for perch. 

Smokey’s on the Bay Bait, Tackle and Guide Service, (920) 436-0600


Brown trout are up the East and West Twin rivers in Mishicot and Shoto and have been running up to 8 pounds. They are hitting orange yarn flies and spawn sacs. Maribou crappie jigs in white and orange also are working. There hasn’t been much salmon action to report. Just a trickle of salmon have made the run. The rearing pond in Manitowoc at the zoo has 30,000 browns in it.

WCUB Radio, (920) 683-6800.


Water temperatures have been near 70 degrees and it’s really hindering the fall bite on Castle Rock and Petenwell flowages. Lots of undersized walleyes are being taken with a few crappies and white bass on both flowages. Muskie action is picking up below the Petenwell and Castle Rock dams on smaller suckers.

Smallmouth bass continue to be active below Castle Rock dam on crayfish-colored twister tails. Crappies are just starting to show up. Walleye and smallmouth fishing has been good just north of the Two Rivers landing on the Wisconsin River.

Panfish are beginning to eat in Parker and Peppermill lakes in Adams County. Panfish action has been slow on Mason Lake.

Youth waterfowl hunters had good results. There were lots of wood ducks in the area, along with some blue-winged teal.

Petenwell Sports, (608) 564 7707

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

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