Central Wisconsin Fishing Reports

Central Wisconsin Fishing Report - July 25th, 2014


The fishing was hot last week throughout the peninsula. On the bay side, anglers were catching plenty of smallmouth bass in 8 to 12 feet of water on just about everything. Anglers also have been catching rock bass and the occasional perch. On the lake side, anglers are having the best luck catching smallmouths from shore and from boats at Rowleys Bay. The chinook fishing has really started to take off. Catches of two to four are typical, with seven or eight not unheard of. Anglers were having luck up and down the peninsula in 100 to 200 foot of water and anywhere from 90 to 150 feet down. Chinooks were biting on dodger flies, flasher flies, and spoons. The key seemed to be to have at least some green in the lures. Anglers have reported some rainbows and the occasional coho. Pier anglers at Sawyer Harbor fishing out of Potawatomi State Park were catching perch, smallmouth bass, rock bass, and gobies. A few of the perch were 10 inches, as were many of the rock bass. Boaters targeting smallmouths had mixed results. While some had a tough time finding these fish, others reported catching up to 20. Four- and 5-pounders were reported by more than one boat angler. Pier anglers fishing at Little Sturgeon Bay were catching decent numbers of perch up to 8 inches. Muskie anglers were having a hard time finding fish. Anglers in search of salmon and trout off of the Coast Guard piers had limited success. Anglers on the lake were bringing in good numbers of rainbows and kings in 150 to 350 feet of water, on dodger flies and spoons.

In Kewaunee County, the Trout Fest had 30 boaters participating, and many of those boaters brought in bag limits of trout and salmon. The largest fish was a king at 19.4 pounds, and the largest bag was 124.8 pounds for 10 fish. Anglers in Algoma and Kewaunee have had high success for trout and salmon. Many limits were being reported. Steelhead have been producing higher numbers than kings, and they are biting mostly on dodger flies with silver or green flashers. Anglers were in 150 to 400 feet of water, fishing 70 to 100 feet down. The full moon produced high numbers for anglers overnight on glow spoons.

Howie’s Tackle, (920) 746-9916.

Deprey’s Kwik Stop, (920) 866-2934.

Stevenson Pier, (920) 824-5222.

Algoma Chamber of Commerce, (920) 487-3090.


The Mississippi River in the La Crosse area has dropped over 4 feet the past two weeks. The water level is now below flood stage, but still about 4 feet above the normal level for this time of year. The fishing has picked up dramatically, and lots of fish are being caught, including walleyes, sauger, northern pike, bass, bluegills, and crappies. The fishing float below Dresbach has been seeing good action on walleyes, sauger, and white bass. Bluegills are hitting on weed edges adjacent to deeper water, and walleyes are being caught on crawler harnesses in 8 to 12 feet of water. 

Schafer’s Boats, (608) 781-3100.

Bob’s Bait & Tackle, (608) 782-5552


Anglers on Winnebago have been catching perch on the east shore near High Cliff and walleyes by trolling the west shore near Neenah. The blue- green algae blooms have continued. Shore anglers have been catching a good number of catfish and smallmouth bass along the Fox River.

Critter’s, (920) 582-0471.

Fox River Bait, (920) 233-7409.

Dutch’s, (920) 922-0311.



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