Central Wisconsin Fishing Reports

Central Wisconsin Fishing report - September 19th, 2014


Salmon action can be classed as fair to good from Sturgeon Bay to Washington Island. The best action has been from 70 feet of water out to the 200-foot range, depending on the day. There also are some 4-year-olds moving shallow for the spawn. The best baits for the fall-run salmon are large trolling and casting spoons, large plugs, and spawn sacs.

Walleye action is going very well. Some areas to key on are Bayshore Park, Chaudoir’s Dock, Henderson’s Point, Larson’s Reef, and off-shore structure up north.

Bass fishing is still excellent all over. Good spots have been Little Sturgeon, Sand Bay, the outer flats, and some of the deeper structure from the Old Stone Quarry north all of the way up to Washington Island.

Perch fishing is going OK. The better areas continue to be the Sturgeon Bay channel, Sawyer Harbor, Little Sturgeon, and some of the deeper water off of Chaudoir’s Dock north to Henderson’s Point.

Howie’s Tackle, (920) 746-9916.

Stevenson Pier, (920) 824-5222.

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


The walleye bite on Green Bay has been good, with many limits of 15- to 22-inch walleyes being caught on the east shore of Green Bay on crankbaits. Bigger walleyes have been caught on deep mud flats on crawler harnesses. The muskie bite has been good on Green Bay’s west shore. Trolling and casting to weedbeds has been key to catching these fish. Anglers are trolling 3 to 4 mph or are casting twin-8 and twin-10 bucktails.

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


Anglers are doing really well on panfish on Lake Onalaska – mostly bluegills and not monsters, but fish up to 71⁄2 inches. Perch are hitting, too, right on the bottom on red worms. They’re running 10 to 14 inches. Crappies are hitting in the mornings. Pike are hitting on suckers under bobbers. Bass are hitting on any type of weedless lure in the slop. River fishing has been good for panfish, sauger, and walleyes on wing dams, but rain could bring the river up to 8 feet, and current will change fishing patterns.

Schafer’s Boats, (608) 781-3100.

Bob’s Bait & Tackle, (608) 782-5552


There are a lot of white bass in the Fox River right now. The perch bite on Lake Winnebago has been spotty, and there has not been much word on the walleyes yet. With cooler weather, the walleyes should move up onto the rocks and start biting. Watch for that to happen. The catfish are hitting all over the Winnebago system.

Critter’s, (920) 582-0471.

Fox River Bait, (920) 233-7409.

Dutch’s, (920) 922-0311.


The last two or three weeks of slow fishing in Manitowoc County may finally be turning the corner. Anglers who launched out of Two Rivers and Manitowoc had good success on the lake while fishing in 20 feet of water and using J-Plugs and spoons. Some limits were reported. Anglers also are catching nice northern pike in the Two Rivers harbor and smallmouth bass in Manitowoc. Two Rivers pier and shore anglers saw an increase in catch rates, but trollers were the real winners. Boats could be seen from the piers bringing fish in with some regularity. More than 200 fish were brought in one Sunday by trolling, and virtually all of them were kings. Trollers in Manitowoc experienced similar results, though not the same numbers. A few Manitowoc boaters reported limit or near limit catches of kings. The fish are shallow now, with many anglers reporting fish in 20 feet of water.

WCUB Radio, www.cubradio.com.



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