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Central Wisconsin Fishing Report - February 20th, 2015


Whitefish action has been absolutely fantastic throughout the Door County peninsula. The whole Green Bay shoreline and structure will hold a bunch of whitefish, but a few of the well-known areas are Sugar Creek, Henderson’s Point, Riley’s Bay, Larson’s Reef, and most all of the structure to the north of Sturgeon Bay. The key is to stay away from large groups and pick a spot that is relatively quiet. Whitefish will get spooky when there is a bunch of surface noise. A wide variety of jigs are working depending on depth and the amount of current you are dealing with. Any type of jigging spoon will work, and most fishermen are running one or two slider hooks above the bottom jig. Wax worms, spikes, minnow pieces, and Gulp are the best baits with which to tip your jigs and slider hooks.

Walleye fishing can be classed as good and should continue to hold strong through February and into the pre-spawn patterns in March. Here again, there are many different areas to set up for walleyes, and a lot of fishermen are starting to realize that. The whole Henderson’s Point shoreline has fish on it. The Sand Bay area is a well-known spot that can be hit or miss depending on traffic, and the off-shore structure and rocky shoreline to the north of the Old Stone Quarry has a bunch of fish on it. The key is to steer clear of the large groups and set up somewhere quiet. Nils Master’s new Hali bait has been good, along with Rapala jigs, Moonshine Shiver Minnows, Puppet Minnows, and Odd Ball jigs. Tip your jigs with lake shiners or minnow heads.

Perch action is a little better than it has been the past few weeks. We would still class it as just fair at best. But there have been a few nice catches reported in Little Sturgeon and some of the deeper mud-bottomed areas from Chaudoir’s Dock north to Larson’s Reef. An assortment of jigs tipped with waxies and minnow heads are working, as is soaking lake shiners under tip-ups or hand lines.

Pike fishing is going pretty well. Some of the better areas have been Little Sturgeon, Riley’s Bay, and the Sturgeon Bay area. Egg Harbor and Ephraim also have given up some big northern pike. Try suckers and golden shiners under tip-ups.

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.


In Brown County, anglers at Voyageur Park are seeing lots of fish but are catching only a few. Some walleyes are being caught by jigging with minnow heads. Anglers using cameras report seeing plenty of perch of all sizes, but getting them to bite has been difficult. Perch anglers at Long Tail Point were fishing in 9 feet of water with jigs and minnows.

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


In Calumet County, the colder weather improved ice conditions along the east shore of Lake Winnebago. Most fishing clubs are reporting ice thickness between 16 and 24 inches. However, multiple cracks have opened up near several landings and are opening and closing because of strong winds. Water clarity is reported as good to excellent. Ice anglers are advised to use caution and check with the clubs before venturing out. White bass and a few perch have dominated the harvest, and most anglers are concentrated off of the Quinney and Gladwater Beach areas. Anglers also have been catching bluegills and crappies on Bullhead and Long lakes near Brillion.

In Outagamie County, anglers along the Fox River are continuing to do well catching perch and northern pike. Ice thickness in many areas is around 16 inches. Those fishing on Lake Winnebago are struggling to find fish on the north end, but water clarity and ice thickness appear to be good for sturgeon spearing. However, the continued wind, coupled with warming and cooling, has been opening and closing cracks.

Critter’s, (920) 582-0471.

    Fox River Bait, (920) 233-7409.

    Dutch’s, (920) 922-0311.

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