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Central Wisconsin Fishing Report - May 13th, 2016


Walleye fishing has been going good during the day and night for the trollers, jig fishermen and shore fishermen. At night, anglers have been trolling the shorelines around the Old Stone Quarry, Sherwood Point and Henderson’s Point south to Chaudoir’s Dock. They are trolling with Husky Jerks and Smithwick Rogues and Flicker Minnows. During the day, fishermen are finding active fish around the Henderson Point area south past Chaudoir’s Dock. Look for some warmer water with active pods of fish and stay on top of them. Flicker Shads and Storm Smash Shads have been the best trolling baits. And for the jig fishermen, concentrate in those same areas, use your graph to locate fish, and throw Rippin Raps and swim baits and hold on. Brown trout fishermen are still having success trolling on the lake side and bay side of the peninsula in the usual spots. Concentrate on transition areas like rock to sand or dirty to clean water. Floating RapalasThundersticks and Mauler spoons have been the best baits.

The lake trout reports from some of that deeper water just to the south of Sturgeon Bay are starting to come in now. Fish in 70 to 90 feet of water with Howie Flies and Mauler spoons near the bottom. Fishing slow is the key. There are also some lakers coming from a little shallower water, like less than 40 feet. Spoons and crankbaits will work there.

Pike fishing is holding its own. Little Sturgeon, Sturgeon Bay and Sawyer Harbor are all good spots to try. Live bait rigging with suckers and or casting or trolling with large suspending crankbaits all are good options

The bass opener is just around the corner and it looks like it’s gonna be a good one. There are already a bunch of fish being caught by pike fishermen who are seeing lots of fish piling into shallow water hot spots such as Little Sturgeon, Riley’s Bay, Sawyer Harbor and the Sturgeon Bay Flats. Look for the warmest water, make long casts and hold on.

Howie’s Tackle, (920) 746-9916.

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


Walleye action has picked up again on the Mississippi River in the Wisconsin Channel from Evert’s Resort to Lake Pepin. Hair jigs or crankbaits are working best on the current seams and edges in 10 to 14 feet. White bass are hitting jigs along the shorelines below the dam, and channel catfish have bitten more consistently in the river channel.

Schafer’s Boats, (608) 781-3100.

Bob’s Bait and Tackle, (608) 782-5552.


Anglers are finding a lot of walleyes and white bass in the Fox River in Oshkosh from the Hwy. 41 bridge to the mouth of the river. Most anglers are jigging live bait or pulling flies. Anglers are also just starting to catch both species on rocky shorelines and points on Lake Winnebago along the west shore. A lot of the bays and channels are just starting to heat up for crappies and other panfish.

Critter’s, (920) 582-0471.

Fox River Bait, (920) 233-7409.

Dutch’s, (920) 922-0311

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