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Central Wisconsin Fishing Report - May 1st, 2015

Brown trout fishing is still decent along the Lake Michigan shoreline from Bailey’s Harbor all the way south to Algoma. The best depths have been anywhere from as shallow as 2 feet of water out to about that 20-foot mark. There also have been some decent catches of nice lake trout and an occasional rainbow. The best baits have been Mauler Spoons, Rapalas, Thundersticks, and smaller Husky Jerks. Since ice-out on the bay side of Door County, there have been some nice catches reported from the flats and quarry area in Sturgeon Bay, as well as some spotty catches in the harbors in northern Door County.
Pike action has been going OK in the Sturgeon Bay ship canal for the shore fishermen and boat fishermen. The fishing should get better as the pike retreat from the creeks and shallow bays and start putting on the feed bag. The best techniques are drifting with bottom-bouncer rigs with suckers, drifting and jigging Odd’Ball jigs tipped with fatheads, and trolling or casting large crankbaits.
The walleye action has been very good. It seems like the post-spawn feeding frenzy has begun. Shore fishermen and trollers have been seeing good success at night, but daytime bites are getting better and better. The best reports have been in Sturgeon Bay and Little Sturgeon down to Chaudior’s Dock. Shore fishermen generally cast plastic swim baits or suspending crankbaits. Trolling action is best when crankbaits are used.
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 walleye run in the Fox River is slowing coming to an end, and many anglers are hitting the lower bay of Green Bay in search of post-spawn walleyes. Trolling the east and west shores with crankbaits has been working well. Some big post-spawn females are being caught, and many small eater walleyes are being caught. The bite should only improve over the next few weeks, leading up to the 2015 inland fishing season opener.
    Smokey’s on the Bay Bait, Tackle and Guide Service, (920) 436-0600.

Water conditions are pretty good on the Mississippi River. Guys have been catching walleyes in the mornings just off the sand flats near the dams. They’re using jigs and minnows. There is a really nice crappie bite going on right now on Lake Onalaska in the dredge hole. Guys are using slip bobbers and minnows as they drift. The pre-spawn fishing has been pretty good on spinnerbaits and swim baits around the rocks near any of the islands.
    Schafer’s Boats, (608) 781-3100.
    Bob’s Bait & Tackle, (608) 782-5552.

Guys have been doing really well on walleyes in the river, but then it slowed down with the cold weather. On April 22, guys did well on jigs near New London. Some other guys tried trolling on lakes Poygan and Butte des Morts, but most of the fish were still up near New London late last week.
Critter’s, (920) 582-0471.
    Fox River Bait, (920) 233-7409.
    Dutch’s Trading Post, (920) 922-0311.

Walleye fishing has picked up below Petenwell and Castle Rock dams with increased water temperatures and water flow. Many legal fish were caught over the weekend. Catfish are showing up big time and are hitting fatheads and crawlers. Fish in the 14- to 20-inch range are common. Water temperature was 48.8 degrees below the Castle Rock dam last weekend, and the white bass are starting to show up, along with a few large yellow perch.
Castle Rock Flowage has been producing a mixed bag of catfish, walleyes, and some crappies. Bow fishermen have been successful on buffalo carp, with some huge fish being taken.
Lake Mason has been producing some nice bluegills on red worms in warmer-water areas, while the crappies have been running small.
Reports of success on turkeys during the youth hunt came in the first day, but high winds hampered the youth hunters on Sunday. The opening of the regular season was mixed, with a lot of the hens still grouped in large flocks. Recent rain with warmer weather should spread the birds back into the woods and out of the ag fields.
    Petenwell Sports, (608) 564 7707.
Castle Rock Dam Bait Shop, (608) 339-2967.

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