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Central Wisconsin Fishing Report - September 4th, 2015


Perch fishing has been excellent. The best areas have been downtown Sturgeon Bay, the Sawyer Harbor area, the Sturgeon Bay flats, Little Sturgeon, and Chaudoir’s Dock – mostly in deeper water there. Fatheads and crawlers have been the best baits. Walleye fishing was excellent until the big wind came in for a week and cooled the water. The walleye action is now getting better again. Fish Chaudoir’s Dock north to Henderson Point, Larson’s Reef, and the structure in northern Door County. The best depths have been 20 to 35 feet. Salmon fishing has been good throughout the county in 120 to 150 feet of water and fishing the top 60 feet. Flashers and flies and a wide variety of spoons are working well. 

Howie’s Tackle, (920) 746-9916

Algoma Chamber of Commerce, (920) 487-3090


In Brown County, Bayshore Park walleye anglers began to see an increase in catch rates through the beginning of the week. Higher numbers of fish continue to be caught to the south of the ramp, with average sizes in the high teens to low 20s. Slightly larger fish continue to be caught to the north of the ramp, but numbers are lower than to the south. Cranks, crawlers, and jigs are all producing fantastic action. Perch anglers continue to have luck in the area, with some boats bringing in good numbers and good-sized fish. Minnows have been the bait of choice, with the best catch rates coming to those fishing schools of perch that are located just above structure and to the north and west of the ramp.

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


The white bass are in; they are hitting on the Wolf River in Winneconne. They are biting like mad. Bluegill and perch action is starting to heat up on the channels.

Critter’s, (920) 582-0471

Fox River Bait, (920) 233-7409

Dutch’s, (920) 922-0311


West winds blew cold water near shore, providing pier anglers some action and trollers a shorter trip. Trollers worked 25 to 60 feet from top to bottom. Water temps dropped from the mid-60s to mid-40s. Glow J-plugs, silver Horde Plugs in glow or prizm, glow spoons, and spoons in green and silver, orange, gold or silver, and blue and silver are working. In front of the harbors to the north of the Rawley’s Point and up to the nuclear plants there is a “security zone” in front of the plants marked with buoys. Most boats had one to four fish; a lot had none. Many had problems keeping fish on. Pier anglers used Mr Champs and Cleo spoons in green and silver or blue and silver and glow spoons at night, along with alewives, crawlers, or lake shiners. They were catching kings, browns, and a few rainbows.

WCUB Radio, (920) 683-6800


Weather, wind, and water temperatures have been anything but cooperative lately. Winds of 30 mph made Castle Rock and Petenwell flowages extremely tough to fish. Surface water temperatures of 85 degrees were common at midday. White bass are active on Petenwell, and smallmouths have been cooperating in the early morning hours on crankbaits on Castle Rock.

Fishing for channel cats on stink bait below the Castle Rock dam has been good. Some larger flatheads are being taken on live suckers. Crappies and white bass are finally showing up. Water flow is once again coming through the power plant with the chute being closed. Muskie action has been slow on Castle Rock.

Lake Mason has been producing smaller largemouth bass and bluegills. Jordan Lake has been producing some nice catches of panfish, while early morning hours have been producing northern pike.

Petenwell Sports, (608) 564 7707

Castle Rock Dam Bait Shop, (608) 339-2967


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