Both lake and river spawning runs way ahead of normal – Central Report
DOOR PENINSULA AND KEWAUNEE AREA
Walleye action has been excellent for fishermen trolling and casting from shore, with many 10-plus-pound fish being caught on crankbaits from boats and from shore. Some of the favorite spots are the Sturgeon Bay ship canal, Potawatomi Park shoreline, Sherwood Point and Henderson’s Point down to the Chaudoir’s Dock and north from the Old Stone Quarry to Sister Bay. Pike action remains strong. The Sturgeon Bay ship canal has been one of the better areas. Fishermen drifting bottom bouncers and spinner rigs or jigging Odd Ball jigs tipped with minnows have been doing very well. Also, casting crankbaits in the bays from Sawyer Harbor to Little Sturgeon has provided great pike action. Brown trout fishing has been super on both sides of the peninsula. Lake Michigan anglers have been reporting numerous double-digit catches of browns by trolling the shorelines and structure in 6 to 15 feet of water. The same goes for the Green Bay side – nice catches of browns have been reported from the Old Stone to Gill’s Rock. Shore fishermen have also had excellent success on both sides of the peninsula.
Algoma Area Chamber of Commerce hotline, (800) 626-3090.
Deprey’s Kwik Stop, (920) 866-2934
Stevenson Pier, (920) 824-5222.
Howie’s Tackle, (920) 746-9916.
GREEN BAY/APPLETON AREA
The walleye action has been hot the past couple of weeks. Jigging on the Fox River and trolling crankbaits in the lower bay have produced excellent results. With the warm weather the spring run has been sped up dramatically. Post-spawn fish are already filtering back out of the river. Anglers should start looking outside of rivers for more action. As water temps move over the 50-degree mark, crawler harnesses will be the ticket.
Smokey’s on the Bay Bait, Tackle and Guide Service, (920) 436-0600.
LA CROSSE AREA
Our walleye and perch are almost done spawning already; northern pike, too. There is a lot more bass, catfish and panfish fishing going on right now. The walleyes are already post-spawn and moving down the river. The bluegills are starting to come up shallow. Most of the anglers now are fishing for largemouths over emerging weeds, or smallies on points and wing dams. No one has really started talking stripers yet, but the huge mud cats are up by the dams now. Guys jigging minnows for walleyes are landing big flatheads. Fish skinny sloughs where they transition back out of spawning pockets – that’s where the majority of the walleyes are now.
Schafer’s Boats, (608) 781-3100.
Bob’s Bait & Tackle, (608) 782-5552.
LAKE WINNEBAGO AREA
Most of the action lately has been on the rivers, but the walleyes were starting to trickle downstream last week and the rivers were packed with white bass. Bluegills, crappies and perch are in the channels around Lake Winnebago and the upriver lakes. The white bass run should continue for a while yet and walleye fishing should pick up soon on the lakes – on the points and over reefs. The slip bobber bite on the points has already started – a good month ahead of schedule.
Fox River Bait, (920) 233-7409.
MANITOWOC/TWO RIVERS AREA
Trollers out of Manitowoc and Two Rivers have been getting brown trout, some limit catches, and a few kings in 15 to 25 feet off the piers by trolling crankbaits behind boards near the harbor mouths, and north and south of the piers. Action has also been good in front of the hospital, north to Two Rivers, and south of Manitowoc near Silver Creek and the power plant. A few charters are out. Steelhead have been up the East and West Twin rivers and anglers have been getting nice steelies at Shoto and Mishicot.
CUB Radio report, (920) 683-6816.
Cub Radio Sport Fishing Hotline, (800) 236-9978, ext 124.
Fishermen had been doing very well up until last week’s high winds on the north end of the lake and up into the river. They caught a lot of walleyes; the run seems to be close to over. White bass and crappies were getting ready to start spawning and the catfish are still going crazy.
Sunrise Bait, (715) 886-5440.
Petenwell Sports, (608) 564 7707.