Conditions shaping up favorably for May 5 opener – Central Wisconsin Fishing Report


Brown trout action continues to stay hot from Gills Rock south to Algoma, with a few rainbows, lakers, and kings in the mix. Trollers have been concentrating on the primary drop-offs along the shorelines on the bay side and dirty water and structure on the lake side in 5 to 25 feet, but some fishermen have reported good action out to 50 feet on spoons and floating crankbaits. Some monster browns were caught during the 24th annual brown trout tournament, including two fish heavier than 31 pounds. Pike action is still great in the Sturgeon Bay canal, the Sturgeon Bay flats, and all bays from Sawyer Harbor south to Little Sturgeon. Casting large crankbaits and spinners in the bays has produced nice numbers of pike, including numerous fish in the 36- to 40-inch range. Recent rains gave the steelhead action a boost. Anglers reported quite a few fresh-run fish last week. Walleye action has been excellent along the shore of Green Bay, from Sister Bay to Dykesville. Night fishing has been great. Shore fishermen also are enjoying fantastic action, according to reports.
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.


Walleye action on Green Bay has been excellent lately. Night trolling with crankbaits on the east shore has been producing good numbers of walleyes. Daytime fishing in the lower bay has been productive with a variety of crankbaits. As water temperatures increase, crawler harnesses will become more effective. There already are some good catches coming on crawlers along the west shore. Some big pike have been coming off of the bay; look for deeper breaks adjacent to shallower spawning bays. Catfish action on the Fox River has been excellent for shore fishermen and boat anglers. At Bayshore Park, anglers are catching a few walleyes here and there. The water temperature was 47 degrees on the bay last week.
Smokey’s on the Bay Bait, Tackle and Guide Service, (920) 436-0600.


The fishing in the Winneconne area has not slowed down. The evening bite for walleyes seems to be the best from the Winneconne bridge.
Fox River Bait, (920) 233-7409.


There have been reports of boaters doing well for browns in 8 to 20 feet of water on spoons and crankbaits. Occasionally, lake trout have been in the mix. Kings are being caught to the south of Manitowoc on spoons and crankbaits in 15 to 30 feet. Some steelhead were being caught in deeper water. The easterly winds have made it tough for anglers to make it out. The winds also have put a damper on pier fishing in Two Rivers and Manitowoc. Brown trout were being caught more often with spoons than with spawn sacs and dead bait. Fish have sometimes been holding on mud lines where river water and lake water clarity differences occur. Manitowoc Harbor was at 48 degrees. Heavy rain raised area streams and rivers. Rain would generally bring in more steelhead from the lake if the spawn was still under way, but the run is nearing an end, and stream catches are way down. There are still some lingering steelhead in the East and West Twin rivers.
CUB Radio report, (920) 683-6816.

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