Central Wisconsin Fishing Report – June 1st, 2012


Salmon fishing in Door County has been phenomenal the past two weeks. Some fishermen have been saying it is the best fishing they have ever seen. Lots of limit catches of large kings have been reported from Bailey’s Harbor south to Kewaunee in 75 to 150 feet of water on a large variety of fly and dodger combinations. Anglers have continued to catch high numbers of fish with the kings averaging 8 to 15 pounds. Kings continue to make up the bulk of the catch, but some rainbows and lake trout are also being caught. Bass fishing has been very good along the Door County peninsula from Little Sturgeon north to Gills Rock, along with Rowley’s Bay and Moonlight Bay on the lake side.
Walleye fishing continues to stay hot. The daytime bite has been good near the Chaudoir’s area. The night bite is also very good. Larsons Reef, Sherwood Point, Henderson’s Point and the Sturgeon Bay Ship canal are all very good options.
Perch fishing is now open. The Sturgeon Bay ship canal, Sawyer Harbor, Little Sturgeon and Chaudoir’s Dock are all good spots.
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.


Fishing pressure on lower Green Bay is increasing with nice weather and a good bite. Walleyes continue to bite on the east and west shores. Anglers with the best luck are those who are trolling Flicker Shad lures at 1 to 1.8 mph. Those using crawler harnesses are having some luck, but are also catching sheepshead. The perch fishing has been poor. Fishing in the Stiles dam area remains good for panfish and smallmouths. Live bait has been working well. The walleye bite from Pensaukee to Oconto Park II was good, with anglers catching limits of fish in the 17- to 24-inch range. Walleyes continue bite at Geano Beach for anglers trolling at night.
Smokey’s on the Bay Bait, Tackle and Guide Service, (920) 436-0600


Bluegills are starting to guard beds in the shallows on pools 4 and 5 of the Mississippi River. Locals saw their first brood of wood ducks last week. Turkey hunting pressure slowed during the final period. With the majority of hens in full nesting mode, gobblers had been seen wondering alone periodically throughout the day. Water levels on Pool 10 have crested and bluegills are being found on beds in the shallows. Anglers are having good luck catching catfish on stink bait. In Vernon County, crappies are being caught at Jersey Valley Lake, along with largemouth bass.
Schafer’s Boats, (608) 781-3100.
Bob’s Bait & Tackle, (608) 782-5552.


The white bass are still biting on the Wolf River, with good catches being made by those who put in their time to find the right spot. The Wolf River had been dropping daily, with the lack of rain. Boaters should take their time on the upper reaches of the Wolf and go slow if you are on an unfamiliar section of river.
Fox River Bait, (920) 233-7409.


Fishing on Lake Michigan has been fantastic. Limits of trout and salmon are common. Most are being caught in 100 to 150 feet of water. Boats are setting up in 80 to 170 feet of water from north of Two Rivers to south of Manitowoc, and in between. Kings have been hitting all over, but with more success from lower lures. Some anglers are targeting steelhead, and many longer than 30 inches have been caught. Cohos were showing up with the kings. Trolling speeds of 2.5 to 2.9 mph were reported to be effective. Some of the larger kings have been in the 18-pound range. Fishing has been slow from the piers in Two Rivers and Manitowoc. Wind direction needs to change to bring cooler waters and fish nearer to shore for pier fishing to pick up. Piers to the south have been giving up some nice salmon. There have been good numbers of smallmouths caught on the West Twin River. Some large channel cats have been caught in the Manitowoc River.
Cub Radio Sport Fishing Hotline, (800) 236-9978, ext 124.

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