Central Wisconsin Fishing Report – June 29th, 2012


The salmon fishing continues to be outstanding on Lake Michigan from Washington Island to Algoma. Fly and dodger combos have been the best, but an assortment of spoons also are working well. The best depths have been 80 to 170 feet, fishing in the top 70 feet. Glow flies and spoons have been working well before sunup and after sundown.
Walleye fishermen are still finding their fair share of fish. The daytime bite continues near Chaudoir’s dock and should gradually move north as we move into summer. Trolling crawler harnesses and an assortment of crankbaits have been the bests in 15 to 20 feet of water. Fishermen also are taking some nice fish at night on the humps, drop-offs, and reefs from Henderson’s Point north to Sister Bay. Casting and trolling large crankbaits has been the best technique.
Bass fishermen are reporting good action all over the Door County peninsula, from Little Sturgeon north to Sister Bay, with tubes, grubs, hair jigs, spinnerbaits, and topwater baits in 2 to 8 feet of water for big numbers of fish. The bigger smallies have been coming from deeper water off of deeper drops, structure, and reefs.
Perch fishing continues to improve as the water temp rises and more weed growth develops. Some limits have been reported out of the Sturgeon Bay ship canal, Sawyer Harbor, and Little Sturgeon – in and around the weedbeds. A few nice catches are coming from the deeper water off of the old Ern Joy’s spot and Chaudoir’s dock in 25 to 40 feet.
Algoma Area Chamber of Commerce hotline, (800) 626-3090.
Deprey’s Kwik Stop, (920) 866-2934.
Stevenson Pier Mini Mart, (920) 824-5222.
Howie’s Tackle, (920) 746-9916.


Anglers are now battling high water, but they’re catching some pretty decent bluegills and a few perch near the “airport landing lights” on Lake Onalaska. The perch are holding tight to the bottom. The Fisherman Road bay is also a good spot to find bluegills on Lake Onalaska. Crappies are hitting near the cribs in the “dredge hole.” Bass and northern pike action has been decent, but anglers are already casting slop lures in the thick weeds. Out on the river, the water is so high and the current so strong that anglers are having a tough time holding on the wing dams, which is where the fish are located.
Schafer’s Boats, (608) 781-3100.
Bob’s Bait & Tackle, (608) 782-5552.


The walleye bite is still very good, with trolling on Winneconne and Poygan working well. Most of the walleyes have been in 6 to 9 feet of water. Early and late in the day you can catch walleyes in the weeds with slip bobbers and a piece of a crawler. The channels around the big lakes are now filling up with bluegills. Overall, fishing has been good. Winnebago anglers are just starting to get a few perch. Walleye action has been good for those either by jigging the reefs or trolling the mud flats.
Critter’s Wolf River Sports, (920) 582-0471.
Fox River Bait, (920) 233-7409.


The fishermen are using up a lot of minnows on crappies and walleyes. Action for both species has been very good lately. The walleyes are now in or near the river channel – water temperatures are high. The crappies are in deeper water, too. Fishing along the deep water on the east shore has been pretty good. The catfish bite is also very good, but that’s always the case on Petenwell. Conditions may change, though, because of all of the rain up north. Water temperatures could cool down as more water enters the Petenwell Flowage and the dam gates are opened.
Sunrise Bait & Tackle, (715) 886-5440.
Petenwell Sports, (608) 564 7707.

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