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Central Wisconsin Fishing Report – August 10th, 2012


The fishing in Door County continues to stay excellent for all species. The salmon are still biting well out of all the ports, from Washington Island south to Kewaunee, with a good salmon and brown trout bite on the bay side. Locals who have been fishing these waters their whole lives continue to say that they have never experienced fishing like this. The best action has been in 100 to 170 feet of water in the top 70 feet. Flies and dodgers have still been the most productive combination. An assortment of spoons and plugs have been working quite well, too. Glow spoons, plugs and flies have been working well in low light conditions. The walleye fishing is back in full swing and we anticipate it to continue into fall. The southern end of the bay, from Chaudoir’s Dock to Bayshore Park, has provided the most action, but things are picking up a bit to the north also. From Henderson’s Point north to Sister Bay, fishermen have now been finding active fish on the secondary drops and transition areas, and the deeper reefs, humps and shoals. Crawler harnesses and crankbaits trolled in 20 to 30 feet of water has been the best method. Perch fishermen continue to find better action each week. A few hot spots have been the Sturgeon Bay canal, the flats in Sturgeon Bay,  Sawyer Harbor south to Little Sturgeon and out in the deeper water from Henderson’s Point south to Chaudoir’s Dock. Bass fishermen have been finding excellent action up and down the peninsula on deeper structure.
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.


In Brown County, anglers were catching walleyes on the Fox River, but not many due to the warm weather. For bait, they were using crawler harnesses (white, purple, green in color) and crankbaits. They are also catching some walleyes at the mouth of the river by the boat landing. Sheepshead, catfish, carp and drum are still making appearances. At Bayshore Park, anglers were targeting walleyes and perch in 15 to 20 feet of water. Some were also using crawlers for walleyes, but most are using artificial bait. For perch, anglers were using minnows or crawlers and they had limited success. At Suamico, anglers were starting to catch a few perch and bluegills from shore; boaters were also catching a few perch in 8 to 12 feet of water. Some walleye were caught in 15 to 35 feet of water. Boaters were also catching sheepshead, catfish and carp. Turkey broods are being seen feeding in fields in the mornings and early afternoons.
In Oconto County, bluegills and smallmouths continue to provide good fishing below the dam at Stiles on slip bobbers and live bait. From the iron bridge on the Oconto River and downstream, anglers have been using crankbaits and plastics for smallmouths. The walleye bite on the bay from Pensaukee to Oconto Park II remains good, with most fish being caught in 20 to 30 feet of water using a crawler harness. Geano Beach anglers were catching walleyes in about 15 to 35 feet of water on harnesses, as well as some perch in about 8 to 12 feet of water and by the weeds along the shore.
Smokey’s on the Bay Bait, Tackle and Guide Service, (920) 436-0600


Due to the continued heat, algae on Lake Winnebago and the Fox River has continued to grow. The perch bite is still in full swing around Neenah and High Cliff, but anglers are reporting that the bite is intermittent. Many anglers are also reporting that the fish are not in their usual locations from years past. The panfish bite below the Menasha dam has been pretty good, as has the smallmouth bass bite on the Fox River, especially in Appleton.
Critter’s Wolf River Sports, (920) 582-0471.
Fox River Bait, (920) 233-7409.


Fishing has been steady for the last couple of weeks. Most salmon are being caught in 90 to 160 feet of water. Winds and storms have kept many off the water and shortened some fishing trips in the last week. Most boats are fishing the bottom half of the water column, with some doing well on downriggers near the bottom. The thermocline is still at the 45- to 65-foot depth in the Two Rivers/Manitowoc area. White flashers and green flies have been catching fish. Few boats are running boards because of the warm water near the surface.
CUB Radio report, (920) 683-6816.
Cub Radio Sport Fishing Hotline, (800) 236-9978, ext 124.


Fish seem sluggish in the warm weather, which has resulted in limited angling success. Fishing at Long Lake has been fair for smallmouth bass, but the bass being caught are large. Catfishing on the Chippewa River downstream of Lake Wissota has been outstanding, with many large channel and flathead cats being caught on suckers and cut bait. Anglers are catching small largemouth bass and bluegills on Glen Lock off of Hwy. S. Fishing at Otter Lake is reportedly slow. Anglers on Lake Altoona are taking limits of perch using European worms to fish just off the bottom in about 10 feet of water. Lake Altoona has a daily bag limit on panfish of 10. Shoreline anglers below the Lake Altoona dam, on the south side, have been catching a lot of undersized smallmouth bass and some panfish using a simple hook with worm.
Big Mama’s Bait Shop, (715) 231-0839, Menomonie.
Mouldy’s Archery & Tackle, Chippewa Falls, (715) 723-3607.
Bill’s Sport Shop, Chippewa Falls, (715) 723-9033.

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