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Central Wisconsin Fishing Report – September 21st, 2012


Salmon fishing in Door County continues to be strong. Fishermen are finding the best action in about 90 to 140 feet of water while fishing the top 65 feet. It has been a mixed bag of rainbows and kings. Fly and dodger-flasher combos and assorted spoons have been the best. The 4-year-old kings have been moving into the Sturgeon Bay canal. Boat fishermen and shore fishermen can share in the action. Trolling and casting bright-colored plugs and glow spoons has been the best as of late. Walleye fishing has been great day or night. Daytime fishermen are still finding success by trolling the reefs, humps, and secondary drops along the Door Peninsula. At night, fishermen will move up shallower on the reefs and along the shorelines and troll suspending crankbaits. Pike action is really starting to heat up. Some good spots to try will be Henderson’s Point, the mouth of Little Sturgeon, Sherwood Point, Sawyer Harbor, the Sturgeon Bay Flats, and the whole Sturgeon Bay ship canal. Bass fishing has been solid and will continue deep into the fall. Drop-shotting over reefs, humps, and deep drop-offs has been producing some big smallies. Perch action is pretty good, with the bigger perch finally getting their appetites back. Try Chaudoir’s Dock, Henderson’s Point, Little Sturgeon, and the ship canal.
In Kewaunee County, the first wave of browns and chinooks has appeared off of Algoma and Kewaunee. The season’s biggest king, weighed on a certified scale, was a 381⁄2-inch, 26.45-pounder. Pier anglers have hooked some trout and salmon from dusk to dawn. Water has warmed near shore. Watch for a day or two of off-shore or several days of strong southeast winds, which could cool it again. Any significant rain also will lure more fish closer. Chinooks come in pulses until the peak run from mid-September to early October. Kewaunee will be a better bet for staging cohos later this month, with tributary runs in October and lasting well into November.
Early season goose hunters along the lake shore in Kewaunee County found good success. Several groups also took advantage of the dove season.
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 on the Oconto River below the Stiles dam have been having a field day catching panfish. Worms or crawlers drifted with the current or under a slip bobber have been producing some nice fish. Floating the river from the Iron Bridge to River Road landing or Holtwood Park has been producing smallmouths. The walleye bite from Pensaukee Landing to Oconto Park II has been fair to good, with most fish being caught in 12 to 30 feet of water on crankbaits or crawler harnesses. The perch bite remains slow, with some fish being caught in 12 to 16 feet of water in the deep weedbeds. At Geano Beach, anglers were trolling for walleyes by using crawler harnesses and crankbaits. They also were trolling for muskies and casting for muskies with not much luck.
In Brown County, Fox River shore anglers were catching carp, catfish, sheepshead, and white bass. Anglers also were trolling for muskies. At Suamico, anglers were trolling for walleyes. A few anglers also were trolling for muskies, with some being caught. At Bayshore Park, anglers were looking for perch and walleyes. Perch numbers have been good again. They were found in about 20 feet of water. There were a handful of walleyes that came in, too. Sizes ranged from 15 inches to 26 inches. Anglers there also were catching sheepshead, catfish, white perch, and some white bass, as well.
Smokey’s on the Bay Bait, Tackle and Guide Service, (920) 436-0600.


Water levels continue to be low on the Mississippi River. Caution is advised, as wing dams and other obstructions are more exposed than usual. Bass and walleyes have been hard to find in large numbers. A few have been picked up off of wing dams and below dams. Panfishing has been good. Bluegills have been biting in the backwaters near cover and off wing dams. Bass fishing is still slow.
Schafer’s Boats, (608) 781-3100.
Bob’s Bait & Tackle, (608) 782-5552.


Water temperatures have been low near shore, so fishing has been productive for boat and shore anglers. Most boaters were still fishing between 60 and 200 feet of water out of the Manitowoc and Two Rivers. Good catches in deeper water were reported south of Manitowoc and around the commercial nets. Some rainbows were showing up with the colder water. Anglers were working the 10- to 40-foot range and using spoons, J-plugs, and crankbaits for kings and browns. The cold water brought in all year-classes of salmon. There were still some boaters that had fair success out deep. Pier fishing has been good for kings and browns as of late because of the cold water near shore. Most anglers have been using spoons, but some anglers have had luck with alewives or other bait fished on the bottom. There have been some browns and kings in the Manitowoc River, but the salmon run has not begun.
CUB Radio report, (920) 683-6816.
Cub Radio Sport Fishing Hotline, (800) 236-9978, ext 124.
J & J Sports, (715) 277-2616.


In the Calumet County area, the Lake Winnebago perch bite has slowed somewhat off Stockbridge Harbor, but anglers were still catching fish with a little time and patience. Hunters are out in full force for the early goose and dove seasons in the northern part of the county, both on private land and on the Brillion State Wildlife Area. Geese were moving in the morning and evening hours.
In the Fond du Lac County area, goose and dove hunters saw a good number of birds. With the early harvest of most grain fields, birds have been in the freshly cut corn and alfalfa fields.
Critter’s Wolf River Sports, (920) 582-0471.
Fox River Bait, (920) 233-7409.
Dutch’s Trading Post, (920) 922-0311.

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