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Central Wisconsin Fishing Report – October 5th, 2012


Windy conditions slowed action on Lake Michigan, but good numbers of 2- to 3-pound salmon are expected, plus some bonus rainbows. Larger kings are being caught in the Sturgeon Bay ship canal. Numerous 40-inch pike are being caught off Hendson’s Point, Sherman Point, Potawatomi Park, and other areas on big spoons, spinners, and medium and large suckers. Walleye action remains good, with night angling producing best around humps and drop-offs. They’re hitting trolled jerk baits. Perch are biting well in 15 to 30 feet of water on small minnows, leeches, and crawlers. Smallmouth bass are still responding on a variety of presentations and baits.
Algoma Area Chamber of Commerce hotline, (800) 626-3090.
Deprey’s Kwik Stop, (920) 866-2934.
Stevenson Pier Mini Mart, (920) 824-5222.


Lower temps have resulted in a better muskie bite. The west shore of the bay seems to be the most productive, with several 50-inchers being reported. Walleyes and perch are biting at Bayshore Park. A few white bass were biting.
Smokey’s on the Bay Bait, Tackle and Guide Service, (920) 436-0600.


Wing dams are giving up fish of every variety. Both crankbaits and live bait presentations are catching panfish, bass, and walleyes. Some nice bluegills were reported by those fishing flooded timber on the bank and in sloughs. Pike fishing has picked up at the mouth of sloughs, also. Some bass are starting to school on the river and are being caught on topwater baits. Duck hunting has been good.
Schafer’s Boats, (608) 781-3100.
Bob’s Bait & Tackle, (608) 782-5552.


Whitefish continue to bite well, but anglers are finding them closer to shore. Troll or cast spoons, Twister tails, or small crankbaits. Perch fishing has slowed down, but some are still being caught on crawlers and leeches right on the bottom. Walleye fishing has been slow.
Critter’s Wolf River Sports, (920) 582-0471.
Fox River Bait, (920) 233-7409.
Dutch's Trading Post, (920) 922-0311.


Near-shore trolling has been great with the west winds. Casting has produced fish, too. Trollers have has success in 120 feet for eaters, while larger kings are being caught in 12 to 50 feet of water on a variety of plugs and crankbaits. Some nice pike are biting in the Two Rivers Harbor. Fishing has been slow by the dams.
CUB Radio report, (920) 683-6816.
Cub Radio Sport Fishing Hotline, (800) 236-9978, ext 124.


Bluegills and crappies are being caught in shoreline and main-channel wood. Crawlers and minnows are your best bets. Walleyes are biting and starting to move up the river. Jigs and minnows have been good, but guys will begin trolling soon.
Sunrise Bait & Tackle, (715) 886-5440.
Petenwell Sports, (608) 564 7707.

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