Central Wisconsin Fishing Report – February 8th, 2013


Whitefish action has been excellent from Egg Harbor south to Chaudoir’s Dock. Some of the best areas have been Riley’s Point and Henderson’s Point to the south past Castaways. The latest reports have been that there is very good ice in most spots. Perch action has been found in the Little Sturgeon area. Other spots to try would be Sawyer Harbor, Riley’s Bay, and the Sturgeon Bay flats. The deeper water off of Chaudoir’s Dock and Sugar Creek also are good options for perch and whitefish when you can get out there. The latest report from those areas is that there are some pretty large shoves and rough ice, making it nearly impassable. Take your time and be extremely careful. Pike action has been steady from Sturgeon Bay south to Henderson’s Point. Some 40-plus-inchers have been caught in the Sturgeon Bay ship canal, along the Potawatomi Park shoreline, and out in the middle of Little Sturgeon. Large golden shiners under tip-ups has been the best method. Walleye action has been very good now that there is some safe ice. The best areas have been Sand Bay and Henderson’s Point. Rapala jigs and Odd Ball jigs tipped with minnows have been the hottest combination. Brown trout action has been fair from the Old Stone Quarry north to Egg Harbor. Large lake shiners and medium golden shiners under tip-ups has been the best method.
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.


Lake Poygan has seen a great run on white bass, walleyes, and crappies, all in the same general areas. Use Swedish Pimples and jigging Rapalas in 6 to 8 feet of water. There is 13 to 14 inches of ice; guys are driving all over the lake. They’re catching a few nice perch, too, but not big numbers. Fishermen have been scouting for sturgeon. They have been finding sturgeon on cameras all over, with water clarity to 7 feet last week.
Before the rain and snow last week, Lake Winnebago had good ice and anglers were catching perch and bluegills all over. Walleye action had picked up toward Oshkosh. With the rain and warm weather, followed by snow, clubs pulled all of the bridges. Crack opened up along the west shore.
Critter’s, (920) 582-0471.
Fox River Bait, (920) 233-7409.
Dutch’s, (920) 922-0311


The fishing for the past three weeks has been very good on the Petenwell Flowage. Crappies and white bass have been leading the way, but the walleye action has been pretty good, too, though many of the walleyes have been small. The crappies and white bass have been in the river channel, and guys have been working the drops – mostly by jigging, but also on tip-ups. Many were jigging a No. 5 red Forage Minnow with a red hook. Travel had been rough for a while, but the ice heaves have settled. Warmer weather melted down some of the rough spots, and new snow on top of that will be less slippery. The area received about 6 inches of snow Jan. 30. Lot of guys were catching limits of crappies from 11 to 14 inches.
Sunrise Bait, (715) 886-5440.
Petenwell Sports, (608) 564 7707.

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