Central Wisconsin Fishing Report – May 17th, 2013


Bass fishermen found good action on the opener in Door County. Finding warmer pockets was the key. Grubs, tubes, hair jigs, and suspending plastic baits fished extremely slowly were the most productive. Areas on the Sturgeon Bay Flats, Sawyer Harbor, and the three bays south to Little Sturgeon had the most action. As the water warms, more fish will move into those areas from their deep wintering spots and provide action all spring. The northern part of the Door Peninsula was a bit slower for smallies due to low water temps. Walleye action is taking off now that the fish moved into post-spawn feeding patterns. The Sturgeon Bay ship canal, Potawatomi Park shoreline, Sherwood Point, and Henderson’s Point south to Chaudoir’s Dock are all great areas to fish right now. Again, the north end of Door County will soon follow as the water warms. Fishermen are having their best success trolling the drop-offs near the shoreline. Shore fishermen are finding great action in downtown Sturgeon Bay. Brown trout fishing is picking up with higher water temps. The whole Lake Michigan shoreline from Stony Creek north to Bailey’s Harbor and on the Green Bay side from the Old Stone Quarry north to Gill’s Rock has been providing good action for browns. Trolling the shallow shorelines in about 4 to 18 feet has been the best. Pike action is fantastic right now from Sturgeon Bay south to Little Sturgeon.
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.


Trolling as been paying off in the 1.5 to 1.8 mph range with crankbaits, Flicker Shads, and Rogues. Trolling speeds should be picking up as waters warm, and expect to get not just walleyes, but an occasional nice pike or brown trout. Most walleyes are running in the 20-inch range, but some trophies are being reported on a regular basis. Shore anglers are still catching walleyes, but most will be post-spawn now as a large majority of fish dropped their eggs during the last full moon. More and more fish are going to start suspending.
Smokey’s on the Bay Bait, Tackle and Guide Service, (920) 436-0600


While the river has been on the rise, people are catching fish and most launches are good. Anglers are catching walleyes in the current and the slack water. A heavier jig has worked well, tipped with a shiner or fathead. Three-way rigs are producing well from the bank with either a Rapala or floating jig head. Bass fishing is picking up and will just get better. Backwaters were pushing 50s the first week of May. Swim jigs, spinnerbaits, and soft plastics on ledges have been good. Perch are about done spawning.
Schafer’s Boats, (608) 781-3100.
Bob’s Bait & Tackle, (608) 782-5552.


The walleye run on the Wolf River is mainly over, with the peak of the spawn having happened in late April. Some anglers are still catching walleyes in the river, but it would be best to move out to Poygan or Winnebago and start trolling or working reefs. White bass action has been getting better and is nearing its peak. Bass fishing on the system has been getting better with channels and protected coves offering good action. Smallmouth bass have been active around rocky shorelines and reefs. Crankbaits and slip bobbers have worked the best. Catfish have been active on the river.
Critter’s Wolf River Sports, (920) 582-0471.
Fox River Bait, (920) 233-7409.
Dutch’s, (920) 922-0311.


Walleye fishing has been good, and they will be in post-spawn phase. The key will be to cover water to try to find biters. Look for holes and current breaks and camp on them if you find them. Fish the main river, too.
Sunrise Bait, (715) 886-5440.
Petenwell Sports, (608) 564 7707.

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