Central Wisconsin Fishing Report – May 31st, 2013
DOOR PENINSULA AND KEWAUNEE AREA
Door County anglers report success trolling in 5 to 15 feet of water with crankbaits and spoons. Shore anglers have been using spoons at Stone Quarry, Murphy Park, and the piers in Sturgeon Bay, Egg Harbor and Baileys Harbor. A 16-pound brown was caught in the canal and a 23.31-pound brown won the weekly contest at Howie’s Tackle. Anglers are also catching some lake trout while fishing for browns. Smallmouth bass are hitting all over Door County. Impressive catches have been reported as bass move onto the beds. The Sturgeon Bay Open Bass Tournament saw just over 1,600 fish caught totaling almost 6,600 pounds for an average of over 4.1 pounds per fish. A tournament record 8.45-pound smallmouth was caught, which is a few ounces shy of the 60- year-old state record of 9 pounds, 1 ounce. The most popular spots were on the Sturgeon Bay flats south to Little Sturgeon Bay. Some bass were also being caught in Egg Harbor, Ephraim and Stone Quarry areas. On the lake side Rowley’s Bay has been excellent for smallmouths. The Bailey’s Harbor area is also producing quality fish. Anglers have also been catching walleyes by trolling crankbaits down about 6 feet over 10 to 12 feet of water in the lower bay. Perch opened last week. Fish in 15 to 30 feet of water with minnows and crawlers.
Stevenson Pier, (920) 824-5222.
Howie’s Tackle, (920) 746-9916.
GREEN BAY/APPLETON AREA
On Green Bay, the perch season opened May 20; the muskie season opened May 25. Water temps reached as high as 66 degrees on the lower west shore; most rivers were 59 to 62 degrees. Suamico and Geano Beach have seen walleye activity increase in 8 to 12 feet of water. Fishing pressure on the Fox River was high last week. Most boaters targeted walleyes by casting crankbaits in about 4 to 15 feet of water. Other fish caught were sheepshead, catfish, and a few white bass. Walleye fishing on the east shore picked up significantly at Bayshore Park and Chaudoir’s Dock in 10 to 12 feet (trolling crankbaits 6 feet down). A few fishermen have been targeting walleyes in 18 feet of water with crawler harnesses. Shore fishing success varies by night, but some anglers reported catching limits of walleyes.
In Shawano County, panfish are starting to move into the shallows. Suckers and carp have been seen by archers in the shallows, with some big ones being shot. Turkey hunting ended with moderate success. Hunters seemed to have better success at the end of the season.
Smokey’s on the Bay Bait, Tackle and Guide Service, (920) 436-0600
LA CROSSE AREA
Rivers are on the rise. The Mississippi was expected to reach minor flood stage last weekend. Boaters should use caution when navigating these waters. Fishing will be challenging.
Schafer’s Boats, (608) 781-3100.
Bob’s Bait & Tackle, (608) 782-5552.
LAKE WINNEBAGO AREA
Walleye fishing has been excellent on the Fox/Wolf system. Bluegills should be starting to stage for spawning soon. White bass have just finished spawning and are biting well. Water levels on the Wolf River have come down a lot in the past week. Sturgeon completed a brief second run on the Wolf and Embarrass rivers two weeks ago. Reports of newborn fawns are starting to trickle in. Trout are biting well and stormy weather lately has them in a feeding mood.
Critter’s, (920) 582-0471.
Fox River Bait, (920) 233-7409.
Dutch’s, (920) 922-0311
MANITOWOC/TWO RIVERS AREA
The brown trout bite has been slower than expected. Anglers are catching a few trolling from 1.5 to 2.5 mph in 12 to 40 feet of water. A lone lake trout or chinook is being picked up every now and again. Boats are averaging one to two fish per trip so far. Most lures are being run behind planer boards to avoid spooking fish in clear near-shore waters. Boats were able to find surface water up to 54 degrees consistently. Smallmouth bass and northern pike are still being picked up on the Manitowoc, Branch, East Twin, and West Twin rivers on live bait and artificial lures. There has been some success with catfish on the Manitowoc River down to the harbor.
CUB Radio report, (920) 683-6816.