Central Wisconsin Fishing Report – June 28th, 2013


On the Lake Michigan side of the peninsula, from Sturgeon Bay south to Algoma, fishermen have been catching a mixed bag of salmon, lake trout, and rainbows. The action could be classified as fair up to this point. One highlight so far is the size of the salmon. Locals have heard of numerous fish in the 23-pound range. The biggest on our scale during our second annual shootout weighed in at 25.35 pounds, and they are just going to get bigger with the massive amount of baitfish that are out there – a very good sign. Anglers also are starting to pick up kings in Bailey’s Harbor, along with a few lakers, browns, and rainbows. Fly and dodger combinations and spoons have been working.
Bass fishing is still very good throughout the Door County peninsula, from Little Sturgeon up to Sister Bay in 2 to 8 feet of water. Some anglers also are finding some fish a bit deeper in 10 to 15 feet of water. Tubes, grubs, Senkos, topwater baits, spinnerbaits, and drop-shot rigs all have been working great at times.
Perch fishermen are starting to report some decent action as of late. The weedbeds in and around the Sturgeon Bay ship canal have been providing the most consistent action, along with the deeper water off of Chaudoir’s Dock north to Henderson’s Point. Fathead minnows, crawlers, and leaf worms have been the best live baits.
Walleye action continues to remain good in the southern part of the county, south of Henderson’s Point down past Chaudoir’s Dock, in 12 to 20 feet of water. Flicker Shads, Smash Shads, Smithwick Rogues, and crawler harnesses have been the best baits. As we move more into our summer patterns, the bite tends to move north up to Sister Bay. Then fishermen will be fishing the reefs, shoals, and the islands.
We know there are a bunch of big muskies around, but when is the last time a diehard muskie fisherman told someone, especially a sport shop, where he’s finding the best action? We know that Little Sturgeon, as well as areas along the Sturgeon Bay ship canal, holds a bunch of big fish.
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 Onalaska bluegills are still spawning in the shallows. Fisherman’s Road has been a good area for bluegills; perch were being caught near the airport landing lights.  Northerns are still pretty active all over Lake Onalaska. Try the deeper hole near Marge’s Restaurant for crappies by drifting that area. The Mississippi River has been OK for bluegills. The river’s smallies are over rocks. Walleye action has kind of slowed down. Anglers are switching to the wing dams now, where they’re using leeches and willow cats.
Schafer’s Boats, (608) 781-3100.
Bob’s Bait & Tackle, (608) 782-5552.


Anglers have been doing well on walleyes by trolling crawler harnesses or crankbaits. Walleyes also are hitting jigs and live bait on the Fox River in Oshkosh. There is a lot of crappie and bluegill fishing going on in Asylum Bay and Miller’s Bay, and from the dock in Rainbow Park. Catfish are hammering on the Fox River; you can’t do anything wrong for catfish. Fishermen are working the cane beds for walleyes on lakes Poygan and Butte des Morts. Try Sunset Bay for bluegills. Anglers also are trolling crankbaits along Poygan’s buoy line for walleyes.
Critter’s, (920) 582-0471.
Fox River Bait, (920) 233-7409.
Dutch’s, (920) 922-0311.


Walleyes, crappies, and bluegills are hitting pretty well on the Petenwell Flowage, and walleyes are hitting on the Castle Rock Flowage. On Petenwell, try waxies and minnows for crappies and bluegills. For walleyes, use fatheads south of the buoy line south of Petenwell Park. Crappies are still on the rocks in shallow water. There has not been much word on muskies as of yet.
Sunrise Bait & Tackle, (715) 886-5440.
Petenwell Sports, (608) 564 7707.

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