Central Wisconsin Fishing Report – July 26th, 2013


The salmon fishing in southern Door County has been much better the past week or so, with more consistent catches and better numbers of fish per trip from charter boats and sport fishermen. The water temperature is finally starting to set up, and some of the overabundance of baitfish is finally starting to die off. The best depths have been in 90 to 120 feet of water, fishing in the top 60 feet. It has been a flasher/fly bite for the most part, though the spoon bite is slowly starting to pick up. The best flies have been Donkey, Crabby, Super Frog, Bull Frog, Double Aqua, Mistake Frog, and Little Boy Blue run behind chrome and white hot spot and E-Chip flashers. The best spoons have been Maulers, Moonshine, and Pro Kings in glow-in-the-dark patterns.
Bass fishing has been phenomenal throughout the whole peninsula, including Washington Island, in 2 to 8 feet of water, but the fish are starting to move to the secondary shoreline drops in that 10- to 15-foot range. Everything is working well right now.
Walleye fishing continues to stay strong along the shorelines in the southern part of Door County, from Henderson’s Point down past Chaudoir’s Dock in 15 to 25 feet of water. Trolling Flicker Shads, Smash Shads, Reef Runners, Deep Husky Jerks, and Smithwick Rogues and crawler harnesses has been the best method. The walleye bite will start any day now, likely north of Henderson’s Point as it usually does at this time of year. Good areas to fish will be Larson’s Reef, Monument Shoals, and Chambers Island, along with the islands and shoals north to Sister Bay.
Perch fishing is still going real well. The better areas have been the weedbeds in Sturgeon Bay, the Potawatomi Park shoreline, the flats, Little Sturgeon and the deeper water off of Chaudoir’s Dock.
At the end of the peninsula, scattered salmon were being caught on the bay side by trollers near Gills Rock and west of the Washington Island in 60 to 90 feet of water on flies, flashers, and some spoons, according to reports. Other trollers caught fish on the lake side in 100 to 120 feet on flies and flashers. Action started picking up late last weekend around the candy stripe, with the afternoon bite currently being a bit better. Fishermen are cautiously optimistic for things to improve this week. A few brown trout are being caught in Green Bay in water less than 60 feet deep. Pike have been caught around Detroit and Washington islands.
Howie’s Tackle, (920) 746-9916.
Captain Paul’s Charter Fishing, (920) 421-0163.
Stevenson Pier, (920) 824-5222.


Walleyes and white bass have been hitting near the Hwy. 41 bridge, and walleyes also were being caught near the mouth of the Fox River. Guys also are catching plenty of catfish. Perch were hitting in the Black Wolf area. Trollers were picking up a few walleyes on Lake Winnebago. Fishermen are still catching a lot of walleyes, bass, and big bluegills around the cane beds on a jig and half of a crawler or a leech. Don’t get right into the cane beds; most of the fish have been a few feet off of them. Stay back and pitch the bait in there. Most of the channels have had good perch and bluegill action. Guys also have been catching a few fish on Lake Poygan in the Horseshoe Hole.
Critter’s, (920) 582-0471.
Fox River Bait, (920) 233-7409.
Dutch’s, (920) 922-0311.


Anglers are still struggling to locate and stay on fish. Charters and sport anglers alike are having difficulties. Those fish that are being caught are of good size. The best areas seem to be in 80 to 160 feet of water north of Two Rivers and just outside of the commercial nets, and off Rawleys Point. Kings have been coming on downriggers and pump handles on white or silver flashers with green flies and orange spoons. Rainbows have been caught in the top 50 feet out to 250 feet of water on bright spoons. Some lakers have been caught in 80 to 120 feet on spin-n-glow and cowbell set-ups off of downriggers. Water temps have been in the low 60s.
CUB Radio report, (920) 683-6816.


The fishing has been fairly good on the Petenwell Flowage. The walleyes are still in the shallows, which seems kind of strange with the hot weather. They’ve also been biting fairly well. Anglers are catching a lot of white bass and a few perch. Guys also are catching a lot of catfish. A few muskies have been reported, including a 50-incher. Most of the muskies have been in the 35- to 40-inch range.
Petenwell Sports, (608) 564 7707.

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