Central Wisconsin Fishing Report – August 9th, 2013


Fishing on Lake Michigan from Sturgeon Bay north to Washington Island can be classified as very good the past week or so, especially in comparison to a month ago. Most boats have been averaging eight to 20 fish. Flies behind flashers have been the best combinations, but the spoon bite is starting to pick up; 100 to 150 feet of water, fishing the top 60 feet, is still the best depth. Walleye fishing has been very good. The best bite is still to the south, from Henderson’s Point south past Chaudoir’s Dock. The fishing from Larson’s Reef north to Sister Bay is starting to heat up. Bass fishing is still fantastic throughout the whole peninsula, from Little Sturgeon to Sister Bay, including most of the off-shore structure from Larson’s Reef to the Sister Shoals. The best depth has still been that 3- to 10-foot range, but some good action is starting to happen out in 10 to 25 feet. Perch fishing has been great. Try the Sturgeon Bay canal, Potawatomi State Park shoreline, the flats in Sturgeon Bay, and deep water off of Chaudoir’s Dock to Sugar Creek. Gills Rock to Washington Island saw some nice catches, as well, with some as shallow as 70 feet of water while fishing in the top 45 feet. A 32.41-pound king came off of Washington Island. A 29.12- pound king also was weighed in at Washington Island.
In Kewaunee, many anglers had success in 120 to 160 feet of water, with most of the fish in the top 70 feet. In Algoma, 120 to 185 feet of water in the top 50 feet was best. However, both ports reported some fish coming farther down at 85 to 100 feet. Flasher/fly combos and spoons did the best. Boaters are trolling closer to shore, and there is no doubt that a good west wind will help pier anglers get those spoons out to the fish that could be moving in, especially during the early morning and last light.
Howie’s Tackle, (920) 746-9916.
Captain Paul’s Charter Fishing, (920) 421-0163.
Deprey’s Kwik Stop, (920) 866-2934.
Stevenson Pier, (920) 824-5222.


In Brown County, Suamico River activity was a little higher, with fishermen targeting walleyes on crankbaits in about 14 feet of water. Metro boat launch activity was slow, with fishermen targeting walleyes and muskies. Fishermen had no luck with muskies with large crankbaits in about 4 to 10 feet of water. For walleyes, fishermen used crawler harnesses in 24 to 26 feet of water. Bayshore Park fishing pressure was low, with the majority of fishermen targeting walleyes, then perch. They reported walleyes in depths from 10 to 25 feet. Rates of catch were low, but kept fish were large (24 to 26 inches). Perch were caught in 17 to 20 feet on minnows and nightcrawlers.
In Shawano County, lots of turkeys are starting to be seen, along with plenty of fawns. Ducks and geese are plentiful on the waterways. Water levels are higher than normal for this time of year. Fishing has been good, with panfish and bass being the most common fish seen in the livewells.
Smokey’s on the Bay Bait, Tackle and Guide Service, (920) 436-0600.


Changing weather has made locating fish difficult. Winds and storms have made fishing tough by limiting time on the water. Surface waters  dropped into the 50s with recent west winds. Some boaters are hooking smaller kings in 40 to 75 feet of water. This shallow bite seems more pronounced southeast of Manitowoc. Many boaters are still working 100 to 170 feet of water and are finding moderate numbers of kings and rainbows. A handful of boaters were targeting rainbows and were fishing in the upper 50 feet of water in depths up to 300 feet. Brown trout have shown up in 20 to 50 feet of water and are hitting spoons and crankbaits. Some lake trout are being caught in 70 to 100 feet north of Two Rivers. Alewife numbers and water temperatures inshore have decreased enough that salmon are moving shallower than they have all year. As of July 27, some kings and browns were being caught off piers in Manitowoc on spoons. Pier fishing has been the best during low-light conditions. Brown trout are averaging 23 inches and nearly 8 pounds.
CUB Radio report, (920) 683-6816.

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