Central Wisconsin Fishing Report – August 23rd, 2013


“The worst salmon fishing in 31 years,” we’re hearing from some seasoned captains. Some days boats are getting three to six fish, other days one to two, some days none. Water temps are still variable and inconsistent. There are large numbers of baitfish. Most fishermen are fishing on the lake side of the peninsula and are going straight to deep waters. Lake trout have made an appearance. Smallmouth bass action is still good in sheltered areas in 8 feet of water along rocky shorelines.They’re hitting live bait and jigs, Senkos, and small crankbaits.
Howie’s Tackle, (920) 746-9916.
Captain Paul’s Charter Fishing, (920) 421-0163.
Stevenson Pier, (920) 824-5222.


At the Fox River metro launch, fishing was very slow last week. At Fox Point, fishing activity continues to be slow. On the Fox River, fishing has been moderate, with most anglers there catching rough fish on crawlers and green spinners. They caught white bass, catfish, sheepshead, and smallmouth bass. A few other anglers were looking for perch and bluegills and were using wax worms, but were having little luck. At Suamico, anglers were mainly targeting walleyes, with numbers looking better than past weeks. Anglers used crawlers, Gulp, and crankbaits in depths of 12 to 27 feet. By the weekend, they were fishing in 22 to 30 feet. Many anglers fished Geano’s Reef and other shoals, but alternated from open water to the reefs. At Bayshore Park, fishing interest was high, with the majority of anglers targeting perch. A good number of perch were caught, with about half of the anglers returning with limits. Perch were in 16 to 24 feet of water. Use leeches, crawlers, and minnows. Low numbers of walleyes were caught in 12 to 24 feet of water on crankbaits and crawler harnesses.
Smokey’s on the Bay Bait, Tackle and Guide Service, (920) 436-0600.


There have been reports of sporadic perch and walleye action along the northwest part of Lake Winnebago. Anglers at Recreation Park in Neenah reported poor to good fishing. Walleye fishermen are using crawlers; perch fishermen are using crawlers and hellgrammites in deeper water. For those folks without boats, anglers are catching panfish at Island Park across the street from Theda Clark hospital in Neenah.
In Fond du Lac County, hot days and cool nights keep the anglers happy in the Kettles. Folks have been seeing good-sized bass being caught, along with nice panfish.
Critter’s, (920) 582-0471.
Fox River Bait, (920) 233-7409.
Dutch’s, (920) 922-0311.


Fishing continues to be slower than expected. Most boats are averaging two to three fish per outing. Fish seem to be spread out and boaters that are trolling 10 miles out are having similar success to boats two miles out. There have been some large fish caught, including a 30- pound chinook out of Manitowoc and a 15-pound rainbow out of Two Rivers. Most anglers are working lures 30 to 50 feet down in 35 to 90 feet of water. Spiny water fleas are fouling many lines and making superlines difficult to use. Some chinooks are turning darker and moving toward shore.
CUB Radio report, (920) 683-6816.

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