Central Wisconsin Fishing Report – September 6th, 2013


Fishing on Lake Michigan out of Sturgeon Bay has been good to very good for the past two weeks. Some fishermen have been setting up just off the Bank Reef in about 130 to 160 feet of water; other fishermen have been running out a bit deeper to that 250- to 350-foot mark. Both groups are finding very good action and good numbers of fish. In both areas fishermen are still fishing the top 60 feet of water. In Bailey’s Harbor, the fishing has been very consistent, with reports of very nice catches and good action in 90 feet out to that 300-foot mark, again in the top 60 feet of the water. From Gills Rock and Washington Island, the reports that we have been getting have been about the same thing we’ve been hearing all year – one to three fish per trip, with an occasional five-plus-fish trip.
Walleye fishing has been phenomenal, especially in the south from Henderson’s Point down past Chaudoir’s Dock towards Bayshore Park in 9 to 25 feet, depending on the day, water clarity and water temperature. From Larson’s Reef north to Sister Bay and Washington Island, the daytime walleye action is also starting to pick up, especially for bigger fish. in 14 to 30 feet of water around the reefs, shoals and islands all the way up the northern Door Peninsula. Bass fishing is still excellent along the whole peninsula. Fishermen are still finding plenty of action in the 6- to 10- foot range, but their are bigger fish in a bit deeper water like in that 15- to 25-foot range. Perch fishing is super right now, with limit catches being reported daily from all different areas. The northern pike action is just starting to get going. Try the ship canal, state park shoreline, Sherwood Point and Henderson’s point.
Howie’s Tackle, (920) 746-9916.
Captain Paul’s, (920) 421-0163.
Deprey’s Kwik Stop, (920) 866-2934
Stevenson Pier, (920) 824-5222.


In Brown County, Fox River anglers were mainly targeting muskies, with a few looking for walleyes. Walleye numbers were low overall, with only a few catching their limits, with an average size of 18 to 19 inches. No muskies were caught. Shore anglers were spread out along the Fox River, with handful of anglers at various parks. Anglers were targeting catfish, sheepshead and white bass with crawlers, leeches, and minnows. At Duck Creek there were a few anglers fishing from shore for perch and largemouth bass. Perch numbers were good, but mostly all of them were released – very small. At the Suamico River, anglers were looking for muskies by using bucktails in 10 to 12 feet of water. A 48-incher was released. At Bayshore Park, anglers were targeting perch and walleyes. Perch numbers at the beginning of the week were low. A lot of perch were released (very small). By the weekend, perch and walleye numbers were good, with some anglers reaching their bag limit. Perch were caught in 15 to 25 feet of water. Most anglers came in with their walleye limit from 15 to 22 feet of water.
In Shawano County, you can start to see a few leaves starting to change color. Fall is just around the corner. Plenty of deer and turkeys can be seen in the fields. This should be a great year of hunting. Fishing is still going on, with the diehards looking for panfish. Smallmouth bass action has been very good. Fishing should only get better and odds are you will have the lakes and rivers to yourself soon.
Smokey’s on the Bay Bait, Tackle and Guide Service, (920) 436-0600


Anglers have reported some success on panfish at the southern end of the Wolf River near Lake Poygan. Other than that, fishing has been slow. Turkey broods are out and about in the morning hours; brood sizes have been averaging five to six poults. Geese have been feeding in small grain stubble fields. Trout streams are very low and could use some rain. Trout are biting mostly late in the evening or early in the morning and the deer have been very active early and late in the day. Bucks should be losing their velvet any day now.
In Fond du Lac County, conditions are very dry and water levels are low on area lakes and streams. Ducks are starting to fly out of the Horicon Marsh as wheat and sweet corn harvests continue. Fishing has been slow at best, with the best action below the dam in Beaver Dam. There, the catfish have been biting quite well, but they tend to be very small and skinny.
In Outagamie County, mourning doves have been showing up in good numbers. The fish bite on Lake Winnebago continues to be slow, except for a few pockets where the perch have been biting. Hopefully we will get a cool down soon and continue getting rain and wind to break up the blue-green algae. Smallmouth bass and catfish have been biting well all over on the Fox River.
Critter’s, (920) 582-0471.
Fox River Bait, (920) 233-7409.
Dutch’s , (920) 922-0311


At Manitowoc, a couple of anglers targeted smallmouths in the harbor. One angler caught a rainbow while targeting smallies. One angler targeted yellow perch without success, but caught a few white perch and one smallmouth bass, all released. At the Manitowoc, the majority of the pier activity took place in the early morning hours for salmon and trout. Anglers reported catching a couple of brown trout, a couple of rainbows and a half dozen chinook salmon. A few anglers reported catching some rainbow trout in various depths from 150 to 350 feet, a couple of cohos, and a good number of chinook salmon in 100 to 150 feet of water. At the Two River pier, anglers had the greatest success at the start of the week when six chinooks were caught. Other species caught were some alewives and a common carp.
CUB Radio report, (920) 683-6816.


Catfish have been hitting on the Wisconsin River, walleye and white bass have been hitting on the Petenwell Flowage. Panfish and bass action has been very good on the local cranberry marshes.
Sunrise Bait, (715) 886-5440.
Petenwell Sports, (608) 564 7707.

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