Central Wisconsin Fishing Report – September 20th, 2013


Fishing on Lake Michigan out of Sturgeon Bay has been very consistent in 130 to that 250-foot mark. Fishing in the top 100 feet has been the best. Fishermen reporting in from Bailey’s Harbor have been saying it’s been the best fishing of the year up there, with a nice mix of rainbows and kings and many limit catches being reported in 150 to 200 feet of water. Mature salmon are now being caught in the Sturgeon Bay canal by trollers and shore fishermen. Bass fishing throughout the county continues to provide lots of action, including some nice smallies. Try deep shoreline drops, reefs, islands, and shoals from Little Sturgeon up to Washington Island. Fishermen are still catching decent numbers in 6 to 25 feet. The walleye bite is still going real strong from Henderson’s Point south past Chaudoir’s Dock. Fishermen have been trolling crawlers or crankbaits in 11 to 20 feet of water. The walleye fishing from Henderson’s Point north to Washington Island is also going well. Not the numbers like down south, but the fish are generally bigger, with many in that 26- to 30-inch range. Perch fishing is still going strong in the Sturgeon Bay ship canal, on the flats, at Riley’s Bay, at Little Sturgeon, and off of Chaudoir’s Dock north to Henderson’s Point.
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, Fox River fishing pressure was slow during the week, with just a few boaters looking for catfish and muskies. Few catfish or muskies were caught. Fishing pressure along the Fox River from shore also was slow. No catfish were caught and only bluegills and white crappies were caught on worms and leeches. At Bayshore Park, fishing activity was high with anglers mainly targeting perch and a few targeting walleyes. Only a few fish of either species were caught, and all were released.
In Shawano County, fishing is starting to pick up, but area waters are pretty quiet as far as angler numbers. Water temps are still high, so some activity is happening on weekends. Hunting is just around the corner and plenty of young animals are being seen in the fields. Lots of deer are being seen. Bear season is open and activity at hunters’ baits slowed down a bit with the warm weather.
Smokey’s on the Bay Bait, Tackle and Guide Service, (920) 436-0600.


In Outagamie County, the blue-green algae is thick on Lake Winnebago and Little Lake Butte Des Morts. On the Fox River, anglers have had success targeting smallies and walleyes. Early goose season was slow. Hunters had some success on cut winter wheat fields, but there is an abundance of corn still standing.
In Winnebago County, many archery hunters hit the woods on Sept. 14. Early season archery hunting can be some of the best when it’s easier to pattern deer near their feeding areas.
Critter’s, (920) 582-0471.
Fox River Bait, (920) 233-7409.
Dutch’s, (920) 922-0311


A small number of salmon are already in beneath the dams in Manitowoc County, but significant numbers shouldn’t show up for a few weeks yet. Trollers were close to the harbor in Two Rivers where salmon have been staging in groups. Windy conditions and daytime storms kept trollers close in. Northeast winds had the lake worked up. Pier anglers are having some good action early in the morning and just before dark. They’re casting spoons in green and silver. Kings were taken from 17 to 35 pounds. Trollers were working 35 to 95 feet of water and as far out as 300 feet for rainbows and 2- to 3-year-old kings. Most action has been in the top 60 feet. Salmon also have moved into the harbor and up the rivers. Small-mouth action has been very good.
CUB Radio report, (920) 683-6816.


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