DOOR PENINSULA AND KEWAUNEE AREA
Perch fishermen have been having some decent action in Little Sturgeon and Riley’s Bay and some limited action in Sawyer Harbor. Medium and large lake shiners under tip-ups have been working the best. Also, jigging with minnows, wax worms, and Gulp has been another good way to entice those fish. As far as the ice goes, reports say there is anywhere from 6 to 10 inches in most of the bays, and fishermen have been taking out ATVs and snowmobiles. Check in with a local bait shop for ice info. Whitefish action is a bit slow, mainly because most fishermen cannot, or have not, ventured out to the deeper water. And since the ice is just newly formed, ice anglers have been told to stick to the shallower, rocky shorelines until the ice thickens a bit more. The best area seems to be off the Henderson’s Point area. Walleye fishing has been OK in the Sand Bay area around the High Cliff area. The pike fishing is going pretty good in the Sturgeon Bay ship canal, along the state park shoreline, and in Riley’s Bay and Little Sturgeon.
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.
GREEN BAY/APPLETON AREA
In Brown County, the ice on Lily Lake is a solid 6 inches, and there has been moderate fishing pressure out there, considering it is one of the few lakes in the area that has good enough ice for fishing. Hunting pressure has dropped off significantly, with only a few bowhunters and pheasant hunters braving the conditions.
In Shawano and southern Oconto counties, ice fishing has been slow because it has been so cold. Some perch were being caught in the Oconto River and other tributaries to Green Bay. Minnows seem to do the trick, but wax worms also are working well. Inland ice fishing and ice conditions vary daily. Most waters appear to have 4 to 6 inches of ice, and that should increase as the cold spell continues. Turkey hunters are reporting some success as birds are being found in large groups.
Smokey’s on the Bay Bait, Tackle and Guide Service, (920) 436-0600.
LA CROSSE AREA
In Monroe County, ice fishermen have been out catching bluegills on Lake Tomah despite the bitter cold. They are experiencing a constant bite, but the fish have been smaller than last year. The snow cover has helped coyote hunters.
Schafer’s Boats, (608) 781-3100.
Bob’s Bait & Tackle, (608) 782-5552.
LAKE WINNEBAGO AREA
Lake Poygan had 12 to 13 inches of ice last week, and anglers were catching white bass and walleyes fairly steadily. Anglers were driving ATVs all over, and some guys started driving trucks out last week. Anglers also were catching bluegills, perch, and white bass on Asylum Bay. All of Lake Winnebago was ice-covered last week, with 12 inches in most areas. Local fishing clubs were waiting for 13 inches of ice to put bridges out over the cracks in the ice.
Critter’s, (920) 582-0471.
Fox River Bait, (920) 233-7409.
Dutch’s, (920) 922-0311.
Fishermen were driving ATVs on more than a foot of ice on the Petenwell Flowage last week. Just watch out for a couple of ice heaves. It’s been cold, but guys were catching crappies and walleyes.
Sunrise Bait & Tackle, (715) 886-5440.
Petenwell Sports, (608) 564 7707.