Central Wisconsin Fishing Report – February 7th, 2014

DOOR PENINSULA AND KEWAUNEE AREA

Whitefish action has been excellent from Sugar Creek all of the way up  past Egg Harbor. Fishermen have been reporting catching fish as shallow as 10 feet of water out to 70 feet. The better action has been coming in that 45- to 65-foot range. A wide variety of jigging spoons like Swedish Pimples, Forage Minnows, Hali Jigs, and Buckshot spoons are working well. Most whitefish fishermen are running a barrel swivel up above their main jig about 6 to 18 inches and then put a little jig, treble hook, or fly above that. Tip jigs with minnow pieces, wax worms, spikes, and Gulp.
Perch action is still slow to moderate, depending on the day and area. Some of the better reports have been coming from the south end of Door Peninsula out in the deeper water – 40 to 60 feet – off of Chaudoir’s Dock, and then north to Henderson’s Point. Large and medium lake shiners, wax worms, and spikes are the best live baits to use. Some other areas to try and areas that usually start to get good in February are Little Sturgeon, Riley’s Bay, the Sawyer Harbor area, and some spots along the Sturgeon Bay flats. Pike action has been fair. The most action seems to be coming from the Sturgeon Bay area along the shipping channel from downtown Sturgeon Bay all of the way out to the Sherwood Point area. Other spots that generally produce nice catches of fish are the flats, Egg Harbor and Ephraim, Little Sturgeon, and Riley’s Bay. Use large golden shiners suspended under tip-ups.
Walleye action has been steady. A couple of the better areas in Door County have been along the Henderson’s Point shoreline, Riley’s Bay, and Sand Bay. Now that there is good ice throughout the whole county, go ahead and venture out and try new spots. There is fantastic structure up the whole peninsula that will hold walleyes, and it will give you a chance to get away from the crowds. The best jigs year in and year out are Jigging Rapalas, Odd Ball jigs, Moonshine Shiver Minnows, and Buckshot spoons, just to name a few. Tip your jigs with shiners, minnow heads, or Gulp. Brown trout action has been going OK in the northern part of the Door County peninsula from Egg Harbor north to Sister Bay. The best method is suspending golden shiners and large lake shiners under tip-ups. Sometimes fish are cruising near bottom or tight to drop-offs, and sometimes the fish are only a couple feet under the ice, so vary your depths.
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 weather has been consistently cold, with highs in the low teens. Despite the cold, there has been a lot of fishing activity with some success. Anglers have had success catching whitefish along the east shore of Green Bay in 10 to 20 feet of water, along with the occasional walleye. Anglers are reminded that only three hooks, baits, or lures are allowed per individual fishing. Perch and walleye fishing has been slow, but some anglers are having good success in spots along the west shore with minnows.
Anglers at Voyageur Park reported catching walleyes and perch by jigging in 9 to 14 feet of water while using minnows or wax worms. Although the fishing was relatively slow, walleyes in the mid- to upper-20-inch range were caught. At Long Tail and Sunset Beach, anglers fishing for perch had little success.
In Shawano County, some deer and turkeys can be seen in fields around the area, especially cornfields. Fishing has been slow, especially since there is so much snow blowing around on area lakes, and travel has been difficult for anglers.
Smokey’s on the Bay Bait, Tackle and Guide Service, (920) 436-0600.

LA CROSSE AREA

Winter nights are a great time to try coyote hunting. Hunters have been notching good success by using rabbit-in-distress calls and mouse squeakers. Anglers report that ice fishing for panfish has been spotty. Micro-jigs and waxies have been working the best.
Schafer’s Boats, (608) 781-3100.

LAKE WINNEBAGO AREA

Ice fishing has been very slow, with little to no fish being caught on most lakes. Crappies have been selectively biting on one lake in the Kettle Moraine State Forest. Fishing continues to be slow; however, persistent anglers willing to move report they are catching fish.
Critter’s Wolf River Sports, (920) 582-0471.
Fox River Bait, (920) 233-7409.
Dutch’s, (920) 922-0311.

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