DOOR PENINSULA AND ALGOMA/KEWAUNEE AREA
We are experiencing some of the best salmon fishing of the season. Many limits are being reported daily. The early morning and late afternoon bite has been the best, but some fishermen who do not get their limit are sliding out to deep water for rainbow trout. The best depths for the kings has been from 90 feet out to 150 feet, fishing the top 100 foot. Flasher and fly combs are the best producers, but the spoon bite is starting to come on strong.
Walleye action is starting to heat up. The best area has been south of Chaudoir’s to around Bayshore Park in 8 to 20 feet of water. Most fishermen are using crankbaits and crawler harnesses. Perch fishing is also going pretty good. The better spots include Chaudoir’s dock, Little Sturgeon, Sawyer Harbor, the flats in Sturgeon Bay, and out in front of the marinas in downtown Sturgeon Bay. Bass fishing is still good up and down the whole peninsula. The best action has been coming in 8 to 15 feet of water. Bass also are being caught in those deep-water summer spots in the 20- to 30-foot range. Concentrate along deeper shoreline drops, reefs, and shoals.
Howie’s Tackle, (920) 746-9916.
Stevenson Pier, (920) 824-5222.
Algoma Chamber of Commerce, (920) 487-3090.
GREEN BAY/APPLETON AREA
In Brown County, walleye anglers launching out of Suamico are having a challenging time. Perch boats also have had a tough time. The largest number of perch reported last week was nine. The average size was 9.5 inches; the largest 11.2 inches. A few sheepshead and catfish are being caught by anglers targeting perch and walleyes. Shore fishing on the Fox River continues to be tough. Most anglers have been casting for anything that will bite. Freshwater drum and channel catfish were being caught in highest numbers. A few fishermen were using tubes and spoons for smallmouths in Voyager Park, but not reporting any catches. Bay Shore Park anglers enjoyed a few days of great fishing near the end of the week; however, the weekend proved a bit more difficult. Fishermen report increasing catches in the mud flats with cranks and crawler harnesses. Anglers returning to the ramps in the afternoon had much lower catch rates than those returning near dusk. The late-evening fishermen reported slow action until two hours before sundown. Most walleyes were in the 18- to 24-inch range, with one boat returning two 30-plus-inch fish caught right before sundown. Perch anglers continue to mark large schools of fish in 16 to 30 feet of water.
In Shawano County, fishing is very good, with mainly panfish being targeted and kept. Muskie fishermen are doing well with some nice ones being released. Lower water temps are helping with the fishing.
Smokey’s on the Bay Bait, Tackle and Guide Service, (920) 436-0600.
LAKE WINNEBAGO AREA
Action has been very good on Lake Winnebago for perch, walleyes, catfish, and white bass. Perch action has been good on the southeast and southwest corners of the lake. The walleyes have been hitting in the weeds all over, and there is a good bite over the mud north of Garlic Island. Leeches and crawlers are working the best for walleyes. White bass are hitting flies and spinners.
Critter’s, (920) 582-0471.
Fox River Bait, (920) 233-7409.
Dutch’s, (920) 922-0311.
MANITOWOC/TWO RIVERS AREA
It was another tough week for Lake Michigan anglers in Manitowoc and Two Rivers. Most anglers, whether trolling or fishing off of piers, reported spotty results. While steelhead and chinooks could periodically be seen surfacing and chasing baitfish, convincing them to hit was a challenge. The south pier in Manitowoc saw good numbers of anglers, although a few went home with fish most days. A handful of anglers did catch some nice kings, including at least one 42-incher that tipped the scales at 31.5 pounds. Angler and catch numbers dwindled a bit at Two Rivers, but enough fish were being caught to keep anglers motivated. Steelhead, a few kings and brown trout, an occasional carp, and smallmouth bass have been caught by anglers using spoons or fishing alewives near the bottom. Many anglers noted that alewife numbers close to shore have diminished significantly. A few diehard anglers continue to pursue perch in both harbors, but their success has been limited. Manitowoc and Two Rivers trollers have had a tough go of it lately, with many getting skunked in spite of putting in long hours. Several trollers did return with coolers heavy with trout and salmon. Most fish are still being caught in less than 90 feet of water, with 40 to 75 feet being a hot zone, but weeds also have caused frustration by fouling lines and lures. Early morning, between 5 and 7 a.m., has proved to be the golden hour.
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