DOOR PENINSULA AND ALGOMA/KEWAUNEE AREA
In Door County, those willing to brave the weather were mostly targeting bass, salmon, and walleyes. Smallmouth bass fishermen were having luck off of the Stone Quarry and Rowley’s Bay when using tubes and chatter baits. Anglers were having the most success while fishing early afternoon. Some smallmouths can still be found near shore, but smallmouths are heading deeper this time of year. As the water cools, slower presentations and live bait work best, though sometimes you can still get a hit by using fast-moving reactionary baits like crankbaits. A few anglers are still targeting salmon in the Heins and Hibbards creek systems in northern Door County. Salmon anglers are fishing the Sturgeon Bay ship canal and catching some chinook salmon. A few walleye anglers are still hitting the water and catching some fish. Trolling or casting from shore at night seems to produce the biggest fish. Popular areas were Ellison Bay and Jacksonport launches. Sawyer Harbor continued to be turbid, with water visibility less than 2 feet. Heavy wave action and dropping temperatures kept usage by fishermen low. A few perch came in longer than 10 inches. However, the majority were around 7 inches. A minnow suspended just off bottom in 10 to 14 feet of water worked the best.
In Kewaunee County, anglers have been fishing the Ahnapee and Kewaunee rivers heavily as the salmon run continues. Chinooks were in the rivers heavy, and cohos also have begun their spawning runs. In Algoma, anglers have been fishing at various locations along the Ahnapee and down on the piers. In Kewaunee, anglers have been fishing heaviest at Bruemmer Park and the piers. Catch rates on both rivers have been low to moderate for anglers due to high and muddy water. The most success has come on spawn sacs, although spoons and crankbaits also have seen some success. There also have been reports from Kewaunee and Algoma of brown trout being caught from the piers and up on the rivers on spawn.
Howie’s Tackle, (920) 746-9916.
Deprey’s Kwik Stop, (920) 866-2934.
Stevenson Pier, (920) 824-5222.
Algoma Chamber of Commerce, (920) 487-3090.
GREEN BAY/APPLETON AREA
In Brown County, poor weather and dropping temperatures reduced usage in the area to a trickle. Average water temperatures hovered near 63 degrees last week, and water visibility continued to be poor. Heavy waves and high winds are keeping the water restless and provided very little time to comfortably fish throughout the week. Shore anglers in Voyager Park continue to enjoy good catch rates on walleyes on a mix of jigs, crankbaits, and crawlers. The majority of walleyes are in the 17- to 22-inch range. Other fish caught at Voyager included freshwater drum, round gobies, channel catfish, and white bass. Shore anglers on the Suamico River were catching decent numbers of yellow perch. The average size has been small (5 to 7 inches). Diver ducks have started their migration. Rafts of scaup, redheads, and canvasbacks have all been seen along the west shore as far south as Suamico. There also are significant numbers of local puddle ducks. Multiple hunters were contacted during the opening weekend with wood ducks in their bags.
In Shawano County, with lower temps came increased activity for hunting. Archery hunters are having good success, with many being choosy and waiting for the big one. Opening of duck season was unusually warm, but woodies and mallards were the main birds bagged if you could stand the mosquitos. Fishing is heating up, and with everyone hunting, you will have most of the water to yourself.
Smokey’s on the Bay Bait, Tackle and Guide Service, (920) 436-0600.
LAKE WINNEBAGO AREA
Anglers are continuing to find walleyes and perch on Lake Winnebago, but are having mixed success. Archery hunters have reported seeing active scrapes. Waterfowl hunters are doing well, with good duck and goose numbers in the area.
In Outagamie County, fishermen have been out on the Wolf River. Crappies are still biting on the river and in sloughs, and the fall walleye bite will be coming soon. Deer hunters are seeing a lot of deer due to a good number of fawns. Many hunters also are seeing some nice bucks in the area.
Critter’s, (920) 582-0471.
Fox River Bait, (920) 233-7409.
Dutch’s, (920) 922-0311.