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Central Wisconsin Fishing Report – October 31st, 2014


Bass fishing continues to provide action for the diehard fishermen who are willing to deal with elements. Fish along steep shorelines, reefs, and shoals in 15 to 30 feet of water. Perch fishing should be ramping up soon. Areas to check out are the Sturgeon Bay canal, the flats, Sawyer Harbor, Little Sturgeon, and out over the deeper mud flats from Chaudoir’s dock north to Henderson’s Point.

Pike action has been consistent in the Sturgeon Bay canal, along the Potawatomi State Park shoreline, in front of Sawyer Harbor, and in the Little Sturgeon area. There are some good opportunities for nice 2- and 3-year-old salmon and rainbows out on the Big Lake in 150 to 350 feet of water. Walleye fishing has been OK. The night bite is starting to pick up around Henderson’s Point, Larson’s Reef, Sherwood Point, and some of the reefs all of the way up the peninsula, including Washington Island.

In Kewaunee County, there has been a lot of illegal activity in the creeks and rivers, as always. It’s been too windy most days on the lake, but when it’s not, there are still a few trout and salmon being caught. Salmon are all the way upstream as far as they can go on many creeks and rivers. This time of year does provide some opportunity for near-shore browns and even stray lakers. Casting spoons, crankbaits, and spawn might allow pier anglers to hook up on occasion.

Howie’s Tackle, (920) 746-9916.

    Stevenson Pier, (920) 824-5222.

Algoma Chamber of Commerce, (920) 487-3090.


Most anglers out on Green Bay are after muskies. While most anglers did not land a fish, those who did got big ones. The largest reported was 55-plus inches. A few Fox River walleye anglers found mixed success last week. Because of the turbid water and heavy winds, anglers in Voyager Park had a tough time last week. Most of the walleyes measured up to 24 inches. A couple of catfish shore anglers at Fox Point had a great day. They caught a 60-inch sturgeon. After a few pictures, the fish was released. Walleye boaters launching from Suamico had a tough time. The largest fish reported was 20.3 inches. Trolled crankbaits were used most often. Water temps were 54 to 55 degrees. 

In Shawano County, the cooler nights are starting to get the bucks moving. Multiple bucks have been seen with their noses to the ground, so the rut is starting. Duck hunters are starting to see a few divers coming through, but ducks are pretty scarce. Pheasants and grouse have been seen around the area as hunters are starting to walk trails. Fishing pressure is almost nonexistent, but some of the best fishing is happening right now.

    Smokey’s on the Bay Bait, Tackle and Guide Service, (920) 436-0600.


In Waupaca County, some woodcock finally arrived, but not the full flight. Deer movement is picking up – there are more dead deer on the road. There were still wood ducks around last week. There are lots of turkeys feeding in fields. There have been some rumblings that walleyes are biting at the mouth of the Wolf River.

In Outagamie County, bucks are starting to move, and hunters are reporting more sightings. The Wolf River is still high after the rain, making fishing a little harder, but there are still walleyes to be caught, as well as crappies. Waterfowl hunters were seeing some divers in the area.

Critter’s, (920) 582-0471.

    Dutch’s, (920) 922-0311.

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