DOOR PENINSULA AND ALGOMA/KEWAUNEE AREA
Bass fishing continues to provide lots of action for some giant smallmouths. This time of year, most fishermen concentrate around steep shoreline drops, off-shore reefs, shoals, and deep channel cuts. The best depths are around 20 to 35 feet of water. The best baits have been tubes, chartreuse and white spinnerbaits, drop-shot plastics, and suckers. The night walleye bite has been pretty good around the Henderson’s Point shoreline, Sherwood Point, Larson’s Reef, and a lot of the off-shore structure from Monument Shoal north to Washington Island. Long-lining crankbaits has been the best technique. There also are some decent fish coming from anglers rip jigging with Moonshine Shiver Minnows and blade baits. Perch action has been fair, but should crank up just before the ice comes. Areas to fish include Sawyer Harbor, the Sturgeon Bay ship canal, the Sturgeon Bay flats, Little Sturgeon, and the deeper water off of Henderson’s Point south to Chaudoir’s Dock.
In Kewaunee County, anglers fishing the Kewaunee River had some luck on rainbow trout while using spawn, spoons, and flies. The chinooks are done with their run, and the cohos are almost done, as well. In the Ahnapee River, anglers are fishing for browns and rainbows. A few anglers have been fishing the lake and are in search of browns and rainbows in shallow water; they’re using crankbaits. Lake trout season is now closed. Anglers that are trying their luck off of the piers.
Howie’s Tackle, (920) 746-9916.
Deprey’s Kwik Stop, (920) 866-2934.
Algoma Chamber of Commerce, (920) 487-3090.
GREEN BAY/APPLETON AREA
Most boaters heading out of the Green Bay metro launch were in search of muskies. One boater reported a 51-incher. Spinnerbaits and Super Shads seemed to be the lures of choice. Voyager Park walleye anglers continue to have hit-or-miss luck. It seems one day the river is full of fish, then the next they all either leave or decide not to bite. Water level, speed, and clarity all play roles in anglers’ luck from the fishing pier. Anglers in the backwater area just south of the parking lot seem to see more consistency. One catfish angler reported catching one fish on worms. Most anglers fishing at the mouth of the Fox River were trying for walleyes, but few were caught. Anglers heading out of Suamico were mostly looking for walleyes, but action was slow. Suamico River anglers were casting for yellow perch. Catch numbers varied, and the fish averaged 6.8 inches.
Smokey’s, (920) 436-0600.
IRON COUNTY AREA
For anyone who has not put his or her boat away, there is some great fishing to be had. Water temps are between 40 degrees and 44 degrees and will continue to drop. The muskies are active in the 8- to 10-foot range on suckers, Suicks, and large crankbaits. Fishermen also are catching muskies in shallow water around green weeds, if you can find them. The walleyes and panfish are in deep holes and are being caught on jigs tipped with fatheads. The walleyes are on the bottom and are biting very lightly right now. The panfish are suspended up about 6 to 8 feet off the bottom of those holes.
For deer hunting, the rut has started and the younger bucks were chasing does last week. There could be some rut activity yet during the gun season.
Turtle River Trading Co., Mercer, (715) 476-0123.