DOOR PENINSULA AND ALGOMA/KEWAUNEE AREA
There is not much to report as of yet. We are just starting to get some walkable ice forming on some of the inner bays, such as in Little Sturgeon, Sawyer Harbor, and inside “the cup” in Dykesville. Very limited fishing reports were coming in through last week. The few people we talked to said they caught a few small perch and a couple of pike. We expect more fishermen to venture out soon, but as of right now they will be limited to those three areas mentioned above. Maybe by this week Riley’s Bay may have some fairly safe ice. The best baits for perch are lake shiners and wax worms. And for the pike, use large golden shiners and small suckers under tip-ups.
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.
IRON COUNTY AREA
The ice is starting to get much thicker up here. Last week there was 5 to 7 inches of ice on all lakes. There is about a 1-inch layer of slush between the clear and cloudy ice, though. Most people can walk out there, and people are starting to drive snowmobiles across the ice. They are catching some nice walleyes and a few northerns, along with some panfish. Tip-ups are working the best with golden shiners and suckers. For the people jigging, a tungsten jig tipped with a wax worm or minnow has been effective. The first shanties went out last week.
Turtle River Trading Co., Mercer, (715) 476-0123.
Deer hunting is occurring in Buckhorn State Park, the Yellow River State Wildlife Area, and Buckhorn State Wildlife Area. Check out hunting maps online or at the park office for areas that are open for bow deer hunting only. Ice cover is improving on Castle Falls Flowage and Petenwell Flowage.
Petenwell Sports, (608) 564 7707.