DOOR PENINSULA AND ALGOMA/KEWAUNEE AREA
The whitefish action has been fantastic throughout Door County. A few spots include Henderson’s Point, the deep water in front of Little Sturgeon and Riley’s Bay, Larson’s Reef, and from the Old Stone Quarry north to Egg Harbor along the steep shorelines and deeper structure. It seems like the active fish are hanging around the deeper water – all the way out past 90 feet. Tipping your jigs with minnow pieces, wax worms, spikes, and Gulp waxies is always a good bet.
The perch fishing has been slow to fair. There are always going to be those groups that do fairly well, but they put in their time. Little Sturgeon can be good at times if you can stay away from the heavy-traffic areas. The deeper water from Henderson’s Point south to Chaudoir’s Dock can also be good, but you have to do some searching, and some of the deeper water around Riley’s Bay and Sand Bay also can be good at times.
Walleye fishing has been going well with some very big fish being iced in recent weeks. The biggest fish we heard of (released) was a 13¼-pounder. There also have been numerous 10-pound-plus fish released, which is good to see. There are many areas to target walleyes. Some of those areas are the whole Henderson’s Point shoreline, Riley’s Bay area, Sand Bay including Larson’s Reef, along with the shoreline and structure to the north of the Old Stone Quarry. Tip your jigs with large lake shiners or minnow heads. Some anglers also are having success with suckers under tip-ups or dead sticks.
Pike fishing is going pretty good. Little Sturgeon, Sawyer Harbor, downtown Sturgeon Bay, Egg Harbor, and Ephraim all have produced some nice pike. Try suckers or golden shiners suspended under tip-ups.
There have been some spotty catches of brown trout being reported from the northern harbors from Egg Harbor north to Sister Bay.
Howie’s Tackle, (920) 746-9916.
Algoma Chamber of Commerce, (920) 487-3090.
GREEN BAY/APPLETON AREA
Green Bay ice is in good shape in most places. Near-shore areas have 15 inches. The Dykesville area has good ice, but the bite has been slower. Guys are catching a few whitefish and perch. Gold spoons have been working in the clear water. There is about 9 to 11 inches of ice on most of the Fox River, where the walleye bite has been pretty good. Anglers are catching a number of walleyes running 15 to 25 inches.
Smokey’s on the Bay Bait, Tackle and Guide Service, (920) 436-0600.
LA CROSSE AREA
Anglers have been catching a few bluegills and crappies on Lake Onalaska and Lake Neshonoc on standard presentations. There are quite a few guys fishing Lake Onalaska, but no one has been getting out on the Mississippi River to any extent at this point.
Schafer’s Boats, (608) 781-3100.
Bob’s Bait & Tackle, (608) 782-5552