Jigs and fathead minnows or slip bobbers and leeches are triggering walleyes in shallow water on Balsam Lake, Lake Wapogasset, Butternut Lake, and Big Round Lake. Crappies are hitting best during the afternoon hours in 3 to 6 feet on Bear Trap Lake, Cedar Lake, Balsam, and Wapogasset.
Lucky Baits (715) 268-6231
DOOR PENINSULA AND ALGOMA/KEWAUNEE AREA
The opener to the bass season in Door County was fantastic and will just continue to get better and better. The water temps are much warmer than previous years at this point, and that really triggered those fish throughout the whole county. The best fishing with the largest concentrations of fish are in the southern three bays – Little Sturgeon, Riley’s Bay, and Sandbay. Other good areas to try early in the season are the Sturgeon Bay flats and Sawyer Harbor because the water generally warms up fairly quickly in those areas. The best depths have been less than 10 feet, concentrating around the bottom transition areas. The best baits to have in the boat are tubes, grubs, Paddle tails, hair jigs, and suspending crankbaits. The bass are already showing up in the northern part of the county, but as the water warms up there it will become that much better.
Walleye action has been going very good during the day and at night. Good areas to fish are the Sherwood Point area, Henderson’s Point, Sugar Creek, and Chaudoir’s Dock. The bite to the north of the Old Stone Quarry is also going well primarily in the evening along the primary drop-off. Flicker Shads, Flicker Minnows, Husky Jerks, Rouge’s, and Bandit baits have all been productive baits.
Brown trout reports are a bit slower, but are still coming in from the bay side and the lake side, along with some good catches of lake trout mixed in on the lake side. Thirty feet of water or less has been the best depth, and crankbaits and spoons have been the best baits.
Pike fishing has been going OK, especially right in downtown Sturgeon Bay. Casting and trolling large crankbaits has been good, as has been drifting with large suckers
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.
LA CROSSE AREA
Northern pike are hitting live bait, spinners, and spoons in the shallows of the back bays along the Mississippi River. Guys are finding real nice crappies in the dredge hole on Lake Onalaska while drifting. Bass fishermen have been doing well on Onalaska, as well. They’re starting to look at spinnerbaits. Anglers just started reporting some bluegill action, so that should improve over the next two weeks.
Schafer’s Boats, (608) 781-3100.
Bob’s Bait & Tackle, (608) 782-5552.
LAKE WINNEBAGO AREA
Anglers are still catching white bass and walleyes on the Wolf River. Anglers were pulling flies in the Fox River in Oshkosh and they were catching a lot of white bass.
Trolling is starting to pick up on Lake Poygan for walleyes as the water temperatures start to move up.
Critter’s Wolf River Sports, (920) 582-0471.
Fox River Bait, (920) 233-7409.
Dutch’s Trading Post, (920) 922-0311.
NECEDAH / NEKOOSA AREA
The white bass fishing has been hot above the Nekoosa dam, below the Petenwell dam, and in Castle Rock Flowage near the Buckhorn Bridge. Crappies also have been caught at The Buckhorn bridge in Juneau County and in Klein Creek on the Adams County side. Walleyes are in the post-spawn phase, but we are still getting scattered reports of slot fish being caught throughout the system.
Channel catfish have been hitting well below the Castle Rock dam on fathead minnows, with smallmouth bass starting to show up. Muskies have been active below the Castle Rock dam with fish up to 48 inches caught. A white Mini Medusa is the bait of choice.
Bowfishermen have still been taking large catches of spawning buffalo in the cattails. Reports of another fish over 70 pounds came in last week.
Crappie fishing has been hot on Lake Mason on jigs and plastics.
Petenwell Sports, (608) 564 7707.
Castle Rock Dam Bait Shop, (608) 339-2967.