The local panfish bite continues to be impressive, with crappies being found in 8 to 12 feet and sunfish in 4 to 8 feet on Sand Lake, Lake Wapogasset, and Bear Trap Lake among others. Walleyes are now hanging on the deep weedlines and hitting leeches or crawlers on Balsam Lake, Upper Turtle Lake, and North Twin Lake.
Lucky Baits (715) 268-6231
DOOR PENINSULA AND ALGOMA/KEWAUNEE AREA
Fishing on Lake Michigan has been going well with positive reports coming in from Algoma, Sturgeon Bay, and Bailey’s Harbor. Fishermen are catching a mix of kings, rainbows, and some lake trout. We have had some fair reports of mostly kings being caught in 75 to 125 feet, with the average catch being three to 10 fish per day. The fishermen who have been willing to burn a little more gas say the action has been better out in 200 to 400 feet. The boaters that reported in from out there have been averaging 10-plus fish per trip, and some had limit catches.
Walleye fishing during the day has been good, especially from the Chaudoir’s Dock area and south. Try 15 to 23 feet and then move a bit shallower toward dusk. The evening bite is also still going well throughout the peninsula from Henderson’s Point north to Sister Bay, while fishing any of the rocky shoreline drop-offs in 8 to 18 feet of water with crankbaits.
Bass-fishing action continues to get better as the water warms up. It has been a very odd year up until this point as far as the bass fishing is concerned. The weather has played a significant role in the “setup” of the water and made the pattern a bit unpredictable. When we have stable weather for a couple days in a row, the bass fishing is on fire.
Howie’s Tackle, (920) 746-9916.
Algoma Chamber of Commerce, (920) 487-3090.
LAKE WINNEBAGO AREA
The “cane” bite has been consistent, with some big walleyes being caught on lakes Winneconne and Poygan. Anglers also are catching a lot of 14- to 17-inch walleyes in the canes. But the walleyes aren’t only being found in the shallow stuff. The trolling bite in Poygan and Winneconne has been good on troller harnesses and crankbaits. White bass are hitting in the Wolf River. The walleye trolling bite has been consistent over the mud on Lake Winnebago.
Critter’s, (920) 582-0471.
Fox River Bait, (920) 233-7409.
Dutch’s, (920) 922-0311.
The Waller’s Pond area of Castle Rock Flowage has been producing nice catches of crappies and white bass. Muskies have been extremely active below the Petenwell and Castle Rock dams. Try No. 8 bucktails in bright colors. A local muskie club held a tournament on Castle Rock, with a 50-inch fish being released. Channel catfish fishing on stink bait has been productive in the river areas. Big flathead catfish are being caught on large suckers below the Castle Rock dam. Lake Mason has been producing some crappies and largemouths near wood.
Petenwell Sports, (608) 564 7707.
Castle Rock Dam Bait Shop, (608) 339-2967.