Central Wisconsin Fishing Report – August 21st, 2015


Crappies and sunfish are hitting over 16 to 18 feet on Bear Trap Lake, Pike Lake, Balsam Lake, and the Apple River. Walleye action has slowed, but muskies are hitting bucktails on Lake Wapogasset and the Apple River. Hit the shallow slop on Long Lake with topwater baits for largemouth bass.

Lucky Baits (715) 268-6231


Salmon fishing can be classed as good throughout the Door County peninsula. Not crazy action, but consistent action, never the less. The best depths have been in 90 to 140 feet while fishing the top 60 foot of the water. The best baits continue to be Howie Flies behind flashers, along with an assortment of spoons like Maulers, Moonshines, and Silver Streaks.

Bass fishing is getting better and better as the days go on. The better areas have been the deeper shoreline drops, reefs, and shoals throughout the county. The best baits to have in the boat are tubes, drop-shot plastics, swim baits, and topwater baits. Fish from 15 feet out to 25 feet of water.

Perch fishing is getting better as we move through summer. Try Sturgeon Bay, Sawyer Harbor, the flats, Little Sturgeon, and the deep mud off of Chaudoir’s Dock. Minnows and worms have been the best baits.

Walleye fishing has been really good. Try Chaudoir’s Dock, Henderson’s Point, Larson’s Reef, and all of the off-shore structure north of Sturgeon Bay. Trolling crankbaits and crawler harnesses has been the best, but there is also a fair jig bite going right now.

Howie’s Tackle, (920) 746-9916

Algoma Chamber of Commerce, (920) 487-3090


Perch action is getting better with some nice catches being reported on the east side of the bay. Chaudoir’s Dock area and Bayshore are areas that have been producing fish. 

Walleye action is continuing on the west side, with nice “eater” fish being reported in the Oconto area. Best action has been found in the deeper areas. Concentrate your efforts in the 25- to 30-foot areas. Crawler harnesses and crankbaits have been working.

Muskie action has been slow, but reports of some fish being taken are starting to come in. Weed growth is the key. Most of the action is being found there. Look for it to take off in the next couple of weeks. Bucktails and rubber are the baits of choice. Stick with the natural colors for now.

Shore action by the river mouth has been good. Crappies up to 15 inches have been reported. Catfish action continues to be good at the mouth and farther upriver.

Smokey’s on the Bay Bait, Tackle and Guide Service, (920) 436-0600


There have been reports of an early morning bite for king salmon, but that’s hit or miss. Before sunup, use glow spoons and glow J-plugs or silver Horde plugs run off of surface boards with leadcore (two to four) colors or up to half an ounce of lead 150 feet behind the board in 30 to 60 feet of water. Water temps are in the low 60s. There may be some cold water in between the power plants near shore in 20 to 35 feet. Rainbows are hitting on anything orange or green and silver in the top 30 feet over deeper waters out to 250 feet. Boaters launching at Two Creeks have caught up to six fish per boat by fishing from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Coming into the Two Creeks launch at night can be a bit dicey; there are no lights and there are pilings from an old 18th century pier on the north side, at least 250 feet out. Plus, it’s all rocks north and south of the launch. Bring a spotlight. Pier anglers are picking up a few fish by casting green and silver Mr. Champs or Cleos and soaking an alewife off of the bottom. Commercial nets are still in front of Two Rivers in 70 to 120 feet from off south water tower to off the north radio tower.

WCUB Radio, (920) 683-6800


The Petenwell and Castle Rock flowages have been tough to fish the past weeks. Low water levels, cloudy water, and high winds have made things tough to fish. On the decent days, walleyes were active on Petenwell in 10 or more feet of water on trolled crankbaits. Castle Rock also has been producing walleyes for those drifting with a jig and minnow in deeper water. Smallmouth bass are hitting on crankbaits early and late in the day along the rocks on the east side of the lake, just north of the dam.

Water levels below the Castle Rock dam have been very low. Water levels increased recently, and the muskie action really picked up during the weekend with some boaters boating two fish in an evening trip. Bucktails and topwaters seem to be the ticket.

Lake Mason crappies are still being caught by those drifting with a jig and small minnow. Largemouth bass have been active in Crooked and Peppermill lakes west of Oxford on frog imitations. Larger flocks of local Canada geese have been extremely active as some of the small grain and vegetable crops in the area are being harvested.

Petenwell Sports, (608) 564 7707

Castle Rock Dam Bait Shop, (608) 339-2967

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