Central Wisconsin Fishing Report – December 25th, 2015


The brown trout fishing has been

pretty good along the Lake Michigan shoreline thanks to the warm water. Guys are using crankbaits and Mauler spoons in the 5- to 15-foot range. Smallmouth bass fishing has been decent, too, in 20 to 40 feet of water on blade baits, tube jigs, and suckers. Pike fishing has been going well in downtown Sturgeon Bay, in Sawyer Harbor, and in Little Sturgeon Bay. There has been some good perch fishing for the five or six guys who still have their boats out. The walleye night bite has been pretty decent along shoreline breaks, but there is also some nighttime casting going on in downtown Sturgeon Bay with crankbaits

Howie’s Tackle, (920) 746-9916

Algoma Chamber of Commerce, (920) 487-3090


It has been unseasonably warm, with no ice formation in sight. Be sure to take advantage of this warm weather. The Brown County metro archery deer hunt goes until the end of January.

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


The Mississippi River remains ice-free and continues offering tremendous fishing and waterfowl viewing opportunities. Anglers are working the backwaters for panfish and pike – even a few bass. The walleyes are in their typical spots – below the dams and along the wing dams. Most ducks and geese are wearing their most striking plumage of the year. A sharp-eyed bird watcher spotted a male long-tailed duck, formerly known as an oldsquaw, along the Mississippi River near Lynxville in Crawford County. The same observer also noted numerous wood ducks in the same general area. Long-tailed ducks are diving ducks, known to plunge to depths of 200 feet or more, and are rarely seen in the generally shallow waters of western Wisconsin.

Schafer’s Boats, (608) 781-3100

Bob’s Bait and Tackle, (608) 782-5552


Sturgeon-spearing season is fast approaching for the Lake Winnebago system, but you would not believe it when you see that the entire system is still ice-free. Mother Nature works in mysterious ways and rest assured, we will have ice come February. Now is a good time to begin to prepare yourself for the sturgeon-spearing season by getting your gear and ice safety equipment ready. 

Critter’s, (920) 582-0471

Fox River Bait, (920) 233-7409

Dutch’s, (920) 922-0311.


The anglers fishing Petenwell and Castle Rock flowages have been reporting keeper-sized walleyes with lots of “shorts” mixed into the catch. Ring worms and Twister tails in orange and yellow have been producing the most fish. The area below the Castle Rock dam has been hot for 16- to 17-inch walleyes. Blue, 4-inch ring worms rigged on jigs are working well.

Mason Lake has been producing nice catches of crappies near The Cove on small jigs and wax worms.

Petenwell Sports, (608) 564 7707

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

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