Central Wisconsin Fishing Report – April 29th, 2016c
DOOR PENINSULA AND ALGOMA/KEWAUNEE AREA
Well, we finally experienced some very nice weather in Door County and it really set the fish off. The walleye action has started to pick up now that water temps are on the rise. Trollers are finding some good action at night and now the day bite is starting and will get better, especially to the south of Henderson’s Point. Trolling 10 to 20 feet of water with Flicker Shads and Flicker Minnows is a great way to get a bunch of bites. Also, rip jigging is another great option and a very fun way to fish. Dragging around large suckers is another good option.
Brown trout action is consistent on the bay and lake. The best depths continue to be less than 20 feet while trolling floating Rapalas and Thundersticks.
Pike fishing has been going pretty good. They are starting to move into their post-spawn feeding pattern. Areas that have been good are downtown Sturgeon Bay, Sawyer Harbor, Little Sturgeon and the Riley’s Bay areas.
Fishermen are still seeing decent action in the Door County streams. And with the rain that is forecasted, we most likely will see another fresh run of steelhead. Try drifting spawn sacs and Gulp eggs or cast spinners.
Howie’s Tackle, (920) 746-9916.
Algoma Chamber of Commerce, (920) 487-3090.
GREEN BAY/APPLETON AREA
The walleye spawn is winding down on the Fox River, but anglers are still catching walleyes from the river. Now, walleyes are spread out as they move back toward Green Bay. Casting jigs or crankbaits and trolling are all working.
Smokey’s on the Bay Bait, Tackle and Guide Service, (920) 436-0600.
LA CROSSE AREA
Walleyes seemed to be in full spawn mode on the Mississippi River early last week and that has slowed the bite. Look for it to pick up again as the spawn winds down. Jigs and plastics are turning white bass below the dam, you’ll find crappies in the backwater areas, and channel catfish in the deeper pockets off wing dams. Turkey hunting reports have been very good.
Schafer’s Boats, (608) 781-3100.
Bob’s Bait and Tackle, (608) 782-5552.
LAKE WINNEBAGO AREA
Walleyes and white bass have been hitting in the Fox River near Oshkosh and in Lake Winnebago near the river’s mouth. Most anglers have been using jigs tipped with leeches or crawlers. Sturgeon were spawning furiously on the Wolf River last week. Wolf River walleye fishermen were finding fish all along the river.
Critter’s, (920) 582-0471.
Fox River Bait, (920) 233-7409.
Dutch’s, (920) 922-0311