Central Wisconsin Fishing Report – May 27th, 2016


Bass fishing is off to a good start and will get better with the forecasted nice weather. There have been good reports coming from the whole Door County Peninsula. The warmest water is to the south, from the Sturgeon Bay Flats down to Little Sturgeon where there is now some bedding starting. To the north, fishermen have been finding some nice pods of active pre-spawn fish getting ready to push into the shallows. 

Walleye fishing in Door County is good to very good, especially at night. The best areas have been the shoreline to the north of the Old Stone Quarry, Sherwood Point, and from Henderson’s Point down to Chaudoir’s Dock. At night, the best baits have been Husky Jerks, Smithwick Rogues and Flicker Shads, fishing in water 20 feet or less. During the day, the best bite seems to be from Chaudoir’s Dock south, with 15 to 28 feet of water the best depth.  Flicker Minnow and Flicker Shads have been the best baits. Shore fishermen in Sturgeon Bay are also still doing well at night. Suspending crankbaits and soft plastic swim baits have been the best

Out on the big lake, lake trout anglers have been having some good action in the 60- to 90-foot range fishing with bright Mauler spoons and some flasher/fly combos, weather and wind permitting. Brown trout action is still fair along the Lake Michigan shoreline in less than 30 feet of water.

Perch season opened on May 20. We anticipate a pretty good year with all of the perch that we were seeing at the end of winter and into spring. Look for weed beds and or schooling fish out in the deeper mud areas. 

Howie’s Tackle, (920) 746-9916.

Algoma Chamber of Commerce, (920) 487-3090.


Walleyes continue to be caught in the Fox River, although in smaller numbers than some weeks ago. Successful anglers are using cranks, jigs, live bait and flies. Boaters are landing more walleyes than shore anglers. Catfish have been caught up and down the river. The best time is in the evenings and into the night with live bait just off of the bottom. Anglers fishing live bait and crankbaits are catching decent numbers of white bass. Sheepshead catches have been very high. Anglers at Voyager Park, off the shoreline near Schenck and the mouth of the river, are catching them throughout the day. The river continues to have a large amount of carp just behind the De Pere dam in Voyager Park. 

Spawning muskie pairs are showing up with increased frequency along the shore line. Other fish being caught include gobies, smallmouth bass and crappie. Water clarity was low. Carp bowfishermen heading out onto Duck Creek are landing fish at decent rates. Launching at night is producing the best results. A fair amount of smaller northern pike were caught on Duck Creek. Crankbaits were producing the best bite. Walleye catch rates were hit or miss on the lower end of the bay for boaters launching from the Metro and Suamico launches. Winds kept anglers off the water during much of the week. Crankbaits were being used at a higher rate than crawler harnesses, but both caught fish. 

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


Pike have been active in Lake Necedah. Walleye action below the dam has been slow. Walleye fishing has been good on the Petenwell Flowage, with reports of slot fish and a few legals. Trolling Flicker Shad in 5 to 10 feet of water has been the best bet. Good catches of white bass are reported below the Petenwell dam. Channel cats have been active. Anglers are catching lots of short walleyes on the Castle Rock Flowage. The Buckhorn bridge area has been quiet. Smallmouth bass are starting to bed downstream of the Castle Rock dam. Muskie action throughout the Wisconsin River has been spotty, with small daily windows of activity. Smaller baits have been most productive. Due to colder than normal water temps, bowfishermen are having problems finding concentrations of fish.

Largemouth bass are beginning to bed in Goose and Peppermill lakes. Bass and bluegill fishing has been good on Lake Mason.

Petenwell Sports, (608) 564 7707.

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

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