Southern Wisconsin Fishing Report – November 2nd, 2012


Fishing pressure has been light due to the weather. Anglers are reporting decent catches of crappies around the Maple Point area in 10 to 14 feet of water on minnows while drifting. Walleye action has slowed, with most of the action off of the rock bars along Kuno Trail. Some bluegill action is being found in the shallows on worms. A few muskie anglers have been casting crankbaits while hanging a large sucker around the boat. A few fish in the 45- to 50-inch range were reported. Beaver Dam Lake anglers have been reporting good catches of walleyes along the shorelines on white Twister tails or large fatheads. Many smaller walleyes are mixed in with keepers. Lake levels on Fox Lake have risen 4 to 6 inches with the recent rains. The piers are still in at the launches.
Tim Nehls’ Fish Tales Bait, (920) 520-0015.


In Port Washington, fishing in the harbor and marina areas remains steady, with chinooks and an occasional brown being caught in the north slip or power plant discharge areas. The rocks in Rotary Park have produced a few chinooks early or late in the day, and the preferred bait choice has been fresh spawn fished under a bobber. Some fish also have been taken on crankbaits or spoons fished near bottom. Trollers have caught only a few browns near shore in 20 to 50 feet of water.
Milwaukee River anglers are having some luck, and Estabrook Park is reporting the most fish. Chinooks are being caught on spawn sacs floated under bobbers. Recent rains have increased flow and should bring in more fish. Anglers around the Summerfest grounds were catching a few salmon and perch on three-way rigs with minnows or spawn sacs. Trollers caught a few fish in the gaps and river mouth by using crankbaits and spoons. The best fishing is in 50 to 100 feet of water for chinooks and cohos.
In Racine, fishing has been rather slow. A few browns and chinooks were caught off the piers and in the marina area. Spawn under a float or casting crankbaits worked best. A few trollers have ventured out and are getting a few fish in 30 to70 feet of water. Fishermen on the Root River were having limited success due to very low flows in the river. Fishing should improve as water levels rise.
Waterfowl hunters in Kenosha County have been greeted by a good number of ducks so far this season. Hunters reported good luck on mallards, woodies, and teal (with the occasional pintail, redhead, and gadwall) before the season split. More recently, hunters have been bagging scaup, ruddy ducks, and buffleheads. Although water levels are low, there are still plenty of spots to find ducks if you want to get away from the more convenient hunting spots.
DNR hotline, (414) 382-7920.
Smokey’s Bait Shop, (262) 691-0360.
Dick Smith’s Bait, (262) 646 2218.


Water levels on the Mississippi have been consistent at 7 feet, and are holding steady at a 47-degree temperature. Bluegills, perch, and crappies are biting on small jigs tipped with crawlers. Anglers are having success on walleyes, sauger, and smallmouths. Dark jigs, tipped with worms, are producing fish.
Stark’s Sport Shop, (608) 326-2478.


Anglers have been catching crappies on mini-mites and crappie rigs. The crappies are still hanging around the edges and they’re hitting suspended bait around 6 or 7 feet down. The cold weather should allow the walleyes to move in toward shore. Walleyes are hitting minnows and large jigs. Most are averaging 14 to 16 inches long.
Wilderness Fish and Game, (608) 643-2433.

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