Southern Wisconsin Fishing Report – May 3rd, 2013


At Beaver Dam, the ice is finally gone and shore anglers have been catching crappies from dusk to dark when the weather allows, on slip floats and minnows. The ice is out at Fox Lake, too, but high winds and low temperatures have kept most anglers off of open water, and docks are not yet in. Crappies are being caught on minnows and slip bobbers. Search for remnant weedbeds in 15 feet of water.
Nehls’ Fish Tales, (920) 520-0015.


In Sheboygan, the Sheboygan River has high, dirty water. Weedens Creek remains dirty and cold (36 degrees). There has been no activity on the Pigeon River due to high, dirty water. The Sheboygan piers have seen light fishing pressure during the past few days. Anglers mainly targeted the South Pier and were using shiners and spoons for browns and rainbows, but nothing was caught. Water on the lake side of both piers is quite clear, while water in the marina has low clarity. The 14th Street ramp remains under a massive snow pile.
In Port Washington, fishing pressure is low because of high water levels in Sauk Creek and cold weather. Sauk Creek has dropped considerably during the past week and has a water temperature around 38 degrees. Water within the marina is dirty, but water on the lake side of the pier has increased in clarity. A couple of people netted for smelt at the base of the North Pier, but they did not catch any.
In Milwaukee, the McKinley, Riverfront, and South Shore boat launches are open. Fishing has slowed for boaters trolling or jigging in the harbor for browns, and fishing also has been slow for shore anglers working under the Hoan bridge at Summerfest and Jones Island. Steelhead fishing has improved in Oak Creek. The Milwaukee River remains high with low water clarity. Fishing on the Menomonee River has been slow.
In Racine, the Root River discharged a large amount of muddy water into the lake for several days, transforming the water along the lakefront into a cloudy mess. After the thunderstorms moved out, anglers were challenged by winds gusting at 20 to 25 mph, temperatures in the 30s, and snow flurries. Only a few boats were seen leaving the Pershing Park ramps. Anglers fishing the marina and boat launch area with spawn sacs reported little success. The Root River was at flood stage late last week, and although flows have dropped down, the river is still high.
In Kenosha, a few browns have been taken by boaters and shore anglers in the harbor. Crankbaits have produced the best, and browns up to 15 pounds have been reported. Fishing pressure on the Pike River has been light because of heavy rain and thunderstorms, and the water level was still near the top of the banks on some of the bends at Petrifying Springs Park. Some anglers were seen working the river around the bridges on Hwy. A with no reports of fish taken.
DNR hotline, (414) 382-7920.
Smokey’s Bait Shop, (262) 691-0360.
Dick Smith’s Bait, (262) 646 2218.


At the Sauk dam, up to half of the gates are wide open and, consequently, angling effort is negligible. After a brief rise, water temps have fallen, though it is thought that the walleye spawn is completed. With remaining snow pack and rains in the upper Wisconsin River watershed, it will be some time before conditions improve. At Lake Wisconsin, anglers are catching some walleyes, but high waters and submerged hazards such as trees and debris have made safe navigation a challenge. Inland, anglers are catching crappies and bluegills at White Mound County Park and at Fish Lake and Crystal Lake. Turkey hunters are seeing a lot of toms. It seems that big flocks have broken up, but the toms are still in bachelor groups and not yet quarrelsome. Successful hunters have noted that many birds came in silently, without any gobbles at all, making patience important.
Wilderness Fish and Game, (608) 643-2433.

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