Southern Wisconsin Fishing Report – June 28th, 2013
BIG GREEN LAKE AREA
Smallmouths and panfish are starting to hit on Big Green Lake in 7 to 15 feet because the water is just starting to warm up a little bit.
North Bay Sport & Liquor, (920) 294-6462.
LAKE MICHIGAN/METRO AREA LAKES
In Sheboygan, anglers caught a mixed bag of cohos, rainbows, and a few chinooks in 100 to 180 feet of water. The Cleveland ramp was seeing light usage. Anglers caught a few 14-inch perch on the opener.
In Port Washington, trollers found good mixed-bag catches of mostly cohos, along with some steelhead, lakers, and kings. Catches came from 130 and 200 feet on flies and spoons, with most of the action at 180 feet. Pier fishing has been slow. Anglers fishing from the rocks and the power plant caught a few browns.
Milwaukee anglers found decent trolling action for cohos 25 to 50 feet down in 80 to 120 feet of water. Some anglers went out to 150 to 200 feet of water. Anglers at the McKinley pier caught a few cohos on alewives. Only a handful of perch were caught on the opener. Bender Park is now open for launching.
Racine trollers were having trouble finding cohos, but they did catch a bonus laker or king. Pier anglers caught just a few cohos last week, as most of the fish have moved to deep water.
A few Kenosha anglers caught a 10-perch limit in two hours on the opener. The best action was inside the breakwater.
DNR hotline, (414) 382-7920.
Smokey’s Bait Shop, (262) 691-0360.
Dick Smith’s Bait, (262) 646 2218.
Water temperatures warmed into the mid-60s on Lake Mendota last week. Mendota smallmouths were active on the bars in 10 to 12 feet of water. Some bluegills were showing up in shallow water, and a few perch were cruising in the shallows. Mendota weed edges are not quite defined yet, so the perch bite won’t really kick in until that weed edge is available. Bluegills are spawning along the whole north shore of Lake Monona and the south shore of Squaw Bay. Some bluegills that have finished spawning are on deeper weed edges. Perch also are tight to weeds. Largemouths are done spawning on Monona. Lake Waubesa, bluegills are up shallow; crappies are out just a little bit deeper. Lake Kegonsa bluegills are spawning. Try the golf course and state park.
D&S Bait & Tackle, (608) 244-3474.
Dorn Hardware, (608) 244-5403.
PRAIRIE DU CHIEN AREA
Panfish action was pretty good last week on the backwaters of the Mississippi River. Northern pike action also was good in the shallows. Trout fishermen are finding plenty of fish in the streams.
Stark’s Sport Shop, (608) 326-2478.
SAUK CITY AREA
The fishing has been very good. Anglers are catching big bluegills on White Mound Lake. The bluegills out there are done spawning, but they are hitting hard just off of the weed edge in 14 to 18 feet of water. Big muskies have been hitting on the Wisconsin River, with fish up to 50 inches long being caught. The best action has come on big twin bucktails, but some anglers are having good luck on surface lures. The smallies also are hammering on the Lower Wisconsin River. The water has been up, and anglers have been getting around all over. The dam gates were closed last week, so it will start getting tough to get around. Lake Wisconsin’s walleye fishing has been very good, with a lot of the fish still in the upper lake and around the river mouth. Fishermen also are catching some big crappies suspended over deeper water on Lake Wisconsin.
Wilderness Fish and Game, (608) 643-2433.
UPPER PENINSULA REPORT
Lake Gogebic fishing has been a little tough lately. Fishermen are catching large numbers of undersized walleyes on and off, making it very frustrating. Weather and wind direction continue to change constantly, causing the erratic bite. The walleyes are still hitting crawlers, leeches, and minnows in 8 to 14 feet of water. Trolling and drifting in 20 to 23 feet has been producing a few more keepers than fishing weed edges in shallower water. Bass are just as up and down as the walleyes, but they are still near the shorelines due to the weather. The perch have been showing good size, with most of the action over the mud in more than 20 feet of water. But the perch action, too, is inconsistent.
Bear’s Nine Pines Resort, (906) 842-3361.