Southern Wisconsin Fishing Report – August 23rd, 2013
LAKE MICHIGAN/METRO AREA LAKES
Many trollers out of Sheboygan saw varied success, with the average catch about four fish per boat. Fish have been caught from 35 to 300 feet of water. The better catches seem to be at 300 feet on spoons, flashers and flies, and J-plugs. Fishing remains slow off the piers and shorelines.
In Port Washington, trollers have been catching a mixed bag of small kings, rainbows, lakers, and cohos mostly in 70 and 110 feet of water, but catches were reported anywhere between 45 and 375 feet. Anglers continue to mark lots of bait. Fishing pressure remains low on the pier. Small perch continue to be caught, along with a couple of small browns and chinooks, off the end of the pier.
In Milwaukee, chinook fishing for trollers was fairly strong last week 35 to 60 feet down in 75 to 105 feet of water. Lakers also were caught. The average catch per boat was about five fish, with some larger kings up to 25 pounds. Anglers at McKinley pier caught a few brown trout on green spoons or white plastics. Perch fishing has been slow off of the pier. The best place to target them would be off of the rocks at first light. A few small perch have been caught in the river channel under the Hoan Bridge.
Trollers in Racine reported chinooks caught while fishing 45 feet down in 80 to 90 feet of water near the Oak Creek power plant. Glow spoons have produced well. Shore fishing was slow, although a few chinooks were caught on alewives off of the South Pier during the overnight hours. Perch fishing remains slow. The surface temperature at the lakefront averaged 65 to 68 degrees during the week.
Kenosha trollers have been doing well during the early morning or late-evening hours, but fishing has been slow during the day. The hills have been producing a few mature chinooks, and smaller chinooks have been taken out of 45 feet of water just north of the harbor. Some boaters reported nice catches of perch off the north side of the breakwall. A few anglers have been catching some nice perch on tube jigs while fishing for browns. There were few perch anglers seen on the shoreline.
DNR hotline, (414) 382-7920.
Smokey’s Bait Shop, (262) 691-0360.
Dick Smith’s Bait, (262) 646 2218.
Water temperatures have dropped down a bit. Lake Mendota is still providing some perch, but there are fewer anglers showing up to fish for them. The better catches are coming in the middle of the day and in deeper water – down to 31 feet. In the mornings, guys have been picking away at them on the weedlines. There also have been some bluegills on those weedlines. A 7-pound largemouth recently was caught on Lake Mendota. Lake Monona muskie action has been picking up, as it has on Lake Waubesa. Panfish have been mostly suspended over deeper water on Monona and Waubesa, but a few also are being caught on weed edges.
In Iowa County, water levels and weather on the Lower Wisconsin State Riverway have been making for some great paddling, fishing, and camping. Fishing has been good for smallmouth bass, panfish, walleyes, and sauger. Fishing on Cox Hollow has been consistent, with panfish, bass, and a few walleyes being caught.
D&S Bait & Tackle, (608) 244-3474.
Dorn Hardware, (608) 244-5403.
MINOCQUA/WOODRUFF/ LAKE TOMAHAWK AREA
Largemouth bass action is fair to good. There is very little topwater action. Plunging heavy jigs/weighted hooks with creature baits is the best way to get big largemouths. Walleye action is fair to good. Deep rocks have been the best for fish up to 27 inches on large leeches or crawlers on jigs or Lindy rigs. Eater fish are on deep weedlines of 14 to 18 feet. Smallie action is fair to good. Smallies are not as concentrated as usual on rocks; try sand grass flats. Muskie action is fair to good. With the lower temps use a slower retrieve. Pull out the jerkbaits to work over and outside weed flats.
Island Sport Shop, (715) 356-4797.
Great Outdoors, (715) 356-6818.
J & J Sports, (715) 277-2616.
SAUK CITY AREA
With the cooler nights, the water temperature on the Wisconsin River has dropped a few degrees and the walleyes and smallmouths have been biting. Lake Wisconsin has been slow for fishing, but better opportunities will start there as the water cools.
Wilderness Fish and Game, (608) 643-2433.
UPPER PENINSULA REPORT
Lake Gogebic fishing has not changed. Anglers continue to fish weeds in 6 to 10 feet of water for walleyes and perch, using crawlers and leeches. Deeper weedlines are producing some nice smallies and pike. Crawler harnesses worked along bottom in 24 to 30 feet are producing a few nice catches of walleyes.
Bear’s Nine Pines, (906) 842-3361.