Southern Wisconsin Fishing Report - July 27th, 2012
LAKE MICHIGAN/METRO AREA LAKES
Trollers in Sheboygan have been catching decent numbers of chinooks, along with a few cohos, and rainbow and brown trout. Water temperatures near shore have warmed up. Fish have been around 90 to 100 feet of water early in the morning, and then have been moving deeper to the 120- to 140-foot range.
In Port Washington, trollers have been catching mostly chinooks, along with some cohos and rainbows in 50 to 130 feet of water. Fishing has slowed off the pier due to recent north and northeast winds.
Many Milwaukee trollers stayed in the harbor recently due to high waves. Spoons and plastics fished in the gaps have produced chinooks. When the lake conditions are good, trollers have been catching decent numbers of chinooks and cohos, along with a few lakers and rainbow trout. Most boats have been in 50 to 105 feet of water, with baits about 30 to 60 feet down. Perch fishing off McKinley pier has been slow; the few perch that have been caught were taken on minnows and small jigs fished off the rocks.
In Racine, trollers have had great success using Dipsey divers and flies or spoons from 40 to 80 feet down in 50 to 105 feet of water. Those fishing from shore have had their best luck on browns by soaking alewives or casting spoons at low light. Perch fishing is slow from shore, with most fish caught on minnows under a slip bobber. Those in boats jigging for perch along the rock wall by Meyers ramp have had success with minnows under slip bobbers.
In Waukesha County, hot and dry conditions have caused a decrease in fishing activity. Water tempss have become as high as 88 degrees on Pewaukee Lake. Anglers are reporting some success with panfish on Upper and Lower Nemahbin. Above normal water temps are believed to be the cause of some northern pike kills on Phantom and Eagle Spring lakes. Bow fishermen are reporting good success along the Fox River near Big Bend.
DNR hotline, (414) 382-7920.
Smokey’s Bait Shop, (262) 691-0360.
Dick Smith’s Bait, (262) 646 2218.
PRAIRIE DU CHIEN AREA
Mississippi River fishing has been slow during the heat and very few anglers had ventured out during the daytime hours. With the cooler temperatures, anglers are once again returning to the waters. Anglers reported catching bluegills near the spillway of lock and dam 10. One fisherman reported catching a 12-inch crappie along the riprap shoreline downstream from the spillway. Largemouth bass can be found hiding beneath the large lily pad leaves and have been striking just about any frog lure thrown their way. Anglers at O’ Leary Lake were catching small striped bass off the Eagle Point barge.
Stark’s Sport Shop, (608) 326-2478.