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Southern Wisconsin Fishing Report - November 27th, 2015


Sheboygan River water levels are about average for this time of year, and some cohos and fair numbers of brown trout remain in the river. Fishing off the piers has been generally slow, but occasional browns have been caught.

In Milwaukee, decent numbers of brown trout can be found in the harbor. Fair numbers are moving up the Milwaukee River. Flows are dropping on the Milwaukee and Menomonee rivers, and Oak Creek is very low.

In Racine, most anglers at the lakefront have been concentrating near the boat ramp and off the docks in Reefpoint Marina. Decent numbers of browns are in the harbor, and some steelhead also are starting to move in. Fish were processed at the Root River Steelhead Facility for the last time Nov. 9, and the facility is now shut down for the season. More than 900,000 coho eggs were collected, and DNR crews handled 1,436 cohos, 1,309 chinooks, 86 browns, and nine rainbows.

In Kenosha, browns can be seen jumping in the harbor, and a few have been caught near the hotel on white tube jigs tipped with wax worms or on spawn sacs.

DNR hotline, (414) 382-7920

Smokey’s Bait Shop, (262) 691-0360

Dick Smith’s Bait, (262) 646 2218


Fishing has been a little quiet lately, partly due to windy weather. Water temps were still around 50 degrees. On Lake Mendota, there was some walleye action, with smaller fish being caught by guys at night from shore, or by jigging deeper water around Governor’s Island during the day. Panfish were hitting on Monona Bay, or over the deep flats on the north end of lake. Guys are drifting suckers or trolling for Lake Monona muskies, and they are catching some fish. Guys also are catching walleyes at night on Lake Monona, from about 11 p.m. to 2 a.m., by casting crankbaits from shore. There has been some muskie action on Lake Waubesa; otherwise fishing out there has been pretty quiet. There has been some walleye action on Lake Wisconsin for smaller fish. Beaver Dam Lake has had some action on nice perch.

D&S Bait and Tackle, (608) 244-3474

Dorn Hardware, (608) 244-5403

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