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Southern Wisconsin Fishing Report - September 4th, 2015


In Sheboygan, trollers averaged a couple of fish per boat. Chinooks, rainbows, and lakers were reported in similar numbers, with the most success coming from water 70 to 90 feet deep. The fishing has been better during the early morning, as most boats reported little to no action after 10 a.m. Pier fishing has been slow, but a few chinooks and rainbows were taken off the north pier near the lighthouse. All fish were caught by soaking alewives, and early morning hours produced the best.

In Ozaukee County, trolling improved, with boats averaging about five fish each. Rainbows were the most common, followed closely by chinooks. Most fish were taken by trollers working in 80 to 100 feet of water, and watermelon, white, and glow spoons all produced. Shore angling off of the breakwall has been slow. Almost all fish have been taken by soaking alewives, but alewives have been harder to come by than in previous weeks. A few browns have been caught along the south wall of the harbor.

Milwaukee trollers have been fishing 90 to 110 feet of water from the filtration plant north to the towers on Capitol Drive. A mix of chinooks, cohos, rainbows, and lake trout have been taken, with chartreuse spoons producing well. Success has tapered off for boats jigging spoons and Gulp in the gaps. To the south of Milwaukee, boats targeting chinooks and cohos has decent luck trolling between the No. 14 and No. 16 cans off of Wind Point in 55 feet of water. Shore anglers have been struggling to find alewives. Some anglers have been using golden shiners instead, but dead alewives have out-produced the shiners.

In Racine, the majority of boaters were targeting chinooks and cohos in 55 feet of water off of Wind Point. Fishing on the Racine shoreline has been slow.

Kenosha trollers have been catching a few chinooks and rainbows in 60 to 70 feet of water, and others have reported some limited success for chinooks while fishing on “the hill.” Brown trout fishing has begun to improve for shore anglers in the harbor, with white tube jigs and glow spoons producing. A few rainbows also have been caught off the south pier on alewives. The weedbeds in the Simmons Island boat harbor are loaded with bluegills and a few crappies. The water in the boat harbor is clear, and the fish are easy to locate.

DNR hotline, (414) 382-7920

Smokey’s Bait Shop, (262) 691-0360

Dick Smith’s Bait, (262) 646 2218


Things have slowed down on the Madison chain. Smallmouth bass on Lake Mendota remained fairly active during the cold snap. Guys also were catching a few nice pike along the weed edges. The perch action has been sporadic at best, with some perch along weed edges on the west shore and a few other places. Lake Monona’s bluegill action has really tapered off, but there are still a few being caught on the weed edges and over weeds.

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

Dorn Hardware, (608) 244-5403

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