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Southern Wisconsin Fishing Report - May 29th, 2015

Fox Lake walleyes are hitting trolled lures, but anglers are catching a lot of short fish because of the cold weather. Crappie fishing has been good in deeper water. The crappies are done spawning. Bluegills are hitting along the shorelines. Beaver Dam Lake anglers are catching a lot of catfish and bullheads from shore. Emily Lake bluegills are in along the shorelines, too. The bass also are hitting on Emily. Little Green has been slow overall. Big Green bluegills are hitting in Beyer’s Cove and in town.
    Tim Nehls’ Fish Tales Bait, (920) 520-0015.

At Sheboygan, trollers were catching browns and lake trout in 20 to 35 feet on spoons. Pier fishing was slow.
Port Washington trollers were fishing near shore and around the harbor for lakers, browns, rainbows, and chinooks on spoons and crankbaits in 20 to 30 feet of water. Shore anglers fishing at the power plant and Rotary Park caught browns and rainbows.
Milwaukee shore anglers were catching nice browns on the lake side of the pier when winds were out of the west and the water was clear. Most were using spoons and crankbaits. Shore anglers also caught a few browns behind the Summerfest grounds. At Oak Creek, the power plant pier and Grant Park pier, browns and cohos were hitting spoons and tube jigs. Trollers targeted cohos and browns in the harbor and around the gap when the water was calm. There were some Oak Creek steelhead in the deep holes.
In Racine, trollers caught decent numbers of cohos off of the south breakwall. Shore fishing was slow because of high winds.
In Kenosha, trollers were running downriggers in 100 feet of water for cohos and lakers. Shore fishing was hit and miss. Guys who put in their time caught cohos from the end of piers on minnows or live bait. Fishing inside the harbor was slow.
    DNR hotline, (414) 382-7920.
Smokey’s Bait Shop, (262) 691-0360.
Dick Smith’s Bait, (262) 646 2218.

Water temperatures that were in a warming trend cooled a bit and were in the mid-50s last week. Lake Mendota catfish action was pretty good around Governor’s Island and up in Cherokee Marsh. Bass fishing has been good along weed edges in 8 to 12 feet of water. Lake Monona panfish action has been decent in 4 to 7 feet of water in any of the bays, with some bluegills up to 8 inches and some decent crappies being caught. There has been some good muskie action on Lake Monona. Lake Waubesa has seen some good action for nice crappies in the Lake Farm Park area and on the lake’s south end. The crappies are usually around the piers, but they can be out farther from shore on colder days. Lake Kegonsa has seen a little crappie and bluegill action.
    D&S Bait & Tackle, (608) 244-3474.
    Dorn Hardware, (608) 244-5403.

Shore fishermen have been heading to Crystal Lake and Lake Wisconsin for crappies, along with a few walleyes. For crappies and a few walleyes on Lake Wisconsin, try fishing at Harmony Grove and Okee at the bridge.
    Wilderness Fish and Game, (608) 643-5229.
    McFarlane’s True Value, (608) 643-3321.


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