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Southern Wisconsin Fishing Report - October 2nd, 2015


In Sheboygan, fishing has been slow on the north and south piers, but a few fish were caught. The morning has produced better than the evening, and at least one rainbow was caught on the lake side of the south pier on alewives. Most anglers continue to cast spoons inside of the harbor. The fishing pressure near the mouth of the river remains high, but only a couple of chinooks were reported. Few anglers have been seen fishing the Pigeon River, but a few Sheboygan River anglers have been targeting smallmouths and northern pike. A few chinooks have been seen in the river near Esslingen Park.

In Port Washington, shore fishing has been steady near the power plant discharge. A few small cohos and chinooks were caught, and the best baits have been spawn sacs or skein. Crankbaits have worked outside of the current, as well. Fishing was less productive in the north slip, along the coal dock wall, and off the breakwall. Very few trollers have been out, and few anglers have been seen in Sauk Creek.

In Milwaukee, water levels rose on the Milwaukee and Menomonee rivers after recent rains. Anglers fishing the Milwaukee River at Kletzsch Park reported a few chinooks swirling under the falls, but fishing has been slow. Chinooks continue to stage at the mouth of the river, and the most productive bait has been alewives. Some 3- to 5-pound browns also have been taken behind Summerfest on shiners or spoons. McKinley pier anglers continue to catch a few chinooks on alewives, spoons, and tube jigs. The early morning hours have been most productive. Boating activity in Milwaukee dropped off; those who did go out were primarily targeting chinooks in the gaps and at the mouth of the river. Several boat anglers were skunked or only caught one fish. South of the city, nice catches of chinooks and brown trout were landed on spoons along the Grant Park shoreline this week.

In Racine, fishing pressure was low at the ramp. Most boaters were trolling near shore for chinooks or fishing in 130 feet of water for lake trout. The south pier has been loaded with anglers, especially around sunrise with an average of more than 50 anglers on the pier at first light. Chinooks and cohos have been caught on alewives fished on the bottom, but success has been inconsistent.

Kenosha trollers have been able to land a few chinooks while fishing a couple hundred yards off the mouth of the Pike River. Shore anglers in the Kenosha harbor have been catching a few browns on tube jigs, as well as some chinooks on Gulp minnows and green and silver spoons. Many anglers have been working the shore at the mouth of the Pike River, but few reported any success. Chinooks could be seen surfacing about 100 yards off of the beach. The mouth of the Pike River is open.

DNR hotline, (414) 382-7920

Smokey’s Bait Shop, (262) 691-0360

Dick Smith’s Bait, (262) 646 2218

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