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Southern Wisconsin Fishing Report - May 27th, 2016

LAKE MICHIGAN/METRO AREA LAKES

In Ozaukee County, Sauk Creek is low and clear and the water was 54 degrees. Some browns at the power plant were caught on blue and silver spoons. The Army Corps has started repairs on the breakwall of the north pier in Port Washington, and access to the pier is prohibited through July 3.

In Sheboygan County, the Sheboygan and Pigeon rivers are clear and low. The Sheboygan River was in the lower 60s over the weekend and the Pigeon river was in the upper 50s. One angler caught five pike on the Pigeon one day. There’ve been a lot of baitfish around South Pier. All Sheboygan fish cleaning stations and bathrooms are open.

In Kenosha County, few boats were out on the lake through the cold snap, but a few were trolling the harbor. A few cohos were caught by boaters. Pier activity was light with high wind. A few browns and cohos had been caught earlier. Water clarity was much better inside the harbor than outside the harbor. A few coho salmon had been reported being caught in the morning.

In Racine County, Root River fishing pressure was down to a handful of anglers through May 16. Those that went out had a mixed bag of mainly suckers, with only one steelhead reported. Other anglers began to target bass, with a few smallmouths reported. Baits of choice were spawn sacs, spinners, and streamer flies for steelhead, nightcrawlers for suckers, and jigs and twister tails for bass. The water was 64 F.

In Milwaukee County, fishing picked up thanks to a few days with west winds. Anglers were seen on McKinley Pier. A 3-pound brown trout and an 8-pound lake trout were landed by anglers casting Cleos. Northeast winds kept anglers off the pier most of the week. A few anglers have fished the harbor behind Summerfest. Nice catches of brown trout (up to 8 pounds) and coho (2- to 3-pound average) were caught with shiners, fathead minnows, and spoons. The catch rate increased whenever the wind was out of the west. Activity at the McKinley and Riverfront boat launches has picked up. The water level on the Oak Creek continues to drop. Anglers reported seeing nice rainbows in the creek, but they’re easily spooked. A couple of 15- to 16-inch brown trout were released on South Metro Pier by anglers casting Cleos.

DNR hotline, (414) 382-7920.

Smokey’s Bait Shop, (262) 691-0360.

Dick Smith’s Bait, (262) 646 2218.

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