Southern Wisconsin Fishing Reports

Southern Wisconsin Fishing Report - September 5th, 2014


In Sheboygan, fishing has improved. Most boaters are catching better numbers than earlier in the season. The best depths have been from 30 feet out to 140 feet. The most consistent bite seems to be from 80 to 120 feet of water, fishing in the top 50 feet. Dipsy divers and leadcore have been hot; the best lures have been magnum spoons and J-plugs in pearl or silver.

In Port Washington, fishing has picked up, with trollers getting some of the best catches of the summer. The best depths seem to be a little deeper off of port in 130 to 150 feet of water, fishing from 30 to 60 feet down. There also has been an early morning bite in 50 to 60 feet, but that window is short, and the most consistent action has been coming from the deeper water throughout the day. Shore anglers off of the south pier and the power plant discharge area are beginning to catch a few salmon early in the morning, along with a few smaller browns and smallmouths. Use a spawn sac near bottom or drifted in current on a three-way rig; crawlers fished off of jigs have worked for the smallmouths.

In Milwaukee, fishing has improved for trollers. Limits have been reported, and most boaters are doing well in 80 to 100 feet of water in the early morning or right at dark. All lures have been taking fish, but spoons and J-plugs have been taking some of the larger chinooks down deep. Downriggers and Dipsy Divers seem to be the hottest presentations, with 100- to 300-foot copper rods taking some fish, as well. Shore anglers are still struggling with the warm water, but a few kings have been taken at night off the Mckinley pier.

In Racine, activity at the Pershing Park boat launch was low. The few boaters who had decent success in 70 to 80 feet of water were from 30 to 50 feet down. Pier fishing remains slow, but there were some reports of a few chinooks and cohos biting very early in the morning off the south pier. A few browns also have been taken on crankbaits and jigs and plastics. Pier fishing will improve in the coming weeks for all species, with some colder water and rain expected.

DNR hotline, (414) 382-7920.

Smokey’s Bait Shop, (262) 691-0360.

Dick Smith’s Bait, (262) 646 2218.


In Rock County, catfish in the 13- to 15-inch range continue to be caught on live bait on the Rock River below Indianford. There is no size limit for catfish, but the daily bag limit is 10. Each fisherman has his or her own bag limit, so group bagging is not allowed. Walleyes, northern pike, and largemouth bass are being caught below the Indianford dam on jigs and spinnerbaits. The water levels on the Rock River and Lake Koshkonong are back to summer low levels, so boaters don’t have to worry about the no-wake restrictions that were in place earlier in the summer on the river.

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

Dorn Hardware, (608) 244-5403.


Recent rains have brought the water level up on the Wisconsin River. Most, if not all the sand bars, above the dam are under water now, which will limit camping opportunities. Smallmouth bass fishing has been steady. Sunflower fields are full of doves for the dove season. Not many farm fields have been harvested yet for the early goose season.

Wilderness Fish and Game, (608) 643-5229.


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