In Port Washington, the water in the harbor is fairly turbid.
Brown trout fishing has been relatively slow, but should pick up as
the water clears.
In Milwaukee, the ice has broken up on the lagoon at Lakeshore
State Park and in McKinley Marina, and it is not safe for foot
travel. Shore anglers in the inner harbor have been catching good
numbers of browns on shiners and spoons. Boats launching at
Riverfront Ramp have been catching good numbers of browns in the
harbor. The launch at Bender Park is also open, and good numbers of
brown trout can be found near the Oak Creek Power Plant.
In Racine, water levels on the Root River are at fishable
levels, but action has been relatively slow for brown trout and
In Kenosha, shore anglers in the small boat harbor have been
catching good numbers of browns on spawn fished under bobbers. Some
anglers also are catching browns by casting spoons. Anglers fishing
near the Holiday Inn have been catching browns and rainbows on
spawn, reports indicate.
In Washington, eastern Fond du Lac, and inland Sheboygan
counties, the most consistent reports have come in from Big Cedar
Lake near West Bend. Panfish action has been good at times, and an
occasional walleye is being caught. One angler reported staring
down a hole in 3 feet of water and seeing a 5-foot sturgeon staring
back. Eighteen sturgeon were stocked around 1936 and a few are
still swimming in the lake. Anglers at Big Cedar also reported very
thin ice in parts of the south basin.
In Waukesha County, ice conditions are improving, but anglers
still have to use caution, especially near shore and on larger
water bodies. Golden, Nemahbin, and Genesee lakes are producing
good panfishing. Fish near weeds using 2-pound test with spikes or
waxies. Crappies often can be found suspended below the ice and may
require live bait, such as fathead minnows. Pewaukee Lake continues
to produce walleyes for patient anglers. Use light tackle with low
visibility line and red treble hooks.
DNR hotline, (414) 382-7920.
Smokey’s Bait Shop, (262) 691-0360.
Dick Smith’s Bait Shop, Delafield, (262) 646 2218.