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Wisconsin Lake Michigan Fishing Report for June 1

Important Note: New safety requirements are in
effect for anglers fishing Wisconsin’s Great Lakes waters. Boat
operators trolling on the Great Lakes with downriggers must have
wire cutters on board and have direct and immediate access to the
tools. The cutters allow operators to free their boats should
downriggers get snagged on underwater commercial fishing trap nets
or other obstructions. DNR also advises that anglers fishing at
night or in low-light conditions carry a powerful flashlight to
help them look for nets, which are now required to be marked with
reflective tape. Learn more on the Trap Net Safety on the Great
Lakes page of the DNR website.

Kenosha Co.

Kenosha trollers have had their best success with coho, and a few
rainbows and lake trout have also been harvested. The best water
depths have been 45 to 60 feet, with some boats reporting success
in 100 feet of water. Orange dodger and fly combinations have been
consistently catching fish, and some anglers also reported success
with stick baits. Very little shore fishing activity has been
reported in Kenosha.

Racine Co.

In Racine the weather stabilized somewhat by this past weekend and
allowed for better fishing conditions. Boats have been doing well
with some limits of coho taken, but only an occasional Chinook has
been harvested. Some of the best success has occurred just outside
the Racine Reef in 40 to 60 feet of water, with fish being
harvested from 20 feet down all the way to the bottom. Surface
water temps have been 48 to 49 degrees. Orange dodger and fly
combinations have been the preferred lures with blue and silver,
and orange peanut flies reported to be popular choices. Very little
effort has been seen in shore fishing activity.

Milwaukee Co.

In Milwaukee trollers have been successful fishing for coho. Peanut
flies in blue or green have taken fish nearshore in 20 to 30 feet
of water. The Bender Park boat launch has been reopened, and
trollers fishing that area have been catching coho around the
boils. When the winds are consistently out of the west, Milwaukee
shore anglers have been able to catch some salmon off McKinley pier
as well.

Ozaukee Co.

Port Washington Ramps: Fishing pressure has been moderate to high
at times. The catch rate has remained relatively good, but not
quite as high as it was last week. The water temperature has ranged
from 48 to 52F nearshore, and fishing has been best around 140 to
180 feet of water. Trolling with flies has been the most
productive, and coho salmon have been the main catch, with a few
lake trout and chinook salmon mixed in. Port Washington Power
Plant: Fishing pressure at the power plant has been light, with
very few fish being caught. The water temperature is around 54F,
and the powerplant is still pumping water. Most anglers have been
casting spoons or spinners, with mostly small, stocker-size brown
trout being caught. Port Washington Pier: Fishing pressure on the
pier is moderate, but catches have been inconsistent. The fishing
has been very hit or miss with a few coho salmon and rainbow trout
being caught on alewives and spoons.

Sheboygan Co.

Watch out for the orange flags and buoys that mark commercial
fishing trap nets set in Lake Michigan. Steer clear and give these
markers a wide berth to avoid getting tangled and capsizing. Learn
where the nets are set on our Trap Net page.

Sheboygan Ramps: Fishing pressure on the lake has been moderate
with very hit or miss catches. Most anglers have been having
success trolling flies and orange dodgers. The water temperature
has ranged from 48-52F. Depths of 30 to 45 feet of water have been
the most productive, but fish have been taken from the 150 to 180
foot range as well. Coho salmon have dominated catch, with a few
lake trout and Chinook salmon also caught. Sheboygan Piers: Fishing
pressure has been moderate, but the catch rate has been low
overall, although a few fish have been taken. Most anglers are
casting spoons or using alewives. The few fish that were caught
were mainly coho salmon, with a few chinook salmon also
reported.

Northern Lake Michigan Fishing Report: May 31, 2011

Manitowoc Co.

Watch out for the orange flags and buoys that mark commercial
fishing trap nets set in Lake Michigan. Steer clear and give these
markers a wide berth to avoid getting tangled and capsizing. Learn
where the nets are set on our Trap Net page.

Strong northeast winds during the week switched out of the
southwest at 15-20 mph by the weekend. Mid-week temperatures in the
mid-40s increased to the mid-50s by the weekend. Fog occurred on
and off during the week with occasional light rain showers along
the lake. Harbor temperatures dropped to 56 degrees, with Lake
Michigan surface temperatures dropping significantly to 40-42
degrees off of Two Rivers. Boaters out of Two Rivers showed the
first signs of success when it comes to salmon fishing over the
weekend. Between Two Rivers and the lighthouse north of Two Rivers,
boaters landed several chinook salmon ranging 7-15 pounds in 90-120
feet of water. Most boats came in with one or two, with charter
boats coming in with 6-8 fish consisting of rainbows, lakers, and
chinook salmon. A small number of the fish came on spoons with the
majority of the salmon coming on white glow/mirage and green/green
dodger/fly combos. Anglers reported luck in the deeper third of the
water column with their downriggers. Shore fishermen continue to
have little to no success in Two Rivers and Manitowoc this week for
trout and salmon. Suckers in the Manitowoc Marina continue to be
caught using night crawlers on the bottom. Pier fishermen out of
Two Rivers have consistently landed carp up to 30 pounds this week
using alewife on the bottom. Overall, the strong northeast winds
kept the lakeshore very quiet all week.

Kewaunee Co.

Fishing pressure remained very light due once again to windy and
inclement weather. Algoma: Algoma had light fishing pressure. Some
Chinook were being caught straight out of the harbor in the 100′
range, 40 or so feet down. Dodgers and flies seemed to be the lure
of choice. Kewaunee: No report.

Door Co. (Lake and Bay sides)

Boaters and anglers: Watch out for the orange flags and buoys that
mark commercial fishing trap nets set in Lake Michigan. Steer clear
and give these markers a wide berth to avoid getting tangled in the
nets. Learn more on our Trap Net page.

This week was another up and down week for fishing weather. We saw
a few days with slow western winds that allowed more boats to
launch but also saw some days with strong eastern winds that
limited fishing. The Memorial Day weekend saw beautiful weather
that allowed many boats to launch in order to search for fish. The
water conditions remain cold for this time of the year with many
boats reporting temperatures ranging from low 50’s to low 60’s in
different areas. The hottest place this week for fishing in
Northern Door County was at the pier in the Peninsula State Park.
Anglers that waded into the water towards the rocky point managed
to land many large smallmouth bass. The anglers on the pier had
some luck as well with some smallmouth bass being caught on night
crawlers. Ephraim’s Pier saw quite a lot of action this week with
some of the larger bass caught from shore being from this location.
The hot bait of choice were pumpkin seed colored tube bait. Egg
Harbor, Bailey’s Harbor, and Sister Bay some low fishing pressure
from shore and did not produce many fish. Boats that Launched from
Sawyer Park and the rock quarry had marginal success for smallmouth
and northern pike. A few boats did report catching some larger
walleye in the Potawatomi Park areas. The fishing pressure from
both of these launches remained low compared to last year at this
time.

Green Bay Fishing Report: June 1, 2011

Oconto Co.

Windy weather has made fishing the Bay difficult. Water
temperatures at the landings are in the Low to mid 60’s. Fishing
pressure was light to moderate this past week. Bay fishermen are
still catching walleye in the 5 to 10 foot range using planer
boards and crawler/harness. Pensaukee, according to reports, fished
good when the wind was not blowing.

Marinette Co.

Windy weather has made fishing the Bay difficult. Water
temperatures at the landings are in the Low to mid 60’s. Fishing
pressure was light to moderate this past week. Shore fishermen on
the Menominee River are reporting plenty of rock bass as well as
smallmouth being caught dead drifting live bait and fishing
spinners and crank baits. Some nice panfish are being caught in the
slough behind the Mystery Ship Marina using slip bobbers and live
bait. Fishermen have been catching walleye by the Inter State
Bridge by anchoring and using Lindy Rigs tipped with minnows;
trolling with boards by the lift bridge is also catching fish.
Before sunrise and after sunset people on the Government Pier have
been catching walleye by walking the pier using stick baits and
weight.

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