Rain, wind dampen opener, but fishing action not bad – Southern Wisconsin Report
LAKE MICHIGAN/METRO AREA LAKES
Trollers in Sheboygan have been catching chinooks, cohos, browns, and lake trout in 25 to 35 feet of water on spoons of various colors. Pier fishing has been slow.
In Port Washington, trollers have been successful catching cohos and chinooks, along with a few browns and rainbows in 120 to 180 feet. Dodgers and flies have been most effective. Pier anglers caught browns, cohos, and chinooks, and most fish have been taken on alewives.
Milwaukee trollers have switched from targeting brown trout to chinook salmon, with limits of chinooks not uncommon. Most trollers have been focusing in 40 to 60 feet of water. Anglers on McKinley Pier have picked up a few brown trout and even an occasional chinook while casting spoons. The shoreline along Summerfest is producing a few browns on minnows, with a few additional fish being caught on spoons.
Trollers in Racine have been catching good numbers of kings near shore, and cohos around 200 feet of water. Those fishing from shore have had their best luck throwing chartreuse spoons off the piers, but their success rate has been low. Recent rainfalls have the Root River running high and dirty, with water temperatures hovering between 52 to 54 degrees.
The Waukesha County game fish opener was slowed considerably by rain and weather. With the high water levels, white bass were hitting beneath the dams in the Oconomowoc River chain. Anglers were catching largemouth and smallmouth bass on Pine Lake. Anglers also report catching muskies on Pewaukee Lake in the shallows. The Fox River from Mukwonago to Big Bend provided action for catfish and carp. Bowfishermen report seeing good numbers of carp in the shallows along the river.
Smokey’s Bait Shop, (262) 691-0360.
Dick Smith’s Bait, (262) 646 2218.
In Dane County, the fishing opener was one of mixed results. The opening day of fishing was average. Even though there was a lot of fishing pressure, most people reported mild success. Water temperatures still seem to be a little low, and as temps rise the fishing should improve. Panfish were biting at Babcock Park but were running pretty small. Recent rains have helped with some water levels, but more rain is needed.
In Jefferson County, walleyes were biting on Lake Koshkonong. Anglers report trolling has been the most productive method of fishing. The bluegills were biting on Rock Lake. Slip bobbers and live bait seem to be working best.
D&S Bait & Tackle, (608) 244-3474.
Dorn Hardware, (608) 244-5403.
PRAIRIE DU CHIEN AREA
Anglers targeting catfish were starting to have good luck on the Lower Wisconsin River. Numerous channel catfish were reportedly caught on stink bait and worms.
Stark’s Sport Shop, (608) 326-2478.