Southern Wisconsin Fishing Report – June 1st, 2012


Big Green’s water was at 53 degrees last week. Panfish were hitting in the backwaters and channels on worms. Small bass were in 4 to 15 feet and were hitting on crankbaits. Larger bass were in Beyer’s Cove and in the channels, taking crawlers or plastic worms. Walleyes were in 20 to 40 feet, hitting minnows, crawlers harnesses, and crankbaits. Lake trout were near bottom in 40 to 80 feet.
North Bay Sport & Liquor, (920) 294-6462.


Trollers in Sheboygan have been catching good numbers of chinooks in 65 to 105 feet of water on spoons and dodger and fly combinations. Fishing off the piers has picked up, with anglers catching chinooks, browns, rainbows and cohos. Fish have been taken on glow-in-the-dark spoons, spinners, and alewives.

In Port Washington, trollers have been catching decent numbers of chinooks, along with cohos, rainbows and lake trout, in 65 to 180 feet of water. Limits have been taken on spoons and dodger/fly or flasher/fly combos. Anglers fishing off the pier and in the harbor have been catching a few brown trout and cohos.

In Milwaukee, large numbers of trollers have been out on the lake, with limits of chinook common. Most trollers have been focusing in 80 to 115 feet of water, with baits about 40 to 60 feet below the surface. Action on McKinley pier has slowed in recent days, but the cohos and kings caught were taken on alewives. The shoreline along Summerfest is producing small browns. Shore fishing at Jones Island has been slow. The Bender Park boat ramps will be under construction for the next three to four weeks, however one launch lane will be open daily.

In Racine, those fishing from shore have had their best luck casting spoons or soft plastics while soaking live bait on the bottom at low light conditions. Anglers were catching brown trout, cohos, and a few kings from the pier and in the harbor. Trollers have had success in 50 to 90 feet of water.

Inland anglers in Waukesha County report catching bluegills, largemouth bass, and northern pike in the shallows on Moose Lake, and largemouth and smallmouth bass on Pine Lake. Bowfishermen report seeing some carp spawning on Pewaukee Lake.
DNR hotline, (414) 382-7920.
Smokey’s Bait Shop, (262) 691-0360.
Dick Smith’s Bait, (262) 646 2218.


Water levels have improved on the Madison lakes, with most or all landings now accessible. Weed growth is already substantial in shallow areas and near landings, make some extra effort to remove vegetation from boats and trailers. Panfishing action has been moderate to good in the shallows on Monona and Waubesa. Some anglers caught walleyes by casting and trolling baits in 10 to 20 feet of water. Bass anglers have been finding some decent action using rubber jigs and top-water baits in the shallows. Muskie action is sporadic, with some anglers reporting action on spinnerbaits or creature baits along weed lines on Waubesa and Monona.

In Jefferson County, anglers are catching white bass on rivers, mostly smaller males. Anglers are having good success for walleyes on the Rock River from Fort Atkinson to Lake Koshkonong. The big bluegills are biting on Mud Lake in Lake Mills, also.
D&S Bait & Tackle, (608) 244-3474.
Dorn Hardware, (608) 244-5403.


Fishing on Lake Redstone has been improving. Bluegills and walleyes have been biting in deeper water on Lindy rigs. Crappies also continue to bite in bays and along drop-offs around 6 to 8 feet down on minnows. Smallmouth bass have been biting on any bait. Crappies have slowed down on Dutch Hollow Lake, but the largemouth bass have been biting well. Bluegill fishing on Mirror Lake has been very good. Crappies have been biting on Lake Delton. Walleye fishing further downstream from the Dells dam has been picking up when water conditions are moderate and steady.
Wilderness Fish and Game, (608) 643-2433.

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