Southern Wisconsin Fishing Report – June 29th, 2012


In Sheboygan, trollers are catching mostly chinooks and cohos in 50 to 140 feet of water. Piers anglers are catching a mixed bag of browns, chinooks, and rainbows, with a few whitefish, too.
In Port Washington, trollers are catching mostly chinooks, along with cohos and rainbows, in 45 to 115 feet of water, with spoons and dodger and fly combos working the best. Pier anglers are catching a mix of browns, rainbows, and chinooks, along with perch and whitefish. Use alewives for salmon, and minnows or plastics for yellow perch.
In Milwaukee, west winds have brought fish closer to shore, where trollers are catching mostly chinooks and cohos in 50 to 105 feet of water while fishing 30 to 60 feet down. McKinley Pier action picked up for trout and salmon on alewives. The Summerfest shorelines area is giving up a few smaller browns. McKinley Pier perch are hitting during the first hour and a half after sunrise. A few perch also are being caught off of the power plant pier, and boaters are catching perch at the boils and off of Oak Creek, mostly at sunrise and just afterward. Browns are hitting off of Grant Park.
In Racine, trollers are using Dipseys and flies and spoons 40 to 80 feet down in 50 to 105 feet for cohos and a few chinooks. The fish have been spread out. Fishing from the piers and in the harbor has been good. West winds have brought cooler water and baitfish closer to shore.
DNR hotline, (414) 382-7920.
Smokey’s Bait Shop, (262) 691-0360.
Dick Smith’s Bait, (262) 646 2218.


Lake Mendota water temps are now in the 70-degree range and the lake has seen some good perch action, with some 8- to 11-inchers making up some limits. Perch have been found between Governor’s Island and the state park, Warner Bay, and on the west side of the lake near Spring Harbor. They are tight to the weed edges, but there have been a few reports of perch on the mud flats in 20 feet of water. The smallmouths have moved to 15 to 25 feet of water and are hitting leeches and crawlers. Catfish action has been real good, but not every day. Lake Monona bluegills are on the weed edges, with lot of them in the 7-inch range. Guys also are catching bluegills in the mornings off of the convention center wall. Monona and Waubesa muskie action has been good. Lake Kegonsa is producing some big bluegills, but it’s day by day. The chain’s walleye action has been the best on Waubesa, but it’s mostly small fish.
D&S Bait & Tackle, (608) 244-3474.
Dorn Hardware, (608) 244-5403.


Channel catfish are hitting on the Wisconsin River and Lake Wisconsin. The lake is now undergoing a mayfly hatch, but anglers have been scratching out some panfish and walleyes. Bluegills and bass are hitting on White Mound Lake, and the stream anglers are doing well on trout.
Wilderness Fish and Game, (608) 643-2433.

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