Southern Wisconsin Fishing Report – August 24th, 2012
BIG GREEN LAKE AREA
Cooler temps last weekend saw a decrease in boating activity on Big Green Lake. Panfish are biting on the cribs and suspended over the deeper water.
North Bay Sport & Liquor, (920) 294-6462.
LAKE MICHIGAN/METRO AREA LAKES
Trollers in Sheboygan have been catching chinooks, rainbows, and lake trout by fishing 100 feet down in 130 to 150 feet of water. Some boaters went out as far as 350 feet of water, with fish biting 100 to 130 feet down. Fishing off the piers has been slow.
In Port Washington, trollers have been taking good numbers of chinook, and a few rainbows and lake trout, in 130 and 350 feet of water. Shore fishing has been slow, but a few perch have been taken off the pier.
In Milwaukee, trollers have had to search to find fish. Most trollers have been working 105 to 175 feet of water with baits about 60 to 100 feet deep. Fishing off McKinley pier has been slow, but during low light a few perch have been taken off the rocks on minnows and small jigs. Anglers at Jones Island have reported a few browns on spoons and alewives on the bottom.
In Racine, trollers have been fishing 60 to 100 feet down in 105 to 175 feet of water for trout and salmon. Those fishing from shore have had little success, but anglers have managed to catch a few browns from the pier.
Recent rains have been welcome in the Kenosha area, not only making the area greener, but opening the mouth of the Pike River to Lake Michigan, as well. Fishing on Lake Michigan continues to be excellent. Storms in the past week have pushed the salmon to deeper water; however, anglers are still reporting catching limits using a variety of summer baits. Shore fishing continues to be slow, with the harbor being dredged and high water temperatures.
DNR hotline, (414) 382-7920.
Smokey’s Bait Shop, (262) 691-0360.
Dick Smith’s Bait, (262) 646 2218.
Fishing was decent last week. Some nice catches of bluegills came from shore along the Monona Terrace. Boat anglers have been drifting Lake Monona in 30 feet of water for decent-sized bluegills. Very few muskies and walleyes are being caught, but largemouth bass have been productive. Lake Mendota panfish have started to slow down, but smallies are still biting well. Walleye and pike fishing has been slow, but some fishermen report catching a decent amount of undersized walleyes. On Lake Kegonsa, fishermen were catching bluegills in 15 to 20 feet of water. Even some walleyes are being caught there. Lake Waubesa has been a little slower, but some fishermen are reporting decent bluegills, and a few fishermen are seeing a number of undersized walleyes.
In Jefferson County, catfish, northern pike, white bass, and walleyes are still biting on the Rock and Crawfish rivers and Lake Koshkonong. Panfish are hit and miss on other lakes.
D&S Bait, (608) 244-3474.
Dorn Hardware, (608) 244-5403.
SAUK CITY AREA
Fishing for smallies has picked up on the Wisconsin River. The river is low, but bass can still be found near the cut banks and drop-offs. Anglers have had some success on area lakes for panfish on the edge of the weedlines in the evening. Lake temperatures have dropped to around 75 degrees at the surface and fishing should be improving in the next couple of weeks. Crappies and bluegills were suspended in lakes Redstone and Dutch Hollow.
In Columbia County, cooler weather brought out more fishermen, but fishing was slow. Canada geese are starting to move back into the area.
Wilderness Fish and Game, (608) 643-2433.
UPPER PENINSULA REPORT
Lake Gogebic has slowed, but there are still days of good action. Smallie fishing continues to be very good along shorelines and rock and gravel points. The perch bite has slowed and has been more hit and miss, but with some good days. Walleye action continues to be inconsistent, with the best reports coming on crawler harnesses in 21 to 26 feet of water. Leeches fished near weed edges and on the bottom in deeper water are also producing a few nice catches of walleyes.
Bear’s Nine Pines, (906) 842-3361.