Southern Wisconsin Fishing Report – November 16th, 2012


In Port Washington, boat and pier fishing was slow last week because of high winds. The best fishing was at the power plant discharge. There were a few fish in Sauk Creek, but the water was low and clear, and the trout and salmon were shy.
Milwaukee fishing was slow last week, but a few boaters trolled in the harbor for browns on crankbaits. Shore fishing also was slow, with only a few browns and steelhead caught at the Summerfest grounds, mostly on spawn under floats, but also a few on bright crankbaits. The Milwaukee River was dropping and clearing up. A few cohos and browns were caught on spawn near Estabrook Park. More rain is needed for river fishing to improve.
In Sheboygan, there are some cohos, browns, and pike in the deeper holes on the lower part of the river. Anglers are catching a few of them on spawn and crankbaits.
In Racine, fishing was slow, with a few browns and steelhead caught in the harbor on spawn under floats.
DNR hotline, (414) 382-7920.
Smokey’s Bait Shop, (262) 691-0360.
Dick Smith’s Bait, (262) 646 2218.


Lake Mendota pike were hitting on suckers on most of the points, such as Governor’s Island, Fox Bluff, and Maple Bluff. The bass were shallow, but with falling water temperatures, they have probably backed off into deeper water just off of the shallows. Lake Monona muskie fishing has been going OK, with several fish caught on suckers and Bull Dawgs. Perch fishing on Monona has been pretty good along weedlines in the mornings. The fish are tight to the weeds, but at this time of the year, as the water cools, they move to 30 to 40 feet of water near the rock piles. Bluegills should be moving into Monona Bay soon. Lake Waubesa has been quiet, but there were some walleyes on the steeper breaklines.
D&S Bait & Tackle, (608) 244-3474.
Dorn Hardware, (608) 244-5403.


Waters are cooling and so has the fishing. Not that fish aren’t being caught, but it stands to reason with colder water the fish will feed less often. Muskie action is good. Not nearly the numbers, but a 46-inch tiger and a 50¼-inch true were caught on suckers. Most other reports on suckers came from water 15 to 30 feet deep. Walleye action is good in deep water on redtails. Crappie and perch fishing is good over deep wood. Surface temps have been 35 to 45 degrees.
Island Sport Shop, (715) 356-4797.
Great Outdoors, (715) 356-6818.
Captain Hooks, (715) 277-2405.
J & J Sports, (715) 277-2616.


The panfishing has been pretty decent, and walleyes are moving toward deeper water near the dams. Archers have been shooting some decent bucks, but nothing over 160 inches. A lot of ducks are hanging around, but they aren’t moving around much. The weather has been too nice.
Stark’s Sport Shop, (608) 326-2478.

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