Southern Wisconsin Fishing Report – May 31st, 2013
LAKE MICHIGAN/METRO AREA LAKES
In Sheboygan, trolling success has been spotty, with some luck near shore in 10 to 40 feet of water. Others are working in 70 feet of water. A few steelhead and browns have been taken. The Eighth Street ramp remains closed. Pier catch rates are low. Small browns are being caught now and then on spoons.
In Port Washington, some trollers caught coho limits, while others went without a hit. Fish were caught between 20 and 50 feet of water. A mixed bag of a browns, lake trout, and cohos were brought in from 75 to 120 feet of water off Concordia University. Few fish are being caught from the pier. Anglers near the power plant have been catching small browns and rainbows.
In Milwaukee, fishing has picked up with the arrival of the coho salmon in recent days. Trollers were having success in 20 to 45 feet of water north of the north gap, between the north and south gaps, and from the South Shore Yacht Club south to the boils. Fishermen off of McKinley pier have also caught cohos on live bait. Nearly all of the cohos caught by casting spoons were taken before daybreak. Shore fishing has been good at the Oak Creek power plant pier.
In Racine, most boaters have been catching their limit of cohos in four hours or less. The fish are pretty aggressive. Some anglers have had two or three cohos on at a time, mostly on dodgers and flies. A large number of boats were trolling from the tip of the North Pier to the one-mile reef marker. Others worked north of the harbor; all in 25 feet of water. Shore anglers have been concentrating on the piers. Good numbers of cohos have been taken on both piers, with a few limits reported before 8 a.m.
In Kenosha, most boaters have been catching coho limits in a few hours in 20 to 55 feet of water just north of the harbor, or between the water treatment plant and the Illinois border. A few trollers have also been working “the hills” for chinooks. Shore anglers reported good catches of cohos from the piers before 8 a.m.
DNR hotline, (414) 382-7920.
Smokey’s Bait Shop, (262) 691-0360.
Dick Smith’s Bait, (262) 646 2218.
PRAIRIE DU CHIEN AREA
Mississippi River levels are finally receding, albeit the water levels in Pool 10 and Pool 11 will remain higher than normal for the next week or longer. The pool levels remain 3 to 4 feet higher than normal. Low lying areas, such as Bagley Bottoms landing and Schleicher’s landing, still remain flooded. Most of the islands have emerged, with a thick coating of mud, and a fine new growth of poison ivy. Look twice before stepping out on an island. Fishing has remained slow in most of the areas. There has been good bass activity at Potosi Point, now that the lower water levels have re-opened the road.
Stark’s Sport Shop, (608) 326-2478.
SAUK CITY AREA
The Wisconsin River below the Dells dam has come down. The crappies and white bass are biting extremely well in the eddies of the river below the dam. Walleyes are biting downstream on the river from the Dells to Portage. The crappies are biting on Lake Delton.
Wilderness Fish and Game, (608) 643-2433.