Southern Wisconsin Fishing Report – August 9th, 2013
LAKE MICHIGAN/METRO AREA LAKES
In Sheboygan, fishing pressure increased, but catch rates seemed to fall, with an average of about four fish per boat with a couple of groups approaching limits. Most fish are being caught on spoons, from 50 feet of water to as deep as 190 feet. Fishing pressure has increased on both piers, and catch rates increased only slightly. Some browns were caught near the mouth of the marina. A couple of chinooks were caught off North Pier.
Port Washington trollers have been catching about four fish per boat, with some even limiting out. Most fish were caught in 70 feet of water, but catches ranged from 50 and 130 feet. Fishing pressure has increased on the North Pier, but salmon and trout fishermen reported no catches and few strikes. Large schools of alewives have been seen near the end of the pier on the marina side.
Milwaukee trollers saw an increase in the numbers of fish caught last week, with most focusing on 35 to 60 feet below the surface in 80 to 140 feet of water. Chinooks made up the majority of the catch. The average catch was about five fish per boat. Shore fishing has been slow, but McKinley pier anglers have caught a few browns.
In Racine, most anglers fished in 50 to 60 feet and returned with a mixed bag of cohos, rainbows, and kings. Perch anglers fished the south breakwall and the bubbler during the week with limited success. A couple of anglers landed a few small perch near the south breakwall while fishing with jigs and plastics.
Strong winds made fishing off the Racine piers difficult last week, but a few perch were landed on plastics from the end of South Pier. One angler also landed a 12-pound chinook from the end of South Pier. The kings have been jumping near the mouth of the Root River after the sun goes down.
Trollers in Kenosha fished fairly close to shore last week due to the strong winds. Some nice kings, up to 25 pounds, were landed in 90 to 100 feet of water. Some anglers reported that it’s been a good year for perch fishing. Fishing pressure was heavy on both piers last week. Nice catches of brown trout have been landed from the piers during the past four weeks.
Waukesha County anglers report that muskie fishing is slow on Pewaukee Lake. Anglers report catching smallmouth and largemouth bass on Pine Lake.
Lakes around northern Washington County have cooled slightly. Surface temperatures are still in the low to mid-70s. Fishing continues to be decent. Anglers are beginning to pick up good numbers of bluegills off weed edges in 12 to 16 feet of water. Bass continue to be caught in good numbers. Reports of walleyes being caught also have become more common on some lakes.
Smokey’s Bait Shop, (262) 691-0360.
Dick Smith’s Bait, (262) 646 2218.
Water temperatures have cooled a little. They had been 84 and 85, but now are at 72 to 74. The perch have dispersed, but some guys have been doing well. The perch are not schooled as often as they had been, but they are schooling at times. Anglers were catching perch at Governor’s Island, University Bay, the bars, off the hatch cover in 31 feet of water, and along weedlines on the west side of Lake Mendota. Smallmouths are back on the weed lines: Picnic Point, Maple Bluff, Second Point, and at the Union. Guys are getting a few pike, with mornings the best times. Bluegill and perch action on Lake Monona has been good on weedlines and out to 35 feet of water. Perch are as shallow as 5 feet, but they’re mostly on weed edges in 12 feet of water. There still is not a lot of talk about muskie action, but largemouth anglers are doing well. On Lake Waubesa, crappies are being caught by anglers by drifting over 25 feet of water.
D&S Bait & Tackle, (608) 244-3474.
Dorn Hardware, (608) 244-5403.
PRAIRIE DU CHIEN AREA
The Wisconsin and Mississippi rivers are running quite low. This is good news for paddlers on the Lower Wisconsin, who have been waiting a long time for sandbars to camp on. Sandbars have popped up in new places this year, so use caution when wading. Bass and panfish action has been decent in Mississippi River backwaters.
Stark’s Sport Shop, (608) 326-2478.
SAUK CITY AREA
Fishing is still good on area lakes and the Wisconsin River. Smallmouth bass are biting on the Wisconsin River. The Wisconsin River below the Prairie du Sac dam is very low, and people using boats are cautioned about hitting rocks and stumps as they navigate the river. White bass are hitting on Lake Wisconsin.
Wilderness Fish and Game, (608) 643-2433.