Southern Wisconsin Fishing Report – September 20th, 2013
BEAVER DAM / FOX LAKE AREA
Mallard, wood duck, blue-winged teal, and green-winged teal numbers are good on the Horicon National Wildlife Refuge, the state wildlife area. Pintail, shoveler, and wigeon numbers are on the rise.
Fish Tales Bait, (920) 520-0015.
LAKE MICHIGAN/METRO AREA LAKES
In Sheboygan, strong winds and increased wave action likely has confined most boats to trolling within the harbor. When boaters have been able to get out to deeper water, roughly to 125 feet, fishing has been slow. Shore anglers have been catching a few chinooks, cohos, and browns, with most fish caught off the piers between sunset and sunrise. A few mature kings have been caught downstream of the Eighth Street Bridge on spawn sacs.
Port Washington trollers have been doing well, with most bringing back at least eight fish. Most were caught between 170 and 280 feet on a mix of flies and spoons. Catch rates have been low from shore, with almost all fish being landed or lost near the power plant discharge. No fishing activity has been seen on Sauk Creek.
In Milwaukee, fishing has been decent in 60 to 110 feet of water. Kings, lakers, and mature cohos have been taken on spoons in 35 to 60 feet. A few boaters were seen jigging in the gaps and trolling the river channel and harbor. The best area was near the north gap by Veterans Point. There have been a few anglers trying to fly fish for kings in Oak Creek and at the mouth, but they were unsuccessful with no salmon seen in the creek yet.
Racine trollers have focused on the harbor, but catch rates have been low. Strong winds and high waves have prevented them from heading to deeper water. Pier anglers have been landing browns and a few kings up to 25 pounds. Shore anglers have been catching a few perch and pike in the Pershing Park boat harbor, as well as chinooks near Reefpoint Marina.
In Kenosha, trollers have been catching a mixed bag near shore, or out on “the hill.” The piers have been loaded with anglers, as has the shoreline area behind the Best Western and near the Pike Creek outlet. Brown trout and large chinooks have been jumping everywhere in the harbor. The Pike River has low flows, and anglers have not had many salmon to show for their efforts.
DNR hotline, (414) 382-7920.
Smokey’s Bait Shop, (262) 691-0360.
Dick Smith’s Bait, (262) 646 2218.
In Iowa County, early season goose hunters reported that geese were on the Wisconsin River or the sloughs and not in the fields since most of the fields still have standing crops. Sturgeon season is open on the Wisconsin River and the fish must be at least 60 inches to keep. The river is very low, with the drought conditions making the smallmouth bass fishing quite good right now.
In Columbia County, cooler weather is expected to roll in, making it more comfortable for archery deer and small-game hunters. Hickory nuts, acorns, and walnuts are dropping. Hunters should be aware that there is a timber sale occurring on Drake Road at the Mud Lake Wildlife Area, and another will begin shortly off North Hein Road in Sauk County at Pine Island Wildlife Area. Water levels are a little low on area marshes, but with recent heavy rains, perhaps the flowages will fill up a little more.
D&S Bait & Tackle, (608) 244-3474.
Dorn Hardware, (608) 244-5403.
MINOCQUA/WOODRUFF/ LAKE TOMAHAWK AREA
Warm weather persisted through the second week of September, with surface water temps ranging from 72 to 78 degrees. For some species, things have picked up. Largemouth bass action is good. Topwaters are still a hot option in 2 to 4 feet at dusk. A 22-inch, 6-pounder was released. Pike action is good on blade baits. Muskie action was fair to poor. They might be waiting for a temperature drop. Bluegill action was good; crappies very good. Walleye action was fair. The best action was on deep rocks in 17 to 28 feet. There have been a few reports of anglers doing well after dark on crankbaits from shore.
Island Sport Shop, (715) 356-4797.
Great Outdoors, (715) 356-6818.
J & J Sports, (715) 277-2616.
PRAIRIE DU CHIEN AREA
Walleye and sauger anglers have been reporting limited luck on both species, with a few sauger caught on the wing dams off the main channel. Early season goose hunters had some success on the sloughs, but were dealing with low water levels and mud. Fair numbers of blue-winged teal and wood ducks have been seen.
Stark’s Sport Shop, (608) 326-2478.
SAUK CITY AREA
Water levels as of Sept. 12 at the Prairie du Sac dam was 3,890 CFS. There are a lot of sand bars exposed. With the water levels so low, navigating the river in a motorboat may be difficult. Dove hunters should be finding plenty of birds, especially around some of the sunflower fields.
Wilderness Fish and Game, (608) 643-2433.