LAKE MICHIGAN/METRO AREA LAKES
In Sheboygan, fishing pressure has increased on the Sheboygan River, and catch rates have improved. Most fish have been taken around Esslingen Park with trout and salmon landed on spawn, spoons, and flies. Catches also were reported in the Kohler area, with most fish caught on flies. Weedens Creek and the Pigeon River remain very low, with little fishing effort. Shore anglers in Sheboygan have caught a few rainbows, kings, and browns, but fishing is slow. The most productive area has been off the docks at the Deland boat launch.
Port Washington shore anglers have been catching good numbers of kings, cohos, and browns. Most fish were taken along the old coal dock near the power plant discharge, but a few were caught off the end of the pier and in the north slip. Spawn has produced the most fish.
On the Milwaukee River, kings, browns, and a few cohos and rainbows have been seen in stretches of the river up to Kletzsch Park. The Menomonee River and Oak Creek are low, with few reports of fish caught. Near the Milwaukee harbor, anglers under the Hoan Bridge have been catching perch on minnows. A few kings have been caught by anglers fishing near the Sailing Center, in and around Veteran’s Park, and off McKinley pier. Boaters trolling in 40 to 90 feet of water brought back a few kings, lake trout, and cohos.
In Racine, fishing effort has been steady along the shoreline and off the piers. Numbers of kings and browns have been taken on crankbaits or glow spoons off the piers, in the Pershing Park boat harbor, and off the rocks in the northeast corner of Reefpoint Marina. The Root River is very low, and most kings and browns have been seen from Lincoln Park downstream to the harbor. Some nice catches of browns and kings, along with an occasional steelhead, have come from Washington Park on dark-colored flies or spawn sacs. The Root River Steelhead Facility was emptied and shut down on Thursday, Sept. 26, and it will be restarted Oct. 30.
In Kenosha, the Pike River is fairly low, and fishing upriver has been slow. Near the mouth of the Pike River anglers have been catching a few kings on spoons, although east winds have made casting difficult along the shoreline. Large trout and salmon can still be seen jumping all over the Kenosha harbor. Anglers fishing off the piers and near the hotel have been catching some kings and browns on spawn fished under slip bobbers. Some boaters have been trolling in and around the harbor and reported catching a few browns and kings on crankbaits and spoons.
In Waukesha County, opening weekend of duck season was slow for in northeast Waukesha County. Hunters reported seeing fair numbers of ducks prior to the opener, but weather conditions were not conducive to good waterfowl hunting.
DNR hotline, (414) 382-7920.
Smokey’s Bait Shop, (262) 691-0360.
Dick Smith’s Bait, (262) 646 2218.
In Dane County, deer activity is picking up and they are being observed feeding in the late afternoons everywhere. Archery hunters were successful harvesting deer that were still in their summer patterns.
In Iowa County, waterfowl hunters found sunny and breezy conditions in the Spring Green area which made the wood ducks easy targets for the first hour or two after the 9 a.m. opener. There is limited standing water in the river bottoms that is concentrating the birds for hunters. Goose hunters are finding more birds moving around in the Arena and Spring Green area. Squirrel hunters are finding mostly gray squirrels on public hunting grounds in the southern Sauk and northern Iowa counties. Deer hunters are finding some success in the woods, with the good acorn crop present.
In Columbia County, mast trees are finally dropping their treasures to the ground. With the leaves starting to turn, squirrel hunters are able to see their quarry on the ground or up in a tree. Goose hunters are doing well thinning the local population in Columbia County. The duck opener was successful, with wood ducks more abundant than other species.
D&S Bait & Tackle, (608) 244-3474.
Dorn Hardware, (608) 244-5403.
SAUK CITY AREA
Cranes are gathering in fields for the migration. When out enjoying the fall weather, keep an eye out for some of the less-seen mammals in Sauk County, such as bears and bobcats. The Wisconsin River was really high last week, and fishing was slow.
Wilderness Fish and Game, (608) 643-2433.