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Southern Wisconsin Fishing Report – November 1st, 2013


Port Washington shore anglers have been working the north slip and the power plant discharge. A few kings, cohos, and brown trout have been caught in the north slip on skein under bobbers. The northeast corner of the slip has produced the most fish. Anglers around the power plant discharge reported low catch rates. Sauk Creek water levels are up somewhat, and a few anglers have been working near the mouth of the creek, with reports of kings and browns caught on spawn and flies. Trollers have reported marking lots of fish in and around 100 feet of water, and lake trout have been caught in 250 feet.
Milwaukee trollers working outside of the breakwall have been focusing in 40 to 90 feet of water for immature kings and a few lakers. Quite a few boat anglers were jigging or floating skein in the gaps or trolling the river channel and harbor for kings and browns. The best area for jigging was near the north and main gaps outside the breakwater. Anglers off of McKinley pier caught a few fish on spoons and blade baits. There have been some perch and crappies caught on minnows by anglers under the Hoan Bridge. Oak Creek anglers have been catching kings and a few rainbows. Milwaukee River anglers have been concentrated in Kletzsch, Estabrook, and Hubbard parks, and near the North Avenue dam.
DNR hotline, (414) 382-7920.
Smokey’s Bait Shop, (262) 691-0360.
Dick Smith’s Bait, (262) 646 2218.


The Madison chain’s fall patterns are just beginning to set up. On Lake Mendota, crappies are being caught on weed edges. Try Governor’s Island and Dunn’s Bar. Bluegills are being caught from shore at James Madison Park. The Maple Bluff area has been producing pike and largemouth bass; try crankbaits on deeper weed breaks. Lake Monona bluegills and perch are being caught on deep weedlines. Crappies and bluegills also are being caught at Monona Terrace and in Monona Bay. Lake Waubesa crappies and bluegills are being caught by drifting in 12 to 18 feet of water. The dredge hole on Mud Lake also is producing crappies. Muskie action has been reported on Monona, Waubesa, and Wingra.
D&S Bait & Tackle, (608) 244-3474.
Dorn Hardware, (608) 244-5403.


Fishing has really picked up as fall patterns have emerged. Lake Wisconsin walleyes are feeding; fish up to 29 inches have been caught. Trout at Devils Lake are liking the cooler weather, too, and are biting well on fatheads. Wisconsin River walleye fishing has been good. Smallmouth action has been very good on minnows and crankbaits. Hunters are reporting an increase in buck movement. Waterfowlers are reporting good numbers of wood ducks, and pheasant hunters were happy with the opener.
Wilderness Fish and Game, (608) 643-2433.

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