Southern Wisconsin Fishing Report – July 25th, 2014
LAKE MICHIGAN/METRO AREA LAKES
In Sheboygan, trolling success dropped somewhat. The anglers who had the most success were southeast of town in 180 to 220 feet of water. Others were in 80 to 90 feet of water east of the harbor. Shore fishing has picked up off of the south pier on the lake side, with green or glow spoons for brown trout and a few lake trout.
In Port Washington, the north pier is closed to public access because it has stability issues. Shore fishing has improved near the power plant and around Rotary Park. Browns and a few rainbows have been taken on white tube jigs, crawlers, alewives, spinners, and spoons. Trollers had the best action east and northeast of town in 110 to 170 feet of water.
In Milwaukee, catch rates have slowly shown signs of improvement. Trollers have been catching some chinooks spread out relatively evenly at 60 feet and deeper. Shore anglers have been catching steelhead and browns off McKinley Pier on live bait and spoons. Alewives have produced a few browns behind the Summerfest grounds. Browns and steelhead also have been caught at the Oak Creek power plant pier. Perch fishing has been slow, with few fish reported from Cupertino Pier, South Shore Marina, and Bender Park.
Trollers in Racine have had varied success. Some have caught a mixed bag of fish in 55 feet, and browns have been caught shallower in 30 to 35 feet of water. Other trollers have been fishing in 250 to 300 feet of water or deeper. A few browns and cohos have been caught from the piers on a variety of baits. Shore anglers caught a few nice-size browns while casting spoons near the water treatment plant.
Kenosha trollers have had to head to deep water to find fish, and even then fishing has been slow. Cohos and rainbows have been caught 50 feet down in 250 feet of water. Perch fishing has been slow at the breakwall, the bubbler, and the mouth of South Port Marina. Shore anglers, however, have been able to catch some perch from the piers and off the rocks between the south pier and Southport Marina. Shore anglers also have caught a few browns in the harbor.
DNR hotline, (414) 382-7920.
Smokey’s Bait Shop, (262) 691-0360.
Dick Smith’s Bait, (262) 646 2218.
Last week’s cold front slowed things down. The bass on Lake Mendota have become a challenge, but the fish are still on the bars. Bluegills were still in 3 to 5 feet of water on Mendota, but action was slow. Crappies were on outside edges of weeds. Guys were still struggling with Mendota perch. Lake Monona bluegills were widely scattered from the weeds to weed edges, to suspended, or on the bottom in deep water. Anglers caught them on bottom in 25 feet one day, while other fish were suspended over 40 to 60 feet.
D&S Bait & Tackle, (608) 244-3474.
Dorn Hardware, (608) 244-5403
SAUK CITY AREA
Fishermen are still trolling Lake Wisconsin with Shad Raps and Flicker Tails for walleyes, with the best action found at Moon Valley, Temporary Point, and near the railroad trestle. Anglers are still getting some bluegills and crappies in the lake’s bays. They’re also catching white bass while trolling for walleyes. Bluegills are hitting on White Mound Lake; Devils Lake trout have slowed a bit. The Wisconsin River has started to drop, and guys are catching a few walleyes, smallies, and muskies by casting spinners.
Wilderness Fish and Game,