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Southern Wisconsin Fishing Report – August 22nd, 2014

LAKE MICHIGAN/METRO AREA LAKES

In Racine, trout and salmon fishing on Lake Michigan actually picked up somewhat last week, with some good catches of all species when anglers were able to get out. Fishing in 70 to 100 feet of water has been best, with fish at 30 to 40 feet down. Spoons off of leadcores and flashers and flies fished off of downriggers have taken the most fish. Spoons have worked best when fished off of seven- to eight-color leadcores and planer boards. Early mornings remain best, with the bite slowing by 7 a.m. Warm and stormy weather has shore fishing at a halt. The only action reported was for an occasional brown trout or northern pike off of the pier in the Pugh Marina area. Fishing out of Kenosha also has been slow, with only a few browns biting off of the south pier early in the day.
On inland waters, bluegill fishing continues to be good on the area lakes. Weedlines in 10 to 18 feet of water have provided the best action. On some lakes, bluegills were caught by vertical jigging while drifting over 40 to 50 feet of water with baits 12 to 18 feet down. Crappies were most active during early morning or evening hours, along outside weedlines or over deeper water. Perch were caught near bottom along weedlines in 15 feet of water out to 25 feet of water. For largemouth bass, fish outside weedlines or points and use Texas-rigged plastic worms, swim jigs, drop shot rigs, tube jigs, spinners, and crankbaits. Anglers also had success fishing along piers or inside weedlines. Topwater baits fished over weed flats have produced all day. Smallie action was best near breaks or rocks in 12 to 20 feet of water. Walleye anglers had their best luck fishing during low-light conditions on weed edges, humps, or rock bars. During the day, look for them in 25 to 30 feet.
The Rock River has produced walleyes, crappies, and catfish. The walleyes were found along current breaks or rock bars. Crappies were found along fallen trees. Catfish were caught on suckers, nightcrawlers, and stinkbait.
DNR hotline, (414) 382-7920.
Smokey’s Bait Shop, (262) 691-0360.
Dick Smith’s Bait, (262) 646 2218.

MADISON AREA

Guys fishing for perch on Lake Mendota are finding a lot of small fish. Lake Mendota smallie action is a bit slow, with a few fish – and some nice ones – found along the weeds. Anglers have been trolling for white bass and have been catching up to 30 fish in Warner Bay and around Governor’s Island. The best panfishing in town has been on Lake Monona, but the bluegills have moved off of the weedlines. There are still come perch on weed edges, but for bluegills, drift deep water in the middle of the lake. Muskie action is picking up on lakes Monona and Wingra. Lake Waubesa panfish action is still slow. Mud Lake is producing bluegills over the dredge hole. White bass are hitting on the north end of Lake Kegonsa in 6 to 8 feet.
D&S Bait & Tackle, (608) 244-3474.
Dorn Hardware, (608) 244-5403.

SAUK CITY AREA

The Wisconsin River is down and it’s easier now to find the pools. Walleye trolling has been very good, and the smallmouths are concentrated on the lower ends of sand bars and other current breaks and they’re hitting surface baits. On the upper end of Lake Wisconsin, guys have been finding lots of smallmouth bass and walleyes in current areas close to shore. Big bluegills are hitting on White Mound Lake over 25 to 30 feet of water near the dam.
Wilderness Fish and Game
(608) 643-5229.

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