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Southern Wisconsin Fishing Report – October 3rd, 2014

LAKE MICHIGAN/METRO AREA LAKES

In Sheboygan, numerous boaters were at the gap of the harbor, and were picking up some chinooks while trolling around the piers. Most anglers had some success catching chinooks on spoons run from planer boards. Shore anglers fishing off the piers had action off of both piers over the weekend.

In Ozaukee County, fishing slowed some over the weekend but there was still some action for chinooks and brown trout early in the morning. Boat trollers were still heading out to 140 to 170 feet of water and catching a mixed bag of trout and salmon.

Fishing in Milwaukee was slower during the weekend, and most shore anglers caught a few fish from the Mckinley Pier or the Summerfest grounds early in the morning; some chinooks and primarily browns were biting on spoons, crankbaits, and spawn fished off bottom. Many boat trollers were having success on browns, with an occasional chinook.

In Racine, traffic at the Pershing Park boat launch was heavy during the weekend with 27 trailers counted in the parking lot on Sunday. Most were fishing the mouth of the Root River. Overall fishing was slow, with only a few fish being caught on crankbaits in the Root River up to the Main Street Bridge early or late in the day. Fishing pressure on the piers has been steady, with the majority of anglers showing up for the early morning and late-evening bites. Shore fishing pressure was low during the week but increased on the weekend. The Reichert Court fishing pier and the shoreline along the mouth of the Root River received most of the pressure. Some anglers on the Reichert Court pier tried fishing for perch with minnows under slip bobbers, but reported no luck. The best fishing seems to be in the lower sections of the Root out into the harbor area. 

    DNR hotline, (414) 382-7920.

Smokey’s Bait Shop, (262) 691-0360.

Dick Smith’s Bait, (262) 646-2218.

MADISON AREA

On Lake Mendota, walleye guys are trolling but the fish seem to have shut down. Some walleyes among the weeds along the north shore and the west side and some on Governor’s Island. Dunn’s Bar anglers are catching bluegills on the deeper rocks, along with a few bass. Bass fishermen are fishing some of the deeper weed edges and are doing well on plastics. The Lake Monona bluegill bite has changed quite a bit. A lot of the fish are suspended over deeper water. Bluegills are starting to move back toward the weeds and are getting more active. Over on the north side they’re catching bluegills and perch. Muskies are up and down; fish the weedlines. Anglers are dragging suckers and are still throwing bucktails and bulldogs. Lake Waubesa anglers are catching nice bluegills along the weed pockets. Weed edges are producing a mixed bag of crappies and bluegills. Crappies are out in deep water, down pretty deep, in about 20 to 25 feet of water in front of Rockford Heights On Lake Kegonsa, anglers fishing on the deeper cribs in about 15 feet of water are catching a mixed bag of crappies and bluegills, and an occasional perch. 

    D&S Bait & Tackle, (608) 244-3474.

    Dorn Hardware, (608) 244-5403.

PRAIRIE DU CHIEN AREA

Water is fluctuating. Fishermen are catching some panfish in the backwaters on crawlers. They’re also catching walleyes on crankbaits. There’s been no report from the dam.

    Stark’s Sport Shop, (608) 326-2478.

SAUK CITY AREA

Anglers are starting to pick up some walleyes on Lake Wisconsin. Lake Wisconsin is in the low 60s. Anglers are getting a few muskies below the Wisconsin River, below Prairie du Sac. They’re also catching several sturgeon below Prairie du Sac, but none are legal. On Fish Lake, they’re catching a few pike, which are hitting on spinnerbaits and bucktails. On Devil’s Lake, they’re still catching a few trout. The Lake Wisconsin walleye bite has included fish in the slot.

    Wilderness Fish and Game,

(608) 643-5229.

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