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Southern Wisconsin Fishing Report – October 17th, 2014


In Sheboygan, anglers were up the river from Taylor Street to the Kohler dam and behind Nemschoff. Water flow was higher than normal, with good flow, and most anglers were spread out fairly well. Action was slow, with only a few chinooks at most access points. Chinooks were present in the entire river from 14th Street and up, but were heavily concentrated at the Kohler dam. The deeper pools near the dam were full of spawning fish, but action was rather slow.

In Port Washington, the bite was better in the morning in the inner harbor and along the utility areas. The utility area had the heaviest concentration of anglers, with only a few chinooks and small browns being caught on spawn. The south pier had a few anglers casting for chinooks, but action was slow. Anglers in Sauk Creek were catching a few chinooks in the deeper pools of the creek.

Fishing in Milwaukee was slow; high winds and poor weather kept most fishermen at home. A few chinooks and browns were caught by pier anglers fishing on the harbor side of the pier. The Milwaukee River got a push of fish with the recent rains, but action remains slow at most access points. A few chinooks and browns are being caught near the North Avenue bridge and up to Estabrook Park. Best times have been early mornings in the deeper pools. A few chinooks and browns also have been caught near the Summerfest grounds.

In Racine, most anglers left their boats at home and fished from the shoreline because of the weather. Brown trout and kings have been schooling up in Reef Point Marina. Fishing pressure on the piers was low. Fish were jumping along the piers and near the mouth of the Root River, but anglers reported the fish weren’t biting. Brown trout and chinooks were stacked up in the current that flowed through the marina, and a few anglers had good luck catching them with skein under slip bobbers and skein on the bottom.

DNR hotline, (414) 382-7920.

Smokey’s Bait Shop, (262) 691-0360.

Dick Smith’s Bait, (262) 646 2218.


In Iowa County, the deer are really starting to move, especially with the colder weather. There are a lot of acorns on the ground in Iowa and Sauk counties, and deer are spending a lot of time in the woods feeding versus the cornfields, especially during the day. A lot of the corn is being cut, so the archers are more apt to see deer in the woods. Waterfowl hunters in the Bakken’s Pond area are reporting some wood ducks and blue-winged teal, but that they have been seeing more geese than in years past. The birds this year have been fairly spread out due to the wet conditions. The goose hunters have been happy with the numbers of geese they are seeing on the Wisconsin River and in the cut cornfields in the area around Arena and Spring Green.

In Dane County, water temps were in the low 60s and dropping last week. Anglers were catching bluegills on Lake Mendota, either over weeds with bobbers, or on deep rocks in 25 feet of water. Perch were caught while drifting. They were 25 feet down in 40 feet of water. There has been some Mendota walleye action on weedlines, but the fish have been smaller. Bigger walleyes were caught on deep bars in 30 feet of water. Active pike have been scarce lately on Mendota, but the west side has been better than the rest of the lake. Lake Monona bluegills are on weed edges. Muskie action has been picking up on Monona. Lake Waubesa crappies are scattered over deep water, and the bluegills are on weedlines. Lake Waubesa walleyes have been quiet. A few guys have been catching nice bluegills on Lake Kegonsa on cribs in 16 feet of water.

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

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