LAKE MICHIGAN/METRO AREA LAKES
The Lake Michigan perch season will open June 16.
In Sheboygan, trollers were catching kings and lake trout on spoons in 30 to 40 feet of water, but not in big numbers. Cohos, lake trout, and browns were caught by shore anglers, mostly on spoons. More alewives were noticed in the harbor last week.
Port Washington trollers fished near shore for browns, lakers, cohos, and chinooks. Shore anglers had the best luck by soaking alewives on the bottom. The power plant area has been giving up a few rainbows, with action starting at 4 a.m.
Milwaukee trollers averaged one to three fish per trip last week. They tried all depths, but concentrated mostly in the 50- to 100-foot range. Pier fishing slowed. A few cohos were caught near the Summerfest grounds. Grant Park gave up some cohos and browns; at the Oak Creek power plant, browns and cohos.
Racine trollers caught cohos early off of the south breakwall. Pier fishing has been off and on.
DNR hotline, (414) 382-7920.
Smokey’s Bait Shop, (262) 691-0360.
Dick Smith’s Bait, (262) 646 2218.
A few Lake Mendota pike have been caught by trolling. The smallmouths have been a struggle with the cooling water. They are still in the pre-spawn mode with water in the mid-50s. Crappies are on the weedlines in 5 to 8 feet. Fox Bluff has been a good area for crappies, as has Governor’s Island, Picnic Point, and near the UW Union. There has been some Lake Monona bluegill and crappie action in the bays, and off the breakwalls.
D&S Bait and Tackle, (608) 244-3474.
Dorn Hardware, (608) 244-5403.