LAKE MICHIGAN/METRO AREA LAKES
In Sheboygan, trollers are catching mostly rainbows with other trout and salmon in the mix. Most boats are catching a fish or two, with some boats boxing up to five or six fish. Most boats are fishing south of the city in 100 feet of water. They’re using flashers for kings. Orange has been a great color for spoons. There are alewives in the harbor, but in fewer numbers. Pier fishing has been slow, but guys are catching a few kings and rainbows off the south pier on jigging spoons.
In Port Washington, trollers are fishing 70 to 120 feet of water for a mixed bag of trout and salmon. Some of the catches have been running heavier to rainbows. Use spoons for rainbows, flashers and flies for chinooks. Fishing has been slow off the breakwall and power plant, although guys have been catching a few rainbows on alewives and spawn near the power plant.
In Milwaukee, trollers were catching mostly lake trout, with other trout and salmon in the mix. Trollers are fishing north of the city in 80 to 100 feet, or 30 to 50 feet near the power plant, with an average of three to four fish per boat. Anglers have caught a few large browns and some cohos near McKinley Pier. Anglers also are catching rock bass and largemouth bass in the lagoon at Lakeshore State Park.
In Racine, trollers averaged three fish per person last week. There was a small school of cohos outside of the harbor last week. Most of the action came on spoons. Fishing from the piers has been slow, but spoons and alewives have caught the most fish.
In Kenosha, guys are catching mostly cohos while fishing 40 feet down over 70 feet. Shore fishing has been slow, but anglers along the breakwall near the boat launch were catching rock bass.
DNR hotline, (414) 382-7920.
Smokey’s Bait Shop, (262) 691-0360.
Dick Smith’s Bait, (262) 646 2218.
Water temperatures were up into the 70s on the Madison chain last week. That kicked off some bluegill action all over. Also, the smallmouths have kicked in on Lake Mendota bars and points in 12 to 18 feet of water. Some guys have been trolling for white bass on Mendota, and they are doing well. Some anglers reported catching as many as 100 white bass. Lake Monona bluegills are in the shallows. The entire north shore has bluegills, but they are active day by day. Perch are on the outside edge of the weeds. Start looking out there for bluegills, too, as the spawn winds down. Muskie action had been decent to good on Lake Monona. Bluegill action has been decent on Waubesa and Mud Lake. Waubesa’s midlake walleye trolling bite was a little tougher last week.
D&S Bait and Tackle, (608) 244-3474.
Dorn Hardware, (608) 244-5403.