LAKE MICHIGAN/METRO AREA LAKES
Catch rates remained low at the ramps in Sheboygan, with around two fish per boat. Lakers and rainbows were most common, with one or two chinooks mixed in. Most fishermen seemed to be fishing more shallow water than the previous two weeks; anywhere from 60 to 100 feet of water was most common. Spoons remained the most popular lure, notably in orange or green glow. Catch rates off of the north pier increased throughout the week. Rainbows were most common catch. Most were caught using alewives on the lake side. On the south pier, the majority of fish were browns, but a few chinooks were reported off of the end of the pier during the early morning.
Fishermen at the piers in Port Washington reported higher catch rates off of the breakwall last week. A mix of salmon and trout were caught. The harbor side and lake side produced fish, and alewives were just about the only bait used. The fishing inside the harbor remained slow, but as usual some small trout around 10 inches were caught near the utility discharge. Just a little north at the Amersterdam Road ramp, a few fishermen reported two fish per boat on average. It was an equal mix of chinooks and cohos, and most of the fish were caught in 50 to 70 feet.
In Milwaukee, browns were taken on spoons and alewives fished on the bottom. Both sides of the pier were loaded with alewives recently. The winning coho in the Salmon-A-Rama shoreline division was caught on McKinley Pier. It weighed 5.5 pounds and was caught with an alewife. Some nice catches of perch were landed from the rocky areas on the harbor side of McKinley Pier, but the catch rate has been spotty. Small rock bass, bluegills, and northern pike were landed in McKinley Marina near the old Coast Guard station.
For trollers, the majority of fish caught were lake trout, with the numbers of chinooks starting to increase. Most of the boaters trolled in shallow water. A kayak angler landed four kings while trolling 25 feet down with glow-in-the-dark spoons in 40 to 55 feet of water on the opening day of Salmon-A-Rama. A 25.58-pound lake trout won the Salmon-A-Rama grand prize on the final day.
In Racine County, boaters are still reporting a wide variety of species being caught, with many of the anglers fishing in less than 150 feet and catching browns, rainbows, cohos, and chinooks. The most fish were caught by anglers who were willing to travel at least 4 or 5 miles out in the lake to target lake trout. Boaters staying closer to shore reported the best success catching fish while trolling in less than 100 feet early in the morning, and then following the fish out to deeper water as the sun rises.
In Kenosha, almost every boat coming back in is still reporting catches under the limit. Anglers have reported success with a large variety of species, although the most productive fishing appears to be coming from the boaters traveling into deep water and targeting lake trout. Other species have been biting intermittently throughout the day, although action has been steadier in Racine, where the majority of anglers have been launching. Fishing inside the Kenosha harbor has been rather hit or miss, with decent numbers of fish biting one night, and nothing biting another. Most angler pressure and success has been recorded along the rocks behind Best Western, where browns and a few rainbows have been biting in the evening.
DNR hotline, (414) 382-7920
Smokey’s Bait Shop, (262) 691-0360
Dick Smith’s Bait, (262) 646 2218
The Lake Mendota perch bite has been a struggle for the most part for the last week or two. The best bite also seems to be moving around the lake. Last week it was more on the east side and downtown near the Union and in University Bay. They’re not tearing them up, but guys are getting some good fishing here and there. Smallmouth bass action is still pretty good, but the walleye action tapered off a bit. The best action continues to be on Lake Monona for bluegills and perch.
D&S Bait and Tackle, (608) 244-3474
Dorn Hardware, (608) 244-5403