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Fishing WisconsinLake Michigan Outdoor Fishing Report – August 25th, 2014
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- Ramp: Boat trollers did have some good success in shallower water over the weekend, with fish biting best early in the morning in 50-80 feet of water.
- Piers: Warm water near-shore has hampered fishing in Kenosha for the past 2 weeks some strong west winds will be needed to move out the warm water and bring the colder water near shore. There were reports In Kenosha shore anglers are having a hard time finding any fish at all from the piers.
- Ramps: In Racine fishing improved somewhat over the weekend with some good catches being reported. Mostly chinooks with a few steelhead and brown trout were caught in 60-80 feet of water, fishing in the top 50 feet of water it seems that all lures and presentations worked, flasher/flys, spoons, and j-plugs all caught fish used off of downriggers, dipsys, and leadcore. The early morning bite seemed better and more prolonged than the evening bite.
- Piers: Shore anglers fishing off of the piers had another slow weekend with little to no action for trout, salmon, or perch. Warm water near shore has hampered fishing in Racine for the past 2 weeks some strong west winds will be needed to move out the warm water and bring the colder water near shore.
- McKinley Pier: Catch rates along the pier and the city shoreline remained slow over the weekend while rain and fog reduced fishing pressure for most of the week .A few browns were caught off the end of the Mckinley Pier with most fish recorded biting early in the morning on glow spoons jigged off of bottom.
- McKinley Ramp: Boat trollers had better action over the weekend trolling in 100-150 feet of water using downriggers 50-80 feet down. A few fish were taken in a bit shallower in the 50-60 foot range, best baits have been spoons, j-plugs and flasher/flys fished off of downriggers or 5-8 color leadcores. Dipsy divers set at 80-100 feet out also took some fish, overall fishing remains about the same as previous weeks. Some colder water will be needed to improve fishing out of Milwaukee.
- North City Shoreline: A few perch up to 9” were caught near the Summerfest grounds, best baits there was a spawn sac or a fathead minnow fished off of a 3way rig on bottom. Some rain and cold water will be needed to bring salmon in closer to shore in the upcoming weeks.
- Port Washington Piers: In Port Washington public access to the north pier is not allowed. There are signs that have been posted at the entrance to pier to remind the public that no one is allowed on the pier for their own safety. Shore anglers fishing off the south pier reported no action over the weekend.
- Port Washington Shore: Most anglers fishing near the Coal Dock Park had some action for Smallmouth Bass and small browns best baits were jigs and plastic grubs or crayfish imitations a 3 way rig and a half of night crawler fished off bottom took a few fish as well. A few browns and an occasional chinook were caught along the lower wall at the power plant discharge, the best times was early in the morning the few fish caught were on a 3way rig drifted in the current with either a half of night crawler or a spawn sac.
- Port Washington Ramp: The fishing picked up over the weekend, anglers reported catching a few more chinook and lake trout in 100-240 feet of water, late last week an angler reported fishing northeast of port near Lake Church in 240-300 feet of water the few anglers were fishing 15 miles straight east of Port Washington. Those anglers had success bringing in a mixed bag of coho, chinook, rainbow, and lake trout. They were fishing in 390’ of water and were fishing magnum spoons or flashers and flys off of downriggers set at 100-105 feet down. There was also a good bite in a bit shallower anywhere from 100-20 feet of water some big chinooks and steelhead were mostly active hitting spoons or flasher/flys fished off of deep set downriggers 70-100 feet down.
- Sheboygan Ramps: Fishing started to pick up throughout the weekend, with some good catches of bigger salmon coming in, Sunday was a difficult day to fish due to a strong southeast wind. There were two boats that reported fishing in 200-265 feet of water and were bringing in their limit of fish. Anglers that were fishing deep were using 2 color lead cores with flasher/flys. The best colors were black peanut flys or larger aqua green or blue and green flys fished behind a white or green flasher. A few other anglers reported fishing in 120 plus feet of water they were having success catching lake trout and bigger chinooks. They were also using flies and spoons, fished in the top 60-70 feet of water best presentations were downriggers or 5-10 color leadcores fished off of boards.
- Sheboygan Piers: Shore fishing remained slow over the weekend due to warm waters still lingering in shore a few browns were caught late in the morning off of the north pier best lures were spoons worked along bottom on the lake side of the pier, the south pier had little to no action or fishing pressure reported over the weekend. Some west winds to blow out the warm near-shore water will be needed to improve pier and shore fishing.
- Manitowoc: While the majority of Lake Michigan anglers in Manitowoc and Two Rivers have continued to struggle to bring in more than a fish or two per outing, a small few trollers have been able to return to harbor with limit or near limit catches. Five-fish limits are still a rare occurrence, but some anglers are getting them by moving farther out into the lake than they were previously, marking fish and staying with them. One crew brought in 15 fish (14 chinook and 1 lake trout) a few days ago,but catches like that are definitely the exception right now. Many anglers are working 70' to 80' of water, although a few have also reported some success in 150' to 200'. Kings are by far the dominant species coming to net now, and a few nice coho are also being caught. Flasher flies appear to account for more fish in Two Rivers while spoons seem to be favored by more Manitowoc fishermen, with green-and-silver and green-and-gold continuing to be popular color combinations. But frustrated anglers are also turning to different colors and lures in order to try to coax fish into hitting. Angler activity has significantly declined in the last several days, ostensibly due to the lull in action on the lake.
- Manitowoc Piers: There is not much difference in success rates between Manitowoc and Two Rivers. Some of the kings coming in are also showing signs of darkening slightly, which is giving pier anglers in both harbors hope that the fall run is close at hand and that the kings will be more numerous and accessible from the piers and shores. Pier and shore angler success on trout and salmon has been almost nonexistent over the last week. Smallmouth bass and northern pike, particularly in the Manitowoc marina area but to a lesser extent in the Two Rivers harbor, have been providing good fishing where salmon and trout have been lacking. Jigging soft plastics has proven effective on smallies, and pier fishermen throwing bucktail spinners have done fairly well on northerns.
- Suamico: Walleye fishermen out of the launch have been returning with mixed success. Anglers pulling cranks have continued to produce decent numbers of fish, while crawler harnesses have been bringing in the size. 16-20 feet of water has seen the most action with daybreak being the most productive. Green and purple have been the colors of choice when using cranks, while orange has been productive with harnesses. Some perch continue to be caught while trolling however no perch anglers were interviewed this week.
- Duck Creek: The creek continues to build vegetation hampering angler’s attempts to fish. The anglers spotted in the creek area stated they went out with the intention to fish but decided against it after failing to find open areas.
- Fox River (Mouth): The weather continues to slow fishing down within the area. Many of the boaters out of the metro launch report slow going on anything except the ever present drum. Walleye fishermen headed to the north, avoiding the heavier traffic found at Bayshore, to target fish in 14-16 feet of water. Success came with orange bladed crawler harnesses fished just of bottom. Fewer fish continue to be caught, however sizes continue to increase, with multiple anglers reporting fish near the 30 inch range. Shore fishermen near the mouth continue to have success catching catfish near the mouth of the river. Crawlers fish on or near the bottom have produced the most fish. Early morning and dusk have been the most productive hours however fish are being caught at just about any hour. Anglers throwing crank bait along the shore have also reported success with smallmouth bass. Green was the only color spotted with any catches this week. The water flowing through the area has slowed since last week, thus allowing a continued increase in the amount of algae collecting in the bays. Water temps continue to hover around 70 degrees.
Door/Kewaunee Co. - Bay side from Sturgeon Bay area south
- Little Sturgeon Bay: Smallmouth bass fishing out of Little Sturgeon this week has been almost as unpredictable as one could imagine. While some anglers seemed to have trouble catching a handful, others were landing 30-60 fish. Several smallmouths were reported caught in 6-10 feet of water, others reported getting lucky in 15-18 feet, and a group of walleye anglers said they got two dozen trolling cranks around 1.5 mph in close to 30 feet. Most smallmouth anglers said an early week cold front made it so you had to be patient with your bait. Early morning has been the best time to catch these fish. Tubes, crawlers, leeches, drop-shots (w/ 4” worms) and even cranks have landed smallmouths this week. Despite semi-turbid waters with a little chop and cloudy skies late in the week, it was a tough week for most walleye anglers. The luckiest ones were using crawler harnesses in 18-23 feet of water. While most perch anglers had a tough week, others have said they are having very good luck. It seems that once you have located a school, you need to stay with it. A lot of times anglers would have to pick through smaller sized perch until getting to decent ones. Minnows, leeches and crawlers are the favored bait. A number of northern pike are starting to be landed. Most of them have been in areas with decent amounts of vegetation. Many northern anglers got lucky this week on spinner baits. Other fish caught out of Little Sturgeon this week included several freshwater drum and gobies, as well as large catfish and some rock bass.
- Sawyer Harbor: The combination of abundant bait fish and lots of cover has made summer walleye fishing out of Potawatomi Park rather challenging. Using cranks and crawler harnesses, few walleye were reported caught this week. Anglers here are still waiting for the fall walleye bite to begin. Perch fishing in Sawyer Harbor has been tough as well. Fortune perch fishermen have had to first find the schools, then pick through the smaller fish in search of the ones 7-8 inches and up. Minnows, crawlers, and leeches continue to be the favorite bait. Anglers choosing crawlers have had to sort through good numbers of round gobies as well (one group of anglers swore they had caught 60+). Several perch anglers here remain confident that mid-fall will bring in the larger perch. Smallmouth fishermen have not reported the high catch numbers of a few weeks ago. It seems the best time this week was early morning. Crawlers, tubes, and leeches have been some of the most used baits. Other fish caught out of Sawyer Harbor this week included freshwater drum, channel catfish, and rock bass.
- Plenty of rain and wind this past week kept fishing pressure low to moderate. A bonus with all the rain is water levels at all the landings make launching boats easy.Pan fish and some small bass are being caught below the Dam at Stiles using live bait suspended a foot off bottom using slip bobbers, or casting small spinners or using wet fly's. Perch fishing on the Bay from the Pensaukee landing to Oconto Park II remains fair to good with fish being caught in 9 to 14 feet of water using both minnows and crawler chunks fished near or on the bottom. Most anglers are reporting fish between 7 1/2 to 14 inches being caught. Anglers also report an up tick in the walleye bite fishing in 14 to 25 feet of water trolling large stick baits or crawler harness. Bass fishing around the mouth of the Oconto River and the Bay remains good once you find where the fish are holding.
- Geano's Beach: Musky fishermen continue to dominate the area. Reports of many fish being caught last week brought an increase in pressure to the area with mixed success. Anglers fishing the beginning of the week reported catching multiple fish with the largest coming in at 55 inches. Unfortunately the second half of the week saw very few fish, and none reported boated. Plugs were the dominate bait with attempts spread along the entire shoreline north and south of the launch. A mix of trolling and casting showed no favored winner, however both did produce catches of northern pike. Water temps ranged from 67-71 degrees.
- Anglers fishing the Peshtigo River proper are reporting good catches of small mouth bass and northern pike throughout the course of the entire river. Some anglers are putting smaller boats in at the City Garage Landing and floating to the Klingsborns Landing casting spinner baits and top water baits. Anglers at the mouth of the Peshtigo are reporting the same kind of success. Perch are being caught out of Little River landing, fish are running small. The walleye bite in the Menominee River remains good with most being caught in the evening trolling with stick baits. Shore anglers on the Menominee River are catching some pan fish, bass, and walleye fishing live bait on the bottom.