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Fishing WisconsinLake Michigan Outdoor Fishing Report - November 18, 2014
In general, fishing reports will be updated once per week, usually on Tuesdays. This may change based on availability of reports and work schedules of field staff.
Recorded versions of this information are also available. For Northern Lake Michigan and Green Bay, call 920-746-2873. For Southern Lake Michigan, call 414-382-7920.
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- This recent cold snap has Southeast Wisconsin area tributaries starting to freeze over, but local harbors still have open and fishable water. Brown trout and rainbow trout are drawn to the rivers and harbors this time of year and can provide good fishing action.
- No report.
- In Racine shore anglers fishing in Reefpoint Marina have been catching a few browns and steelhead on skein, spawn sacs, and white tube jigs fished under slip bobbers. Slow moving stretches of the Root River are iced over, but there is open water below the Horlick dam as well as below the Main Street bridge. DNR crews conducting boomshocking surveys saw fewer brown trout this week compared to the past couple of weeks. Occasional steelhead have also been seen in the river and harbor.
- In Milwaukee some browns have been caught by anglers fishing the Milwaukee River from North Avenue to Estabrook Park. Shoreline anglers near the Summerfest grounds have also been taking a few browns here and there. The fishing pier at the Oak Creek Power Plant is now closed for the winter months, and it is scheduled to reopen on March 15.
- Port Washington anglers fishing the harbor have been catching a few browns and rainbows near the power plant. Skein and spawn sacs have both been effective.
- In Sheboygan stretches of the Sheboygan River below the Kohler dam should still have open water. At the lakefront, anglers working the docks near the Deland Marina have picked up a few rainbows. Spawn and skein under a bobber have been effective.
- Manitowoc County fishing report will return after the start of the creel survey season in mid-March.
- Kewaunee County report will return after the start of the creel survey season in early April.
Northern Door Co. and Sturgeon Bay (Lake and Bay sides)
- Northern Door report will return after the start of the creel survey season in early April.
- Suamico River: Anglers at the beginning of the week were having success for yellow perch using minnows and crawler chunks floating just off the bottom. As the week went on the Suamico River has formed a layer of ice, which is kept open in the middle by duck hunters' boats. The river is mainly frozen over.
- Long Tail Point: No anglers interviewed. The launches have an ice cover.
- Duck Creek: No anglers interviewed. The creek has a layer of ice on it.
- Fox River (Launches): Anglers that were launching from Metro and DePere were in search of Musky or Walleye. No anglers were interviewed at the launches. The launch at the Fair Grounds in DePere has formed a thin layer of ice, but Metro and Fox Point are still open.
- Fox River (Shore): Anglers fishing from shore were in search of Walleye at Voyager Park using crank baits. No success was reported.
Door/Kewaunee Co. - Bay side from Sturgeon Bay area south
- Fishing report will return after the start of the creel survey season in early April.
- Geano's Beach: No anglers interviewed. Mostly all duck hunters launching from here.
- With the cold and snowy weather perch fishing has been suspended until the ice is thick enough to walk on. The only fishing activity observed last week was in the vicinity of the Hattie Street Dam. Walleye and a few brown trout are being caught using a variety of methods including jig and crawler, slip bobbers, and small spoons or Rapalas. Whitefish top the list with most anglers using bobbers or small jigs. Line ice up is a problem, but for the hearty souls who put in the time, some nice catches of whitefish between 17 and 22 inches has been their reward.