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Fishing WisconsinLake Michigan Out Fishing Report - September 18, 2017

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.

REMINDER - Anglers must carry a paper copy of their license/stamps while fishing on the waters of Lake Michigan, Lake Superior, and the WI/MI, WI/MN and WI/IA boundary waters.

Southern Lake Michigan Fishing Report: September 18, 2017

Kenosha Co.

  • Ramp: Only a couple of anglers were interviewed this week. One angler reported catching two king salmon trolling spoons early in the morning in front of the Pike River. The other anglers reported catching two king salmon in 170ft of water with their lures down 60ft. They caught the kings on a flasher/fly combo.
  • Pier: No anglers reported catching any fish from the pier this week.
  • Shore: Anglers reported catching 2 and 10 fish each day. Most of the fish caught were king salmon, but a few brown trout and coho salmon were reported caught as well. Some anglers caught their fish off of the beach in front of the mouth of the Pike River and some anglers caught their fish in the harbor. The fish caught were caught on various lures (crankbaits, spoons, skein, spinners, jerkbaits). The water temperature was 66F.
  • Pike River: No anglers were interviewed this week fishing the river. The mouth of the river is still closed.

Racine Co.

  • Ramp: Anglers caught a few fish each day this past week. They focused their efforts in front of the Racine Harbor in 20 to 40ft of water. A few kayakers and boaters fished inside the harbor as well. Mostly king salmon were caught but a few coho salmon and brown trout were caught as well. Anglers got most of their bites on magnum spoons, and glow spoons. The best bite seemed to be before sunrise.
  • Pier: About 4 to 12 fish were reported caught each morning. The best bite seemed to be from 3am to 7am. Most of the fish caught are king salmon, however a few coho salmon and brown trout were caught as well. Almost all of the fish caught were caught on glow spoons. White and green glow spoons with or without black dots caught the most fish. A few fish were also caught on other various lures as well (crankbaits, skein, spawn sacs, spoons, jerkbaits). The water temperature was 62F.
  • Shore: Only one fish was reported caught this week. The small king was caught on skein under a bobber. The water temperature was 64F.

Milwaukee Co.

  • Shoreline: Shoreline fishing for the week has been more consistent for anglers than it has been all summer. More fish are getting caught in the gaps and the mouths of rivers than in recent weeks. This continues to be a good sign for shoreline or pier anglers, after a slow summer those anglers who stuck it out, should be rewarded with higher catch rates during the spawn run. The weather has been inconsistent this last week with storms, and high east winds to no wind with a west breeze. The water temperature for the Milwaukee County shoreline averaged about 66° F, which is a little lower than the previous week. Another week closer to the full blown spawning season should still keep your hopes up for better things to come. Salmon haven’t reached farther upstream but some are being caught in the early parts of the Milwaukee and Kinnickinnic River. Some anglers have been catching fish on firetiger flicker shads, and jigging spoons to get some chinook salmon hanging around the bottom.
  • Offshore: Offshore fishing for this week has been inconsistent with similar numbers being caught as last week. With some having good luck in the early mornings, a lot of anglers haven’t had much success this last week. The anglers who have had success, have fished in shallower compared to the 100ft to 120ft of water that anglers have normally fished in. A lot of anglers have been trolling closer to the gap at Mckinley Marina to the mouth of the river by the north city shoreline. Most of the fish caught were Chinook or Lake trout, using the usual tackle you would use for trolling (spoons, fliers, etc) with the majority of hits coming on spoons and on crankbaits. Good luck this upcoming week.

Sheboygan Co.

  • Fishing pressure was relatively low during the week but increased to an extent over the weekend. Success was limited with neither boaters nor anglers reporting much success.
  • Rivers: One chinook salmon was caught on the Sheboygan River on a spoon. The water temperature ranged from 58-61ºF at the beginning of the week to 68ºF by the end of the weekend. No interviews were obtained from the Pigeon River, and the water temperature ranged from 62-65ºF.
  • Sheboygan Harbor and Piers: There was only one coho salmon and one small brown trout caught off of the north pier this week. Most anglers were using spoons, although the coho salmon was caught on a minnow. No biological data were obtained from either of the catches. The surface temperature of the water was 60ºF.
  • Sheboygan Ramps: Few interviews were obtained from boaters this week, with only one reported catch of a brown trout on Sunday, September 17th. No biological data were obtained. The brown trout was caught in 40ft of water on a j-plug.

Ozaukee Co.

  • Similar to Sheboygan County, fishing pressure was lower during the week than over the weekend. Most of the success was reported from anglers off the piers and utility area.
  • Sauk Creek: No interviews were obtained on the Sauk Creek this week. Water levels remain low, and the water temperature warmed from 53ºF at the start of the week to 59ºF by the weekend.
  • Port Washington Harbor and Piers: No catches were reported off of the shoreline this week, however, several chinook salmon, some brown trout, and a couple of small rainbow trout were caught off the piers and utility area. The chinook salmon weighed anywhere from 7-27 pounds, and the one rainbow trout that was kept weighed about two pounds. All catches from the utility area were made on spawn sacs, and anglers off the piers were having success on spawn sacs, spoons, and walleye jigs. The surface temperature of the water was 61ºF.
  • Port Washington Ramps: Success off the boats was limited this week with only a couple of chinook salmon caught, along with one coho salmon and one lake trout. The chinook salmon weighed on average about 13 pounds. Catches were reportedly made in water depths ranging from 30-300ft on spoons and j-plugs.

Northern Lake Michigan Fishing Report: September 18, 2017

Manitowoc Co.

  • Manitowoc County salmon fishing was consistent with the past couple weeks, both on the big lake and in the rivers. Few boats out from Two Rivers made it difficult to obtain any interviews, but anglers talking around the port didn’t hear word of any remarkable catches. Manitowoc also had light pressure from boat anglers, but some decent catches came in from those fishing in the harbor or outside the piers. Chinooks and a couple rainbows came in, and anglers trolling crankbaits outfished those using spoons by a wide margin. Flicker shads, shad raps, smithwicks, and other similar baits produced fish, as well as j-plugs. Angler reports stated that the fish showed no color preference, as they caught fish on black, silver, green, and pink. Water surface temps as of Sunday afternoon ranged from 56 right out of the piers on both ports down to 51 at about 40-50 feet of water.
  • No pier anglers in Manitowoc or Two Rivers caught fish during shifts, but some Manitowoc anglers reported fish caught at other times, although in low numbers. A handful of chinooks and rainbows were all that was caught from reports over the last week.
  • River fishing has remained steady since the first fish were caught. The Manitowoc River has had low but consistent numbers coming from a couple spots upstream to Manitou Park. Many anglers have been fishing with shad rap/flicker shad-like baits, which have appeared to be more successful than spoons. Chinooks in the 8-10 pound range have been the most frequent catch.
  • The Twin Rivers have had mixed results. Anglers fishing at the mouth and upstream on the West Twin River have had no success, as reported from interviews or word of mouth, although salmon have been seen jumping up to the Shoto boat launch. The East Twin River catches are still dominated by browns, but chinooks have been caught and seen jumping up to the Mishicot dam. Many anglers fishing in Mishicot have been drift and/or fly fishing with spawn or beads.

Kewaunee Co.

  • Kewaunee County salmon fishing has picked up for some anglers, but has stayed pretty consistent overall. Anglers fishing out of the Kewaunee port have taken, almost exclusively, to trolling in the harbor or just outside the piers. Catches have been mixed, but many anglers have managed to come in with at least one fish. Most anglers interviewed were trolling with spoons, and their efforts yielded 1-2 fish on average. Anglers fishing with crankbaits, especially flicker shads and flicker minnows, had better average success, reporting 5-8 fish per trip. Firetiger, green, and silver were the best reported colors of those anglers. Catches were dominated by chinooks in the 15-20 pound range, with an occasional rainbow or coho hitting the net as well. Few Anglers have hit the big lake out of the Algoma port, and no interviews were obtained from them. Surface temperatures just out of the piers was reported to be around 56 degrees toward the end of the weekend.
  • Pier fishing has been poor in Kewaunee, with no fish coming off during any shifts. Anglers have put in good amounts of effort regardless, as 10+ have lined the piers at multiple times this past week. The Algoma piers have been a little more successful, with a handful of fish taken this week. A mix of chinooks, rainbows, and a brown were the harvest, with chinooks dominating numbers-wise, and spoons have been the ticket for anglers that have managed to hook up. Still, there was a total of less than 10 fish reported all week.
  • The Kewaunee River has had some good catches this week, all the way up to the Bruemmer Park bridge. Although water is low upstream and salmon are easily spooked, many anglers have been able to drift spawn or beads in pools just downstream and get some chinooks hooked. Some anglers have also had success fishing the slower moving parts of the river with natural spawn sacs fished on the bottom. Salmon can be seen jumping in many wider stretches of the river, but no reports of more active presentations like spoons or crankbaits taking fish have come in. The Ahnapee has only had a few anglers targeting salmon, but none of the anglers have had any success with spawn or spoons. Chinooks can be seen coming up Stony Creek, but only one coho has been reported as caught this week. Many anglers are hoping for some rain soon in hopes of river fishing improving.

Sturgeon Bay

  • Bad weather has limited fishing opportunities in the Sturgeon Bay area for both boats and shore anglers. Very little success was reported by any boats coming off the Lake Michigan side, with only a single fish here or there reported. Perch fishing has slowed according to reports over the past week also, and fewer boats than normal have been out to boot. Some walleye anglers have had some success trolling crawler harnesses out on the bay in 20-30 feet-of-water, but they have also reported a lot of sheepshead and catfish bycatch.
  • Shore anglers have had very limited success for smallmouth or any species besides gobies for that matter, as storms and changing weather seemed to scatter fish.

Green Bay Fishing Report: September 18, 2017

Door Co.

  • A fair amount of anglers got out in Sturgeon Bay over the weekend with the warm weather. Not many people fishing north of Egg Harbor aside from the occasional shore fishermen downing worms. Perch fishermen in the Sturgeon Bay canal had limited success. The best catches came from fishermen that got out early and kept moving. Both crawlers and fatheads had bites depending on the day. Walleye action has been good out of Sturgeon Bay and Stone Quarry both trolling and jigging. The smallmouth are still biting with anglers on shore catching a few fish using crawlers under slip bobbers. The few boat anglers after bass have had success all over from Sturgeon Bay to Gills Rock. Salmon action around the piers and canal is picking up as more fish are moving in for the fall run. Anglers on shore and trolling the canal have had success using spoons and crankbaits.
  • Chaudoirs Dock – No routes were run through Chaudiors dock last week
  • Sugar Creek - No routes were run through sugar creek last week
  • Rites Cove - No routes were run through rites cove last week
  • Little Sturgeon Bay – During the week anglers were in search of walleye, smallmouth bass, and yellow perch with varying success. Walleye anglers were trolling with flicker shads and flicker minnows of various sizes and colors and brought home 1-3 fish per boat. Perch anglers were having a harder time finding fish but when they did they would hit them hard. Some boats couldn’t find the right spot and came home empty while others would find fish and hit their bag limit. Occasionally I would run into a bass fishermen and of late they are not having much luck in or around little sturgeon bay. While out anglers also caught the sporadic round goby.
  • Sawyer Harbor – The majority of the interviews taken up in sawyer harbor were from Yellow perch anglers with an occasional walleye angler. Perch fishermen were having inconsistent success over the past week with some not catching any while others were close to their limit. Most fish that were measured were from 7-9 inches but one was over 11 inches. The few walleye anglers that were interviewed didn’t have much luck and kept 0-2 fish for a half a day’s trip. Anglers out also caught Round Goby and Freshwater drum but there numbers are far lower than previous weeks.

Brown/Kewaunee Co. - Bay side from Sturgeon Bay area south

  • Bayshore - No routes were run through bayshore last week.
  • Suamico – Boat anglers were mostly targeting Muskie. Anglers reported not having any luck, and with only a few bites from freshwater drum and northerns. The launch was very full during the beginning of the week with lots of recreational boaters and duck hunters.
  • Longtail Lauches- no anglers or trailers
  • Metro launch – An average of 15 trailers were observed at the beginning and end of the week. At the beginning few boat anglers were observed and reported having little luck. At the end of the week boat anglers reported mostly targeting musky but again came back without any bites mostly. Some shore anglers were observed at the beginning and end of the week, but none were interviewed.
  • Fox River Mouth – High trailer counts all week which ended up resulting in high number of interviews from pleasure boaters. With the nice weather we have had lately the public is getting on the water and enjoying the sun. As for anglers, walleye has been the main target with anglers launching from the mouth and running a couple miles north usually. Walleye angler have had a tough time finding decent numbers of walleyes and they are also struggling to keep the non-target fish off their lines, many times white perch or freshwater drum will hit their baits before a walleye has time. Shore anglers from the river mouth have still been doing good catching freshwater drum with the occasional channel catfish mixed in. The river’s water temperature is quite high right now with many anglers reporting 82-85 degree surface temperatures.
  • Fox River- Almost all of my interviews from the upper portion of the river came from pleasure boaters with most of the anglers targeting fish out in the bay right now. Fish species that have been caught by anglers in the upper portion have been, freshwater drum, and channel catfish.
  • Fox Point Launch – Few trailers observed, no interviews taken
  • Fairgrounds – Few trailers observed, no interviews taken.
  • Duck Creek - A few boats were observed coming off the water at the beginning and end of the week, though these were all hunters and not anglers. Both boat launches averaged at least two trailers throughout the week and weekend.
  • Voyager Park – Few anglers observed, no interviews taken.
  • Red River - No routes were run through Red River last week.

Oconto Co.

  • Anglers below the Dam at Stiles on the Oconto River are still catching pan fish mainly using slip bobbers and live bait. No sign of pink salmon or kings have been observed yet. Fishing has slowed a bit on the lower river to the mouth although some perch and small mouth are still being caught. Perch and walleye anglers are still catching good numbers of fish from the Pensaukee River to Oconto Park II. Perch anglers are fishing in 6 to 12 feet of water adjacent to weed beds and having good success especially early in the morning, minnows and crawler pieces are working well. Walleye anglers are having success in 16 to 30 feet of water trolling crawler/harness and large stick baits. Rip jigging areas with structure has also been producing some nice fish.
  • Genoas Beach- Few interviews were taken as most anglers were either putting in later in the morning, or did not come off until later at night at the beginning of the week. Towards the end of the week very few trailers were observed and no interviews were taken.

Marinette Co.

  • Some perch and small mouth are being caught in the lower part of the Peshtigo River mainly using live bait adjacent to some kind of structure. Fishing for browns and salmon from Little River to the Menominee River has been extremely slow this past week. Some perch are being caught out of Little River and Red Arrow Park using minnows and crawler pieces. Anglers on the Menominee River are catching some pike, walleye. small mouth and cat fish trolling and jigging from Bum Island to the mouth of the River. No salmon have been observed at Little River or the Menominee River.

Last revised: Tuesday September 19 2017