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Fishing WisconsinLake Michigan Outdoor Fishing Report - October 25, 2016
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
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- Green Bay Fishing Report
- Pike River:
- Ramps: No boats were interviewed this week.
- Root River: Fish were processed at the Root River Steelhead Facility on Monday, October 24, and 415 fish were passed upstream. So far this fall, DNR crews have handled 1,932 Chinooks, 724 coho, 14 rainbows and 11 browns. The next processing day will be Thursday, October 27.
- Milwaukee North:
- Milwaukee South:
- Milwaukee River:
- Menomonee River:
- No new report. As of last week, all fish cleaning stations in Port Washington are closed for the season. The power plant discharge area in Coal Dock Park still had high fishing pressure, but angler success slowed down. A couple Coho and one Chinokk were caught. The north slip marina area also slowed considerably, with only a few Chinooks caught. Two anglers were interviewed on the North pier, and nothing was caught. Both Chinook and Coho salmon were caught in Sauk Creek, and the water temperature was 44 degrees. No boats were interviewed this week.
- No new report. As of last week, fishing pressure in Sheboygan was very low overall. One Rainbow Trout was caught from the South Pier. Saturday had very strong winds, and waves were crashing over South Pier. One Brown Trout was caught from North Pier. One boat was interviewed and caught a Brown Trout while they were fishing for Smallmouth Bass. Two people were seen fishing the Pigeon River, but said they didn't see any fish.
- The chinook run is past its peak, but there are still many fish in the rivers. The East Twin, Manitowoc and Branch Rivers are still producing salmon. The best action is upstream at the dams and in holes along the rivers. Water levels are low and fish are easy to spot including post spawn fish that have already died. No word on browns, rainbows or cohos in the rivers.
- The fishing pressure in Kewaunee County dropped this past week but still remains relatively high. Chinook Salmon are on their last leg, but many are still swimming upright in the Ahnapee River, Kewuanee River, and Stoney Creek. Anglers have reported better luck catching Coho Salmon rather than Chinook Salmon, but both species have been caught throughout the week. Anglers have had luck catching salmon on the Ahnapee River near the Forestville Dam and also an occasional Brown Trout. Spawn sacs and egg pattern flies have worked well in some of the deeper pools along with jigging small plastics.
Northern Door Co. and Sturgeon Bay (Lake and Bay sides)
- Mature Chinook Salmon are now nearing the end of their life cycle, but there are still plenty of fish to be caught in many of the rivers North of Sturgeon Bay. There were a good number of Chinook Salmon in the rivers (Reiboldt, Heins, Hibbards, Whitefish Bay, and Shivering Sands Creeks) throughout this past week with almost no fishing pressure. Whitefish Bay Creek also had a few Steelhead that were holding in the lower parts of the Creek. Fishing pressure was very low again in Door County with most anglers fishing on the Green Bay side of the peninsula. The few anglers fishing out on Lake Michigan are once again doing very well trolling for both Chinook Salmon and Rainbow Trout. Anglers have been reporting excellent fishing trolling spoons, plugs, and flasher/flies North of Baileys Harbor in 200-300 feet of water. Yellow Perch fishing continues to be very popular in the Sturgeon Bay Area and anglers reported that the fishing has only gotten better. The best method has been using a piece of night crawler or small fathead minnow under a bobber and casting near weeds. Smallmouth Bass fishing was excellent this week with many anglers reporting catching a lot of bass that were all fairly large (18+ inches).
- Suamico: No new report.
- Long Tail Point: No new report.
- Duck Creek: Angler reported catching about 15 yellow perch with live bait jigged just off the bottom. None of them were considered a "keeper" size. Water temperatures were in the high 50's- low 60's. Water clarity was roughly 1-2 ft.
- Fox River: Fish pressure was moderate this week. All anglers interviewed were fishing for muskie. One boat reported catching a 51" fish, while others, whose tactics ranged from trolling crankbaits to casting bucktails near shore, found no success. Water temperatures were in the high 50's while water clarity was roughly 4-5 ft.
- Bay Shore Park: No new report.
Door/Kewaunee Co. - Bay side from Sturgeon Bay area south
- Chaudoirs Dock: No new report. Fishing pressure has been minimal due to strong winds.
- Little Sturgeon Bay: No new report. Fishing pressure has been minimal due to strong winds.
- Sawyer Harbor: Fishing pressure was very low this week. Strong winds and overlapping sporting seasons continue to keep many anglers off the water.
- Geano's Beach: No new report.
- Survey Update: Menominee River 10/24/16: daytime surveys resulted in 23 brown trout ranging from 22.2 to 29.9 inches; 3 rainbow trout (16.5 to 26.7 inches); 1 pink salmon; 1 Chinook salmon; 4 lake whitefish. We also observed dozens of walleye and a few northern pike. Flows were very high, just under 6000 cubic feet per second with multiple gates open at the dam. Water temperature was 49 F.