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Fishing WisconsinLake Michigan Outdoor Fishing Report - August 25, 2015
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.
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- Ramp: This weekend fishing traffic was relatively low from the ramp. On Saturday a few boats had success early in the morning trolling in 60 to 80 feet of water. Coho Salmon and Steelhead were the most caught species with a couple Chinook and Lake Trout also caught. Most fish were caught at first light.
- Piers: South Pier was a very popular spot for brown trout over the weekend. At least 4 brown trout were caught on Sunday morning with the biggest being a 9 pound male. The lure of choice for the successful anglers were tube jigs. Pearl and green were the preferred colors. A few brown trout were caught using small alewives fished on the bottom. Anglers reported large schools of gizzard shad and alewives in the area on Saturday afternoon and multiple Brown Trout could be seen surfacing.
- Shoreline: A few anglers tried their luck at the mouth of the Pike River over the weekend. Anglers heard reports that 1 Chinook was caught on Saturday morning. Shoreline fishing should begin to heat up in the coming weeks.
- Ramps: Fishing traffic was very low from the ramp on both Saturday and Sunday. The lake was a little choppy on Saturday and a majority of boats had short trips. On Sunday the morning rain kept the traffic low. Only 5 boats were launched from the ramp on Sunday morning. Two of the returning boats reported catches of zero fish. Boats that did return with fish averaged 2-3 fish with brown trout and chinook salmon being the most caught species.
- Shoreline: Very few anglers were spotted in the marina or the Pershing Park boat harbor. A few anglers using worms were targeting panfish but they had no luck after an hour of fishing. One boat was seen trolling in the boat harbor and reported marking lots of fish but only catching one sheepshead.
- Piers: On Saturday afternoon an east wind kept fishing pressure low as waves were spraying the south pier. Water temperature was 54 degrees off the South Pier, which is up from last Thursday when strong west winds had the water temperature as low as 48 degrees. Anglers had luck on Thursday night off of South Pier. One angler landed a 13 pound chinook salmon using a jig with a soft plastic minnow. Multiple brown trout were also caught off the end of South Pier using tube jigs. One angler reported catching a 13 pound sheepshead off the pier using a spoon. Schools of alewives could be seen swimming off of South Pier right at sunset. Sunday morning started off rainy and cold, but one angler managed to land a chinook and a brown trout within 30 minutes off each other. Fishing pressure was low on Sunday at noon with only 4 anglers fishing off the South Pier and 0 on the North Pier.
- Milwaukee North: A couple of cold fronts and 3-4 days with rain and thunderstorms put an end to last week’s 90 degree heat and high humidity. Daytime high temperatures were in the low to mid 70’s by the end of the week. Strong west winds during the week pushed the warm surface water out and pulled colder water close to shore. The surface water temperature on the lake side of McKinley Pier decreased from 64F on Saturday (Aug. 15) to 53-54F on Wednesday. The surface water temp was down to 46F on Sunday (Aug. 23). The baitfish (alewives) followed the colder water close to shore with chinook and coho salmon following close behind. Nice catches of chinook salmon were landed on McKinley Pier once again. 10-15 anglers were counted on the pier around 5:30AM Saturday morning. Two anglers fished from midnight to 6:00AM and landed 3 kings on glow-in-the-dark ko wobblers. One angler landed 2 kings (9-14 pounds) on moonshine spoons. A few kings and a 12 pound lake trout were landed by anglers casting spoons and jigging gulp in the North Gap. Most of the fish on Saturday were caught before sunrise on glow-in-the-dark spoons. Alewives were stacked up close to the shoreline on Sunday. Anglers had no problems catching alewives in the shallow water but they were hard to find by the end of the pier. A few chinook salmon were seen swimming on the harbor side of McKinley Pier on the weekend. A few brown trout, rainbows, and sheepshead were caught in the harbor behind Summerfest but the catch rate was spotty. Most of the fish were landed at night between 8:00PM and 4:00AM on spoons, spinner baits, and crank baits. The surface water temperature in the harbor was 49F on Sunday. Anglers in the Lakeshore State Park lagoons were targeting bluegills and largemouth bass with nightcrawlers under slip bobbers. A 15-16” largemouth bass was caught in the lagoons Friday morning. Boat traffic at the McKinley and Riverfront ramps was low at the start of the week. Showers, thunderstorms, and small craft advisories kept most anglers off the lake. Traffic at the McKinley ramp increased on Saturday with 68 trailers counted in the parking lot around 6:30AM. A large number of boats (including kayaks) were targeting kings in the gaps on the weekend. A few kings were caught but the majority of the boats reported no luck. One boat (3 anglers) landed 3 kings while jigging 5” long white gulp for 3 hours in the North Gap. Large numbers of alewives were marked in the gaps but the numbers decreased after sunrise. The majority of boats interviewed on Sunday trolled in 60-70 feet of water near the Green Can Reef. The average catch per boat was 5-6 fish. 80% of the fish weighed and measured at the McKinley fish cleaning station on Sunday were lake trout.
- Milwaukee South: Fishing pressure on the shoreline increased slightly this week. A few anglers have been “scouting” the shoreline in the South Shore harbor for early spawning kings. The Cupertino Park fishing pier has been somewhat busy with young anglers targeting panfish. Bluegills and rock bass were caught from the weed beds along the shoreline with nightcrawlers under bobbers. A few small brown trout (14-15” long) were caught Sunday evening with small kastmasters. The early morning perch anglers on the Cupertino pier have not been seen over the past 1-2 weeks. Large sheepshead and small northern pike were caught and released by anglers casting spinner baits and spoons in Cupertino Park near the Coast Guard station. Anglers reported seeing small schools of trout and salmon (15-20 fish) swimming next to the Coast Guard station pier during the weekend. An angler on the pier had his line broke off Saturday morning while fishing with shiners under a bobber. The surface water temperature in the South Shore harbor was 52F on Sunday. Anglers on the Grant Park shoreline landed a couple of lake trout and a chinook over the weekend. The anglers had good luck casting cleos, kastmasters, and crocodile spoons. The surface water temperature at Grant Park was 49F on Sunday. A few nice size lake trout were landed on the Oak Creek Power Plant fishing pier on the weekend. A 7 pound laker was caught on an orange glow-in-the-dark ko wobbler and a 16 pounder was caught on a green/gold perch colored fat rap. Small schools of trout and salmon were seen swimming in and out of the discharge chute current (near the bottom of the lake) at the end of the pier. The surface water temperature was 47F on the lakeside of the pier and 51F in the discharge chute. Boats out of Bender were coming in with lake trout and brown trout on the weekend. 5-6 boats landed close to their limit of fish Saturday morning. A few of the boats trolled in 50-70 feet of water on the north side of Wind Point while others trolled close to shore. The brown trout weighed 2-3 pounds on average. One boat landed a couple of lake trout while drifting in the current from the Oak Creek Power Plant discharge chute. Boats out of South Shore were targeting lake trout and kings on the weekend. The majority of boats interviewed at the ramp came in with only 1-2 fish per boat. A couple of boats tried jigging gulp and spoons for kings in the gaps but reported no luck. Boats that trolled in 50-70 feet of water off the Green Can Reef came in with mostly lake trout. 13 boat trailers were counted in the South Shore parking lot Saturday morning.
- Port Washington Shore and Piers: Chinooks and coho have been taken by shore anglers fishing off of the breakwall in Port, but fishing has been generally slow. Almost all fish have been taken by soaking alewives. A few browns have been caught along the south wall of the harbor. Spawn and plastic Gulp minnows have taken the majority of fish. The water temperature outside the Port Washington harbor was 46 degrees on Monday.
- Port Washington Ramp: In Port Washington trollers have been averaging about five fish each. Rainbows were the most common, followed closely by Chinooks. Most fish were taken by trollers working in 80 to 100 feet of water, and watermelon, white, and glow spoons all produced.
- Sheboygan Ramps: In Sheboygan trollers averaged a couple of fish per boat over the weekend. Chinook, rainbows, and lakers were reported in similar numbers, with the most success coming from water 70 to 90 feet deep. The fishing has been better during the early morning, as most boats reported little to no action after 10:00am. Small spoons in a variety of bright colors were reported to work better than other lures.
- Sheboygan Piers and Shore: Pier fishing has been slow overall, but a few Chinooks and rainbows were taken off the north pier near the lighthouse. All fish were caught by soaking alewives, and early morning hours produced the best. One or two browns and a sheepshead were reported off of the south pier, and they were taken on spoons. The lake temperature was 48 degrees outside the Sheboygan harbor on Monday.
- Water temperatures on Lake Michigan dropped midweek going from 67F to 52F overnight. The lower water temperature brought better fishing, especially on the Two Rivers Piers. Morning rain, and high wind kept many people off of the lake on Sunday with the boat ramps being very quiet.
- Manitowoc Shore: The fishing on the Manitowoc Piers this weekend was not as good as in Two Rivers. Of the dozen or so anglers fishing Saturday morning no one had caught a fish. Sunday left the piers empty due to rain and heavy surf. The water temperature in the harbor is 61F.
- Manitowoc Ramps: Boats reporting on Saturday had caught mostly ones and twos of Chinooks, Lakers, and Rainbows. The water temperatures were reported to be in the high 40 and lower 50 degree range.
- Two Rivers Shore: Saturday and Sunday were productive on the Two Rivers Piers. A lot of Alewives are in near the piers. Brown Trout were seen swimming on the Harbor side of the north pier on Friday. One angler landed a Brown on both Friday and Saturday using a blue and silver spoon. Several Kings were taken from both the north and south piers on Saturday and Sunday. A King on the south pier was caught with a spawn sac, while a King on the north pier took to an Alewife on the bottom. The best fishing times were between 4:00 and 7:00 a.m., but people caught a few fish throughout the day.
- Two Rivers Ramps: The fishing was a bit better out of Two Rivers as one boat reported catching 4 Chinooks, 1 Coho, and 3 Rainbow Trout. Another group came ashore with 1 Brown, 2 Rainbows, and 2 Chinooks. The boat ramps had fewer trailers on Saturday than in the past two months. The boat ramps were clear on Sunday due to thunderstorms and heavy wave action near Two Rivers.
- Kewaunee Ramp: Poor weather kept many anglers off the lake over the week and no interviews were conducted. However, many boats were seen leaving the harbor in the evening.
- Kewaunee Shore and Pier: Though angler pressure was high on the Kewaunee pier this week anglers unfortunately did not see a return on their efforts. Regardless of the baits used by anglers the salmon and trout remained uninterested. There was only a small number of bait fish seen in the waters around the pier, and anglers dip netting for bait fish only managed to catch a few small gizzard shad. After the rains and heavy winds during the week the water temperature dropped dramatically into low fifties.
- Algoma Ramp: The Algoma city ramp saw light use this week and the one returning group of anglers interviewed reported no success with either Chinook salmon or steelhead trout. The windy conditions during the latter part of the week made it difficult for anglers to head out on the water.
- Algoma Shore and Piers: Algoma’s Northern pier saw moderate use by anglers during the latter part of the week, with anglers reporting success with lake trout and brown trout. Glow in the dark Cleos seemed to be the preferred bait of Lake trout this week, while the brown trout seemed to have preferred a wider variety of spoons. This week also saw the first Chinook salmon caught from Algoma’s north pier. At the end of the week the water temperature averaged dropped dramatically into low fifties.
Northern Door Co. and Sturgeon Bay (Lake and Bay sides)
- Lake side of peninsula: The Chinook salmon and steelhead trout bite remained good this week out on the Bank reef. Anglers that found success with both Chinook salmon and steelhead trout were focusing their attentions in 110 to 180 feet of water. These anglers where either running their baits in the top 40 feet of water or about 60 feet down. One group of anglers managed to find a few lake trout by trolling in 280 feet of water with their baits about 60 feet down. Anglers reported the best success with spoons this week. Earlier in the week anglers reported that the surface temperature was hovering around 50F and the water temperature 40 feet down was around 40F. There have been no reports from Rowley’s Bay or Bailey’s Harbor.
- Bay side of peninsula: Before the heavy winds set in at the end of the week the Stone Quarry Park Ramp saw heavy use from both walleye and smallmouth bass anglers. These anglers reported a good walleye bite but had difficulty finding smallmouth bass. Anglers that had the best success with walleye focused their attentions on Larson’s Reef and trolled in 20 to 30 feet of water with either crawler harnesses or crank baits. Smallmouth anglers said they found the best bite in 4 to 5 feet of water, while using either spinners or plastic tubes. The windy conditions during the latter part of the week greatly impacted where anglers able to fish. Anglers fishing from the shore at the Stone Quarry Park had good success with smallmouth bass during the first part of the week but after the rain on Thursday the bite dramatically decreased. Earlier in the week anglers found success with a wide verity of baits including: night crawlers, minnows, and plastics. High winds kept many boats off of the water and not many anglers were interview. However, reports indicate that the walleye and smallmouth bite is still doing well off of the islands. Shore anglers have also been doing well with smallmouth around the Peninsula State Park area, using mostly worms. Shore anglers have also been doing well with smallmouth and rock bass off of the Egg Harbor Pier. Anglers have also been doing well off of the Ellison Bay and Gills Rock bluffs as well as Washington Island over the past week. A mix of rainbow trout, chinook salmon and the occasional lake trout have caught fishing in 60 to 100 feet of water and 30 to 60 feet down using a mix of flies, spoons, and j-plugs.
- Sturgeon Bay: The yellow perch bite was good from both the shore and boats this week, especially in the waters in front of the Sturgeon Bay Yacht Club and Center Point Marina. Anglers reported that yellow perch were taking both night crawlers and live minnows. Bass anglers seemed to have the best success fishing in the western end of the canal. That said shore anglers had good success with smallmouth from the canals wall on the east end of the canal. A few Northern pike were taken on boats by anglers targeting both walleye and yellow perch this week.
- Suamico: Walleye anglers heading out of the Suamico launch had mixed results. Trolling crawler harnesses in 20-25 feet of water produced the most fish. Time of day did not seem to make a difference. Fishing pressure was moderate. Water temperatures have dipped to the mid 60’s and clarity is moderate to good. Shore anglers are casting worms and minnows for yellow perch. Catch rates are beginning to increase late into the week. Most perch kept were in the 7-inch range however more fish pushing the 10-inch mark are being caught this week.
- Long Tail Point: No anglers were interviewed this week.
- Duck Creek: Anglers continue to target and catch perch throughout the area. Worms and minnows are the most popular bait with either producing equally. The majority of perch average 4-6 inches however anglers are beginning to catch fish closer to 10-inches. Water temperatures are beginning to fall into the mid 60’s and clarity remained poor.
- Fox River Shore: Voyager Park saw little angler pressure this week. A few smallmouth bass were caught at the far side of the park from the dam along with a number of drum. Casting and retrieving night crawlers fished on jigs with different color twister tails produced the most fish throughout the week, while bottom fishing crawlers produced catfish just about anywhere in the park. Anglers at the mouth of the river continue to catch drum and catfish using three-way swivel rigs tipped with night crawlers, with the best catches coming in the early morning hours. With the lower temperatures, an increase in the numbers of smallmouth bass caught was beginning to be seen mid to late week. Multiple 20-inch fish were caught Thursday morning using a simple hook and bobber fished just off shore. The locks on the dam continue to stay closed with very low water flow in the area. Water clarity was low.
- Green Bay Ramps: Walleye anglers out of the metro launch are catching good amounts of walleye just outside of University Bay. Cranks trolled in the early morning hours and targeting 8-12 feet of water have produced the greatest amount of catches this week. Silver and purple continue to produce the most fish however daily conditions seem to be the main driving force behind good catch rates.
- Bay Shore Park: At the beginning of the week Green Bay had a good amount of wind and rain. This dropped water temperatures considerably. During this time fishing pressure was very low at Bayshore Park. The number of anglers increased with the better weather and increased water temperatures. Prior to the poor weather perch anglers reported good catch rates as a couple of limits were kept. Minnows and crawlers just off of the bottom was the preferred approach.
Door/Kewaunee Co. - Bay side from Sturgeon Bay area south
- Chaudoirs Dock: There is no report for Chaudoir’s Dock.
- Little Sturgeon Bay: On Little Sturgeon Bay windy and rainy conditions, coupled with very low water temperatures, kept early week fishing pressure and catch rates low. By the weekend, water temperatures had risen into the mid to high 60 degree area. Fishing pressure and catch rates were higher. Overall, late week walleye anglers had good catch numbers. Several boats landed ten or more. Many walleye being caught are larger sized. The size range of walleye measured this week was 18.1 to 24.5 inches. Multiple 27+ inchers were mention being caught during the week. Trolling crawler harnesses is the most used method. Smallmouth bass fishing was hit or miss. Multiple boats reported catching ten or more while others did not land any. During the early week cold water period one boat landed fifteen. The size range of smallmouth measured this week was 15.1 to 21.1 inches and 1.8 to 4.9 pounds. Casting plastics and jerk baits is a popular approach. Perch catch numbers were low for boaters launching onto Little Sturgeon. Perch anglers fishing from the Carmody Park pier and shore reported catching around a dozen fish. The majority were smaller sized. At least one ten-incher was caught in Carmody. Crawlers and minnows are the favored baits. Northern pike anglers caught a few fish. Most were less than 24 inches. Incidental catches on Little Sturgeon Bay included round gobies, freshwater drum, catfish, and carp.
- Sawyer Harbor: Early in the week, Sawyer Harbor’s water temperatures dropped from the low-mid 70 degree range to the low to mid 50s. Water clarity went several feet down. During this time anglers reported very low catch numbers. As temperatures rose, catch rates increased. Fishing pressure has remained relatively low. Perch catch numbers have been decent. Several boats are landing 20+ fish, but only decided to keep 10-12. This is due to the fact that many remain on the small end. Minnows and crawlers, near the water bottom, is the most common method. The size of perch measured this week was from 6.3 to 8.9 inches. Anglers casing off of the Potowatomi Park piers caught decent numbers of perch, although most fish were not over six inches. Smallmouth bass anglers reported mixed results. Tube jigs and jerk baits were regularly used lures. Water 12 feet and under was a common place to fish. Using mostly stick baits and spinners, northern pike anglers caught a few fish. Incidental catches this week included rock bass, white sucker, round gobies and freshwater drum.
- This past week's weather kept fishing pressure low; high winds, rain, and cooler temperatures made fishing difficult. Anglers on the Bay of Green Bay report water temperatures have dropped from the mid 70's to the mid 50's. Anglers continue to have success with panfish at the Dam at Stiles with a mixed bag of bluegill, crappie, and rock bass. Live bait has been working best with worms and crawler pieces being the most common bait, followed by minnows. Some anglers are finding success using Mighty Mites drifted through the deeper water. Walleye are still being caught from the boat landing at Pensaukee to Oconto Park II using crawler harness and large stick baits trolled in 15 to 25 feet of water. Reports of perch being caught has improved; when anglers are able to get out on the Bay, crawler pieces and minnows work best.
- Geano's Beach: Multiple musky anglers were interviewed this week, with reports of multiple follows, however no reported fish boated this week. Cranks and double Colorado blades produced all noted follows.
- This past week's weather kept fishing pressure low; high winds, rain, and cooler temperatures made fishing difficult. Anglers on the Bay of Green Bay report water temperatures have dropped from the mid 70's to the mid 50's. Pike and some smallmouth are being caught on the Peshtigo River by anglers floating the river from the Peshtigo Municipal Boat Landing to the mouth of the river. Top water baits and twister tails have been working well. Trout fishing (browns and rainbows) are still being caught by anglers trolling out of Little River and the mouth of the Menominee River; from the Peshtigo Light to Green Island has been producing some nice fish. Anglers also report some catches of salmon in the same waters. Some very large walleye are being caught in the area of Green Island trolling and jigging in about 20 feet of water.