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Fishing WisconsinLake Michigan Outdoor Fishing Report - August 9, 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.
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- Ramp: Most anglers fished in the 90-130ft range and caught mostly rainbows, some kings, and a few cohos and lake trout. Some boaters fished in the 160-200ft range and had similar catches of fish. Anglers reported getting most of their fish on spoons. One boat fishing for perch was interviewed; they had a limit of perch and were fishing in about 30ft of water with plastic jigs. The water temperature varied between 70-76F.
- Piers: Only a few anglers were interviewed this week. None of the anglers reported catching any trout or salmon, but a couple of anglers caught some perch off of the south pier with live bait. The water temperature was 72F.
- Shoreline: Anglers fishing in the harbor for brown trout had a slow week. Only a few were reported caught, and all of them were caught after dark. They were caught on jerk baits, tube jigs, and glow in the dark spoons. The water temperature was 72F.
- Ramps: Fishing has been slow recently. Most anglers are catching 3-5 salmon or trout on average. Their catch is mostly rainbows, some kings, and a few cohos, browns, and lake trout. Most boats are fishing in the 120ft-160ft range, and some boats are going out to 180ft-220ft. Most of the fish caught have been caught on spoons with some orange or red coloring. No boats fishing for perch were interviewed. The surface temperature has varied between 70-76F.
- Shoreline: Anglers were interviewed, but no trout, salmon, or perch were reported caught this week. The water temperature was 70F.
- Piers: Anglers were interviewed, but no trout, salmon, or perch were reported caught this week. A few anglers fishing for trout and salmon caught freshwater drum. The water temperature was 70F.
- Milwaukee North: The catch rate for anglers on the shoreline was low once again due to the warm water along the lakefront. Northeast, east, and southeast winds kept the warm water close to shore for a 2nd week. The large clouds of alewives that were seen along the lakefront during the month of July moved out to deeper, colder water. Most of the trout and salmon followed the bait fish out to deeper water as well. Anglers on McKinley Pier were able to catch a few alewives from the small pods of stragglers that remained in shallow water. Some of the anglers started using shiners from bait shops. The surface water temperature on the lakeside of the pier was 73-74F on Monday (Aug. 1) and 71-72F on Saturday (Aug. 6). The water temperature on the harbor side of the pier was 74-75F on Saturday. Only 10-15 anglers showed up for the late evening bite on the pier Monday night with no reports of fish landed. Small schools of warm water fish (smallmouth bass) were seen on the lake side of the pier Monday evening. Only one 10 pound chinook was caught and released on the pier Thursday morning (Aug. 4). The angler caught the king with a bloody nose glow-in-the-dark spoon before sunrise. Two fresh water drum fish (sheepshead) and a 3-4 pound rainbow were landed on the pier Friday afternoon (Aug. 5) by anglers fishing with shiners. Only one coho and a rock bass were landed on the pier Saturday morning. Very few kings or coho have been caught recently by anglers casting spoons and white gulp in the north gap. Large freshwater drum fish, a few small browns, and rainbow trout (12-16” in length) were landed in the harbor behind Summerfest. One angler landed two large drum fish (8-10 pounds) within 15 minutes Monday evening while casting a rapala x-rap. A few small brown trout were landed on the Milwaukee River behind Summerfest by anglers casting small spoons and small plastic minnows. A couple of perch anglers reported this week that they spent $40 on bait so far this year and haven’t caught a single perch while fishing on the Milwaukee River. Freshwater drum fish and rock bass were landed in the Lake Shore State Park lagoons. Two anglers landed half-a-bucket full of rock bass with nightcrawlers from 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM on Sunday night (Aug. 7). The rock bass didn’t start biting until sunset. 18 boat trailers were counted in the McKinley ramp parking lot Monday evening (Aug. 1) and 24 boat trailers on Thursday morning (Aug. 4). Boats out of McKinley targeted kings and coho in deeper water as the baitfish moved out from the warm, shallow water along the lakefront. One boat (4 anglers) landed 12 kings (up to 19 pounds) and 3 rainbows Monday evening (Aug. 1) while trolling spoons and flashers/flies in 80-160 feet of water off the water filtration plant from 5:00 PM to 8:30 PM. The anglers fished with 5, 7, and 10 color lead core, dipsey divers, and down riggers. The coldest water they found was 50-52F about 60 feet down. 109 boats were registered in the Brew City fishing tournament at McKinley on Saturday (Aug. 6). There were approximately 40 unused trailer parking spaces in the McKinley parking lot Saturday morning. 25 chinook, 25 rainbows, 21 lake trout, and 14 coho were landed between 15 boats that were interviewed at the tournament weigh in. Most of the boats trolled in 130-250 feet of water with spoons and flasher/flies. One boat (3anglers) landed 6 lakers, 2 coho, and 6 chinook while trolling half way between McKinley and Port Washington and in front of the Oak Creek by Grant Park. They were in 2nd place at the time of the interview. One of the boats landed a 34 pound chinook on Saturday. An increasing number of small chinook (2-3 pounds) are being landed by boaters. The larger chinook salmon seen over the past two weeks are turning progressively darker. The chinook salmon spawning run up the rivers normally starts around Labor Day.
- Milwaukee South: More warm water fish were landed on the shoreline this week than trout and salmon. The water temperature in the harbor by Jones Island was 75-76F on Thursday (Aug. 4). Most of the fish landed at the Hoan Bridge were large fresh water drum fish. Small rainbows and brown trout (12-16” long) and freshwater drum were landed on the Cupertino Park fishing pier over the past 2 weeks. One of the pier anglers saw a nice size northern pike laying in the weed beds on the shore side of the pier. A couple of anglers landed at least 8-9 rock bass while fishing with nightcrawlers on the rocky shoreline at Cupertino Park on Sunday afternoon (Aug. 7). The anglers pushed their bait and the tip of their fishing poles 2-3 feet deep into the gaps between the large boulders and caught large, chunky size rock bass. The large clouds of bait fish that were seen along the Grant Park shoreline and the Oak Creek moved out to deeper, colder water. The fishing pressure at Grant Park tapered off as well. A few anglers at Grant Park tried casting spoons and kastmasters for trout and salmon with no reports of fish landed. There were no reports of trout or salmon caught on the Oak Creek Power Plant fishing pier due to the warm water along the shoreline. Fishing pressure on the pier tapered off as well with 5-6 anglers on average seen on the pier. Most of the fish landed on the pier were freshwater drum along with a few carp and rock bass. One angler on the pier landed 9-10 drum on Friday (Aug. 5) and 3 drums on Saturday (Aug. 6) while casting a green deep diving “slick alewife flicker minnow”. The angler caught and released 5 drum with 5 casts on Thursday (Aug. 4). Another angler landed a large black bullhead on Sunday while bottom fishing with shrimp in the discharge chute. The power plant fishing pier opens at sunrise and closes at sunset. Sunrise was at 5:49 AM and sunset was at 8:06 PM on Sunday, Aug. 7. Boats out of Bender targeted kings and coho in 90-110 feet of water as the large piles of bait fish along the shoreline moved out to colder, deeper water. A few perch were landed recently on the flats in front of the South Shore water treatment plant by one of the Bender boats. No angler interviews were taken at Bender Park during the week due to low activity at the boat ramp. 7 boat trailers were counted at the South Shore ramp on Monday afternoon (Aug. 1) and 38 boat trailers on Saturday evening (Aug. 6). Boats at the South Shore ramp had good luck trolling with dodgers and flies, 70 feet down in 90-100 feet of water off the water filtration plant at the start of the week. The boaters marked lots of bait and game fish on the bottom. The South Shore boats moved out to 160-250 feet of water off the TV towers at Capitol Drive and the water filtration plant on Saturday morning (Aug. 6). Four of the South Shore boats interviewed on Saturday night trolled in less than 125 feet of water from the south gap to the Green Can Reef with only one brown trout landed between them. The water temperature at 65 feet down in 125 feet of water, straight out from South Shore Park was 60F on Saturday night (Aug. 6).
- Fishing on north pier was very slow all week. On Saturday a few perch and one small brown trout were caught. On Sunday nothing was reported caught. Fishing in Coal Dock park by the power plant has also been slow. One small brown was caught and released on Saturday and nothing was reported caught on Sunday. Even boat anglers have slowed down. Some boats are coming in with no catches, most are catching 1-2 fish per person, and very few are doing better than that. Mostly chinook are being brought in and a few coho. Many boats are going to around 200 feet of water. Flasher and fly combinations are the most popular bait and some have had success with spoons.
- No fish were reported caught on either of the piers this weekend. The boats are having very hit or miss success. Some boats are coming in with no fish, but a few are doing really well. Mostly chinook were caught this weekend, but also some coho, rainbow trout, and lake trout. Most boats were in anywhere from 200-300 feet of water.
- Fishing is still slow as water temps remain in the upper 60’s to low 70’s. Fish seem to be scattered with boats searching at all depths. The few fish being caught have come from 40+ feet with some anglers finding more fish in deeper water. Pier fishermen have only been able to catch smallmouth, carp and sheepshead.
- Fishing pressure this week in both Kewaunee and Algoma was not near where it has been for the past few weeks. Abnormally high water temperatures have made it difficult to find fish and with the wind conditions changing almost daily, many anglers decided to stay home. The size of fish being harvested and reported at the ramps have also decreased in size ranging from 3-12lbs almost all week. Periodically a good size 18lb + would be brought in, but it was tough going early on in the week. Pier fishing pressure still remains higher than normal, but the fish just aren’t biting and many have reported catching nothing for the better part of the week.
Northern Door Co. and Sturgeon Bay (Lake and Bay sides)
- Northern Door County has been extremely slow this past week with very little fishing pressure and very few reports of decent fishing. Baileys Harbor remains active as the water temperatures have improved and colder waters are being reported. Fishing has been steady, but not setting records like the salmon that was caught there a week ago during the K/D Salmon tournament. Fishing pressure in Rowley’s Bay has been steady, but not many fish were harvested this past week. Bass are still being caught off the wall at Stone Quarry but rather small in size and it’s been a tough week with the varying winds.
- Suamico: Fishing pressure remained high this week due to the consistent walleye bite. A good number of anglers reported catching their limit of walleye (daily bag of 5/person) with many other anglers just missing theirs. All presentations boated good numbers of walleyes with no real pattern emerging. The key this week to catching your limit was to find the school of walleye that was feeding. If you marked fish but didn't get any to bite, the best strategy was to pick up and target another school. Along with walleyes, anglers were catching freshwater drum, channel catfish, white bass, and white perch. Water temperatures from the Suamico River boat launch were in the upper 70's and water clarity was right around 2-3 feet.
- Long Tail Point: Two trailers were recorded, but no interviews were obtained.
- Duck Creek: No interviews were obtained.
- Fox River: Shore anglers found some success this week fishing for channel catfish and freshwater drum. Most anglers that were interviewed were employing the “whatever bites” style of fishing, usually fishing with some kind of live bait rig. Water temperatures in the Fox River were around 78 degrees Fahrenheit and water clarity was low, about 1 to 1.5 feet.
- Green Bay Ramps: Fishing pressure was low out of the Metro launch this week, most likely due to the hot walleye bite that is going on just north. Due to low numbers of anglers there is no new report from the Fox River Metro Launch.
- Bay Shore Park: Walleye fishing out of Bayshore Park has been very good, with common catches of 10 legal fish per boat. Most of the walleyes have been in the size class of 15-18 inches, with some low to mid 20’s in the mix. Early morning and late evening hours continue to produce the most fish, with the majority being caught in 8-12 feet of water. Cranks and crawlers continue to produce near equal amounts, while jigging continues to produce better numbers near midday and in 18-24 feet of water. Color patterns played less of a role this week than location. Perch fishermen continue to find fair numbers of perch in the area, however smaller sizes continue to dominate the catches. Minnows fished in 22-28 feet of water, just off bottom, has been the go to method. Some 10"-12" fish continue to be caught, however most are coming in as by-catch for walleye anglers. Water temps in the area have fluctuated from mid-60’s thru mid-70’s, and clarity varied from poor in the lower bay to good north of Bayshore.
Door/Kewaunee Co. - Bay side from Sturgeon Bay area south
- Chaudoirs Dock: Fishing pressure out from Chaudoir’s Dock was moderate with anglers reporting decent numbers of walleye being caught. Anglers targeting fish to the north produced the highest amount with 18"-20" fish dominating the catch. Cranks trolled at 1.5 mph along the edge of drop offs continue to pull in the best numbers. Wonder bread and firetiger colors edged out all others for the highest catch rates, while jigging seemed to take a back seat in the area with little to no action. Perch fishermen continue to catch moderate numbers of fish; however sizes continue to be low. Jigging minnows in 24-28 feet of water and just off bottom continues to be the method of choice. Drum and catfish catches continue to come in high numbers with anglers catching equal amounts of walleye to by-catch fish throughout the day. Water temps in the area varied throughout the week from mid 60’s to mid 70’s and clarity remained good to excellent.
- Little Sturgeon Bay: Fishing pressure continued to be high in the area with an equal mix of walleye and perch fishermen, along with pleasure boaters. Walleye catches continue to be moderate with good numbers of 25"-30" fish being reported just off Hederson Point and Larsons Reef. Crawler harnesses, with black/copper blades, trolled at 1.2-1.4 mph in 18-24 feet of water, produced the highest catch rates. Jigging in deeper water continues to produce good amounts of both walleye and whitefish. Smallmouth fishing continued to be slow with few boats finding good numbers of fish. Working the flats near steep drop offs continue to produce the best numbers and size of fish into the weekend. Water temps in the area are holding in the low to mid 70’s and clarity is excellent.
- Sawyer Harbor: No interviews this week.
- Hot and humid temperatures during the week kept fishing pressure low. With the lower humidity this weekend, the boaters and shore anglers were out in force. Bluegills remain the most abundant fish being caught below the Dam at Stiles on the Oconto River. The middle and lower sections of the Oconto River are producing some nice small mouthbass drifting live bait through the current seams and using spinner baits and plastics. The Oconto River mouth is producing some nice smallmouth, sheepshead, and catfish; live bait and hardware are being used. The walleye bite has been a bit slow at times from the Pensaukee Landing to Oconto Park II, with most fish being caught in 9 to 17 feet of water using crawler/harness or large stick baits. The perch bite is starting to improve with some very large fish being caught in 9 feet of water adjacent to weed beds. The bests baits are minnows and crawler chunks.
- Geano's Beach: Fishing pressure remained moderate to high this week with the walleye bite continuing to please anglers. Anglers are reporting large numbers of walleyes between 16-22 inches are being caught. All presentations including trolling crawler harnesses and crankbaits produced good numbers of fish; jigging also boated a fair number of fish. Anglers found the best bite was from fish found in 18-25 feet of water. The anglers that fished in water past 25 feet of water found large numbers of walleyes but could not get them to bite. Along with walleyes anglers were reporting catching freshwater drum, channel catfish, white perch, and white bass. Water temperatures were in the upper 70's, with water clarity being 2-3 feet.
- Hot and humid temperatures during the week kept fishing pressure low. With the lower humidity this weekend, the boaters and shore anglers were out in force. Walleye, catfish, sheepshead, and smallmouth are being caught in and around the Peshtigo Harbor and up river. A variety of baits and techniques are being used, such as trolling, jigging, and still fishing. Anglers are having success using all of these methods. Some perch are being caught out of Little River in 9 to 12 feet of water; once again look for weed beds and be prepared to move until you find fish. A few anglers report catching salmon and trout from the Peshtigo Light to Green Island. Smallmouth and walleye as well as a healthy number of sheepshead are being caught in the Menominee River trolling crawler/harness as well as stick baits. Drop shoting has been working well for smallmouth.