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Fishing WisconsinLake Michigan Outdoor Fishing Report - June 20, 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: Many boats caught limits this week in Kenosha fishing from 50-160ft of water. Most boats said they did best in 60-110ft. They ran their lures from 40ft down up to the surface and had the best luck on flasher/fly or red dodger/fly lures. The surface temperature at 60ft was 61F. Some perch were caught on small jigs, but most had a hard time catching a limit.
- Piers: No trout or salmon were reported caught this week off of the piers. Only a few perch were reported caught from the piers. Anglers used small jigs with plastics in varying colors to catch the perch. The water temperature was 65F.
- Shoreline: No trout, salmon, or perch were reported caught from the shoreline this week. The water temperature was 68F.
- Ramps: Many boats caught their limit of salmon and trout this week. Their catches were mainly cohos and some rainbows and kings. Anglers had the best luck in 60-70ft of water running their lures from 25ft down up to the surface. Other anglers did report some catches in 45ft of water to as deep as 120ft, however the 60-70ft range seemed to produce the best catch numbers. The main lures of choice were flasher/fly, red dodger/fly, or spoons. The surface water temperature at 60ft was 64F and down 25ft the water temperature was 57F. No boats that fished for perch were interviewed.
- Shoreline: No trout or salmon were reported caught, and only a couple of perch were reported caught on small jigs. The water temperature was 68F.
- Piers: No salmon or trout were reported caught this week, and only a few perch were reported caught on small jigs. The water temperature was 66F.
- Milwaukee North: Fishing pressure on the shoreline increased with more anglers targeting perch and bluegills. The perch season opened up on Thursday, June 16. Approximately 8-10 perch anglers were seen on opening day along the red railing at the Milwaukee River behind Summerfest. The majority of the perch anglers were bottom fishing with fathead minnows. No perch were caught on the Milwaukee River during the week according to the anglers interviewed. Nice catches of rock bass, a few bluegills, pumpkinseeds, smallmouth bass, and perch (6-8” long) were landed in the fishing areas around the old Coast Guard station memorial bridge in the McKinley harbor. One angler landed nearly 20 rock bass and a couple of small bluegills while fishing near the bridge on Tuesday (June 14). Nice catches of bluegills and a few smallmouth bass were landed at the Lakeshore State Park lagoons by anglers fishing with nightcrawlers and red worms. The early morning and late evening bite were the most productive times to fish the lagoons. The surface water temperature in the lagoons was 67F on Saturday (June 18). The fishing pressure and catch rate on McKinley Pier continues to taper off. Approximately 4-5 anglers have been showing up for the early morning bite during the work week and 10-15 anglers for the evening bite. The fishing pressure was heavier on the weekend. Anglers on the pier had a little better luck during the evening bite. Nearly everyone on the pier landed a coho while bottom fishing with alewives on Wednesday evening (June 15), but the catch rate was low the rest of the week. The large, thick clouds of alewives that were seen on the lakeside of the pier 4-5 weeks ago are gone. Anglers are still finding bait fish, but most of them are smaller alewives. The water temperature on the lake side of the pier increased from 54F last week to 65F on Sunday (June 19). 39 boat trailers were counted in the McKinley ramp parking lot on Saturday evening and 49 trailers on Sunday morning (Father’s Day). Nice catches of coho and a few rainbows, lake trout, and chinook continue to be caught in 120-140 feet of water from the water filtration plant to the Capitol Drive TV towers on flasher/flies and spoons in the top 40 feet of water. 40-50 boats trolled the area around the TV towers and the filter on Father’s Day (June 19). Many of the boaters reported seeing large numbers of dead alewives everywhere on the surface of the water. A kayak angler out of McKinley landed 3 kings (up to 7 pounds) within an hour on Wednesday morning (June 14) while trolling in 45 feet of water with a green/white glow-in-the-dark spoon, a red dodger & fly, and a crankbait. All 3 of his kings were caught on the spoon.
- Milwaukee South: Fishing pressure on the shoreline increased with a few more anglers showing up to fish for perch. 8-9 perch anglers were seen on the Cupertino Park fishing pier on opening day (June 16). Some of the perch anglers started fishing at 3:30 AM. None of the anglers landed a perch by 5:30 AM. All of the anglers on the fishing pier were gone by 9:00 AM. There were no reports of perch landed on the Cupertino fishing pier during the week. The catch rate for brown trout under the Hoan Bridge (by Jones Island) tapered off again. An 18-20” lake trout was caught under the bridge on Friday (June 17). A large number of carp were stacked up on the Grant Park shoreline during the week. One angler caught and released 3 large carp Thursday morning while casting a spinner bait at the mouth of the Oak Creek. Only a few perch anglers were interviewed at Grant Park with no reports of fish landed. 2-3 anglers on average were seen on the Oak Creek power plant fishing pier during the work week and only 1-2 on the weekend. A few small brown trout (12-14” long) were landed on the lake side of the pier during the week according to the anglers interviewed. 3-5 boat trailers on average were parked in the Bender ramp parking lot during the work week and 20-25 on the weekend. One boat (one angler) caught and released 3 coho, one rainbow, one laker, and one king on Thursday morning (June 16) while trolling straight out from the Bender harbor in 110-130 feet of water with spoons (blue knight and confusion) and dodger/flies. The catch rate for trout and salmon picked up on the weekend with many the Bender boats coming in with 2-4 fish. The majority of the fish were landed in 60-80 feet of water. One boat (3 anglers) landed 4 coho, 3 lake trout, and one rainbow on Sunday morning (June 19) while trolling green/white pro-king spoons, dodger flies, and homemade canned salmon in a cut bait rig in 80 feet of water. Another boat (3 anglers) landed a 9 pound coho on Sunday on a green flasher/green fly. 5-6 boats were perch fishing on the boils at the South Shore water treatment plant on Thursday, June 16 (opening day). Only one small perch was landed by 9:00 AM. The catch rate for perch increased over the weekend. One of the Bender boats landed a 4-5 pound whitefish on Sunday while jigging minnows for perch on the Lumberman wreck. The South Milwaukee Yacht Club had a fishing tournament on Saturday morning (June 18). Most of the SMYC boaters came in with 15 fish limits of trout and salmon (mostly coho) while trolling flasher/flies and spoons in 40-50 feet of water. One of the yacht club members reported that “the fishing hasn’t been like that for years and years”. 36 boat trailers were counted in the South Shore ramp parking lot on Saturday evening and 24 boat trailers on Sunday morning. Boats out of South Shore were landing 2-3 coho on average along with rainbows, lake trout, and chinook salmon. The majority of the South Shore boats trolled in 120-140 feet of water from the Capitol Drive TV towers to the water filtration plant with flasher/flies and spoons in the top 40 feet of the water column.
- Shore fishing was very slow this week. Some carp were caught by the power plant discharge, but no trout or salmon were seen caught over the weekend. Boat anglers continue to be successful with coho, a few chinooks, some rainbow and lake trout. Most boats were out in 80-150 ft. of water. Spoons and flies and dodgers were the most successful. The Army Corps of Engineers is repairing the breakwall of the north pier in Port Washington, and access to the pier is prohibited. Construction is projected to last until July 3rd.
- Fishing pressure was higher on the piers this weekend, but continues to be very slow. One carp was seen caught from the north pier this weekend. Boat anglers had a great weekend with success catching many chinooks, many cohos, some rainbows, and a few lake trout. Early mornings seem to be the most successful time with spoons and flies being the lures of choice.
- Fishing out of Manitowoc and Two Rivers Harbors has been good in the last week. Most anglers are reporting a mixed bag of rainbows, cohos and chinook as well as a few lakers. Some large fish have also been caught with rainbows over 15lbs and chinooks over 20lbs. There are still a lot of alewives in the harbors, and pier fishing has been extremely slow.
- Fishing pressure was high and boat ramps were busy almost all week in Kewaunee and Algoma. Fishing remains good and anglers have been catching very good numbers of trout and salmon. Lake conditions seemed almost too perfect towards the end of the week and a few very large fish were caught. Multiple anglers reported catching Chinook Salmon exceeding 20 pounds, along with some very long Rainbow Trout. Anglers were having luck fishing in 100-300 feet of water while targeting the top 70 feet. The majority of anglers are finding good numbers of Chinook Salmon in less than 200 feet and Rainbow Trout out to 300 feet deep. Bright colored spoons and flasher/fly have been the bait of choice, along with some early morning glow spoon action.
Northern Door Co. and Sturgeon Bay (Lake and Bay sides)
- South winds and rough waters made it rough early in the week but as the conditions improved, fishing pressure increased on both sides of the Door peninsula and anglers were having success catching bass and walleyes on the bay side and trout and salmon on the lake side. King salmon reports out of Baileys Harbor are showing that more kings are being caught than rainbows, so that bite is starting to ramp up. Rowleys Bay bass pressure has slowed some now that the spawn is over, but those that have reported indicate that nice size fish are still being caught.
- Sturgeon Bay: Walleye anglers launching from both Sawyer Park and Stone Quarry have reported a tough go this past week as the bite has been sporadic throughout the area. Fishing pressure was already increasing late in the week with the walleye anglers filtering into the area to prefish for the upcoming WTC Walleye tournament scheduled for next week. Smallmouth bass fishing also slowed this past week but a few nice fish were still be caught. Most of the good action was taking place at dusk and into the night. King salmon and rainbows are picking up out of Sturgeon Bay with most fish being reported to be 2-3 year olds with good body mass and filled with alewives.
- Suamico: The Suamico River boat launch saw low fishing pressure on June 14th, which happened to be the only day in which creel was scheduled. Of the three trailers counted one interview was taken. The anglers were targeting walleyes and found no luck. The anglers did, however, find good numbers of freshwater drum accumulating 15 total in 5 hours of fishing. Water temperatures were holding steady around 70 degrees and water clarity was still around 3 to 4 feet.
- Long Tail Point: No trailers or interviews, but two bow-anglers were seen walking the shores looking for common carp.
- Duck Creek: Fishing pressure on Duck Creek was quite low which, in turn, lead to only one interview being taken. The anglers in this boat were targeting walleyes and came up empty, but they did manage one freshwater drum. Along with the one boat many people were out enjoying the weather with their kayaks.
- Fox River: The Fox River saw moderate fishing pressure with most of the heavy pressure being from shore at Voyager Park and Main Street by Titletown Brewery. The shore anglers were targeting Channel Catfish and Flathead Catfish primarily with a few anglers trying for “whatever will bite.” A few of the anglers were having success catching Channel Catfish and a few Freshwater Drum. Water temperatures were once again in the low 70’s, and water clarity was 2ft or less.
- Green Bay Ramps: The walleye anglers that headed out from the Metro Launch found mixed success, with one boat only mustering one fish and the other boat landing 15 and bring back their limit of walleyes. The boat that got their limit of 5 walleyes each were trolling crankbaits and crawler harnesses in shallow water. Along with the walleyes the anglers were finding good numbers of Freshwater Drum, landing between 2 and 20 fish. Water temperatures were steady at 70 degrees and water clarity was 3-5ft.
- Bay Shore Park: Walleye anglers launching from Bayshore Park had to work for their fish this week. Crankbaits, crawler harnesses and jigs were all being used. A couple anglers found success using live bait, under a slip bobber, near the reefs. This week walleye anglers also referred to spread-out fish, large numbers of baitfish and challenging weather conditions on a couple days. Although Perch fishing has yet to really pick up, a few boats landed moderate numbers of fish. Casting minnows and night crawlers in 20+ feet of water was most productive. Bayshore Park perch weighed and measured this week were on the larger side, ranging from 9 to 12 inches and averaging 10.1. There is no report regarding Bayshore Park musky this week. Incidental catches included high numbers of freshwater drum and round goby, plus lesser rates of catfish and northern pike. With the warm weather later in the week, boating pressure was high. Water clarity was about 1 foot, and water temperatures were in the low 70s.
Door/Kewaunee Co. - Bay side from Sturgeon Bay area south
- Chaudoirs Dock: Walleye fishing out of Chaudoir’s Dock was challenging this week. Fortunate boats landed a handful fish. It did not seem to make a difference if you were trolling crankbaits, crawler harnesses or bouncing jigs. Schools of small perch could be seen just off the piers at Chaudior’s Dock, though none were reported caught by anglers. Water clarity from Chaudoir’s Dock north to Sawyer Harbor was at least 10-12 feet. Weekend boating pressure was high at Chaudoir’s Dock. Water temperatures were in the low-70s outside of Chaudoir’s Dock. Incidental catches included lots of freshwater drum, decent numbers of catfish and lesser totals of white bass, northern pike, rock bass and round goby.
- Red River: No trailers or anglers counted.
- Fish Haven: No trailers or anglers counted.
- Little Sturgeon Bay: There were no reports of musky being landed this week on Little Sturgeon Bay, although a few were seen following angler’s lures. Large bucktails and crankbaits cast into less than 12 feet of water was the preferred approach. Most anglers seem to feel the majority of smallmouth bass in Little Sturgeon Bay have left their beds. Catch rates were down as compared to subsequent weeks. The higher end catch rates were between 6-10 fish. Plastics and live bait were both effective at catching smallmouth. Weekend boating pressure was high on Little Sturgeon Bay (Carmody). Incidental catches included lots of freshwater drum, decent numbers of catfish and lesser totals of white bass, northern pike, rock bass and round goby.
- Sawyer Harbor: Perch boaters launching onto Sawyer Harbor reported some fish this week. While most were on the small-side, a few decent ones were taken home. Perch measured at Sawyer Harbor averaged 7.4 inches. Minnows and night crawlers were the favored baits. Schools of small perch could be seen just off the piers at Sawyer Harbor, though none were reported by anglers. Most anglers seem to feel the majority of smallmouth bass in Sawyer Harbor have left their beds. Catch rates were down as compared to subsequent weeks. The higher end catch rates were between 6-10 fish. Plastics and live bait were both effective at catching smallmouth. Water clarity from Chaudoir’s Dock north to Sawyer Harbor was at least 10-12 feet. Weekend boating pressure was moderate on Sawyer Harbor (Potawatomi Park). Water temperatures were in the mid-60s on Sawyer Harbor. Incidental catches included lots of freshwater drum, decent numbers of catfish and lesser totals of white bass, northern pike, rock bass and round goby.
- Cool, windy and rainy weather early in the week coupled with extremely hot and humid weather at the end of last week made for a variety of conditions in which to fish. Panfish remain the primary species for anglers at the Stiles Dam on the Oconto River; bobbers and live bait has been working the best. The lower Oconto River has been producing some very nice smallmouth using plastics and crank baits. The mouth of the of the Oconto River has been producing sheepshead, rock bass and smallmouth. The walleye bite has been going good from the Pensaukee Landing to Oconto Park II. Most anglers are using crawler/harness and trolling in 8 to 17 feet of water.
- Geano's Beach: No interviews were taken and no trailers were counted.
- Cool, windy and rainy weather early in the week coupled with extremely hot and humid weather at the end of last week made for a variety of conditions in which to fish. Anglers at the Peshtigo Harbor have been catching walleye jigging and casting crank baits in the deeper holes in the river and trolling with crawler/harness. Catfish are also being caught mainly fishing on bottom using crawlers. Anglers report catching brown trout out of the mouth of the Menominee River trolling with spoons. Some walleye and smallmouth are being caught casting and trolling the river from the Hattie Street Bridge down to the mouth of the river. I have no reports of any perch being caught.