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Fishing WisconsinLake Michigan Outdoor Fishing Report - September 19, 2018

Chinook caught off of Port Washington

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 19, 2018

Milwaukee Co.

Milwaukee thunder storm
  • McKinley Ramp – Morning boaters targeting salmon were very hit or miss with quite a few returning by late morning/early afternoon with little action. Although nowhere near limiting out just yet, there were 15 - 20 lb. kings with the occasional lake trout landed near the crowded north and south gaps using mostly spoons. A few boaters also found success heading out to deeper water, 180 + feet, reporting fish hitting lines in the colder water 70 feet down using spoons, J-plugs, or flies.
  • McKinley Pier – Higher fishing pressure occurred through the weekend. Those anglers targeting salmon or brown trout found little success at the end of the pier near the gap and harborside, using a variety of baits including spoons and spawn. Surface water temperatures lakeside, range between 67° - 69°F
  • North Lakefront Shoreline (McKinley, Veterans Park, Summerfest) – Low fishing pressure continues shoreside. Those few anglers targeting salmon observed by the Summerfest grounds (near the lighthouse or under the Hoan Bridge) and Lakeshore State Park continue to see little to no action.
  • Milwaukee River – Caesars Park anglers targeting bass, panfish, and catfish saw little action using live bait. Estabrook and Kletsch Parks are seeing higher fishing pressure, however few anglers are finding success catching salmon or trout. Those anglers targeting smallmouth bass are seeing small undersize fish as well as the occasional northern pike biting lines. Water levels are lower with normal flow and clearer waters. Water temperatures range between 69° - 72°F.
  • Menomonee River – Low, clear water levels and normal flow in the tributary. Temperatures range between 68° - 74°F. Low fishing pressure throughout the week/weekend. The few anglers trying their luck for salmon and trout around MMSD saw little action. A few panfish were caught further upstream using live bait.
  • South Lakefront (Jones Island, Cupertino Park, South Metro Pier) – No reported fishing pressure through the weekend.
  • South Shore Ramp – By 0530, trailers packed the lot at the ramp more than usual through the weekend. Boaters had not yet returned by mid-morning for us to better understand fishing effort. No reports were taken.
  • Oak Creek – Water levels are low, clear, and with normal flow. Temperatures throughout the creek still remain around 62º F.
  • Bender Park – Very few boaters utilized this location through the weekend. No available reports were taken.
  • Oak Creek Power Plant – Low fishing pressure continues at this location. Those handful of morning anglers trying their luck for salmon or trout saw very little action. Anglers fishing the discharge landed the occasional catfish or sheepshead using live bait. According to locals, the discharge at this location may be secured for the next handful of weeks. Temperatures at the end of the pier are around 66º F.
Chinook from Bender Park

Racine Co.

  • Racine Ramp – Most boaters having luck trolling spoons and J-Plugs near the mouth of the river. Others are still having luck with silver fish in 100-150fow. Most fish reported are Chinook with the occasional coho.
  • Racine Pier & Shoreline – Most anglers having luck floating spawn and casting spoons. Some Chinook have been caught with a brown or two in the mix. Chinook seem to be changing color pretty fast and seem to be staging and starting to run up the river.
  • Root River –Not many anglers fishing the river but the ones who were reported a slow bite. River was pretty high throughout the week but seems to have gone back down.

Kenosha Co.

  • Kenosha Ramp – Lots of boaters are staying in the harbor jigging spoons and casting spawn sacs. Lots of Chinook have been reported caught but seem to be a day to day bite depending on wind.
  • Kenosha Piers & Shoreline – Lots of anglers casting spoons and floating spawn. The Chinook bite seems to be pretty sporadic. Water temps warmed up a little with the east wind but seem to be dropping back down with the last report at 61 degrees.
  • Pike River – Only a few anglers have been fishing the pike with most luck coming around the mouth. Anglers having the most luck are floating spawn on a slip bobber or just off the bottom with a river rig.

Sheboygan Co.

  • Sheboygan Ramps – Fishing out on the lake was very slow for many anglers this weekend. Although the water was much calmer, surface temps were averaging in the low 70s and most anglers did not see any action on the water.
  • Sheboygan Piers and Shore –Anglers stuck mostly to the South Pier and tried their luck with spawn sacks and spoons, but little success was seen throughout the day. During the survey, surface waters temps were measured at 71°F and all of the anglers that were interviewed reported no hits.
  • Pigeon River – Very little fishing effort was seen on the river during survey times
  • Sheboygan River & Weeden’s Creek – Little effort was seen on the Sheboygan River over the weekend. A handful of anglers gave spawn sacks a try near Sprecher's and the 8th St. ramp, but no fish were caught during the time of the survey.

Ozaukee Co.

  • Port Washington Ramp – Many of the boats coming back to the ramp reported no success on the water. Warm surface temperatures hurt anglers' ability to catch fish this weekend, but many were still able to enjoy the last week of warm weather. The only angler that reported fish caught during the survey was using meat rigs, while other anglers attempted to use J-plugs, spoons, flashers, and flies.
  • Port Washington Pier – It was a very quiet weekend fishing on the piers. Although the water was much calmer and clearer, surface temps in the low 70s made fishing extremely difficult. Anglers mainly stuck with spawn sacks and spoons, but very little success was seen.
  • Port Washington Utility – Fishing at the Utility was less than ideal this weekend. During the survey times a few anglers were seen utilizing the Utility, but they saw no success. Anglers were using mostly spawn sacks and spoons, but warm waters prevented fish from moving into the area.
  • Sauk Creek – No fishing efforts were seen during Creel surveys.

Northern Lake Michigan Fishing Report: September 19, 2018

Manitowoc Co.

  • Manitowoc Ramp – Fishing has slowed down with most boats coming in with zero or one fish, despite marking fish all over the place outside the pier heads. The fish that were caught came in on j-plugs chrome in color. Anglers going out deeper and trying their luck on younger chinooks and rainbows did not have any luck either.
  • Manitowoc Piers – Pier fishing is still slow with some chinooks being caught while casting spoons. Most of the fish were caught on the south pier. Smallmouth bass were also caught along the south pier jigging on the bottom.
  • Manitowoc Harbor – Northern Pike are still being caught in the harbor casting spoons. Rainbows have been spotted inside the harbor, but none were landed. No perch were caught in the past week.
  • Manitowoc River – Anglers fishing throughout the Manitowoc River have had little success over the week. Smallmouth bass are being caught by Manitou park on white jigs. Chinook salmon were seen surfacing up by Manitou Park with one chinook being caught there. Anglers fishing across from the sub and by the 10th street bridge didn’t have any luck this week.
  • Branch River – No anglers were found fishing, so there is still no report.
  • Two Rivers Ramp – Fishing on the Lake itself slowed down this past week. Anglers were marking fish steadily outside the pier heads but couldn’t get them to bite. The few fish that did decide to hit anything came on j-plugs and early in the morning, just at sun-rise. Anglers that tried out in deeper water did not have any success either. Everything that was caught was right out in front of the pier heads.
  • Two Rivers Pier – Anglers fishing on the piers in Two Rivers had a tough week. The numbers of fish caught decreased as well as the number of anglers fishing. The few fish that were caught this week seemed to come off of Little Cleo’s, which is different compared to last week when everything was on the bottom on spawn and bait. Northern Pike have been caught off both the north and south piers on the lake side. The northerns were caught while casting for salmon.
  • Two Rivers Harbor – Bullheads are still being caught at will in the harbor. No reports of salmon being caught in the harbor this past week.
  • East Twin River – The number of anglers fishing near Mishicot has increased over the past week. In addition, to the anglers increasing the number of fish being caught has increased as well. Some salmon are being caught by the dam, but most of the fish were caught downstream from the fire station. Spawn sacs was the ticket for the anglers fishing Mishicot.
  • West Twin River – Salmon are still being caught in Shoto by the dam. The smaller dam has produced more fish so far compared to the larger dam. Spawn is the ticket here as well. Anglers fishing by Shoto Conservation club have not had any luck this fall for salmon or browns. The water flow at Shoto has decreased dramatically compared to two weeks ago and some rain would be beneficial.

Kewaunee Co.

  • Kewaunee Ramp – There was light to moderate fishing pressure in the evenings this weekend at the ramp. The heatwave increased the water temperature to 65°-67°F from the shore and out past 200ft of water. Most folks were getting their king salmon within the harbor.
  • Kewaunee Shore– Fishing pressure was high this weekend with catch rate being relatively low during the day and a higher in the evenings. Some king salmon were coming in with good luck using silver blue spoons.
  • Kewaunee Piers – Folks continued to crowd for chinook salmon this week and weekend with a couple king salmon coming in both silvery or brown colors. Late in the evenings from 12a-2a there were runs reported and good catch rates with a couple folks reaching their limit. Most of the fish were reported to stop biting around 7:30a. Good luck was had using crocodile spoons.
  • Kewaunee River – Fishing pressure was low early in the weekend though later anglers began to spill into the Kewaunee River as the chinook salmon began to make their way up to footbridge and fishing picked up. Water has been a milky brown and salmon have been spotted before rapids or in holes. Good luck was had using spawn sacs.
  • Algoma Ramp – This weekend folks were getting chinook out in 80-150ft of water. Temperature at the surface was reported to be 66°F closer in and cooled to 62°F out in 400-500ft of water. Rainbow trout were coming in from folks out in the 350-450ft of water range.
  • Algoma Shore – There was medium fishing pressure though out the week with most anglers casting in the early mornings or evenings. There were very few reports of chinook salmon or brown trout coming in. Northern pike was a more frequent catch.
  • Algoma Pier – King salmon could be seen jumping but catch rate remained low during the weeks heat wave
  • Ahnapee River – Folks were out getting a few yellow perch and small largemouth bass near Olson Park. Water temperature was reported to be high 60s early in the week and increased to mid 70s by late week. Dark salmon were spotted near Blahnik Heritage park. Fishing pressure remained light for the most part.
  • Stony Creek – Fishing pressure was low. No interviews were taken. The water coming from the mouth was a dark brown color.

Green Bay Fishing Report: September 19, 2018

Oconto County

  • Oconto Park II – No information available this week
  • Oconto Breakwater and Harbor Area – Fishing pressure was high, but catches were generally low during the hot weather. Anglers reported an occasional walleye, as well as some yellow perch, catfish, and sheepshead being caught.
  • Oconto River – As the week progressed, flows decreased, and water temperatures increased up to 74 degrees by the weekend. There are no reports of trout or salmon yet, but hopefully cooler weather and rain predicted later this week will help.
  • Stiles Dam & Iron Bridge Area – Fishing pressure was moderate and anglers reported catching plenty of undersized smallmouth and largemouth bass, with some anglers successfully targeting bluegill.
  • Pensaukee River Boat Ramp – Fishing pressure was low, with one angler trying unsuccessfully for yellow perch in the river.
  • Geano’s Beach – Musky anglers were out in force over the past week at both Suamico and Geano’s beach. Despite the large increase in effort only a few fish were reported to be caught. Sizes of fish caught were told to be in the low to mid 40's. Anglers believe as the water temps decrease they will have more consistent luck landing these large fish. There were a few walleye anglers out over in Geano’s beach, but no fish were reported to be caught. Suamico had 6 trailers at its lowest point and 49 at its busiest. Geano’s had a little less pressure with having only 27 trailers in it during its busiest time on Saturday.

Marinette County – Menomonee River

  • Menominee River – The water temperature of the Menominee river started out at 69.8 degrees Fahrenheit but as the week progress lowered than rose over the weekend ending on a high of 68.4 degrees Fahrenheit. Overall, the fishing pressure remained relatively constant despite the heatwave that occurred this past weekend. **Anglers should note that the Lake Sturgeon season on the Menomonee River Downstream Grand Rapids Dam is catch and release only. The hook and line season is open from September 1 to September 30. **
    • Stephenson Island – Pressure was high this past weekend, many boats and trailers were present while no anglers were reported.
    • Menekaunee Harbor – Fishing pressure remained high. A few walleyes were caught by boaters.
  • Red Arrow Park – Very low fishing pressure was observed at Red Arrow Park. No anglers were reported this past weekend.
  • Little River Area – Low fishing pressure was observed at Little River Ramp this past weekend but earlier in the week, anglers reported catching good numbers of perch but having to sort through lots of smaller fish for a few keepers. Sightings of salmon beginning to stage near the mouth of the Little River have also been reported though no salmon reported caught yet.
  • Peshtigo River – A huge heatwave hit Wisconsin this weekend which led to a high of 73 degrees in the Peshtigo river. Additionally, the discharge of water decreased from 1700 cubic feet per second earlier in the week to a low of 400 cubic feet per second by the weekend. There was also a decrease in gage height which started at 4 feet earlier in the week to an average of 1.75 feet by Sunday the 16th.
    • Kilborn’s Ramp – Fishing pressure remained high over the past weekend. Anglers reported catching yellow perch which has remained constant of the past few months according to anglers.
  • Lower Menominee River: 1 brown trout (22 inches) and one female pink salmon were captured. No Chinook salmon were observed. Flows were at 2900 cubic feet per second but water levels were high due to the levels in Lake Michigan. Water temperature was 70 F. A few smallmouth bass, one walleye, and several lake sturgeon were observed but not netted.
  • Lower Peshtigo River: 7 pink salmon (16.4 to 22.3 inches) were netted. All females captured had not yet spawned. One 20.8 inch Chinook salmon with an adipose fin clip was captured and released. Flows were rather low, at 571 cubic feet per second. Water temperature was 70 F.

Green Bay/Fox River

  • Metro Boat Launch – As we continue our progression into fall there has been a transition from mostly walleye fishing to a healthy split between the walleye and musky anglers. Both groups over the past week have struggled to find any consistent success. The few walleye anglers interviewed were lucky to catch a couple of fish for half a day out on the water. On the musky side of things there was only one fish caught by all the boats interviewed. Anglers attribute this to the warmer water (surface temp around 70 degrees Fahrenheit). There was also one catfish angler interviewed that had a few good spots and caught over a dozen fish for a couple hours out. The rough fish catch is down as well for walleye anglers with only a few freshwater drum being caught. Over the weekend many of the boats out were recreational trying to enjoy a few of the last warm days of the season. The parking lot averaged around dozen trailers during the week and around 40 during the weekend.
  • Fox Point/Fairgrounds – The number of trailers have picked up over the past week with most of the effort focusing around pleasure boating. There were a few walleye and musky anglers interviewed but no fish were harvested or caught. On the days that were surveyed both lots had a total of around 7 trailers with most of the effort happening on the weekend.
  • Voyager Park – Over the past week there have been very few anglers out compared to recent weeks. The majority of the fishing effort was placed towards whatever they could catch with a few people targeting catfish. Due to the short fishing duration by the anglers interviewed no fish were caught.

Brown County

  • Bayshore – Many boaters were out this week but very few fish were harvested as compared to weeks prior. The highest number of yellow perch harvested this week was in the low 20’s from two different 2 person groups, however most anglers harvested less than 5 perch per person with a few groups not getting a single bite. The same went for the walleye fisherman, with only one group the entire week harvesting their limit while most other walleye anglers only harvested one or none.
  • Suamico – Musky anglers were out in force over the past week at both Suamico and Geano’s beach. Despite the large increase in effort only a few fish were reported to be caught. Sizes of fish caught were told to be in the low to mid 40's. Anglers believe as the water temps decrease they will have more consistent luck landing these large fish. There were a few walleye anglers out over in Geano’s beach but no fish were reported to be caught. Suamico had 6 trailers at its lowest point and 49 at its busiest. Geano’s had a little less pressure with having only 27 trailers in it during its busiest time on Saturday.
  • Duck Creek – During this past week fishing effort was placed primarily on yellow perch with no one interviewed catching any fish. Only a few perch anglers were interviewed so I am unsure if this is indicative of any trend. As the weekend came around no anglers were interviewed, instead all the boats encountered were in search of feather not fin. From the information gathered from hunters this warmer weather had hampered there success as well. Duck creek had 12 trailers at its busiest time on Saturday with most of those belonging to duck hunters.

Door County

  • Northern Door County, Green Bay Side – Shore anglers are still catching some bass from Stone Quarry Shore and Anderson Dock but action seems to be slowing down. Wacky worms, ned rigs, tube jigs and crawlers under slip bobbers are productive. Boat anglers report finding good action in deeper water over 20ft. A few big walleyes have also been caught but catches are far and few between. Perch action has also slowed down but a few fish have been caught in the canal. Angling pressure remains low. Water temps remain in the upper 60’s and fish have not yet transitioned to fall patterns.
  • Northern Door County, Lake Michigan Side – Angling pressure in Gills Rock, Rowleys Bay and Baileys Harbor has been low leaving me little to report. Pier fishermen in Rowleys Bay have had some success at first light for smallmouth. Salmon fishing boats out of Baileys Harbor have not had any luck but some chinooks have been spotted in the marina. All Door County streams are low and some are even blocked preventing fish passage. In Sturgeon Bay most anglers have been trolling the canal from Strawberry Creek to the piers with mixed success. Some nice fish have been caught but watch out for logs, old pilings, break walls and other boats.
  • Chaudior’s Dock – Several boats were out earlier in the week with only one interview being taken. They were successful with harvesting their limit of yellow perch within 2 hours using minnows at depths of 22ft. No other interviews were taken.
  • Little Sturgeon Bay – The walleye bite has been slow with most anglers catching one or none. The yellow perch were slow with most anglers harvesting less than 8. Smallmouth Bass have been relatively slow with most boaters catching less than 4. Those that were muskie fishing did not catch any. Sawyer Harbor – Very few fisherman were out this week out of Sawyer Harbor. Those that were out reported fishing was slow with very few fish being caught and those that were being caught were small or were not the fish they were targeting.

Sturgeon Bay

  • Sturgeon Bay City Shore – There was low fishing pressure for most of the week and weekend with no reports on perch.
  • Sturgeon Bay Ramp – There was medium fishing pressure during the week with some perch and walleye coming in. The water temperature was reported to be 64°F at the surface near the ramp.
  • Bay View Park – Fishing pressure was low. No interviews were taken.
  • Sunset Park Ramp – Fishing pressure was low. No interviews were taken.
  • Stone Quarry Ramp – Walleye, freshwater drum, and smallmouth bass were being caught though storms created a decrease in angler outings. Rough waters made fishing difficult late in the week.
  • Stone Quarry Shore – There was light fishing pressure this week with a decrease in smallmouth bass catches. Walleye and sheepshead were being reported as well. Good luck for smallmouth bass was had using nightcrawlers.
Last revised: Wednesday September 19 2018