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Fishing WisconsinLake Michigan Outdoor Fishing Report - May 23, 2018

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: May 23, 2018

Milwaukee Co.

  • Anglers are reminded that the season for yellow perch on Lake Michigan & tributaries is now closed and will reopen June 16th.
  • McKinley Ramp – Anglers targeting salmon are finding success mostly in 30-40 feet of water; however some are fishing up to 50+ feet. Coho are snapping on a variety of baits from dodgers and flies to flickers. Through the weekend morning anglers tended to have better luck than the afternoon landing mostly 2-3 pound coho and the occasional chinook averaging 12 pounds. Sunday’s early morning 20+ mph winds and larger wave action limited boaters from heading out on the water.
  • McKinley Pier – Large schools of baitfish , mainly alewives, continue to be seen at the surface lakeside, anglers targeting salmon and trout both on the lakeside and harborside of the pier continue to see little to no action.
  • North Lakefront Shoreline (McKinley, Veterans Park, Summerfest) – Large schools of baitfish, mainly alewives, continue to be seen at the surface near the mouth of the Milwaukee River and along the Summerfest grounds. Anglers targeting brown trout or coho salmon were observed by the Summerfest grounds( near the lighthouse), Lakeshore State Park and McKinley Shore, with little success using crank baits, spoons, artificial lures or minnows.
  • South Lakefront (Jones Island, Cupertino Park, South Metro Pier) – Very low fishing pressure occurred throughout the weekend from Jones Island through South Shore. Anglers targeting brown trout found little success and those that had luck occurred during the shifting ENE winds that occurred on Friday afternoon using a variety of spoons.
  • South Shore Ramp – Low fishing pressure with few boaters launching from this location. The cleaning station continues to be shut down for maintenance.
  • Grant Park – Anglers targeting panfish using live bait or rainbow trout using a variety of artificial lures had little to no success.
  • Bender Park - Anglers targeting coho salmon found success in 30 - 40 feet of water using a variety of spoons or flies. Anglers also reported heading further south, sometimes all the way to Racine, to have greater success catching coho salmon. Sunday's early morning 20 + mph winds and larger wave action limited boaters from heading out on the water.
  • Oak Creek Power Plant – Afternoon anglers found continued success in landing brown trout using a variety of crank bait or alewives. Most browns landed were 2 - 4 lbs. however the largest weighed at this site, came in at just over 12 lbs. Occasional coho salmon were also caught using the same bait types.

Racine Co.

  • Racine Ramp – Coho action has been hot in the 40-50 foot range whenever the east winds subside enough for boaters to get out. Saturday morning many boaters came in with or close to their limits of cohos, along with a few kinds and steelhead mixed in.
  • Racine Pier & Shoreline – Few people are being seen fishing the Racine piers or shoreline. The few that venture out haven’t had any luck.

Kenosha Co.

  • Kenosha Ramp – Northeast winds have kept many boats off the lake over the weekend. On Sunday winds were NNE 15-20 bringing waves up to 4 ft plus.
  • Kenosha Piers & Shoreline – Several people were our fishing the north and south piers over the weekend. Most were catching and using alewife for bait as well as casting spoons with no success.

Sheboygan Co.

  • Sheboygan Ramps – Cold, windy, and foggy conditions caused very little boat traffic this past week. The few who did go out had little luck, however a few anglers reported catching 2 kings, one weighing 2lbs and the other weighing 15lbs. The salmon were caught on spoons in 30-40ft of water.
  • Sheboygan Shore & Piers – Pressure on the Sheboygan piers was moderate in the beginning of the week, but tapered off as the week progressed. Fishing has been terribly slow with only one report of a white fish being caught using an alewife off of the South Pier. Alewives can be found in abundance along the piers. One angler was fishing for carp near the 8th Street ramp landed 6 carp and 1 channel catfish. The fish were caught with worms.

Ozaukee Co.

  • Port Washington Ramp – Undesirable weather conditions kept most boats home this week. On Saturday, boat traffic increased, but despite all efforts fishing was mostly unproductive with only one report of a 12” coho being caught on a spoon in 20ft of water.
  • Port Washington Shore & Piers – Fishing effort was moderate on the Piers Saturday, but very low on Sunday due to the weather. Most anglers were unsuccessful catching anything, although one fisherman did manage to catch a white fish using an alewife.
  • Port Washington Utility – Like last week, the WE Energies discharge is turned off for maintenance and the water in the harbor is a dirty brown. Fishing pressure remains low in this location. One angler who was targeting carp landed 3 fish using corn.

Northern Lake Michigan Fishing Report: May 23, 2018

Manitowoc Co.

  • Manitowoc Ramp – Water temperatures have stayed steady over the past week. The water temp ranges from 43 to 47 degrees depending on depth. In 130 feet of water the temp is 39. A few fish have been caught, with some of the success happening around the 60-80 feet of water mark.
  • Manitowoc Harbor & Piers – The pier fishing for trout has decreased and is hard to come by. The number of anglers fishing has decreased compared to last week. In addition, a few catfish have been caught along the south pier on spawn sacs. Fishing pressure in the harbors have been low in the last week. Anglers trying for bass have had no luck. A few sheepshead have been caught.
  • Two Rivers Ramp – Anglers who have gone out on the Lake haven’t had any success. Water temperatures are 43 to 47 degrees near shore. The further out you go the cooler the temps are. The parking lot at Vets Park is paved finally. The fish cleaning station is also opened and operational.
  • Two Rivers Harbor & Piers – The anglers who have ventured out to fish the Piers did not have any success this past week. The few anglers that were found fishing within the harbor had decent success this week catching bullheads. A catfish was mixed in here and there but most of fish that were caught were bullheads.

Kewaunee Co.

  • Kewaunee Ramp – Low fishing pressure was had mid-week with very little wind and still water. A few trailers were out with a little luck on brown trout. Saturday rains kept folks in.
  • Kewaunee Shore & Piers – Very few anglers are out. Water temperatures are still warming and should be better for casting from the shore or piers in another week to two weeks.
  • Algoma Ramp – A couple trailers were out mid-week. The lake has completely cleared out from storm debris. Very good visibility was had and a slight wind.
  • Algoma Shoreline and Pier – Small amount of wind mid and late week. One brown trout hit.

Door County (Lake Michigan Shore)

  • Rowelys Bay bass action has remained consistent with anglers catching and releasing 20+ fish per trip depending on conditions. Wind direction is a major factor as a south east wind can blow water in directly from the lake making boating conditions rough and the water murky. No fishing pressure out of Gills Rock yet. No word on any brown trout or salmon action north of Sturgeon Bay. Shore fishermen have been catching pike in the Baileys Harbor Marina but fishing pressure has been very light.

Green Bay Fishing Report: May 23, 2018

Fox River

  • The two days that were surveyed few Walleyes were harvested due to the cool water temperatures and windy conditions. Those that were catching walleyes were harvesting keepers and were finding them in pockets of warm water at the mouth of the bay. Few were harvested while jigging. While on the Fox river near Voyager park, boaters and shore anglers reported catching white bass, carp and a few catfish.

Green Bay West Shore

  • Duck Creek up to Geano’s Beach – The two days that were surveyed few Walleyes were harvested due to the cool water temperatures and windy conditions. Those very few fish were harvested believed to be due to the cool water temperatures from the cold front. The only other species that were reported being caught was a few freshwater drums and northern pike. Shore anglers fishing at Suamico were unsuccessful. Longtail, Duck Creek and Geanos Beach locations only had a few anglers observed but no interviews were taken.

Green Bay East Shore

  • Brown County - The walleye bite at Bayshore has been consistent the previous week. Many of the boats interviewed caught close to their limit worth of fish for a day spent on the water. Harvested fish had lengths from the mid teens to low twenties. Anglers found success on both flicker shad/minnow. While out anglers also caught the occasional northern pike. The lot was over 75% full over the weekend.
  • Door County – Fishing action slowed down at the end of last week with the cold front but smallmouth action is slowly getting better. There are no reports of bass on beds north of Sturgeon Bay yet but anglers are catching them in many areas as they move up into shallow water. Bass can be seen around most marinas and have been caught on small jigs, worms and minnows. The occasional pike has also been caught. No word on any walleye or perch. Angler pressure and tourist activity will increase as we move toward Memorial Day weekend but has been very low up to this point.

Sturgeon Bay

  • The spring Sturgeon Bay Open Bass Tournament brought many competitors from the Winnebago area, as well as Illinois and Michigan. It was windy for most of the weekend, however tournament anglers still were able to find the fish. Tournament pressure was heaviest from just south of the Stone Quarry Ramp up toward Egg Harbor.
  • Little Sturgeon - Bass fishing has started to heat up with some anglers report fish moving to beds in the shallow bays. Reported catch was from 10 to 50 fish for 5+ hours out on the water. During the week the lot averaged 10-12 trailers in it by lunch time. During the weekend it was full but that was primarily due to the bass tournament. A few walleye anglers were out but no one interviewed landed a fish. While out anglers also caught the occasional northern pike.
  • Sawyer Harbor - Similar trends compared to Little Sturgeon. Bass fishing is becoming more consistent as the water warms and as more fish move to their beds. Anglers reported catching 10-40 fish for half a day out on the water. Walleye anglers have moved on to other launches as none were seen during interviews at Sawyer Harbor. The parking lot averaged a dozen trailers in it around noon throughout the whole week.
Last revised: Wednesday May 23 2018