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Fishing WisconsinLake Michigan Outdoor Fishing Report - May 20, 2019

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.

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Southern Lake Michigan Fishing Report: May 20, 2019

Sheboygan County

  • Sheboygan Shore/Piers: A few anglers were seen trying their luck on the South Pier this week. Most tried throwing out spoons looking for trout and salmon but had no success. Water temperature averaged around 56-58°F and was mostly turbid. The weekend was breezy with some thick fog covering the lake. Waves were crashing against the jetties hard which made them difficult to fish off.
  • Sheboygan & Cleveland Ramp: There were no trailers present during survey time, most likely due to the cold weather and thick fog over the weekend. The Cleveland Ramp is not put in yet.

Ozaukee County

  • Port Washington Shore/Piers: There were a couple anglers seen on the piers during survey time, however decided to move down to the utility area after there was no success. Most anglers that were out were seen fishing the Utility area this week/weekend. Thursday was a little slow, with only a few anglers out targeting trout and salmon but ended up with one carp. One angler was specifically targeting catfish but had no luck at all. Saturday night one angler was able to pull in two browns from the harbor. Sunday morning also picked up as there were many anglers out early that reported catching multiple brown trout.
  • Port Washington & Amsterdam Ramp: There were no trailers seen during the week, but early Sunday morning there were a few boats that launched early from the ramp, but overall was quiet. The Amsterdam Ramp looks like it is in the process of being put in.

Milwaukee County

  • City Shoreline, North: Only a few anglers were seen fishing the north city shoreline during survey times but no success was reported
  • McKinley Marina: Due to weather, it was a relatively slow week at McKinley. Most of the action was due to pleasure boats and sailboats being put in the slips. The few fishing boats that came in reported little success. The pier was also rather quiet but a few anglers were out trying their luck with no success
  • City Shoreline, South: Shore fishing was incredibly slow this week, likely due in part to weather. No fish were reported during surveys.
  • South Shore and Bender Park Ramps: The South Shore Ramp and Bender Ramp were both quiet this week, especially this weekend due to rough waters. Those coming in reported little success.
  • Oak Creek Power Plant: The pier at the power plant saw the most effort and success this week. Many anglers could be seen fishing at the far, right corner of the pier and caught a good number of browns, along with some coho and chinook.

Racine County

  • Fishing the past several days has been slow. No fish have been reported caught on the piers or shores over the last few days. All of the fish catches have come from boats, but even the boats are having tough times consistently catching fish. The last day on the Root River for the season was fairly uneventful. The weather has been very unpredictable, with rainstorms and high winds being frequent. Other times the weather has been nice and sunny.
  • Racine Harbor and Piers: Fishing activity on the piers and shoreline has been consistent but slow. The inconsistent weather and lack of fish being caught has kept the fishing efforts low. Most fishermen are throwing crankbaits or spoons but aren’t having any luck. Most of the fishing effort has come along the south pier along Christopher Columbus Causeway.
  • Racine Ramp: The fishing activity at the ramps in Racine has also been very low, except on Saturday the 18th. The Pershing Park boat ramp parking lot was almost full on Saturday. Even with some activity at the ramp fishing success was limited. Coho still seem to be the most targeted fish but very few Coho have been caught lately. A few Lake Trout were reported caught as well. The temperature at the ramp was about 55 degrees.

Kenosha County

  • Fishing activity in Kenosha the past week has not been very productive. Some anglers are trying their luck along the piers and shorelines at Kenosha harbor, but they are having no luck. Anglers have been trying different ways of catching fish but nothing has been working. There hasn’t been very much activity at the boat launch either. Only a few boat trailers were reported and the boats who did go out came back in with limited success.
  • Kenosha Harbor and Piers: Fishing efforts along the piers and shorelines have been a little slow but consistent. Several anglers were seen fishing on a day to day basis. The anglers that were out seemed to be targeting mainly Brown Trout and Coho Salmon. Even though these were the fish being targeted, none were being caught. Anglers have tried throwing spoons and crankbaits with no luck. Anglers have even tried alewives on a bobber or dropping an alewife to the bottom with a large sinker. These strategies haven’t worked either. The lack of fishing success may be due to the overall poor weather we have had the past several days.
  • Kenosha Ramp: Fishing activity has been very slow the past several days at the ramp. A few boat trailers have been spotted. The boats that did attempt to fish had a rough time finding the fish. Only a few Coho and one Lake Trout were reported caught throughout the week. Again, the poor weather hasn’t helped fishing reports any. The water temperature at the launch was about 57 degrees.

Northern Lake Michigan Fishing Report: May 20, 2018

Manitowoc County

  • There was very little fishing effort this week in Manitowoc or Two Rivers this week while I was on creel. I talked to an angler out of Two Rivers this week that tried for whitefish, with no luck though. They targeted whitefish in the 90 to 100 feet of water. Anglers fishing off the piers in Two Rivers also had little luck. There was a report of someone catching a brown trout off the north pier. The lone angler I talked to in Manitowoc went south out of town towards the weed beds. That angler had no luck. There was no one fishing on the piers this week while on creel. Harbor fishing is slow right now and anglers fishing for smallmouth bass didn’t have any luck.

Door County

  • Sawyer Harbor: Potawotami State Park: Few anglers were using this access, little to no angler success reported. Idlewild: Only a couple anglers used this location this week. Success reported fishing for Small mouth Bass.
  • Little Sturgeon Bay: Carmody: On the 14th there was dock work at this location. A bass tournament at Wave Pointe filled this launch with trailered boats on the 18th. Participants were not available for interview at any point in the week. Anglers not participating in the tournament were not observed at this location.

Kewaunee County

  • Lakeside: While I was at the Kewaunee Ramp I talked to the only angler I saw fishing. They were out on the water for 6 hours and didn’t have a hit. They tried trolling in 8 feet of water and as deep as 115 feet of water. The water temps in shallow were 46 degrees yet, while it was 39 degrees out deep on the surface. Anglers fishing in the Kewaunee River were catching carp and occasionally a catfish. The parking lot at Kewaunee was completely underwater up to the cleaning station over the weekend.

Fox River and Green Bay Creel Report: May 20, 2019

Fox River

  • Early in the week anglers were hardly getting any walleyes only picking up one every once in awhile, and they had to work for it. A lot of sheepshead were being caught out of Voyageur Park. On Saturday a lot of the boats that were going to fish the bay got stuck fishing the river due to the roughness of the bay.

Oconto County

  • Oconto Park II, Oconto Breakwater, and Pensaukee boat launches had moderate fishing pressure during the week. Most anglers were after walleyes with little to no luck. Some white bass were reported caught out of Pensaukee by walleye anglers. Also the occasional northern pike and perch was caught. A few bass anglers were seen out prefishing the weekend’s bass tournament in Sturgeon Bay with spotty success. The weekend saw wind and rain which raised the water levels along the shorelines flooding docks and low areas.
  • Geano Beach: Early in the week it was averaging 5 to 8 boats using the launch. Nobody came in for me to get an interview. Then on Saturday the bay was to rough, so nobody launched out of this landing.

Brown County

  • Duck Creek, Longtail Point: On Saturday there was one boat that launched at Longtail, but never came in for me to get an interview. During the beginning of the week nobody was launching or fishing from the launches.
  • Suamico: Early in the week some boats were picking up a few walleyes, but they really had to work to catch the few they did. Trolling with crank baits were doing better than night crawler harnesses. On Saturday the bay was rough, and kept most of the anglers fishing the river besides a few boaters very early in the morning. I didn't get any interviews on Saturday since nobody came in.

Marinette County

  • Peshtigo River: The fishing on the Peshtigo River picked up at the end of the week with a good walleye bite seen on Sat. by boat anglers trolling crawlers in the mouth of the river. The walleye tournament on Sunday was cancelled due to high winds and unsafe conditions in the bay and in the Menominee River. Waves were said to be 8 feet in the bay and 4 to 5 feet coming up the river between the piers.
  • Menominee River: Fishing on the Menominee River and in the bay was slow this week. Some walleyes were caught in the river but not in high numbers. No walleye or brown trout activity reported from the bay with only a few northern pike caught.
Last revised: Tuesday May 21 2019