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Fishing WisconsinLake Michigan Outdoor Fishing Report - June 11 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: June 11, 2018

Milwaukee Co.

  • McKinley Ramp – Stormy weather limited boaters from heading out on the water through the weekend due to higher wind and wave action. However, determined early morning boaters targeting salmon have been launching between 0500 and 0700 are continuing to have success returning with limits by the late morning/ early afternoon. Average fish landed included 2 - 5 lb. coho, 17- 18 lb. chinook, (the largest weighing in over 28 lbs.), 5 -10 lb. rainbows, and a 14 lb. lake trout. Most anglers reported fish hitting lines the top 30 feet of water or less, with rainbows, Lakers, and chinook being deeper. Fishing depth ranged from 70 - 110 feet of water. Favorite lures included a variety of dodgers, flies, and spoons. Anglers also continue to see large alewife bait balls throughout their fishing grounds.
  • McKinley Pier – Fishing pressure through the weekend was low due to the stormy weather. Very few alewives continue to be seen at the surface lakeside. Anglers targeting salmon and trout both on the lakeside and harborside continue to have very little success.
  • North Lakefront Shoreline (McKinley, Veterans Park, Summerfest) – Low fishing pressure occurred from McKinley Shore to Lakeshore State Park due to the inclement weather. Those few anglers trying their luck for trout, salmon, panfish, and bass had little success. Construction continues near the Summerfest grounds, creating the need for alternate routes in order to access shore fishing near the lighthouse and Lakeshore State Park. Please also be aware festival season has begun around the Summerfest grounds, expect larger crowds and more traffic in the vicinity.
  • 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 trout and salmon found little success.
  • South Shore Ramp – With most anglers opting to launch out of McKinley, very few boaters utilized South Shore through the weekend. The fish cleaning station continues to be closed for maintenance.
  • Bender Park – Stormy weather limited boaters from heading out on the water through the weekend due to higher wind and wave action. However, morning boaters during the week targeting coho salmon found success in 40 - 80 feet of water using a variety of flies and spoons. Anglers reported fish hitting lines top 20 feet of water or less.
  • Oak Creek Power Plant – Low fishing pressure due to the inclement weather occurred this week at the pier. Those few morning and afternoon anglers trying their luck using a variety of live bait and artificial lures found very little success in landing brown trout or salmon. Anglers do report seeing schools of large carp and shad.

Racine Co.

  • Racine Ramp – Good fishing over the weekend for boaters. Most were catching fish from 75-150 feet of water. Mainly lake trout and coho along with a few Kings. Boaters were catching most fish trolling spoons and flies.
  • Racine Pier & Shoreline – Water started to clear up over the weekend bringing in a few alewives. No fish were reported caught during survey times. Most fisherman were casting spoons. Water started to clear up but the recent rain has stirred it up again.

Kenosha Co.

  • Kenosha Ramp – Fisherman were reported catching cohos and King’s mainly. Most fish were caught from 60-140 fow trolling spoons and flies. Water temp was reported to be around upper 50’s in the top foot.
  • Kenosha Piers & Shoreline – Not many people reported fishing this past weekend. There were reports from anglers catching a couple coho from the pier although none were caught during survey times. Water was still muddy by the piers but alewives were being caught in relatively good numbers.

Sheboygan Co.

  • Sheboygan Ramps – Salmon fishing started to pick up this week with good numbers of coho and 20+ pound chinook being caught in 80-130 feet of water to the South as well as to the North. Spoons, flickers, orange dodgers, and green/blue peanut flies were all successful at hooking salmon and rainbow trout. The Sheboygan Salmon Cup Tournament was held this weekend at Angler’s Avenue where competitors registered some nice chinook, many of which weighed in the high 20 pound range.
  • Sheboygan Shore & Piers – Pier fishing continues to be slow for salmon and trout anglers, however a few chinook have been caught off of the South Pier by anglers using alewives. Early morning anglers targeting white fish are having some luck at the very end of both the North and South piers. Most of the white fish are being caught with alewives, although others are having luck with jigging spoons.

Ozaukee Co.

  • Port Washington Ramp – The salmon (both coho and kings) and rainbow trout bite was on full force Wednesday morning with many boats reaching their limits in just a couple of hours. Anglers who fished to the North, South, and directly East in 80-120 feet of water were all successful. Orange dodgers and green/blue flies were the most popular bait choice, although others were having just as much luck using spoons. As the week progressed, catch rates and fishing pressure slowly declined. Surface temps are reported to be in the low 50s.
  • Port Washington Shore & Piers – Anglers targeting salmon from the piers continue to have little luck. A few brown trout are being caught with Rapalas in the retention pond directly East of Coal Dock Park.
  • Port Washington Utility – Fishing pressure has been very low near the warm water discharge. Those seeking trout and salmon are generally unsuccessful and are only managing to catch suckers.

Northern Lake Michigan Fishing Report: June 11, 2018

Manitowoc Co.

  • Manitowoc Ramp – Fishing has increased compared to last week. Anglers have been targeting fish in depths of 80 to 120 feet of water, with most of the fish coming higher up in the water column. Kings have been caught on aqua, frog, and super frog colored flies. Copper and lead core lines have had success taking fish this week as well. Rainbows are being caught on aqua colored peanut flies on highlines, with inline weights. Guys are fishing both to the North and South of Manitowoc and having mixed results in both locations.
  • Manitowoc Harbor & Piers – Bass fishing has been slow in the harbor with few fish to show. Northern pike are still being caught, as well as a few catfish. Out on the piers fishing effort has started to increase with little to show for. There was a 15-pound king caught off the south pier on a spoon. A few other anglers had hits on alewife that were just sitting on the bottom but failed to land the fish.
  • Two Rivers Ramp – Anglers had good success earlier in the week, but things slowed down when the wind was out of the east for three straight days. Anglers had success in the 90 to 130 feet of water range. The morning bite has been more productive compared to the afternoon/night bite. Dodger fly combos have been getting most of the hits for kings, with greens and aqua colored flies. Fish were caught on both downriggers down 50 feet, as well as dipseys.
  • Two Rivers Harbor & Piers – Fishing on the piers was slow over the past week with nothing to show. Fishing pressure on the pier is slowly starting to increase. Around the harbor anglers fishing by the coast guard station have had decent luck fishing for bullhead and carp using worms. Catfish are being caught periodically as well.

Kewaunee Co.

  • Kewaunee Ramp – King salmon and lake trout catches were had by most folks that went out this weekend. Some chinook anglers had luck using dipsy divers. Not too much luck was had with spoons or fishing surface waters. Anglers are reporting water temperatures of 50-51 degrees from 50 to 100 feet down with no significant thermocline.
  • Kewaunee Shore & Piers – A few anglers were out on the pier casting out for king and coho with no success. There was not much consistency between lures and bait.
  • Algoma Ramp – Heavy pressure was had during the weekend as anglers were limiting out on mostly chinook and lake trout. Large fish out there were breaking 30-60lb monofilament. A few coho and rainbows were caught occasionally.
  • Algoma Shoreline and Pier – Strong east winds kept anglers at bay some days but a few folks were casting out with little to no luck with salmon or trout.

Door County (Lake Michigan Shore)

  • Still no fishing out of Gills Rock. Anglers in Rowleys Bay are still doing well bass fishing in the Mink River and surrounding areas depending on wind direction and current from Lake Michigan. Fishing pressure was lower with the weather this weekend. No word on any salmon or trout out of Baileys Harbor.

Door County (Green Bay Shore)

  • Bass fishing is picking up again in Northern Green Bay. Many anglers are catching smallmouth off the beds on a variety of plastics from Egg Harbor north to Ellison Bay. It has been mostly small male fish on the beds near shore. The islands have also been very productive. A few pairs of spawning fish have been spotted. Warm weather forecasted for this week should help to bring the females up to the beds. Some anglers have been able to find larger fish by casting jerk baits in the deeper water off of bedding areas. Water temps are still cool in the upper 50’s but should continue to warm. Shore anglers in Egg Harbor, Ephraim, Sister Bay and Ellison Bay have been targeting bedded bass near the piers. Please keep in mind that most of these fish have been caught before. Anglers have yet to catch any perch or walleye.

Door County (Lake Michigan Shore)

  • Very little fishing pressure in Gills Rock over the weekend leaving nothing to report. Rowleys Bay remains busy. The bass are now spawned out in the Mink River but bedded bass and roaming fish can be found in the bay and surrounding areas. Reibots Creek has been a popular spot. The Mink River and Reibolts Creek are tributaries of Lake Michigan meaning these areas are catch and release only until June 15th. A few rainbows have been caught out of Baileys Harbor but there has been almost no angler effort to report.

Green Bay Fishing Report: June 11, 2018

Brown County

  • Duck Creek – No interviews were taken this week. Please check back again next week for more up to date information.
  • Suamico – After the weekend storm went through very few walleyes were caught but as the week progressed boaters were harvesting 2-3 fish per person. Most anglers reported catching numerous freshwater drum, a few white perch and an occasional northern pike.

Oconto County

  • Geano’s Beach – Similar to Suamico anglers experienced very low catch rates until later in the week where most anglers were harvesting close to their limit of walleyes.
  • Pensaukee River Ramp – A good number of anglers used the Pensaukee river boat ramp this week. Anglers were reporting success catching northern pike, perch, and walleye.
  • Oconto River – Fishing pressure was lower overall this past week. The water temperatures for the Oconto river ranged from 65 – 69°F over the weekend.
  • Oconto Breakwater and Harbor – Anglers on the pier were having some success catching catfish, northern pike, perch, and smallmouth bass this week. Anglers using the boat launch were reporting success catching channel catfish, northern pike, perch, smallmouth bass, and walleye.
  • Oconto Park II - Fishing pressure has remained good at the Oconto Park II area this week. Anglers were reporting success catching some perch, smallmouth bass, and walleye over the weekend.
  • Stiles Dam and Iron Bridge Area - While fishing pressure has decreased this week. Anglers were reporting success catching crappie, northern pike, and smallmouth bass. Fishing pressure was overall relatively low over this week.

Marinette County – Menomonee River

  • Fewer anglers were out on the Menominee river this past week in part due to the cooler air temperatures and high wind, however some anglers were still having successful trips. The water temperatures on the Menominee ranged from 65 – 70°F over this past week.
  • Boom Landing Ramp – Fishing pressure was lower throughout this past week. Some anglers were having success catching catfish, crappie, northern pike, rock bass, and smallmouth bass.
  • Mystery Ship Ramp – Fishing pressure was lower over the past week. Anglers were having some success catching catfish, northern pike, and walleye. A couple anglers reported catching a muskellunge this week.
  • Ann Arbor Ramp – Fewer anglers were out over the past week. Anglers were having success catching northern pike, smallmouth bass and walleye.
  • Menekaunee Harbor – Anglers reported having success catching northern pike and walleye this week.

Menomonee County – Peshtigo River

  • Fishing pressure on the Peshtigo river was more concentrated on the river mouth area over the past week. The water temperatures ranged from 66 – 68°F over the weekend.
  • Peshtigo Dam – Fishing pressure is low along at the Peshtigo dam area. Anglers were catching some suckers and smallmouth bass this week.
  • Peshtigo Municipal Garage Ramp – Fishing pressure has low this week. Anglers were having success catching northern pike and smallmouth bass.
  • Peshtigo River Mouth (at the end of Harbor Rd in Peshtigo Harbor Wildlife area) – lower fishing pressure was observed at the Peshtigo river mouth ramp over the last week. Anglers were having success catching northern pike, smallmouth bass, and walleye this week. A few anglers were targeting muskellunge this week. A couple anglers did report catching a muskellunge this week at the mouth of the Peshtigo River.
  • Klingsborn’s Ramp (5 mi down CTY RD BB outside Peshtigo) – Fishing pressure remained steady over the past week. Anglers were having success catching northern pike and walleye this week.

Green Bay/Fox River

  • Metro Boat Launch – Most anglers are catching their limit of walleye or close to it. Many anglers reported high numbers of freshwater drum and catfish being caught in addition to being very large in size. A couple muskie anglers were interviewed but none were successful. No shore anglers were interviewed.
  • Fox Point – There were very few boaters out and those that were out caught a variety of fish but harvested very few.
  • Brown County Fairgrounds – There were very few trailers, no interviews were taken.
  • Voyager Park – High numbers of white bass are still being harvested along with a few freshwater drum and smallmouth bass.

Green Bay East Shore

  • Bayshore - The walleye catch over the past week has been low and inconsistent. There were a couple boats that caught their limit but the average haul consisted of 2-3 walleyes for half a day on the water. The only thing anglers could catch with any reliability was freshwater drum. While out anglers also caught the occasional catfish, white bass, and white perch. Despite the low harvest the parking lot was at least half full throughout the week.

Door County

  • Chaudior’s Dock – The lot averaged 7-10 trailers, however no angler interviews were conducted.

Sturgeon Bay

  • Little Sturgeon - A few walleye anglers were out over the past week but no one came back with any fish. Smallmouth bass fishing has been less successful than previous weeks with the average catch being around 5 fish per trip. Nonetheless, anglers were still hooking into freshwater drum, northern pike and the sporadic round goby. The parking lot had at most 12 trailers in it at a given time.
  • Sawyer Harbor – Smallmouth bass fishing has slackened with the water temps ranging from the low to mid 60’s. Anglers caught between 0-7 fish while out on the water for a couple of hours. While fishing anglers also caught plenty of freshwater drum. There has also been an increase in the rock bass catch as well. The parking lot had 3-7 trailers in it by lunch time on the days that were surveyed.
  • Sturgeon Bay City Shore - Very few anglers were spotted this week along the shore. The folks that were out were catching rock bass and a few perch. Anglers had luck with perch using worm bits and a lightweight jig.
  • Sturgeon Bay Ramp - Many folks were out for smallmouth bass along the flats. Spawning is still occurring along the beds. Good luck was had with tubes and live minnows.
  • Sturgeon Bay Piers- No interviews were taken. Carp and schools of minnows were spotted on the east side of the Sturgeon Bay ship canal pier.
  • Stone Quarry Ramp- Many anglers were out fishing bass and walleye. The bass catch was good with the numbers reaching the 90s for some parties. Water temperature reported at 62F.
  • Stone Quarry Shore- Dangerous waves early in the week kept bass fishermen from going out. By mid to late week folks were catching occasional walleye and bass.
Last revised: Monday June 11 2018