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Fishing WisconsinLake Michigan Outdoor Fishing Report - June 10, 2019

Jess, June 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.

Southern Lake Michigan Fishing Report: June 10, 2019

Sheboygan County

  • Sheboygan Shore/Piers: There were very few angling efforts seen along the shoreline this week. Fishing pressure on the piers seem to remain consistent but have not been very successful. Those fishing off the piers have not been targeting anything in specific. Most anglers have been using spoons, spawn sacs, alewives, and some crankbaits, to try and bring some in but have had no luck. There was only a few reporting of common carp being caught. But so far, the fishing success on the piers have been very slow. Surface water temperatures off the piers remained around the high 50s into the low 60s.
  • Sheboygan & Cleveland Ramp: Fishing efforts continue to increase at the Sheboygan boat ramps. With summer getting closer and the water getting warmer several boats were seen at ramp this past week. Most anglers were targeting cohos and chinooks. There were only a few kings that reported being caught, but many anglers seemed to have more success with rainbows and cohos. Boats were averaging around two or three fish totals. However, some came back with none. There were reports of anglers fishing a variety of depths but as deep as 200 ft. There was no fishing effort seen at the Cleveland Ramp during survey time.

Ozaukee County

  • Port Washington Shore/Piers: Fishing pressure along the shore and the piers remain very consistent, but unsuccessful. Many anglers are seen fishing the utility area and targeting browns and cohos but unfortunately had no luck. Anglers have been trying a wide variety of baits but none that seem to be working. There have only been reporting’s of carp being caught. There were a few anglers trying their luck on the piers as during the week and early in the mornings but again, were not successful. Hopefully the success rate starts to pick up in the next couple weeks. Surface temperatures remained around the low 60s.
  • Port Washington & Amsterdam Ramp: With the weather getting nicer and the water temperatures increasing the Port Washington Ramp began to steadily increase this week. There were many fishing boats out each morning and night during survey time. Many of the anglers out were targeting chinooks and cohos, with a few targeting some steelheads. There were many cohos and steelheads that were reported being caught. A few anglers were able to pick up a couple chinooks as well, but not many were seen during survey time. A few anglers brought in a cooler full of fish while others were ranging around two or three fish totals. Although many anglers were not targeting lake trout, there were a few large ones being caught and kept. Other anglers reported catching them but not keeping them. Boats have been successful fishing at a range of depths and a variety of baits. The Amsterdam ramp is finally finished and ready to launch from! But there was no fishing activity seen there this week during survey time.

Milwaukee County

  • City Shoreline, North: Very few anglers were seen fishing the north city shoreline this week. The majority of anglers were seen near the red lighthouse at Lakeshore State Park and reported no fish.
  • McKinley Marina: McKinley was fairly busy this weekend. Aside from the dense fog that rolled in a few days, the water was relatively calm. Anglers that came in reported 2-3 fish each, on average - most of which were lakers or coho. A few good sized steelheads and kings also came in on Sunday.
  • City Shoreline, South: Shore fishing remained slow this week. No fish were reported during surveys.
  • South Shore and Bender Park Ramps: The South Shore Ramp and Bender Ramp were not as busy as McKinley, but the most success was seen at Bender. A few boats came in with limits of coho, while others brought in good sized steelheads, lakers, and kings. Anglers said they were getting fish at about 160'-170' and were having the most success between the south metro pier and the power plant.
  • Oak Creek Power Plant: The pier at the power plant was moderately active this week but success was slim. No fish were recorded during survey times.

Racine County

Racine catch, June 2019
  • Fishing activity has begun to slowly increase as the weather continues to improve and become less erratic. Boat trailers are now frequently being spotted at the boat ramps, but fishing activity along shore and on the piers is still fairly slow. Boats have been coming in with good amounts of fish now that the water is getting warmer and as we are getting closer to summer. Bites reported by anglers on land are still hard to come by.
  • Racine Harbor and Piers: Fishing efforts along the piers and shorelines in Racine have still been a little slow and uneventful. Anglers have been trying their luck using a few different bait presentations. Spoons, crankbaits, spawn sacs, and alewives have been reported being used to try and catch the attention of some fish. None of these tactics would prove to be successful as no fish were reported being caught. Hopefully with the improving and more stable weather coming that success from land will improve. The temperature off of the south pier was recorded at 58 degrees over the weekend.
  • Racine Ramp: Fishing activity at the boat ramps over the past several days has continued to increase as we get closer and closer to summer. The weather has stabilized and some of the Coho and Chinook appear to finally be migrating north as the water temperature increases. Many more boat fishermen have been reporting success than in past weeks. Coho and Chinook have been the most targeted fish lately. Even though Chinook are often targeted, very few are being brought in, but the few that are coming in have been big. Coho have been the most common fish being caught with a few boats coming in with limits of only Coho. Some steelhead and Lakers are being caught as well. Anglers are having success at a variety of lake depths, from 40 feet up to 175 feet. Flies appear to be the hottest bait as of late.

Kenosha County

  • Fishing activity in Kenosha has been very similar to the activity seen in Racine these past several days. The better weather is finally leading to more success on the lake, but only to those who are going out on boats. Fishing from shore here has also been very unsuccessful, with one fish being reported from shore over the past week.
  • Kenosha Harbor and Piers: Fishing activity along the piers and shoreline in Kenosha has been very consistent, but unsuccessful. It seems like there is always somebody no matter what time of the day. The time of the day or the bait presentation wouldn’t matter though as fishing success has been very unsuccessful. Only one steelhead was reported caught from land over the past several days. Some anglers are also targeting panfish over in the south harbor and port. There has been some success here with a few bluegill and bass being caught. Hopefully the fishing success from shore will improve soon.
  • Kenosha Ramp: Fishing activity at the ramps has been constant and steadily increasing. Boat trailers are now always seen at the boat ramps now that the weather is improving. Coho and salmon in general are the most sought-after fish right now. Many anglers also report that they would also be content catching Lakers as well as steelhead. Coho continue to be the most frequent catch. A few boats have caught their limits while catching only Coho. Some Chinook, Lakers and steelhead have been brought in along with all of the Coho. Again, boats are catching fish at a variety of depths on a few different baits.

Northern Lake Michigan Fishing Report: June 10, 2018

Door County

  • Northern Door County Lakeside: There is not a lot of action occurring on the lake right now. A few boats tried going out for salmon over the weekend with no such luck. Hopefully the salmon bite will start to turn on in the next few weeks as the water temps continue to rise. Even the smallmouth bass anglers in Rowely's Bay had a tough week. The best boat that I talked to caught 10 smallmouth bass while fishing all day in Rowely's Bay. There were reports of smallmouth bass on and around beds again this week.
  • Northern Door County Bayside: Once again there was fishing effort from Murphy Park to Gills Rock, with Ephraim and Sister Bay being the two ports that produced the most fish. I did not get any interviews from Murphy Park this week, but there were two trailers there over the weekend. Few smallmouth bass were caught at Egg Harbor this week, using plastic worms. While the fish near Sister Bay were caught using a Carolina Rig. Overall the average size of fish caught throughout the week was 3 pounds according to anglers with an occasional 5 pound fish thrown in. A brown trout was also caught out of Ellison Bay trolling crankbaits. Perch fisherman had very little luck this week fishing from shore. I did not talk to anyone who was targeting walleye this week. Hopefully as the water temps continue to rise the results will increase as well.
  • Chaudoirs Dock: Use at this site remains steady, at low to moderate with higher traffic during weekends. Anglers were targeting Walleye and Bass with low success. Sugar Creek and Fish Haven are not currently popular for anglers with preference to the protected site at Chaudoir’s.
  • Sawyer Harbor: Weekend traffic was high at Potawatomi State Park with an increase in pleasure boaters enjoying the warm temperatures. The increase in angler effort did not result in higher catch rates. Midweek, anglers were targeting bass in areas with less than 20 feet of water; a handful of parties reported 6-10 bass caught. Idlewild access showed lower usage than previous weeks, no catch reported.
  • Little Sturgeon Bay: The Carmody launch showed high numbers of fishing parties and anglers during the weekend. Midweek effort declined greatly, anglers remain focused on Walleye and Bass however the catch was low all week. Riley’s Bay access showed very low use with no angler success reported.
  • Sturgeon Bay Canal: There was average fishing pressure during the week. Several anglers reported catching smallmouth bass off their beds. Surface temperatures was in the mid 60’s in many locations. Fishing pressure from shore and along the piers was low.
  • Stone Quarry: Fishing pressure was realatively low. There were a few reports of smallmouth being caught.
  • Sunset Park: Low fishing pressure this week. No interviews were taken.

Fox River and Green Bay Creel Report: June 10, 2019

Fox River

  • The beginning of the week there were only a handful of fishermen out. Most of them targeting smallmouth bass and musky. There wasn't much success being reported. Every once in a while a musky was being caught. On the weekend the launches were busy, but with most of them being recreational boaters enjoying the nice days. The mouth was very busy with both fisherman and just boats going tubing or just for a ride. The walleyes weren't biting the best, but a few were getting picked up.

Oconto County

  • Anglers were out this week targeting walleyes, perch, and bass at the Pensaukee, Oconto, and Oconto Park II launches. Slow fishing was reported with a few walleyes being caught and only small perch being reported. A few bass anglers were seen up river on the Oconto, but no reports were taken. More pleasure boaters and kayaks were out this week as the weather got warmer.
  • Geano Beach: The usage of this launch was slow all weekend long. On the weekend the fish bite was slow. Some nice perch were being caught out of this launch on Sunday. A few fishermen caught some walleyes, but only averaged 2 per trip. Trolling with crankbaits was the popular choice by fishermen.

Brown County

  • Duck Creek, Longtail Point: There were only a few boats launched out from these launches, but they were not having any luck. Most of them were just trying for perch and smallmouth bass.
  • Fairgrounds: In the beginning of the week it was slow. Then at the end of the week the rough fish started to pick up especially in fairgrounds. A few catfish were being caught as well. The main way to catch the rough fish and catfish is just night crawler. Every once in awhile smallmouth bass were being caught from shore.
  • Suamico: On the weekend this launch was very busy, but most of the trailers were for recreational boating. The few anglers launching off of this ramp were targeting walleye and smallmouth bass. There were a few walleyes being caught with the average size 16 to 19 inches. Trolling with crankbaits was the most popular way of catching the walleye. Anglers when launching the boats please put on the parking brake, since one car rolled right into the water when they were trying to launch.
  • Bayshore Park: Popular launch for weekend boater traffic, this location had one party successfully bring in 5 Walleye early in the week. Other angler reports parties were marking fish around 20ft, however catch was consistently slow with efforts focused on Walleye. This week showed an increase in shore angling specifically from the break walls with a low catch rate. Red River access was observed to be utilized by a boater this week. Wave action this week has caused the river mouth to be blocked by sand.

Marinette County

  • Anglers were targeting walleyes and muskies in the Peshtigo River this week. Fishing was slow for both species. Alewife were reported to be in the lower river. Menominee River had was also slow for walleyes and muskie with others targeting bass. A few bass were being caught with average size 14 to 17 inches. The alewife were said to be in the river thick as anglers were snagging them while casting or trolling. No report from bay anglers from the Menominee River to Peshtigo River.
Last revised: Thursday June 13 2019