Lake Michigan Fishing Report: Nov. 8, 2011
Southern Lake Michigan Fishing Report: November 7, 2011
Shore fishing in Kenosha has been generally slow, but occasional coho and browns have been taken in the harbor and off the south pier. Most fish were caught on spawn. Flows on the Pike River are low, and fishing remains slow.
In Racine, water levels on the Root River remain low. Numbers of brown trout in the river have started to increase in downstream areas, while the Chinooks have tapered off. Decent numbers of coho have been caught, with most taken on flies. The majority of fishing pressure remains in Lincoln Park, but a few anglers have also been successful near the Horlick dam. Fish were processed at the Root River Steelhead Facility on Monday, November 7. The DNR is finished collecting coho eggs, and the fall weir season is now over. DNR crews processed a total of 3,828 fish and passed upstream 1,798 Chinooks, 1,258 coho, 57 brown trout, and 18 rainbow trout. A total of 573 coho were spawned.
In Milwaukee, shore anglers continue to catch salmon on spawn in the slip near the Milwaukee Yacht Club, and brown trout have now been reported near the McKinley launch. Water levels are low on all Milwaukee area tributaries. In the Milwaukee River, fly anglers have been catching decent numbers of salmon in Kletzsch Park and in the vicinity of Capitol Drive. Egg sucking leeches have produced. Good numbers of fish can still be found in the Menomonee River near Miller Park. In Oak Creek some mature salmon are present in the deeper holes below the dam. Trollers working near the harbor have been catching mature Chinooks on J-plugs. When trollers can get offshore from Milwaukee, immature Chinooks, coho, and rainbows have been taken on flashers and flies fished about 20 to 40 feet down in 120 to 160 feet of water.
Port Washington Harbor/Shore: Fishing pressure has been light, and success has slowed a bit. Spawn remains the most productive bait. Most anglers have been catching Chinooks and some whitefish. The water temperature near the power plant has been around 48F. Port Washington Pier: Sauk Creek: The water level remains low. Fish are still in the creek, and fishing pressure has been light. The water temperature was around 44F. Flies and spawn have been the most productive lures, and Chinooks and coho have been reported caught.
Sheboygan Ramps: The lake has been too rough for boaters to get offshore. Sheboygan Piers/Shore: A few brown trout have been reported caught off the lake side of the piers, and some chinooks have been caught on spawn near the Deland boat launch. Sheboygan River: The water level remains low, and fishing pressure has been generally light. Most anglers have had moderate success with spoons and flies for trout and salmon. Chinooks, coho, brown trout, and rainbow trout have been reported.
Northern Lake Michigan Fishing Report: October 31, 2011
Temperatures dropped this week to the upper 40s, with wind chills around 40 degrees. West winds Monday (10/24) switched northerly at 10-15 mph up to Friday when the winds westerly at 5-10. Sunday, winds switched again to the southeast at 15-25 mph with gusts to 35 mph. Both Tuesday and Sunday (10/30) brought steady rain and thunderstorms. Water clarity remains good, but water levels remain very low in the tributaries. Tributary water temperatures ranged from 43-45 degrees over the weekend. Both angler activity and success decreased significantly this week. Only 2-3 trout have been caught per day in the Manitowoc harbor/marina, a sharp decline from previous weeks. The rainbows have ranged from 15-27 inches long weighing 2-7 pounds. The brown trout have been a wider range of sizes, moving in schools along the rocks in the marina and by the piers. Anglers have had luck floating chinook salmon spawn or fishing on bottom. An occasional rainbow has also been landed using night crawlers. Activity near the dams on the tributaries has slowed down this week, with only a few scattered chinook salmon being landed and in good enough shape to keep. Fly fishermen have been having little success with trout near the dams, with only a few brown and rainbow trout seen or caught thus far. The rain on Sunday (10/30) will help and the trout fishing will only get better into November. Along with the trout, a few coho started showing up this week near the Mishicot and Shoto dams. Anglers had luck using any orange jigs or spinners for both trout and coho. The piers and boat ramps in Manitowoc and Two Rivers showed little activity this week.
Unsettled weather continued throughout the week. Wind or rain dominated the week, but Friday was a picture perfect day. Algoma: Low water levels in the river and lack of anglers resulted in no interviews. One boat interview resulted in no fish, but an angler who had been out in the morning said he had caught a mix of Chinook and rainbows that appeared to have been eating gizzard shad. Kewaunee: Higher water levels seemed to have come a little late as the number of anglers wane. Some decent catches were recorded at Bruemmer Park especially in the morning hours. Successful anglers were using imitation spawn or yarn lures.
Door Co. (Lake and Bay sides)
Northern Door Co: Low water levels in area creeks has continued to produce essentially no anglers. Sturgeon Bay: Northern pike have been caught in good numbers in Sawyer Harbor. Most anglers have been casting large stick baits or spoons for best results. Perch fishermen are still trying their luck this week as well. Most perch anglers have been targeting fish in 5-10 feet of water. Most anglers are finding it slow, but fish are being caught if one is willing to work at it and spend some time on the water.
Green Bay Fishing Report: October 31, 2011
Fox River: Musky fishing has been slow during the past week. Most anglers have been trolling crank baits in the lower bay or Fox River. Walleye fishing has been good with numbers of fish being caught up by the dam. Anglers have been casting crank baits at night or jigging the river channel during the day for best results.
Little Sturgeon Bay: A few perch are being caught on minnows in 10 feet of water or less. A few Musky fishermen ventured out this week; all, however, reported fishing being on the slow side with only a few follows during a full day on the water. Walleye fishing has been spotty with most anglers trolling around Larson’s Reef at night with some success. Chaudoir’s Dock: Perch fishing has been good for most of the week with anglers catching good numbers of fish in 20 feet of water. Most perch caught have been of respectable size. Bayshore Park: Perch fishing was very good the last week with anglers catching limits of large perch. Anglers have had the best success with a minnow for bait; most anglers have been rigging them on the standard bottom rig. Anglers are reporting catching good numbers of whitefish as well. Low light conditions have been the best time to target them.
Water temperatures at the landings are in the mid to upper 40’s with fishing pressure heavy in places due to some fine catches of perch. Bluegill and crappie are still the main attraction at the Stiles Dam. Slip bobbers and leaf worms or minnows are working best. Some salmon and browns are also being caught from the mouth of the Oconto River up to the Dam. Look for rock and gravel areas suitable for spawning. Fishermen are using spoons, Rap’s, and drifting crawlers. Perch and bluegill are also biting in the Pensaukee river; drifting live bait have been producing some nice fish. Oconto Breakwater Park, the Municipal Landing, and Oconto Park II fishermen are enjoying some nice catches of perch using minnows fished in a variety of ways; bring along some crawlers for a change of pace. The occasional trout are also being caught.
Water temperatures at the landings are in the mid to upper 40’s with fishing pressure heavy in places due to some fine catches of perch. Panfish are being caught at the Dam in Peshtigo using live bait and bobbers or dead drifting from the Silver Bridge to the Dam. Casting spoons and Rap’s have been producing some trout, salmon, and pike. Little River is still producing a few King Salmon using spawn fished on bottom. The Menominee River has a good population of Browns, Steelhead, and Walleye; try fishing from the Interstate Bridge to the Dam proper. Crawlers, spoons and Rap’s should do the trick.