Lake Michigan fishing report (Oct 12, 2011)
Southern Lake Michigan Fishing Report: October 10, 2011
Shore fishing in Kenosha has been generally slow, but occasional Chinooks and browns have been taken in the harbor and off the south pier. Most fish were caught on fresh skein. Flows on the Pike River are low, and although Chinooks can be seen in the river near the mouth, fishing remains slow.
Trolling near the harbor mouth in Racine has slowed, but when trollers have been able to get offshore, fishing has been good in 150 to 200 feet of water. Spoons and flashers and flies have taken coho and immature Chinooks, and blues, greens, and whites continue to produce. Shore anglers have been able to catch a few Chinooks on fresh skein, and the area inside the harbor near the Root River has had the most action. Water levels on the Root are very low, but Chinooks, coho, and a few brown trout have been caught. Most fish have been taken downstream of the Root River Steelhead Facility, and spawn sacs and flies have both produced. The first fish processing day at the Root River Steelhead Facility was Saturday, October 8. DNR crews passed upstream a total of 266 Chinooks, 8 coho, and 16 brown trout. Fish will be processed again on Thursday, October 13.
In Milwaukee, the majority of fishing pressure remains in the rivers, however, shore anglers in the harbor have taken some Chinooks near McKinley Marina and the Milwaukee Yacht Club. Fresh skein has taken the most fish in that area. Water levels continue to drop on all Milwaukee area tributaries. In the Milwaukee River, most anglers have been concentrating in Kletzsch Park, but success there has been minimal. In Oak Creek fishing remains slow.
Port Washington Ramps: Fishing pressure has been moderate, and trollers have had very good success fishing in 100-220 feet of water. Flasher/fly combos have been the most productive lure, with pretty much any color combo producing fish. Most fish have been taken off the downriggers down to about 35 feet of water. Kings have been the main catch with a few lakers and cohos also being taken. Port Washington Harbor/Shore: Fishing pressure has been very high, but the catch rate has slowed down a bit. Spawn has remained the most productive bait followed by crankbaits. Most anglers have been catching mainly kings, with cohos and rainbows also being caught. The clear water temperature has been around 58F-60F. Port Washington Pier: Fishing pressure has been light, and fishing remains slow. Most anglers have been casting spoons with limited success. The clear water has been around 66 degrees F. No fish were reported caught. Port Washington Power Plant: Pressure has been high, but fishing has slowed somewhat. Spawn and crankbaits remain productive. Most anglers have been catching mainly kings, with cohos and rainbows also being caught. Sauk Creek: The water level has dropped drastically, and the flow has diminished. Fish are now up the creek but are stuck in some of the deeper pools, and anglers are having moderated success catching the fish. The water temperature was around 62F. Flies and spawn have been the most productive lures, and kings, cohos and some rainbows have been reported caught.
Sheboygan Ramps: Fishing pressure has been light, and trollers have had good success targeting fish in 120 to 200 feet of water. Fishermen have had the most success trolling with spoons or flasher fly combos coming off the down riggers, and a mix bag of Kings, rainbows, and lakers have been reported. Sheboygan Piers/Shore: Fishing pressure has been light, and catches have been hit or miss. Most anglers have been casting spoons with little success, but occasional coho have been taken. The water temperature was around 64 degrees F. Sheboygan River: Fishing pressure has been high, and anglers have had moderate success catching fish. Fish can be found in the deeper pools but are very spread out. Flies and spawn have been the most productive lures. The water flow has dropped drastically, and the water level has decreased about a foot. The water is clear, and temperatures have been around 64 degrees F. Pigeon River: The water temperature was at 62F, and the water is very clear. No fishing pressure has been recorded due to low water.
Northern Lake Michigan Fishing Report: October 10, 2011
Early week temperatures around 60 degrees slowly increased throughout the week to nearly 70 degrees over the weekend. Northeast winds Monday (10/03) switched out of the southeast for the remainder of the week at 10-15 mph. Water levels remain relatively low in the tributaries with no rain events this week but resulted in good water clarity along the lakeshore. Surface temperatures are now ranging from 55 to 60 degrees from the pier heads out to 300 feet of water. The piers this week, both Two Rivers and Manitowoc, remain very slow. The Manitowoc marina continues to see a mix catch of browns, rainbows, cohos, and chinook, but by the weekend, only a few fish per day were landed. Anglers continue to land several large chinooks up all the tributaries in the county. On the Manitowoc River, the more steady action has been at the highway S bridge up to the Clarks Mills dam. Manitou Park has slowed down this week, with only a few large chinook landed a day. Shoto on the West Twin River and Mishicot on the East Twin River remain the best locations for anglers targeting those large chinook salmon. Very few steelhead, brown trout, and coho salmon have shown up as of October 9th. Several anglers have been leaving with their limits, but you have to work many hours to get that limit due to foul-hooking fish and the 75-100 anglers fishing these locations on the weekends. Anglers have been using large sinkers/bell sinkers with spawn, ear plugs, cookie dough, yarn, etc. to legally hook into these salmon. Those casting spoons and champs into these areas rarely hook a fish legally. The chinook salmon have ranged from 5-30 pounds and several chinook still appear to be in great shape. The southeast winds calmed at times to let a few boats out this week. These boats tried deeper water, either 120-200 or out to 300 feet of water, mostly targeting chinooks and rainbows. High lines using green and orange spoons has resulted in a few rainbow trout, with the salmon coming on green/green dodger/fly combos or green spoons down 100-120 feet of water. Most boats have resulted in 5+ fish consisting mostly of 8-12 pound chinooks. Water temperatures out this deep averaged 56-58 degrees.
Door Co. (Lake and Bay sides)
Sturgeon Bay: Anglers fishing for perch are having a tough go of it. Most are reporting the perch that are being caught have been too small to keep. A few salmon are being caught by anglers willing to cast or troll for them.
Green Bay Fishing Report: October 10, 2011
Fox River: Water temp in the lower bay has raised some over the last few days to around 62-65 degrees. Musky fishing has been good this week. It was very good earlier in the week with anglers catching good numbers of fish, but fishing has since slowed up. Most anglers are trolling large crank baits in the lower bay for the best results. A few musky anglers have been trolling the river but no fish were reported being caught. Walleye anglers are finding success vertical jigging in the river. A few anglers have been casting crank baits up by the dam as well and have reported catching a few fish. Catfish have been active as well with anglers fishing at night with stink or cut bait. Smallmouth have been active along rocky shorelines with anglers reporting catching many fish.
Little Sturgeon Bay: Perch fishing has been improving over the last week with anglers catching great numbers of perch. Most, however, have been on the small side, but anglers willing to sort through all the small fish are catching limits of good eating sized fish. A few anglers have been fishing for northern pike and have had some luck; most anglers are trolling crank baits along weed lines for the best results. Chaudoir’s Dock: Perch fishing has been good the last week with all the nice weather we have been having. Anglers are catching a few limits. Most have been catching perch on bottom rigs with a small minnow used for bait. Anglers have reported catching perch weighing up to 1.5 pounds. Bayshore Park: Perch fishing has been hit or miss the last week with most fishermen targeting perch in the mornings. Small fathead minnows under a slip bobber or on a bottom rig have been working the best. Anglers have been concentrating a lot of their efforts in 15-20 feet of water. Walleye fishing has been slow with very few anglers actually targeting them.
Fishing pressure the past week has been light to moderate with water temperatures at the landings in the mid to upper 50’s. Bluegill and crappie continue to provide some fast action at the Stiles Dam. Worms and slip bobbers fished near bottom for gills and minnows for crappie. Salmon and trout are also present from the Dam down river to the mouth, with fishermen using everything from spawn sacks, to spoons, to flies. The brown trout are in full spawning color and quite aggressive. Perch fishing in the Bay has slowed some, but is starting to pick up in boat launch areas, crappie rigs tipped with minnows work the best. Smallmouth fishing has been confined to the river areas because of strong winds the past few days; small spoons, surface plugs and Rapala’s work well.
Fishing pressure the past week has been light to moderate with water temperatures at the landings in the mid to upper 50’s. Peshtigo Harbor fishermen have been having success fishing smallmouth with spoons and plastics along river seams and structure. The occasional pike and walleye are also being caught using these same methods. At the Dam in Peshtigo salmon fishermen are using spawn and yarn in the vicinity of the power house to catch some nice fish. Worms and slip bobbers used in the pocket of the dam are yielding some very nice panfish.