Lake Michigan fishing report (Oct 5, 2011)
Southern Lake Michigan Fishing Report: October 3, 2011
Shore fishing in Kenosha has slowed, but occasional Chinooks and browns have been taken in the harbor and off the south pier. Most fish were caught on fresh skein. The mouth of the Pike River is still open, but it is narrower than it was last week. Although Chinooks can be seen in the river near the mouth, fishing remains slow and flows are dropping.
Trolling near the harbor mouth in Racine has slowed, but when trollers have been able to get offshore, fishing has been good in 70 to 150 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 have dropped back down, and Chinooks have been caught throughout the river. The Root River Steelhead Facility is running for the fall season. An Open House will be held at the facility this Saturday, October 8 from 9 AM until 3 PM. Guided tours will be held with spawning demonstrations, and local fishing clubs will sponsor kids casting, knot tying, fly tying, fly fishing techniques, and more. Be sure to bring your family and friends to the facility on Saturday, October 8.
In Milwaukee, the majority of fishing action has been in the rivers this week, however, shore anglers have taken a few Chinooks behind the Summerfest grounds on crank baits. Water levels are good on the Milwaukee and Menomonee Rivers, but have dropped down considerably in Oak Creek. In the Milwaukee River, Chinooks have been taken in Kletzsch Park. Fly fishing has been the most productive, and more fish have been taken from the east side of the river than from the west side. In Oak Creek fishing remains slow, although fish can be seen rolling downstream near the pedestrian bridge.
Port Washington Ramps: In Port Washington a few trollers have ventured offshore and have been catching decent numbers of immature Chinooks in 280 to 325 feet of water. Port Washington Harbor/Power Plant: Fishing pressure has been high, and anglers have been catching mostly Chinooks with a few browns, rainbows, and coho mixed in. Spawn has been the most productive, followed by spoons. The water temperature has been between 56 and 58 degrees. Port Washington Pier: Fishing has been slow, and the water temperature is 64 degrees. Sauk Creek: Sauk Creek is about 56 degrees, and flows have been decreasing this week. Chinooks, browns, and some steelhead have moved upriver, and anglers have been catching decent numbers on both flies and spawn.
Sheboygan Ramps: Fishing pressure has been light, but trollers have had moderate success in 250 to 350 feet of water. Any depths less than 250 feet have been spotty. A mix of Chinooks and rainbows have been taken on spoons. Sheboygan Piers/Shore: Some Chinooks have been taken off the piers, but fishing has been generally slow. Most fish have been hitting spawn off the bottom, with a few taking spoons. The water temperature off the piers was around 62 F. Sheboygan River: Chinooks are in the Sheboygan River as far up as the Kohler dam, and numbers have been increasing this week. The water level is still up after last week’s rains, but it is dropping steadily. Anglers have been catching Chinooks on crankbaits, and woolly buggers have produced for the fly anglers. Some brown trout have also been reported in the lower stretches of the river. The water temperature in the Sheboygan is 58 degrees. Pigeon River: The water temperature was at 58F, and the flows have dropped back down. Fishing pressure has been minimal.
Northern Lake Michigan Fishing Report: October 3, 2011
Temperatures remained around 60 degrees throughout the week dropped to the lower 50s over the weekend. Light northeasterly winds at 5-10 mph early in the week switched to the northwest at 20-30 mph with gusts reaching 50 mph Thursday through Saturday. Winds settled down Sunday, with west/northwest winds at 10-15 mph. The heavy rain at times throughout the week and the strong northerly winds created very murky water in the tributaries and harbors over the weekend. Water temperatures remain around 52 degrees around the pier heads and out to 300 feet of water. Harbor and tributaries in the county range from 57-60 degree water temperatures. The hottest area along the lakeshore has been the Manitowoc marina, where anglers casting champs and using salmon spawn on the bottom or on a bobber near the shoreline have been catching a mix of small rainbow trout, brown trout, a few coho salmon, and several four year old salmon. Manitou Park on the Manitowoc River and upstream, the Shoto dam on the West Twin River, and downstream from the Mishicot dam on the East Twin River have all been successful up the tributaries for large chinook salmon and an occasional brown trout. Manitou Park has been the hottest location this week, where anglers have been casting green/silver champs and spoons and landing large chinooks early in the morning and before dark. At the clarks mills dam on the Manitowoc River, Shoto dam, and the Mishicot dam, anglers have been using large sinkers/bell sinkers with spawn, ear plugs, cookie dough, yarn, etc. to legally hook into these salmon. The piers this week showed little sign of angler activity. The strong winds all week resulted in a small number of boats out. Fishing in 150-300 feet of water will continue to be good, but with strong winds lately, very few boats have gone out.
Algoma: The Ahnapee River level rose substantially. North pier anglers and anglers at Olsen Park were seeing good results on green and silver spoons. Anglers fishing near Forestville Dam were also having very good results with spawn sacs. Boat anglers were also showing some good results with a mix of rainbows and chinook. Fishing 200’ of water, seventy feet down with a mix of spoons was productive. The surface water temp was reported at 58 degrees. Kewaunee: Rain throughout the week raised the river level substantially much to delight of anglers. Increased fish in the Kewuanee River corresponded to increased catches by anglers. Imitation egg and pink yarn lures showed the best results. Pier fishing was slow and no boats were interviewed.
Door Co. (Lake and Bay sides)
A much needed heavy rain occurred across the area last week. Unfortunately, the Door Peninsula received a lesser amount providing little relief to the dryness throughout that area. Unsettled weather continued through the week ending with a big wind storm Thursday overnight. Saturday was a cool but sunny and pleasant day. Northern Door Co: Little activity was seen throughout the week, but this was not surprising due to the weather. Peninsula State Park was closed starting Friday due to the storms. Many detours had to be taken due to closed roads from downed trees and power lines. Creeks throughout the peninsula maintained what little flow they had even with the rain. Heins Creek continues to have no flow.
Green Bay Fishing Report: October 3, 2011
Cool, windy, and wet weather has slowed fishing down with pressure being light to moderate. Temperatures at the landings have dropped into the upper 50’s to low 60’s. Fishing for bluegills at the Stiles Dam remains productive using bobbers and worms fished from either side of the Dam. The salmon are now showing up above the Iron Bridge just below Stiles Dam, fishermen are casting spoons and Rap’s. Some browns are also being caught in the upper stretches of the Oconto River. The perch fishing has slowed in the Pensaukee area although some fishermen are still reporting some nice fish being caught using crappie rigs and minnows. Oconto Breakwater fishermen are catching salmon and browns castings spoons in the early morning hours off the end of the causeway. Walleye fishermen are reporting goodly numbers of fish being caught adjacent to the weed beds in 8 to 12 feet of water. Bass fishing out of Oconto Park II has been slow.
Cool, windy, and wet weather has slowed fishing down with pressure being light to moderate. Temperatures at the landings have dropped into the upper 50’s to low 60’s. Salmon are showing up in the Peshtigo Dam area from the Municipal boat landing up river. Large gaudy flies and spoons have been the baits of choice. Panfish are still putting on a good show at the Peshtigo Dam proper. Little Rivers salmon run is in full swing although catch rates seem to be down from last year; mornings seem to be the time to fish. The salmon are in heavy at the Hattie Street Dam with Cleos working the best. Some perch are being caught off the Menominee Lighthouse Pier by anglers fishing with minnows.