Lake Michigan Fishing Report: October 24, 2011
Southern Lake Michigan Fishing Report: October 24, 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 spawn. Flows on the Pike River are low, and although Chinooks can be seen in the river near the mouth, fishing remains slow.
Shore anglers in Racine have been able to catch a few Chinooks and coho on spawn, and the area inside the harbor near the Root River has had the most action. Water levels on the Root are low, but anglers continue to catch Chinooks and coho. Most fish have been taken on flies, and the majority of fishing pressure has been in Lincoln Park. Fish were processed at the Root River Steelhead Facility on Monday, October 24. So far this season DNR crews passed upstream a total of 1,343 Chinooks, 388 coho, 18 brown trout, and 1 rainbow trout. Fish will be processed again on Thursday, October 27.
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 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 have also moved into the Menomonee River near Miller Park and towards the Miller Brewery. 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 Ramps: Fishing pressure has increased due to better weather conditions this past weekend than in previous days. Catches, though, have been spotty, and trollers have had the most success in 120 to 140 feet of water. Spoons off the downriggers have produced the most, and a mixed bag of brown trout, rainbow trout, and Chinook salmon has been taken. Port Washington Harbor/Shore: Anglers have been casting spoons and crankbaits or have been using spawn with success. Many anglers have reported decent catches, but say that the fish are in relatively poor condition due to spawning stress. Chinooks and coho have been the main catch. The harbor water is clear and 52F. Port Washington Pier: Fishing has been generally slow off the pier, but a few Chinooks have been taken on spoons. Sauk Creek: Some fish remain in Sauk Creek in the deeper pools. Flows are still low and the temperature is 48 degrees.
Sheboygan River: Fishing pressure has been light, and catches have been hit or miss over the last few days. Most anglers have been targeting the deeper pools, as the fish density has declined recently. Fly anglers continue to have the best luck drifting lures, but some fish have been caught off spoons. Chinooks and coho have made up the majority of the catch. The water is clear and 48 degrees, and flow remains low.
Northern Lake Michigan Fishing Report: October 24, 2011
Temperatures throughout the week hung around the mid-40s, rising to the mid-50s over the weekend. Water levels remain very low with great water clarity in the tributaries, but that may change after thunderstorms went through the area late Sunday (10/23). Water temperatures for boaters ranged from 49-52 degrees near shore out to 200 feet of water. Water temperatures in the tributaries ranged from 52-56 degrees. The Manitowoc piers began showing signs of better fishing, with more and more rainbow trout being landed floating spawn or using it on the bottom. Anglers have also been using green/silver and orange/silver cleos. The Manitowoc marina slowed this week, with only a few dark chinook salmon and small rainbow trout caught during the heavy winds early in the week using spawn or night crawlers. Angler success continues to be slow near the dams on the tributaries. Fly fishermen have had the most luck, but others using large sinkers/bell sinkers with spawn, ear plugs, cookie dough, yarn/yarn flies, etc. have landed a few legally hooked chinook salmon 10-15 pounds. Most of the chinooks are very dark and are beginning to turn white on parts of the fish. A very small amount of brown and rainbow trout have been seen or caught in the tributaries. This week, Manitowoc Rapids off of Mill Road on the Manitowoc River, the Shoto dam on the West Twin River, and the Mishicot dam on the East Twin River remain your best locations right now to catch chinook salmon and brown and rainbow trout. Several boats made it out over the weekend with the calm west winds. Little numbers were seen from the boats trolling the pier heads for trout and those trying out to 200 feet. Currently, your best bet is to try in 80-120 feet using dodger/fly combos down deep on your down riggers for 2-3 year old chinook salmon.
Algoma: The Ahnapee River remains low. Kewaunee: No report.
Door Co. (Lake and Bay sides)
Northern Door Co: Low water levels in area creeks has continued to produce essentially no anglers. Gills Rock/Ellison Bay/Rowleys Bay had a few anglers presumably preparing for next week’s bass tournament on Washington Island. Otherwise, all other activity remained very slow.
Green Bay Fishing Report: October 24, 2011
Fox River: Walleyes are being caught in good numbers by anglers casting crank baits at night by the dam. Anglers are catching some walleye jigging the river channel during the day. Walleye fishermen are reporting catching catfish, white bass, and a few perch as well. Anglers trolling for musky are finding it hit or miss over the last week or so trolling the river or lower bay.
Little Sturgeon Bay: Perch fishing was good this weekend with a few limits reported being caught on Saturday. Most anglers are finding perch in 10-15 feet of water. Minnows on bottom rigs are producing the best catches. Also, northern pike are being caught by anglers casting spoons or large stick baits. A few pike are being caught while trolling. Bayshore Park: Anglers fishing for perch did well this weekend. Most anglers are targeting perch in 15-20 feet of water. Minnows on bottom have been the bait of choice as usual. Anglers trolling crank baits in 15-20 feet of water are catching a few walleyes.
High winds and rain has kept fishing pressure light. Water temperatures at the boat landings has dropped into the upper 40s. Anglers at Stiles Dam are still enjoying some nice catches of bluegill and crappie fishing with red worms and minnows respectively and slip bobbers. Salmon and trout are being caught on the Oconto River from the Highway 141 bridge up to the Stiles Dam floating fly’s or casting small spoons and Rapala’s. Oconto Breakwater Park and Oconto Park II fishermen are catching perch in the boat landing areas using slip bobbers and minnows or crappie rigs. Walleye fishermen fishing the bay from the parks have been having little success.
High winds and rain has kept fishing pressure light. Water temperatures at the boat landings has dropped into the upper 40s. Anglers at the Peshtigo Dam have been catching a mixed bag with some nice pike being caught casting spoons below the silver bridge. Some salmon and trout are also being caught drifting spawn or drifting yarn fly’s. Little River continues to produce some nice salmon using spawn sacks, morning has been the best time. Fishermen at the dam on the Menominee are still catching some browns and salmon casting lures and drifting spawn. A few walleye are being caught from the fishermen’s walkway mainly at night using Rapala’s.