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Lake Michigan and Wisconsin fishing report (6-2)

June 03, 2011 at 03:39 AM

Southern Lake Michigan Fishing Report: May 31, 2011

Kenosha Co.

  Kenosha trollers have had their best success with coho, and a few rainbows and lake trout have also been harvested. The best water depths have been 45 to 60 feet, with some boats reporting success in 100 feet of water. Orange dodger and fly combinations have been consistently catching fish, and some anglers also reported success with stick baits. Very little shore fishing activity has been reported in Kenosha.
Racine Co.
  In Racine the weather stabilized somewhat by this past weekend and allowed for better fishing conditions. Boats have been doing well with some limits of coho taken, but only an occasional Chinook has been harvested. Some of the best success has occurred just outside the Racine Reef in 40 to 60 feet of water, with fish being harvested from 20 feet down all the way to the bottom. Surface water temps have been 48 to 49 degrees. Orange dodger and fly combinations have been the preferred lures with blue and silver, and orange peanut flies reported to be popular choices. Very little effort has been seen in shore fishing activity.
Milwaukee Co.
  In Milwaukee trollers have been successful fishing for coho. Peanut flies in blue or green have taken fish nearshore in 20 to 30 feet of water. The Bender Park boat launch has been reopened, and trollers fishing that area have been catching coho around the boils. When the winds are consistently out of the west, Milwaukee shore anglers have been able to catch some salmon off McKinley pier as well.
Ozaukee Co.
  Port Washington Ramps: Fishing pressure has been moderate to high at times. The catch rate has remained relatively good, but not quite as high as it was last week. The water temperature has ranged from 48 to 52F nearshore, and fishing has been best around 140 to 180 feet of water. Trolling with flies has been the most productive, and coho salmon have been the main catch, with a few lake trout and chinook salmon mixed in. Port Washington Power Plant: Fishing pressure at the power plant has been light, with very few fish being caught. The water temperature is around 54F, and the powerplant is still pumping water. Most anglers have been casting spoons or spinners, with mostly small, stocker-size brown trout being caught. Port Washington Pier: Fishing pressure on the pier is moderate, but catches have been inconsistent. The fishing has been very hit or miss with a few coho salmon and rainbow trout being caught on alewives and spoons.

Sheboygan Co.

  Watch out for the orange flags and buoys that mark commercial fishing trap nets set in Lake Michigan. Steer clear and give these markers a wide berth to avoid getting tangled and capsizing. Learn where the nets are set on our Trap Net page.

  Sheboygan Ramps: Fishing pressure on the lake has been moderate with very hit or miss catches. Most anglers have been having success trolling flies and orange dodgers. The water temperature has ranged from 48-52F. Depths of 30 to 45 feet of water have been the most productive, but fish have been taken from the 150 to 180 foot range as well. Coho salmon have dominated catch, with a few lake trout and Chinook salmon also caught. Sheboygan Piers: Fishing pressure has been moderate, but the catch rate has been low overall, although a few fish have been taken. Most anglers are casting spoons or using alewives. The few fish that were caught were mainly coho salmon, with a few chinook salmon also reported.

Northern Lake Michigan Fishing Report: May 31, 2011

Manitowoc Co.

  Watch out for the orange flags and buoys that mark commercial fishing trap nets set in Lake Michigan. Steer clear and give these markers a wide berth to avoid getting tangled and capsizing. Learn where the nets are set on our Trap Net page.

  Strong northeast winds during the week switched out of the southwest at 15-20 mph by the weekend. Mid-week temperatures in the mid-40s increased to the mid-50s by the weekend. Fog occurred on and off during the week with occasional light rain showers along the lake. Harbor temperatures dropped to 56 degrees, with Lake Michigan surface temperatures dropping significantly to 40-42 degrees off of Two Rivers. Boaters out of Two Rivers showed the first signs of success when it comes to salmon fishing over the weekend. Between Two Rivers and the lighthouse north of Two Rivers, boaters landed several chinook salmon ranging 7-15 pounds in 90-120 feet of water. Most boats came in with one or two, with charter boats coming in with 6-8 fish consisting of rainbows, lakers, and chinook salmon. A small number of the fish came on spoons with the majority of the salmon coming on white glow/mirage and green/green dodger/fly combos. Anglers reported luck in the deeper third of the water column with their downriggers. Shore fishermen continue to have little to no success in Two Rivers and Manitowoc this week for trout and salmon. Suckers in the Manitowoc Marina continue to be caught using night crawlers on the bottom. Pier fishermen out of Two Rivers have consistently landed carp up to 30 pounds this week using alewife on the bottom. Overall, the strong northeast winds kept the lakeshore very quiet all week.

Kewaunee Co.

  Fishing pressure remained very light due once again to windy and inclement weather. Algoma: Algoma had light fishing pressure. Some Chinook were being caught straight out of the harbor in the 100’ range, 40 or so feet down. Dodgers and flies seemed to be the lure of choice. Kewaunee: No report.
Door Co. (Lake and Bay sides)
  Boaters and anglers: Watch out for the orange flags and buoys that mark commercial fishing trap nets set in Lake Michigan. Steer clear and give these markers a wide berth to avoid getting tangled in the nets. Learn more on our Trap Net page.

  This week was another up and down week for fishing weather. We saw a few days with slow western winds that allowed more boats to launch but also saw some days with strong eastern winds that limited fishing. The Memorial Day weekend saw beautiful weather that allowed many boats to launch in order to search for fish. The water conditions remain cold for this time of the year with many boats reporting temperatures ranging from low 50’s to low 60’s in different areas. The hottest place this week for fishing in Northern Door County was at the pier in the Peninsula State Park. Anglers that waded into the water towards the rocky point managed to land many large smallmouth bass. The anglers on the pier had some luck as well with some smallmouth bass being caught on night crawlers. Ephraim’s Pier saw quite a lot of action this week with some of the larger bass caught from shore being from this location. The hot bait of choice were pumpkin seed colored tube bait. Egg Harbor, Bailey’s Harbor, and Sister Bay some low fishing pressure from shore and did not produce many fish. Boats that Launched from Sawyer Park and the rock quarry had marginal success for smallmouth and northern pike. A few boats did report catching some larger walleye in the Potawatomi Park areas. The fishing pressure from both of these launches remained low compared to last year at this time.

Green Bay Fishing Report: June 1, 2011

Oconto Co.

  Windy weather has made fishing the Bay difficult. Water temperatures at the landings are in the Low to mid 60’s. Fishing pressure was light to moderate this past week. Bay fishermen are still catching walleye in the 5 to 10 foot range using planer boards and crawler/harness. Pensaukee, according to reports, fished good when the wind was not blowing.

Marinette Co.

  Windy weather has made fishing the Bay difficult. Water temperatures at the landings are in the Low to mid 60’s. Fishing pressure was light to moderate this past week. Shore fishermen on the Menominee River are reporting plenty of rock bass as well as smallmouth being caught dead drifting live bait and fishing spinners and crank baits. Some nice panfish are being caught in the slough behind the Mystery Ship Marina using slip bobbers and live bait. Fishermen have been catching walleye by the Inter State Bridge by anchoring and using Lindy Rigs tipped with minnows; trolling with boards by the lift bridge is also catching fish. Before sunrise and after sunset people on the Government Pier have been catching walleye by walking the pier using stick baits and weight.

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