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Lake Michigan fishing report (5-24)

May 24, 2011 at 09:50 PM

Wisconsin DNR

Southern Lake Michigan Fishing Report: May 23, 2011

Kenosha Co.
  Kenosha trollers have, at times, had success fishing offshore in 150 to 250 feet of water. Flies have been successful for coho, and chinooks have been taking spoons.
Racine Co.
  In Racine, fishing for coho has been very good with most action in 15 to 30 feet of water. Coho have been hitting orange dodgers combined with small flies in green or blue. There have been a Chinooks caught with the coho, and they have been taking spoons in blue or orange.
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 very high due to very good catch rates. Most fishermen are limiting out with coho being the main catch, although some lake trout and Chinook have also been caught. Water temperature has been holding steady around 47-52F, and fishermen have caught fish anywhere from 20-100 ft of water with 20-60ft being the most productive. Trolling with Howie flies in either green or gold has been very productive. Port Washington Power Plant: Fishing pressure at the utility has been light, with very few fish being caught. The water temperature has ranged from 54-58F and the power plant is pumping a lot of water. Most anglers have been casting spoons, spinners, rapalas or fishing off bottom with spawn sacs. A few brown trout and steelhead have been reported, but the catch has been very inconsistent and slow. Port Washington Pier: Fishing on the pier has been moderately good with decent fishing pressure. Most fishermen have been using live bait and have been catching coho salmon.
Sheboygan Co.
  Sheboygan Ramps: Fishing on the lake has been very hit or miss. Most fishermen are fishing in 30-100 feet of water with 50-70ft being the most productive. The main catch has been coho salmon with a few Chinooks and lake trout reported. Most fish came off flies on downriggers or planer boards, and the hot color has been green and orange. A few fish were also caught while trolling spoons. Sheboygan Piers: The muddy water has gone from 54-60F. Fishing pressure has been light because of low catch rate reports. Most fishermen are casting spoons or using minnows off the bottom. The main catch has been a foul snagged carp and fishing has been slow.

Northern Lake Michigan Fishing Report: May 22, 2011

Manitowoc Co.
  Strong northeast winds during the week switched out of the southeast at 15-20 mph by the weekend. Thursday through Friday brought dense fog with visibility less than a quarter mile mixed with on and off rain showers along the lakeshore. Temperatures remain cooler along the lakeshore in the low to mid-50s. Harbor temperatures rose to 62 degrees, with Lake Michigan surface temperatures at 52 degrees. Shore fishermen continue to have little to no success in Two Rivers and Manitowoc for trout and salmon. In both harbors, anglers continue to catch a few catfish 10-15 pounds using sucker guts or creek chubs. An occasional smallmouth can be had using various colored crank baits and plastics in the Manitowoc marina. The few boaters that ventured out this week resulted in a few incidental catch small lake trout and several empty coolers. The lake trout came between 20-45 feet of water off Manitowoc and south to the dome house. Orange and chartreuse spoons were a common theme for the lake trout higher in the water column. For the most part, the strong northeast winds early in the week followed by dense fog and rain showers for the weekend, kept most anglers off the water.
Kewaunee Co.
  Cold, windy, foggy, rainy and unsettled weather once again dominated the week. Anglers were scarce and fish even scarcer. Algoma: Dredging was occurring along the beach inside the south breakwall at Algoma. A couple of fishermen were trying for Catfish with no luck. Kewaunee: A few fishermen were on the pier and along the shore trying for browns and rainbows with no luck. One boat reported water temps in the lower to mid 40’s.
Door Co. (Lake and Bay sides)
  In Door County, Blues Point ramp had a gate installed with hours stating gate will be closed 11pm to 5am. Garrett Bay ramp has been improved and a small town park with limited parking created across the street. A sign was placed at the ramp stating: Garrett Bay Park, A silent sport area, Non-motorized craft only, 10 minute ramp load/unload limit, All craft subject to ramp fee, Town launch fee $5.00. Sturgeon Bay fishermen had very little success this week with only a few northern being caught drifting along the DNR office and the Hwy. 57/42 bridge with jigs and spinner baits. Relatively more anglers were fishing the bays and piers along the peninsula. Water temperature seemed to be an underlying theme to success. Water temps reported from mid to upper forties, and mid 50’s depending and wind and weather. The warmer the water, the better the success. Ephraim boat fishermen were reporting the most success. Some nice catches of smallmouth and a few walleyes jigging being caught with soft plastics.

Green Bay Fishing Report: May 23, 2011

Brown Co.
  Fox River: Anglers have been finding numbers of large catfish around the bridge pilings with some fish pushing 15 lbs. Most have been using cut bait to entice the catfish. Lower Bay: Anglers have been fishing walleye in the shallows in 4-10 feet of water with good catches of fish. Salmo Hornets in hot colors have been producing well for most fishermen.
East Shore
  Sturgeon Bay: Anglers have found it tough to find walleye due to the constant windy conditions over the last week. Most have been trolling cranks inside the bay with some success. Smallmouth bass have started showing in good numbers the last few weeks with some fish topping out around 6 lbs being caught. Most fishermen have been targeting the warmer water in the back of the bays. Tube jigs or small jerk baits have been working the best. Northern pike have been active with large pike being caught by walleye and bass fishermen. Little Sturgeon Bay: Smallmouth have been the hot bite the last week or so with some big bass being caught in shallow water. Most anglers have been using jigs to catch fish. Anglers are reporting water temperatures in Little Sturgeon Bay between 50-60 degrees. An occasional pike is being caught as well; most anglers have been finding them in 5-10 feet of water. Bayshore Park: Perch fishing has been good for the anglers willing to put in their time with some 10 inch perch being caught. Most have been fishing 15-30 feet of water. Anglers fishing early in the morning produced the best catches. Minnows and leaf worms were the bait of choice. Walleye fishing has been a bit slow but is now picking back up. Most have been trolling harnesses or cranks. Anglers are finding walleye in 10-30 feet of water. Chaudoir’s Dock: Anglers have just started perch fishing with mixed reports. Most have been targeting 25 feet of water. Minnows on slip bobbers worked the best. Walleye fishing has been slow with a few fish being caught trolling cranks.
Oconto Co.
  Fishing pressure during the week was moderate and heavy on the weekend, with many shore fishermen trying their luck. Water temperatures are in the 60 degree range, although the water is a bit high and murky. Stiles Dam fishermen are catching some nice panfish on the north and south side of the dam; crawlers and minnows fished in conjunction with a slip bobber works well. Down from the dam some nice smallmouth, carp, redhorse suckers, and the occasional pike are being caught. Walleyes were snapping in the bay in front of the Pensaukee River. Some nice limits were reported caught on crawler/harness in 3 to 9 feet of water. The bass bite in the lower Pensaukee is also picking up. Walleye fishermen from Oconto Breakwater Park to Oconto Park II are reporting some nice catches of fish trolling crawler/harness and stick baits. The bullhead bite is on at Oconto Park II fishing on bottom using crawlers in the launch area.
Marinette Co.
  Fishing pressure during the week was moderate and heavy on the weekend, with many shore fishermen trying their luck. Water temperatures are in the 60 degree range, although the water is a bit high and murky. The Peshtigo Harbor area fishermen are keying on smallmouth, pike, and still catching a few walleye in the river proper. High water has kept the fish numbers down a bit. Some musky action is being reported by fishermen launching out of Klingsborn’s landing using big stick baits. Shore fishermen on the Menominee River have been catching a mixed bag of carp, rock bass, and walleye fishing a modified crappie rig set up. Musky fishermen have been successful fishing the breaks and islands in the river throwing spinners and stick baits.

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