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Lake Michigan fishing report (5-5)

May 05, 2011 at 01:07 PM

Wisconsin DNR

Southern Lake Michigan Fishing Report: May 2, 2011

Kenosha Co.
  In Kenosha fishing has been slow both in the harbor and on the Pike River. Effort has been almost non-existent recently from shore as well as from boats.
Racine Co.
  Over the weekend the Root River steadily declined from the recent peak height and flow. While on Friday the river was very high, fast, and turbid, by Sunday it dropped in depth by just over a foot. Streamflow was around 500 cfs and still declining, although the turbidity remained fairly high, with low visibility. Water temperature was 56 degrees Fahrenheit. The water conditions kept angler effort fairly low over the past three days. Most of the fishermen were concentrating at the Horlick Dam and downstream just into Quarry Lake Park. Although fishing was pretty slow with most fishermen unable to hook up with steelhead, a few were caught with the best fishing on Sunday near sunset. On Sunday the anglers fishing here were able to hook into a few nice steelhead, but many were lost and success was limited to a few people. Most fish were caught using a medium sized multicolored wet fly with a dark body and a bright red and white tail. The fishing downstream on the Root was pretty slow for the few anglers that were on the river. Anglers were fishing Colonial Park and downstream through Lincoln Park. Most were unable to find any steelhead in the unfavorable water conditions. Fishermen were using a variety of baits including flies, spawn sacs, and spinners. Few steelhead were caught, but anglers incidentally caught a lot of spawning white suckers. DNR crews shut down the Root River Steelhead Facility on Wednesday, April 20. A total of 766 rainbows were captured at the facility, with eggs collected from both Chambers Creek and Ganaraska strains. Combined with spawning at the Besadny facility in Kewaunee, our egg-taking goals were met.
Milwaukee Co.
  In Milwaukee, trollers have been catching fair numbers of coho, browns, chinooks, and a few lake trout. Most fish have been taken south of the harbor around 30 feet of water. The Bender Park launch is currently closed, with dredging slated to take place later this month. Shore fishing in Milwaukee has been slow at the lakefront, except for the occasional days when browns and coho have been accessible off McKinley pier. Fire tiger crankbaits and jigging Gulp have been effective at times. The steelhead run is just about over in the Milwaukee area tributaries, however a few spawned out fish remain in the Menomonee River.
Ozaukee Co.
  Port Washington Ramp: Fishing has been difficult out on the lake due to high winds. Port Washington Utility: Fishing pressure at the power plant has been light because of inconsistent weather and few fish being caught. The water is muddy due to runoff from Sauk Creek. The water temperature has ranged from 44F-50F. Port Washington Pier: Fishing pressure has been very low due to high waves that have made pier fishing almost impossible. Sauk Creek: Fishing on Sauk Creek has been slow, and anglers have reported that the steelhead run is over. The water level has dropped about two feet, and the flow has decreased dramatically.
Sheboygan Co.
  Sheboygan Ramps: Fishing on the lake has been difficult due to high winds which have made fishing nearly impossible. The few boaters that have gone out are fishing from 10-50 feet of water and are trolling with plugs. Fishing has been generally slow, although a few brown trout and lake trout have been caught. Sheboygan Piers and Harbor: The nearshore water remains muddy, and the temperature has increased to 52F. Fishing pressure has been down because of low catches. Most anglers are casting spoons or using minnows off the bottom. Pigeon River: The Pigeon River’s water level has dropped about two and half feet, and the flow and velocity has slowed tremendously. Sheboygan River: The water level has dropped about two feet and the flow has decreased on the Sheboygan River. Fishing pressure has been low with catches of northern pike and a few lake trout being reported, though not much has been reported about steelhead. The Sheboygan River has jumped to 54F. Most fishermen have been fly fishing with woolly buggers or casting spinners.

Northern Lake Michigan Fishing Report: May 3, 2011

Manitowoc Co.
  Strong southwest winds dominated the latter part of the week into the weekend with temperatures in the mid-40s. Wind chills dropped as low as the mid-30s with the chilly winds, leaving much of the lakeshore relatively quiet. The lakeshore received heavy rain and thunderstorms Tuesday, but by the weekend the water levels were at their lowest levels yet this spring. Tributary water temperatures rose to 48-51 degrees. Water clarity has improved and water flows are returning to normal. Water levels dropped more than a foot this past week, but there still remains limited flooding along the East Twin River. Due to the windy, cold weather this week combined with little angler success, the lakeshore and tributaries saw limited angling pressure. Low fishing pressure with little success continues throughout all the tributaries for steelhead. Anglers at Shoto on the West Twin River averaged 2-3 steelhead near the dam and wading downstream. Floating spawn continues to be the most successful way of landing steelhead, but a few fly fishermen have had luck this past week. A few females over the weekend were still spawning, but the numbers are significantly lower than the last few weeks. Many anglers out this past week were targeting suckers using night crawlers at Mishicot on the East Twin River and Shoto. Anglers had no trouble landing their desired amounts of suckers and appear to be in high densities at both the Shoto and Mishicot dams. A few anglers continue to catch a few catfish in the Two Rivers and Manitowoc harbors, but the numbers are considerably lower compared to previous weeks. Anglers may also want to try locations up and down the Manitowoc, East, and West Twin Rivers. Sucker guts and other parts continue to work on bottom for the catfish. The boat ramps showed little activity this week with little success reported. A few incidental catches of lake trout were reported early in the week in 6-20 feet of water south of Manitowoc. The lakers ranged 7-9 pounds with no specific colors more effective than others. No brown trout were seen or reported this week.
Kewaunee Co.
  Yet again it was a cool and windy week. Water levels on area tributaries seemed to remain the same, but the water was a little less turbid. Fishing for steelhead in the Kewaunee and Ahnapee Rivers remained nonexistent, but Stoney Creek yielded some steelhead. The port of Kewuanee remained quiet, but lake anglers were fishing near Stoney Creek and picked up browns and lake trout nearshore while fishing with stick baits. One boat reported going out deep for salmon; they came back empty handed but marked quite a few fish.
Door Co. (Lake and Bay sides)
  The weather this week was not very conducive for fishing. The majority of the week consisted of rain and high winds. The large amounts of rainfall caused the rivers to rise considerably and also caused visibility to drop in the rivers. The water temperature took a considerable hit and was measured at 42 degrees in the Sturgeon Bay canal. The fishing pressure out of the Sturgeon Bay City Ramp was considerably lower this week due to the rain and high winds with a few days of no fishing pressure from boats. The most targeted fish this week were the walleyes and northern pike in the canal. A few fishermen did have some luck catching northern pike on fire tiger rapalas. The fishing in the various bays of the peninsula remained very slow with only Baileys Harbor yielding fish. A few lucky fishermen managed to land some brown trout caught by trolling fire tiger and perch colored rapalas. The stream fishing this week was up and down. Heins and Hibbards Creek saw low fishing pressure and yielded few rainbow trout, but reports of fish sightings were not uncommon. Whitefish Bay Creek and Reiboldts Creek were the most consistent producers of fish this week. Rainbow trout were being caught throughout the week by using spawn sacs. There are large numbers of suckers in all of the streams right now.

Green Bay Fishing Report: April 27, 2011

Oconto Co.
  Water temperatures this past week have been in the low to mid forties, with fishing pressure moderate to heavy. With the slow spring warm up and wet weather the walleye bite has remained good. After yesterday’s rain waters are running high and dirty. Stiles Dam is still producing walleye and a few pike; casting Rapala’s and twister tails has been productive. Suckers are also present in large numbers. Fishermen at Oconto Breakwater Park are catching some walleye along with many suckers by casting and jigging. Boaters trying for browns have had limited success fishing the shallows north of the breakwater trolling stick baits and Cleo’s. Oconto Park II boaters have been having success with walleye and pike trolling in 6 to 8 feet of water using stick baits; crawler and harness rigs are not producing yet.
Marinette Co.
  Peshtigo Harbor shore fishermen are catching a mixed bag of walleye, pike, suckers, and the occasional trout using spinners, stick baits and spoons. Boaters on the Peshtigo River have been having great success jigging for walleye, and most of what they are catching are spawned out. Jigs tipped with minnows or plastics work well. Good numbers of walleye are still being caught off the Hattie Street Bridge using twister tail and stick baits. Boaters are having a field day fishing from the Turn Basin to the mouth of the Menominee River for walleye using jigs and minnows or jigs and Gulp Alive, with some fishermen reporting catching walleye in the 30 inches plus range.

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