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Lake Michigan fishing report (6-11)

June 11, 2011 at 01:38 PM

Boaters and anglers: New safety requirements are in effect for anglers fishing Wisconsin’s Great Lakes waters. Boat operators trolling on the Great Lakes with downriggers must have wire cutters on board and have direct and immediate access to the tools. The cutters allow operators to free their boats should downriggers get snagged on underwater commercial fishing trap nets or other obstructions. DNR also advises that anglers fishing at night or in low-light conditions carry a powerful flashlight to help them look for nets, which are now required to be marked with reflective tape. Learn more on the Trap Net Safety on the Great Lakes page of the DNR website.

Southern Lake Michigan Fishing Report: June 7, 2011

Kenosha Co.
  Kenosha trollers have had excellent catches of coho, with some limits taken in only one and a half hours of fishing. Over the weekend, coho moved out deeper, and the best success is now 20 to 30 feet down in 65 to 110 feet of water. Orange dodgers and green or blue flies have worked well for coho; and some Chinooks, lake trout and rainbows have been taken on spoons fished somewhat deeper. Unfortunately the successful coho fishing has not spread to the shore anglers in Kenosha. Only an occasional catch of trout or salmon has been reported, however there were some reports of burbot being harvested off the South pier at night.
Racine Co.
  In Racine trollers have been doing extremely well, with numerous limits of coho taken. Late last week, many catches were made off the mouth of the Root River in 20 to 30 feet of water, but by the weekend it appeared that the fish had moved deeper, with the best catches coming from 80 to 110 feet of water. Orange flashers and blue or green flies fished 20 to 30 feet down have been taking coho, and the area around the reef was a very popular destination. Fish seemed to be everywhere, with some catches still reported in 30 feet of water while others harvested fish in 150 feet of water. Some rainbows have been taken on orange spoons fished near the surface in 80 to 110 feet of water, and a few Chinooks have been taken 80 to 100 feet down in 140 to 180 feet of water. Shore fishing in Racine has been slow overall, but a few coho have been taken off the piers by anglers fishing with alewives in the evening hours.
Milwaukee Co.
  In Milwaukee trollers continue to catch good numbers of coho. Flashers coupled with peanut flies in purple or green have taken fish in and around 60 feet of water. When the winds are consistently out of the west, Milwaukee shore anglers have been able to catch some salmon off McKinley pier as well. Blue & silver or green & silver spoons have produced, along with alewives fished off the bottom. Shore anglers have also been catching occasional brown trout behind the Summerfest grounds.
Ozaukee Co.
  Port Washington Ramps: Fishing pressure has been very high, and the catch rate has remained good. The fishing has been best around 250-300 feet of water and around 50 feet down. Trolling with orange dodgers and flies has been the most productive. Coho salmon have been the main catch although some lake trout, rainbows, and chinooks have also been caught. Port Washington Harbor/Shore: Fishing pressure at the power plant and in the harbor area has been moderate with a few fish being caught. The water temperature is around 60F, and the power plant discharge has decreased steadily. Most fishermen are casting spoons or spawn with a main catch of small stocker size brown trout, although some coho and larger brown trout have also been reported. Port Washington Pier: Fishing pressure on the pier is moderate, but catches have been hit or miss. When fish are biting, coho have been taken on spoons or alewives. The water temperature is 58F, and the water has been very clear.
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, and fishing has been pretty good overall. Most trollers have been having success with orange dodgers and flies or with spoons, and green and orange have both been productive. Depths of 150-250 feet of water have been the most productive, and coho salmon have been the main catch, along with a few rainbows, lake trout and Chinooks also being caught. Sheboygan Piers: The water off the piers has stayed at 60F. Fishing pressure has been light to moderate at times, but the catch rate is very hit or miss with a few fish caught but without consistency. Most anglers are casting spoons or using alewives off the bottom, and large numbers of alewives can be found near shore. The few fish that have been caught were mainly coho with a few Chinook salmon also reported. A lot of carp have also been spotted jumping and swimming so a lot of foul hooked carp have also been reported. Sheboygan Shore: Fishing pressure on the Sheboygan shore has been light with limited success for brown trout.

Northern Lake Michigan Fishing Report: June 7, 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 southwest winds early in the week diminished out of the northeast at 5-10 mph by the weekend. Mid-week temperatures in the upper-50s increased to the low-70s for the weekend. The fog ceased this week resulting in sunny skies and no precipitation leaving lakeshore ramps crowded. Harbor temperatures rose to nearly 65 degrees, with surface temperatures in front of the pier heads at 51 degrees and ranging to 46-48 degrees out deep. Success has slowed out of both Two Rivers and Manitowoc for boaters, who averaged 0-2 fish per boat. Coolers have consisted of a mix of coho, chinook, rainbows, and lake trout. Depths that have resulted in success have varied this week. In 90-120 feet of water early in the week resulted in a mix of coho and chinook salmon. By the weekend, 70-100 feet of water was the ticket with a mix coho, chinook, rainbow, and lake trout. Green/green and pearl/pearl dodger fly combos on the downriggers has been hot along with green spoons on the dipsy. Those fishing north of Two Rivers have had the most success. The chinooks have been in the 8-14 pound range, with the coho averaging 4-6 pounds. Pier fishermen caught the first chinook salmon for the year this week, with a few other releases. With the large amount of alewife around the pier heads, fishing remains relatively slow. In the Two Rivers harbor, fishermen continue to have success catching catfish and carp on bottom using alewife. Overall, the nice weather resulted in heavy boating traffic this week with very little success.
Kewaunee Co.
  Algoma: An increasing number of anglers are still reporting poor catches of salmon. Water temperature remains in the 42-45 degree range with fish being caught in the 100-150 foot area, fifty feet down. Spoons and flasher/fly combinations are the lures of choice. Shore/pier anglers were reporting no catches. Kewaunee: A limited number of anglers and no fish were counted this week. Water temperature remained in the 44 degree range. Shore/pier anglers were reporting no catches.
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.

  Conditions at the beginning of the week were drastically different than at the end of the week. The week began with warm temperature and relatively low winds but progressed into high eastern winds and cooler temperatures. These eastern winds caused a change in the water temperatures in the region. The beginning of the week saw water temperatures in the low 50s but by the end of the week the temperatures dropped down to the 42 degrees. Fishing pressure throughout the Door County peninsula continues to remain low compared to last year at this time. The heaviest hit areas continue to be around Stone Quarry and Sister Bay. The majority of those fishermen are targeting smallmouth bass with very sporadic success. Many of the fishermen continue to report not seeing any fish on the spawning beds yet. A few fishermen in Sister Bay and Peninsula State Park are reporting that a few brown trout have been hanging around in the shallows but refuse to take any baits being presented to them. Baileys Harbor is starting to see a rise in the amount of boats launching in hopes of catching some of the Chinook salmon in the area. Unfortunately, many of the boats are returning empty handed but are reporting that they are marking lots of bait fish on their depth finders. Sturgeon Bay: Warmer waters in the bays were reported going from the mid fifties to the low sixties. Very high numbers of smallmouth were reported from Sawyer Harbor and other bays around Stone Quarry ramp. Tube style baits worked in the shallows seemed to be the method of choice. Other anglers drifting between the bridges in Sturgeon bay were not yielding too many fish, but a single 15+” perch was measured. Shore anglers, which consisted mainly of younger people, were not catching much other than an occasional bullhead.

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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