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Lake Michigan fishing report (6-14)

June 14, 2011 at 12:14 PM

Wisconsin DNR

Southern Lake Michigan Fishing Report: June 13, 2011

Kenosha Co.

  Fishing remains good for trollers off Kenosha, with the best activity focused in 110 to 160 feet of water, although some anglers are also reporting decent numbers of fish around 60 feet. Coho are still the main target with flasher and fly combinations providing the best success. Some Chinooks and lake trout are also being harvested on spoons and J-plugs fished 60 to 90 feet down. A few steelhead were taken near the surface in water over 200 feet deep. Water temperatures remain cold with surface readings below 50 degrees in almost all depths. Shore and pier activity in Kenosha has been slow overall, with a few brown trout and coho taken on the south pier on alewives fished on the bottom.
Racine Co.
  Coho still comprise the majority of the catch out of Racine, with the majority of the effort focused on the morning bite. Some anglers are still having success in 70 to 90 feet of water, while others are reporting their best success in 110 to 140 feet of water. Water temperatures remain quite cold for this time of year and may be one of the reasons that fish can be found in such a variety of water depths. Dodgers in red, orange or white with combinations of blue or green flies have been productive for coho. Some Chinooks and lake trout have been taken on spoons and J-plugs in the deeper depths in the very early morning hours. Shore activity in Racine has been slow, with an occasional trout or salmon reportedly caught off of north and south piers on alewives. Renovation has started on the south pier and is expected to last 2 to 3 months. The area from the Fisherman’s access near the cleaning station east to the newer flat section is now closed.
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 to 80 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 lately, and the catch rate has remained very good. The fishing has been best around 200-350 feet of water. Trolling with orange dodgers and green or silver flies has been the most productive. Coho salmon continue to dominate the catch although some lake trout, steelhead, and Chinook salmon have also been caught. Most boats are still coming back in with limit catches in a very short period of time. Port Washington Harbor/Shore: Fishing effort at the power plant and in the harbor has been very light, and fishing has been slow. The water temperature is around 56F, and the power plant flow has decreased. Most anglers are casting spoons or using alewives with the main catch of small stocker size brown trout. Port Washington Pier: Fishing on the pier has been hit or miss. The few coho taken off the pier have been caught on spoons or alewives fished on the bottom. The water temperature was 56F, 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 to high at times, and the catch rate is consistently very good. Most boaters have had success trolling with flashers or orange dodgers and green or blue flies. Some salmon and trout have also been taken on spoons. Water depths of 200-350 feet of water have been the most productive, and coho salmon have been the main catch along with a few lake trout, rainbow trout and Chinook salmon. Sheboygan Piers/Shore: The water was around 58F. Fishing pressure has been light, and the success rate has been low. Most anglers are casting spoons or using alewives off the bottom.

Northern Lake Michigan Fishing Report: June 13, 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.

  Early week southeast winds at 10-15 mph switched northerly at 5-10 mph for the rest of the week. Temperatures near 70 degrees at the start of the week dropped to the mid-40s mid-week, rising to 60 degrees by the weekend. Harbor temperatures remained around 65 degrees, with surface temperatures ranging from 47 degrees in 100 feet of water to 52 degrees near the pier heads. Fishing has picked up out of both ports this week, with many boats picking up large numbers of cohos. Out of both Two Rivers and Manitowoc, the best depths have ranged from 90-120 feet with a few other fish caught out to 170 feet. Boaters reported every spoon they threw out there for coho worked, with most of the coho caught in the top 40 feet of the water column on high lines and dipsies. By the weekend, a mix of rainbows and cohos was reported. Only a small number of kings have been landed, with success in the same depths using green/green flasher/fly combos 70 feet and deeper in the water column on the downriggers. Nearly every coho has been around 4 pounds, with a few nice kings being landed in the 15-18 pound range. Boats at the ramps have been averaging 3-5 fish, but several boats have come in with their 3-5 man limits. Pier fishing slowed by the weekend in Manitowoc, with only one or two coho or chinook salmon caught a day. The Two Rivers piers remain to see very little angler activity. In Manitowoc, the pier fishermen have reported luck on blue/silver and green/silver champs.
Kewaunee Co.
  The weather continued to be inconsistent this week with earlier half of the week having temperatures reach into the upper 80s and 90s. The latter half of the week temperatures dipped all the way down to the low 50s during the day. The wind also shifted from a southwest wind to a mostly northeastern wind in the second half of the week. The drop in temperatures and shift in the wind caused water temperatures in the Kewaunee and Algoma areas to remain in the mid-40s for the majority of the week. Algoma: The Algoma area has seen increased fishing pressure from boats launching from the ramp, but the fishing remains slow. A lot of anglers are reporting that they are marking a lot of bait fish and a lot of fish hanging around the bottom. Towards the weekend anglers started to catch a few more fish in 120-140 feet of water. Kewaunee: The fishing pressure is slowly starting to pick up, but unfortunately the amount of fish being harvested still remains very low. A few anglers reported success during the weekend in water depths of 150-170 feet, but the hits have been very sporadic. The more popular color of choice has been aqua flies.
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.

Green Bay Fishing Report: June 8, 2011

Brown Co.

  Fox River: Shore fishermen have been finding good success on catfish the last few weeks with cutbait working the best. A few drum and carp are being caught as well. Musky have been active the last week with anglers trolling or casting large crank baits.
East Shore
  Sturgeon Bay: Anglers have been finding good numbers of active smallmouth bass to the north of the ship canal. Most have been using tube jigs and other like soft plastics. Anglers are reporting bass on beds as well. Sawyer Harbor bass fishing has been spotty; most have been targeting bedding bass. Anglers fishing for perch are finding some small fish. Little Sturgeon Bay: Bass fishing has been good the last few weeks with anglers targeting bass in the shallows of Little Sturgeon and Riley’s Bay. Anglers are finding some larger fish hiding in a little deeper water. Most are finding soft plastics working the best. Perch fishing has been slow with little to no fishing pressure the last few days. Chaudoir’s Dock: Perch fishing has picked up some with the nice weather we have been having. Anglers are still having the best luck in 25 feet of water using bottom rigs. Walleye fishing has been hit or miss with most anglers trolling for them during low light periods. Bayshore Park: Anglers have been finding walleye fishing to be spotty. Trolling crank baits or harnesses have been producing the best. Best action has been south from the ramp or heading toward Suamico. Perch fishing has been good the last week with anglers finding luck in 20-30 feet of water. Walleye fishermen are also reporting catching numbers of large perch as they are trolling.

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