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Lake Michigan fishing report (6-30)

June 30, 2011 at 03:50 AM

Southern Lake Michigan Fishing Report: June 27, 2011

Kenosha Co.
  Good coho action continues off Kenosha, and some Chinooks have been taken also. The most popular bait continues to be orange or red flashers coupled with flies in blues, greens and reds, although spoons have also produced. Most fish have been taken around 100 feet of water. Perch fishing on the Kenosha shore and piers has been slow, but few boat anglers have been getting their limit of 5 fish just off of the rock breakwall east of the north pier. Plastics and minnows have been the best baits. The near shore temperature in Kenosha is 58 degrees.
Racine Co.
  Coho action remains very good off of Racine, and most trollers have been doing well around 100 feet of water. A few Chinooks have been taken as well, but coho still outnumber the Chinooks. Dodger and fly combinations as well as white spoons have taken fish. Racine shore anglers have been taking a few perch off the south pier and from other shoreline areas. Renovation continues 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 closed.
Milwaukee Co.
  The fishing off Milwaukee remains good for boat anglers. Coho are still active, but they are scattered and can be found in a variety of depths from 40 feet of water out to 180 feet of water. Flashers and flies in blue or green continue to produce good numbers of coho. A few Chinooks are also showing up in the creel but with no frequency or pattern. South shore ramp has had some perch action on the rocks or the center break wall north of the landing, and minnows have been the best perch bait. A few perch have also been taken off the end of McKinley pier, but shore fishing remains slow elsewhere in the Milwaukee area. Boaters in Milwaukee should use extra caution on the water, as a significant amount of floating woody debris remains in the area after last week’s heavy rains.
Ozaukee Co.
  Port Washington Ramps: Fishing pressure has been high, and the catch rate remains good. Most trollers have had success using dodgers and flies in 150-250 feet of water. The main catch has remained coho salmon, but higher numbers of Chinooks and rainbows are being caught with a few lake trout as well. Port Washington Harbor/Shore: Fishing has been slow for both trout/salmon and for perch. Port Washington Pier: Fishing has been slow for both trout/salmon and for perch.
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: Most trollers were having the most success fishing in 100-200 feet of water. The bait of choice was orange or silver dodgers with flies, although some fish were also taken on spoons. Coho continue to dominate the catch, but better numbers of Chinooks and rainbow trout have been showing up. A few lake trout were also caught. Sheboygan Piers/Shore: Fishing pressure on the Sheboygan piers was high, but the catch rate has remained low. Most anglers are using spoons or alewives with very little success. Yellow Perch fishing has also remained very slow.

Northern Lake Michigan Fishing Report: June 27, 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.

  Heavy rain and thunderstorms throughout the week resulted in nearly three inches of rain and little angling activity prior to the weekend. Southeast winds dominated most of the week around 10 mph, with light west winds Friday switching to light southeast winds for the weekend. High temperatures remained steady around 60 degrees for most of the week, rising to the low 70s for the weekend. The heavy rains created very murky water conditions with strong currents, even out to 100 feet out of Manitowoc. Harbor temperatures remained around 66 degrees, with surface temperatures around 55 degrees offshore to 58 degrees around the pier heads by the weekend. Angler success picked up Friday and Saturday morning out of both ports, but slowed down Saturday night into Sunday. By Sunday, boats out of both ports were averaging 0-3 fish after averaging 10-15 fish on Friday and Saturday. The few fish caught Sunday were a mix of rainbows, lakers, coho, and chinook salmon. On Sunday, the common area of success was between 140-180 feet (outside the trap nets) and a few boats out to 200-225 feet for cohos and rainbows. Straight out of Manitowoc to the area north of Two Rivers off the Rawley Point Lighthouse in the above depths have all been spots heavily fished by boaters. The few chinook caught have been in the 12-15 pound range, with an occasional chinook around 25 pounds. Several nice rainbows have been reported on a daily basis anywhere between 10-16 pounds. Use anything orange on surface lines and dypsies out deep for rainbows and cohos and green/green and blue/blue or mirage dodger/fly combos for chinook salmon down 80-100 feet on the down riggers. An occasional chinook on blue or green spoons has also been taken on down riggers. Pier fishing remains slow for trout and salmon off both Two Rivers and Manitowoc. An occasional 8-12 inch perch has been landed in the Manitowoc harbor, but the perch fishing is very slow so far. Cleveland Ramp: Fishing pressure was light and the catch rate has been very inconsistent. Most trollers were fishing in 50-150 feet of water, and the main lures that were used were spoons or dodger and flies. The catch has consisted of coho salmon, king salmon and rainbow trout.
Kewaunee Co.
  Algoma: Kewaunee:
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 20, 2011

Brown Co.
  Fox River: Anglers have been finding numbers of large catfish fishing from the shore. Most have been using cut bait or worms. Also a few anglers have been targeting smallmouth bass with good success. Drum and carp are being caught as well but most are being caught incidentally. Lower Bay: Walleye have been hitting well from Geanos Beach in the west to Volks Reef in the east. Trolling has been the most successful approach. Also a few anglers have been jigging gulp or live bait on reef tops with some success.
East Shore
  Sturgeon Bay: Anglers have been catching some perch in Sawyer Harbor over the last few days, however most have been small in size. Also bass fishing has been good when the weather allows anglers to get out and fish. Best action has been in the shallows in and around the ship channel. A few walleye are being caught as well, generally by anglers trolling the channel at night. Little Sturgeon Bay: Bass fishing has been good with anglers targeting shallow rocky shorelines. Anglers have been using a variety of baits from soft plastic jigs to live leeches. Also anglers fishing for perch have been finding good numbers of keeper perch in the weed beds. Best bait has been a small minnow on a bottom rig. Chaudoir’s Dock: Perch have been very spotty the last week with some good catches one day and nothing the next. Most anglers have been targeting 20-30 feet of water using minnows or worms for bait. Bottom rigs have been the typical fish producer, but slip bobbers with a jig and minnow have been working well also. Walleye fishing has started to pick up with some good catches of walleye being reported. Most fishermen have been trolling harnesses and producing fish. Most of the walleye, however, have been smaller in size with most being under 15inches. Bayshore Park: Walleye fishing has been constant the last week with harnesses working the best. Most anglers have been trolling in 10-20 feet of water. Purple was the hot color last week for some anglers. Some anglers were also reporting success using wally divers and shad raps. Perch fishing has been slow with some fish being caught in 20-25 feet of water. For perch, the best weather conditions have been sunny, warm days.
Oconto Co.
  Fishing pressure this past week was light to moderate due in part to wet and windy weather. Water temperatures at the landings were in the low 70’s but cooler out in the bay. Anglers at the Stiles Dam have been targeting smallmouth using crank baits and spinners while others have been keying on blue gills using slip bobbers and leaf worms. Fishermen out of Pensaukee report catching walleye in 8 to 12 feet of water trolling crawler/harnesses, the same is true for Oconto Breakwater Park and Oconto Park II. Fishing has been a bit slow, but those that stick it out are catching fish in the 17 to 24 inch size. The perch bite out of Oconto Park II is slow with some fish being caught adjacent to weed beds in 8 to 12 feet of water crappie rigs and slip bobbers with minnows is working best.
Marinette Co.
  Fishing pressure this past week was light to moderate due in part to wet and windy weather. Water temperatures at the landings were in the low 70’s but cooler out in the bay. Peshtigo Harbor fishermen are catching a mixed bag of smallmouth, pike, and walleye fishing the mouth of the river; a variety baits are working. Catfish are also on the menu at the Peshtigo Harbor using crawler fished on bottom. At the Peshtigo Dam some nice catches of gills have been reported along with smallmouth bass. The walleye bite on the Menominee River has slowed some with undersized fish being caught during daylight hours; some nicer fish are being caught before dawn and after sunset.

Last Revised: Monday June 27 2011

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