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Lake Michigan Fishing Report (7-13)

July 13, 2011 at 01:47 PM

Kenosha Co.

  In Kenosha trollers continue to catch decent numbers of coho along with some Chinooks. 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. Plastics and minnows have been the best baits.

Racine Co.

  Coho action remains steady off of Racine, and most trollers have been doing well around 60 to 100 feet of water. A few Chinooks and lake trout have been taken as well, but coho still outnumber other species. 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.

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 50 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. Boaters fishing for perch off the South Metro boils have been catching a few, and South Shore ramp has had some perch action on the rocks and 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.

Ozaukee Co.

  Port Washington Ramps: Fishing pressure was light and the catch rate has dipped. The most successful depths of water was 90-150 feet of water. The most successful lure has remained dodger and flies. There was no real pattern and locating fish has been very hard for fishermen. The main catch has remained coho salmon and king salmon. Port Washington Harbor/Shore: Fishing pressure has been light, and the catch has been hit or miss with a few browns or rainbows in the 11-14 inch mark being taken. The main lures used were spoons, alewives, worms or spawn for trout and salmon and worms or minnows for yellow perch. The catch rate on yellow perch has remained poor overall, although a few were caught. Port Washington Pier: Fishing pressure on the pier was moderate, and the catch has been hit or miss. The water temperature off the pier was 46F. Most anglers have been fishing with spoons or setting alewives off the bottom, and they have taken occasional coho. Yellow perch fishing has picked up a bit, and some fishermen have reported catching limits. Most anglers were using minnows or worms for the yellow 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: Fishing pressure was light, and most trollers were averaging about 4 fish per trip. Most fish were caught in 90-120 feet of water, but the fish were scattered and no real pattern worked consistently. The bait of choice has remained dodgers and flies, although spoons have worked for some. The best colors have remained blue, green, sliver, and orange. More fish were caught deeper, about 40-50 feet down, and the surface bite has slowed down. The main fish that were caught were cohos, kings, and rainbows. Sheboygan Piers/Shore: Fishing pressure on the Sheboygan piers was moderate, but the fishing remains slow. The water temperature was around 48F. Most fisherman have been casting spoons or setting alewives off the bottom with little success. As for perch, most fishermen have been jigging minnows off the bottom with no luck.

Northern Lake Michigan Fishing Report: July 11, 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.

  Muggy weather and plenty of sun with temperatures in the mid to upper 70s created perfect fishing conditions for anglers this week. Southwest winds dominated most of the week at 10-15 mph, occasionally switching out of the southeast. Morning fishing conditions on the water consisted of waves less than 1 foot, with the stronger southerly winds creating 2-3 foot waves later in the day. Water clarity was very good this week, thanks to only a few light scattered rain showers. Warm water temperatures early in the week ranged from 61-63 degrees offshore, but by Sunday dropped anywhere from 56-59 degrees. Pier head water temperatures dropped to 52-53 degrees. Angler success out on Lake Michigan out of both ports continues to be hit-and-miss this week. An occasional boat will end their trip with 7-10 fish, consisting mostly of kings and a few rainbows. The majority of the boats came in with 0-2 fish, usually a few nice kings above 12 pounds. 120-180 feet continues to be the area of water most commonly fished north and south of the trap nets, but by Sunday more boats had luck in shallow between 60-80 feet of water out of both Two Rivers and Manitowoc. The fish appear to be scattered, with anglers trying their luck in several different depths. For rainbows, use 2 or 5 color lead core with yellow or orange spoons. For chinook, run your riggers 70-110 down using a variety of dodger/fly combinations including green/green, pearl/mirage, and blue/blue. Most of the chinook ranged in the 13-20 pound range. Pier fishing remains slow for trout and salmon off both Two Rivers and Manitowoc. A few trout were picked up off of the Manitowoc piers early this week, but with no consistent action. With the recent water temperature changes, fishing can only pick up. Good luck to those taking part in the Two Rivers Kiwanis Fish Derby.

Kewaunee Co.

  The weather this week was very conducive to fishing other than a storm that went through the area Tuesday night and Wednesday morning. The winds for the majority of the week were relatively calm and from the southwest leading to many calm days on the lake. The water temperatures rose upwards of 64 degrees on the surface during the week but anglers were able to find pockets of water that remained in the upper 50s. Algoma: The week started off with a bang with boats catching large numbers of rainbow trout Monday morning and evening. Unfortunately a storm system came through and shut down the fishing for the rest of the week. The fish caught during the week were spread throughout the 130-400 feet of water with no depths doing particularly better than others. The top lure for the week was orange and copper spoons ran about 40 feet down. The Algoma pier saw very little fishing pressure this week and did not have any reported fish. Kewaunee: Kewaunee was very similar to Algoma in that the week started off strong but quickly declined. The fish were also spread out through 100-400 feet of water. Fish were caught pretty evenly between flies and spoons. Orange/Copper spoons were the hot bait for the week but green dodger and green flies did pretty well also. The Kewaunee pier saw a slight increase in fishing pressure but did not yield and reported fish.

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.

  Upper Door Co: Pleasure boaters almost completely dominated the landings. Gills Rock and Ellison Bay are still reporting very little salmon success, while Baileys Harbor salmon fishing remains okay with spotty success using fly/flasher combinations in approximately 60 feet of water. Sturgeon Bay: The salmon fishing has slowed on the Bank Reef this week with many boats struggling to land more than 2 fish. Blue flasher and blue flies seemed to stand out from the crowd this week as the top bait. The smallmouth fishing continues to be a mixed bag with some anglers returning with high numbers but others returning empty handed. The perch fishing continues to be slow going with many anglers wading through smaller perch in order to find a few fish larger than 7 inches.

Green Bay Fishing Report: July 5, 2011

Brown Co.

  Lower Bay: Walleyes have been biting good over the last week with anglers fishing rock piles in 8 to 14 feet of water. Most have been trolling #7 flicker shads in bright colors. Most have been finding a good mix of perch, drum, and catfish as well. Anglers have also been drifting and producing numbers of fish. Many anglers have been targeting Volks reef for this procedure.

East Shore

  Little Sturgeon Bay: Bass fishing has been good over the last week with anglers catching numbers of small and largemouth bass. Most have been targeting areas around rock or weed beds for best action. Perch fishing has been slow with most fish being caught small in size. Bayshore Park: Anglers have been finding perch to be slow over the last week with early morning being the best time. Minnows have been the ticket when used on a slip bobber or bottom rig. Most activity for perch has been in 25 feet of water just to the north of the launch. Walleye have been active this week with anglers pulling harnesses being the most successful. Most have been targeting 15-20 feet of water.

Oconto Co.

  Fishing on the Bay has been slow last week for walleye and perch. Water temperatures at the landings are in the low 70’s with temps on the bay 5 to 7 degree’s cooler. Fishing remains slow in the Oconto River with a few bass and panfish being caught around the Stiles Dam area using live bait and spinners. Slip bobbering is working the best. Bass are also being caught from the Highway S bridge down to the mouth of the Pensaukee River floating live bait or casting Raps and spinners. Catfish are being caught at the Oconto Breakwater fishing crawlers on bottom.

Marinette Co.

  Fishing on the Bay has been slow last week for walleye and perch. Water temperatures at the landings are in the low 70’s with temps on the bay 5 to 7 degree’s cooler. The Peshtigo River mouth has been producing some very nice catfish, bass, walleye, and sheepshead. Shore fishermen are mainly using crawlers fished on bottom while the boaters are drifting the river from Klingsborn’s landing down to the mouth using jig heads tipped with crawlers. The Menominee River is producing its share of sheepshead along with some nice catfish jigging and still fishing from boats and from shore. Some walleye are being caught in the vicinity of the Hattie Street Bridge drifting crawlers. Salmon fishing remains slow.

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