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Lake Michigan Fishing Report (7-5)

July 08, 2011 at 03:44 AM

Southern Lake Michigan Fishing Report: July 5, 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. Plastics and minnows have been the best baits.
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.
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: Trollers continue to catch good numbers of fish, although action has slowed a bit. Coho still dominate the catch, but numbers of rainbows, chinooks, and lake trout have been increasing. Most fish have been caught in 125 to 180 feet of water. Orange dodgers and flies continue to produce, but some fish have also been taken on spoons. The biggest fish registered last weekend in the Ozaukee Great Lakes Sport Fishermen’s Derby was a 23 pound Chinook. Port Washington Harbor/Shore: Fishing has been very slow for both trout/salmon anglers and perch anglers. Port Washington Pier: The water temperature off the pier has been 56 degrees. Some perch have been caught on minnows and worms, but the perch have been on the small side with most under 9 inches.
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 have been having the best luck fishing in 100 to 135 feet of water. The water temperature has decreased and was reported as 46-50F, depending where you are fishing. The bait of choice was dodgers and peanut flies or spoons, and the most productive colors have been blue, green, sliver, and orange. Catches have consisted of mainly coho salmon, peppered with some kings, rainbows, and lakers. Sheboygan Piers/Shore: Shore fishing in Sheboygan has been slow lately, with only a few small northerns taken off the piers. The nearshore water temperature is 56 degrees.

Northern Lake Michigan Fishing Report: July 5, 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 southeast winds at 10-15 mph with gusts up to 20 mph slowed fishermen pre-fishing for the Manitowoc salmon derby during the week leaving behind 3-4 foot waves. By the weekend, winds laid down to 5-10 mph with waves less than 1 foot. During the week temperatures hung around 60 degrees, rising to the mid-70s by Friday and holding over the weekend. Water clarity cleared up after nearly three inches of rain last week. Harbor temperatures remain around 66 degrees, with surface temperatures between 54-55 degrees offshore to 57 degrees near the lakeshore and pier heads. Inconsistent angling success appeared to be the story of the salmon derby for boaters along the lakeshore. An occasional boat would bring in 10, up to 20 fish with most boats at the launch averaging 1-3 fish. 140-180 feet out of both Two Rivers and Manitowoc appeared to be common fishing grounds for boaters. Coolers were a mix of coho, chinook, and rainbows out of both ports, with more lake trout landed north of Two Rivers and brown trout nearly non-existent. Anglers were very secretive this week about their fishing locations and what baits and colors worked for them due to the salmon derby. But for salmon, green dodger/fly combos located throughout the water column will work with any spoons containing orange or green up high in the water column for rainbows. Several chinook between 13-20 pounds were common at the ramps over the weekend. Coho salmon and rainbow trout averaged between 5-8 pounds out of both ports. Pier fishing remains slow for trout and salmon off both Two Rivers and Manitowoc. An occasional chinook has been landed off the Two Rivers and Manitowoc piers, but there has been no consistent action.
Kewaunee Co.
  The water temperatures began the week in the upper 40’s and lower 50’s but as the weekend hit the temperatures rose as high as 60 degrees. This rise in temperatures was due to multiple days with relatively calm winds and lack of cloud cover. Algoma: The fishing this week in Algoma was all over the board. Some days the fishing was pretty good with 3-4 per boat, but other days the anglers struggled. The best fishing was the morning bite and some anglers had success during the early afternoon. Flies were still the bait of choice for most anglers and aqua and frog seemed to stand out. Anglers did report a lot of success for rainbow trout in 300 feet of water and about 20-40 feet down on orange and green spoons. The pier fishing was virtually nonexistent with very little pressure and even less success. Kewaunee: The fishing was just as inconsistent as Algoma with a few days of good fishing and just as many days of poor fishing. The best bite for salmon was out in 100-140 feet of water for the majority of the week and about 60 feet down on green flies and green flashers. There were more fishermen trying their luck on the Kewaunee pier than last week but still very little success.
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. Fishing pressure slowed as the amount of pleasure boaters dramatically increased. Gills Rock still reports little to no fishing success. Baileys Harbor is starting to have good catches of chinook and rainbows in 100 feet of water, 60 foot down with a 53 degree surface temp. Flasher/fly combo most common. Sturgeon Bay: The Bank Reef has been holding large numbers of fish and the fish have been holding tight to the reef according to boats launching from Sawyer Park. The catch also reflected that in that many boats came back with numerous fish and a few boats were starting to hit their fish limits. The top baits of choice were still aqua or frog colored flies but glow green spoons are starting to become a common choice. The perch fishing continues to struggle as many anglers are having troubles finding perch larger than 7 inches. The bait of choice seems to be bits of crawler or small minnows.

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
  Sturgeon Bay: The Bank Reef has been holding large numbers of fish and the fish have been holding tight to the reef according to boats launching from Sawyer Park. The catch also reflected that in that many boats came back with numerous fish and a few boats were starting to hit their fish limits. The top baits of choice were still aqua or frog colored flies but glow green spoons are starting to become a common choice. The perch fishing continues to struggle as many anglers are having troubles finding perch larger than 7 inches. The bait of choice seems to be bits of crawler or small minnows. 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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