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Lake Michigan fishing report (Aug. 17)

August 20, 2011 at 01:36 PM

Southern Lake Michigan Fishing Report: August 15, 2011

Kenosha Co.
  In Kenosha fish have moved further offshore since the weekend winds. Trollers have recently had success catching Chinooks and a few rainbows and coho in 90 to 140 feet of water. Perch fishing has slowed in Kenosha for both boats and shore anglers. A few brown trout have been caught in the harbor, but those have been few and far between.
Racine Co.
  In Racine since the lake has settled down, trollers have been catching Chinooks along with a few rainbows and coho. Most fish have been found in 80 to 140 feet of water, and flashers and flies as well as spoons have produced. Green glow-in-the-dark, purple, and blue spoons have produced, as well as blue and green flies. Perch fishing has dwindled in Racine, and shore fishing for trout and salmon remains slow as well.
Milwaukee Co.
  The fishing off Milwaukee has changed over the past several days. Trollers had been catching decent numbers of Chinooks and rainbows and a few coho and lake trout in 60 to 90 feet of water, but the weekend wind has made fish more difficult to target. Shore fishing remains slow around most of the Milwaukee area, and perch fishing has tapered off for both shore anglers and boaters.
Ozaukee Co.
  Port Washington Ramps: Strong winds and high waves have kept many trollers off the lake, but those who have ventured out have had some success fishing 80 to 200 feet of water. Fish are scattered and have been difficult to target. Spoons in either green or purple have produced fair numbers of Chinooks. Port Washington Harbor/Shore: Some rainbow trout have been reported caught by anglers using minnows off the bottom near the power plant, but success has been hit-or-miss. A few yellow perch have also been taken on minnows. The water temperature was 70F. Port Washington Pier: Off the pier the lake water has become very muddy, and the temperature is 64 degrees. Some perch have been taken off the pier, but fishing has been spotty.
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 has gone from high to low due to rough boating conditions. The catch rate has also slowed down after the recent storm. Trollers have been scattered out on the lake anywhere from 60 ft to 250 ft trying to locate fish. Spoons have been the best lure, and the best colors have been purple or red. Chinook salmon have dominated the catch, followed by rainbows and a few lake trout. Sheboygan Piers/Shore: Fishing pressure has been light, and the catch rate has remained poor for trout, salmon and yellow perch. The water temperature was around 66F, and the nearshore water has become very muddy.

Northern Lake Michigan Fishing Report: August 15, 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 west winds Tuesday switched to the southwest at 10-15 mph with gusts up to 20 mph consisted through Friday. Winds switched out of the north Saturday at 10-15 and switched to ENE for Sunday. Air temperatures remained steady in the lower 70s along the lakeshore. The west winds during the week dropped the water temperatures several degrees, but temperatures still remain at 67-70 degrees throughout the area. The weekend was relatively quiet with 2-4 foot rollers reported by the few boats that ventured out. The fishing slowed down by the weekend for rainbow trout, with many coolers consisting of small chinook salmon and rainbows all less than five pounds. Throughout the week, boaters consistently targeted the 120-200 feet of water with fish coming in as shallow as 70 feet of water. This depth ranged from north of Two Rivers to the dome south of Manitowoc. A few boats earlier in the week continued to have success in 400-500 feet of water for rainbows, with a few nice chinooks landed out deep as well. Glow easter egg, glow and regular watermelon, blue dolphin, and several different orange spoons on 5 and 10 colors of leadcore, dypsies, and riggers worked for rainbows and chinook. Also run green/green dodger/fly combos on the riggers 60-90 down for chinook. Pier fishing remains quiet with no known trout or salmon caught this week off of both Two Rivers and Manitowoc. The few perch fishermen trying the Manitowoc harbor had some success this week. A few perch were caught in the 8-12 inch range fishing slightly off the bottom using plastic jigs tipped with a small piece of night crawler.
Kewaunee Co.
  Overall a very pleasant week with highs in the 70/80’s with lower humidity. Sunday was a picture perfect day while Tuesday, Wednesday, and Saturday brought strong winds and shut down all but the most determined of anglers. Algoma: No report. Kewaunee: Sunday brought out many anglers with a mixed bag of moderate catches. Many anglers were commenting on the amount of spiny water fleas. Success seemed to be split from 250 feet of water 50-60’ down and 450-500’ of water 30-50’ down. Saturday a few anglers had good luck fishing at 400’ of water, 50’ down. Chinooks and rainbows still remain split in the catches. Spoons seem to be replacing the flasher/fly as the dominant lure of choice. Pier fishing still has little to no pressure. Water temperature decreased from mid 70’s to low 70’s by week’s end.
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.

  Northern Door Co: No significant report due to weather, but the amount of people is decreasing. I even saw a few of the larger boats in the marinas being taken out and seemingly emptier slips. Sturgeon Bay: Anglers fishing perch have been finding good success fishing between the bridges in town. Also some perch are being caught in Sawyer Harbor in 8-10 feet of water. Small perch minnows or night crawlers have been the hot bait. Bass fishing was hit or miss last week with most anglers finding larger fish in deeper water.

Green Bay Fishing Report: August 17, 2011

Brown Co.
  Fox River: Anglers have been fishing walleye with some success; most have been drifting while vertical jigging. Anglers are catching big numbers of catfish and drum as well. Shore fishermen have caught a few perch but most have been small. Suamico River: Walleye fishing has been good with anglers trolling harnesses to catch fish. Most have been targeting 15 feet of water. Some perch are being caught as well.
East Shore
  Little Sturgeon Bay: A few anglers have been fishing musky with limited success. Most are reporting a few follows, but very few fish actually committing. Musky fishermen are also reporting catching a few nice sized northern pike. Perch have been slow with most anglers targeting deep weed lines. Walleye fishing has been consistent on Larson’s Reef with most fish being caught in 15-20 feet of water. Chaudoir’s Dock: The dock is now open and anglers are starting to catch fish. Perch fishermen have been finding numbers of smaller fish, but most anglers are catching a meals worth of keeps per trip. Walleye have been biting as well with anglers trolling or drifting for them. Bayshore Park: Perch have slowed some since last week with most anglers catching a few keepers. Fishermen have been targeting 15-20 feet of water for the best success. Perch anglers have been catching numerous catfish and drum as well. A small jig tipped with a minnow has been producing the most perch. Walleye fishing has been consistent the last few weeks with anglers catching them while trolling harnesses. The best water depth seems to change by the day so some experimentation is needed. Pier anglers have reported fishing being slow, with drum and gobies making up the bulk of the catches.
Oconto Co.
  Fishing pressure has been moderate to heavy this past week with perch and walleye topping the list. Water temperatures at the landings are in the upper 70’s with good water clarity. Some nice limits of perch are being caught out of Pensaukee landing in 10 to 14 feet of water. Minnows and crawlers fished with crappie rigs or slip bobbers are working well. The walleye bite remains strong with anglers catching fish trolling with crawler/harness and casting various stick and crank baits. The walleyes are being found in the same 10 to 14 feet of water as the perch. Oconto Breakwater Park and Oconto Park II fishermen are experiencing the same success.
Marinette Co.
  Fishing pressure has been moderate to heavy this past week with perch and walleye topping the list. Water temperatures at the landings are in the upper 70’s with good water clarity. The smallmouth bass bite remains strong at the Peshtigo Harbor with plastics and crank baits fished adjacent to structure being your best bet. Fishermen being interviewed are reporting some nice limits of perch being caught about a mile out from the Little River Boat Landing. Trolling out of the mouth of Little River is also producing some nice brown trout. The Menominee River is running low and fishing has slowed some during the day. Fishing early morning or in the evening has produced some nice walleye trolling with stick baits from the Interstate bridge to the mouth of the river. Shore fishermen are catching sheephead, bluegill, perch, and the occasional walleye drifting live bait and casting plastics and cranks.

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