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Lake Michigan fishing report (Aug. 1, 2011)

August 04, 2011 at 12:00 PM

Southern Lake Michigan Fishing Report: August 1, 2011

Kenosha Co.
  In Kenosha trollers have been catching coho, rainbows, and Chinooks on spoons and J-plugs. Most fish have been taken around 80 to 100 feet of water. Perch fishing on the south pier in Kenosha has picked up, and boaters have also been catching perch off the rocks. Live bait and artificial lures have both taken perch.
Racine Co.
  In Racine trollers have been catching a mixed bag of Chinooks, coho, rainbows, and lake trout. Flashers and flies as well as magnum spoons have produced when fished 40 to 80 feet down in 80 to 140 feet of water. Perch fishing has been decent in Racine. Boat anglers have had success off the rocks near Meyers Park, and shore anglers have been catching some keeper perch fishing plastics off the floating docks just west of the south pier.
Milwaukee Co.
  The fishing off Milwaukee remains relatively slow since the coho fishing tapered off. Some Chinooks have been found around 90 to 120 feet of water, but trollers have had to search for them. Green and pearl or blue and pearl flies have taken the most fish. Shore fishing has been slow around most of the Milwaukee area, but shore anglers fishing inside the basin at Bender Park have had some success fishing for perch recently. Early mornings and late evenings have been fairly consistent, and most perch have been taken on shrimp or small shiners fished under a slip bobber.
Ozaukee Co.
  In Port Washington trollers have been working in 250 to 300 feet or more. Most fish have been caught on flashers and flies or spoons, and the best colors have been green, white, or orange. On the pier in Port, shore anglers have been fishing mostly for perch using plastics or minnows, and success has varied day to day. Shore fishing in the harbor has been slow, although a few small brown trout have been taken by the power plant discharge.
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.

  In Sheboygan trollers have had the most success fishing in over 300 feet of water. Chinooks, rainbows, and coho have all be found out deep, and some of the Chinooks taken over the weekend were over 24 pounds. Fishing on the piers in Sheboygan has been slow. Both perch anglers and trout and salmon anglers have had little success.

Northern Lake Michigan Fishing Report: August 1, 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.

  Southeast wind at 10-15 mph throughout the week switched out of the southwest at 10-15 mph for the weekend. High temperatures in the low-70s during the week climbed to nearly 85 degrees over the weekend and very humid. A few scattered strong thunderstorms chased boaters off the water, but these storms left behind small amounts of rain. Water temperatures dropped nearly five degrees throughout the week due to the westerly winds over the weekend. Offshore, water temperatures dropped to 64 degrees, with 61 degree water around the pier heads. Water clarity remains very good, but several boaters complained of strong currents out in deeper water. Angler success picked up over the weekend north of Two Rivers with a few boats coming in with 10-15 rainbow trout. 250-350 feet of water and 10-12 miles north of Two Rivers appears to be the hot spot, with only a few rainbows coming in south of Manitowoc in the same depths. Run spoons on high lines and dypsies in the top 30 feet of the water column. Those boats setting up in 200 feet of water and trolling deeper have also landed a few large chinook salmon 20+ pounds on down riggers down 70-110 feet water on various colored spoons. Very few chinook have been landed on dodger/fly combos recently. Boats that have targeted chinook in shallower water have had little success, with many boats coming in with one or two small jacks in the two pound range. The chinook still appear to be scattered, so for now fish in deeper water (200+) and down deep for chinooks while running high lines for rainbows. Pier fishing remains slow, but a few brown trout were landed over the weekend off both the Two Rivers and Manitowoc piers using Krocodile and Cleo spoons of various colors. Two Rivers and Manitowoc remains quiet for chinook salmon and rainbow trout off the piers.
Kewaunee Co.
  Muggy and humid weather continued to dominate the week. Saturday severe weather passed through the area causing downed branches and reportedly a couple of capsized boats around the Sturgeon Bay area; no injuries were reported. The Door/Kewaunee tournament brought out many more anglers this week. Water temps were in the mid to upper sixties throughout the area. Algoma: Fishing seen to have no set pattern. Some anglers were fishing in the 350-450 foot range, from the surface to fifty feet down. Others were in the 75-150 feet range, down 60-125 feet. Anglers were mixed in catches from skunks to 10 fish, and fish were split between kings and rainbows with an occasional laker. Spoons are slowly replacing flasher/fly as the lure of choice. Pier fishing remains practically non-existent. Kewaunee:Fishing seemed to slow, but there was still a good mix of rainbows to kings. Fishing was reported from 150-250 feet of water. Fish were caught 30 to 50 feet down or 100’+ down. Spoons are slowly replacing flasher/fly as the predominant lure of choice. Pier fishing remains practically non-existent.
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.

  Muggy and humid weather continued to dominate the week. Saturday severe weather passed through the area causing downed branches and reportedly a couple of capsized boats around the Sturgeon Bay area; no injuries were reported. The Door/Kewaunee tournament brought out many more anglers this week. Water temps were in the mid to upper sixties throughout the area. Northern Door Co: The western shore of the Peninsula was once again dominated by pleasure boats, with an errant smallie angler normally reporting fair success using still tube baits. Salmon fishing remained slow. Gills Rock and Ellison Bay reported few fish. Baileys Harbor was reporting mixed success, but seemed to dominate the tourney. Spoons are slowly replacing flasher/fly as the predominant lure of choice.

Green Bay Fishing Report: July 28, 2011

Oconto Co.
  Water temperatures at the landings 80+ degrees, with light fishing pressure this past week. Panfish and smallmouth are biting below the Stiles Dam. Slip bobbers and minnows have been working well for crappie in the deeper holes, while spinners and crawlers have been catching their share of smallmouth. The walleye bite out of Pensaukee and Oconto Breakwater Park has been good lately with trolling crawler/harness working best. Catfish and sheephead are also abundant from the mouth of the Oconto to Oconto Park II. Perch fishermen are starting to pick up some nice fish in good numbers out of Oconto Park II. The fish are being caught in 8 to 14 feet of water using slip bobbers and minnows or crappie rigs tipped with minnows.
Marinette Co.
  Water temperatures at the landings 80+ degrees, with light fishing pressure this past week. The Peshtigo Harbor continues to provide good catches of catfish along with fresh water drum, walleye and smallmouth. Most fishermen are using crawlers fished from shore, while boaters are drifting using lead head jigs tipped with crawlers. Some nice panfish and smallmouth are being caught below the Peshtigo Dam, live bait and spinners are working well with people fishing the current seams. Catfish and sheephead are being caught on the Menominee River fishing dead drift. Walleye on the Menominee are being caught during the periods of low light. Reports from salmon fishermen is that fishing has been extremely slow.

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