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Lake Michigan fishing report (Aug. 9, 2011)

August 09, 2011 at 01:19 PM

Wisconsin DNR

Southern Lake Michigan Fishing Report: August 8, 2011

Kenosha Co.
  In Kenosha trollers have been catching decent numbers of Chinooks, coho, and rainbows on spoons and flies. Most fish have been taken around 50 to 80 feet of water. Perch fishing on the south pier in Kenosha has picked up, and boaters have also been catching some perch off the rocks. Live bait and artificial lures have both taken perch.
Racine Co.
  In Racine Chinook fishing has improved considerably. Trollers have been catching good numbers of Chinooks along with a few rainbows and coho. Most fish have been 30 to 50 feet down in 50 to 80 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. Boat anglers looking for perch 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 has improved over the past several days. Trollers have been catching decent numbers of Chinooks and rainbows and a few coho and lake trout in 60 to 90 feet of water. The Chinooks have been about 30 feet down, while the rainbows and coho have been closer to the surface. Green has been a productive color in both spoons and flies. Shore fishing remains slow around most of the Milwaukee area.
Ozaukee Co.
  Port Washington Ramps: Fishing has picked up for trollers in Port Washington, with a mixed bag of rainbows, chinooks, lake trout, and coho being taken. Most have had success in 70 to 100 feet of water or out deep in 200 to 300 feet, and fish are being caught in the top 40 feet of water. The most productive lures have been flashers and flies or glow spoons, and the best colors have been green, orange, or blue. Port Washington Harbor/Shore: Fishing pressure in the Port harbor has been light, and remains slow overall. Port Washington Pier: Fishing has been slow on the pier, and the water temperature is 66 degrees.
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: Sheboygan trollers have been catching good numbers of fish in 80 to 125 feet of water or in 200 to 300 feet of water. Flasher/fly combinations or glow spoons have been the most productive lures, and a combination of green, blue or orange have been the best colors. Most fish have been caught within the top 40 feet of water, and the main catch has been mostly rainbow trout with some lake trout, chinook, and coho also being caught. Sheboygan Piers/Shore: Shore fishing in Sheboygan remains slow. A few anglers have been fishing the piers for trout and salmon with little success. Nearshore water is around 68 degrees. Yellow perch fishing in Sheboygan has been hit-or-miss.

Northern Lake Michigan Fishing Report: August 8, 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 most of the week switched out of the north Saturday and Sunday at 5-10 mph. High temperatures in the upper 70s slowly declined to the mid-70s by the weekend. Water clarity remains good, with surface temperatures ranging from 73-75 degrees from the pier heads out to 500 feet of water. The fishing remains hot for rainbow trout out of both Two Rivers and Manitowoc. Success has been wide spread, but the most mentioned depths ranged from 80-180 feet of water north and south of the trap nets. Other areas of success include 200-225 and 440-540 feet of water also for rainbow trout. Orange, green, and purple spoons on high lines and dypsies have been hot in the top 25 feet of the water column. Running spoons 20-30 feet down on down riggers has also been working for rainbows. In the same depths, a few chinook salmon have also been caught on the same spoons up high and running dodger/fly combos down 70-100 feet down on down riggers. The success for chinook has been so scattered the last few weeks, so any dodger/fly colors would be worth a try. The rainbows have been averaging 4-7 pounds, with a few in the 10-12 pound range. Pier fishing remained very slow this week for trout and salmon, but perch anglers in the Manitowoc harbor had luck this week. The marina and fishing the south pier harbor side has resulted in the most success. It has been hit and miss from day to day, but several anglers left this week with 2-5 perch in the 8-12 inch range. Anglers have been successful fishing slightly off the bottom using plastic jigs tipped with a small piece of night crawler. Be patient considering Monday-Wednesday showed the great numbers for perch and Thursday-Sunday resulted in no perch at all.
Kewaunee Co.
  This week the weather cooperated for the most part with the fishermen but a few small storms did pass through the area. The water temperatures out of Algoma and Kewaunee continue to remain warm as a few fishermen report surface temperatures at 74 degrees. A few fishermen have reported the salmon have started to turn dark, but this has been rare. Algoma: The fishing has really picked up this week with many boats limiting out or coming close to their limits. The best catches were caught south between Algoma and Kewaunee. The catch was mostly Chinook salmon but quite a few steelhead were landed as well. The best depths seemed to be between 200 and 275 feet of water. Some anglers had better success for steelhead out in 350 feet of water but had trouble finding salmon that far out. The majority of the fish were caught near the surface about 40 feet down. The hot lure this week was moonshine blue/green spoons. The Algoma Pier saw an increase in fishing pressure this week but there were still no reports of fish being caught. Kewaunee: The fishing picked up off the shores of Kewaunee this week with many boats returning to the ramp with more than 5 fish. The majority of the boats had the most success in water depths of 350-450 feet and about 40-60 feet down. However, the majority of the fish being caught were steelhead. The hot lures for steelhead were orange spoons. The few Chinooks caught were caught on either watermelon spoons or spoons that were blue and green. The Kewaunee pier is still seeing about 3-4 fishermen a day, but the fishing remains extremely slow with only a few carp being caught.
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 report. Sturgeon Bay: The salmon fishing picked up this week with hauls of 10+ fish hasn’t been uncommon. The catch has been a mixed bag with Steelhead and Chinooks dominating the species being caught. The majority of the fish seemed to be caught on spoons but only watermelon was constantly being reported as a hot color. The perch fishing has also picked up this week with many anglers limiting out early in the mornings. The size of perch seems to have increased compared to earlier with many 9+ inch perch being caught. The bait of choice has been bits of night crawler and minnows. The smallmouth bass seems to have been hit or miss this week but pumpkinseed colored tube baits have done well.

Green Bay Fishing Report: August 4, 2011

Brown Co.
  Fox River: Anglers have been catching numbers of drum, catfish and carp from shore. Most anglers have been using night crawlers or cut bait with the best results. Also, a few bass are being caught along the shoreline, with anglers using small crank baits with the best results.
East Shore
  Little Sturgeon Bay: Perch fishing has been slow with many anglers running down to the Chaudoirs dock area to find any fish. Most of the perch have been smaller in size with a lot of sorting to get a meal. Bass fishing has been slow, but anglers are finding good numbers of fish in 15-20 feet of water. Most have been using tube jigs or drop shot rigs to catch fish. Chaudoir’s Dock: Closed for repairs. Bayshore Park: Walleye fishing has been good over the last week with many anglers finding numbers of nice walleye. Most have been trolling harnesses in 12-20 feet of water. Anglers are also catching fish on crank baits as well with most anglers having luck trolling in 12-15 feet of water. These anglers are finding purples, greens and yellows to be good colors. Perch fishing has been slow; most anglers having to work hard to find any numbers of fish.
Oconto Co.
  Water temperatures at the landings are in the low 80’s, with moderate to heavy fishing pressure. Stiles Dam is providing some good panfish and smallmouth action using live bait and small lures. The walleye at Pensaukee landing to Oconto Park II continue to provide good fishing opportunities with most fishermen trolling crawler/harness. Perch fishing on the bay is starting to pick up with some fishermen reporting limits of nice fish in the 10 to 15 foot range using minnows.
Marinette Co.
  Water temperatures at the landings are in the low 80’s, with moderate to heavy fishing pressure. The catfish and sheephead bite remains steady at the Peshtigo Harbor with crawlers working well. Walleye in the Menominee River have been active at night. Trolling Rapala’s downriver from the Interstate bridge is a prime area. Salmon fishing remains slow with most fish being caught in the Chambers Island area.

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