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Lake Michigan Fishing Report: (July 25, 2011)

July 26, 2011 at 01:14 AM

Wisconsin DNR

Southern Lake Michigan Fishing Report: July 25, 2011

Kenosha Co.
  In Kenosha fishing for trollers has started to pick up. Bigger numbers of Chinooks have been seen, and some rainbows have been taken as well. The most success has been in 90 to 150 feet of water, with flies and spoons producing. Good colors have been blues and greens. Perch fishing on the Kenosha shore and piers has been slow, but few boat anglers have been catching some just off of the rock breakwall. Plastics and minnows have been the best baits.
Racine Co.
  In Racine trollers have been catching fewer coho, but more Chinooks, rainbows, and lake trout. Fishing is slow overall, but spoons and dodgers and flies have taken the majority of fish, and blues and greens have been the best colors. Racine shore anglers have been catching decent numbers of keeper perch fishing plastics off the floating docks just west of the south pier.
Milwaukee Co.
  The fishing off Milwaukee remains relatively slow. Fish are still being marked, but getting them to bite has been difficult. Trollers have been working a variety of depths, from 60 feet of water out to 150 feet. Boaters fishing for perch have had some success fishing off the Oak Creek Power Plant. On good days, limits of perch in the 9 to 11 inch range have been taken on small spoons and minnows. Shore fishing is slow in the Milwaukee area.
Ozaukee Co.
  Port Washington Ramps: In Port Washington trollers have been working in 60 to 200 feet of water, and a few Chinooks and coho have been caught 30 to 80 feet down. Most fish have been caught on flashers and flies or spoons, and the best colors have been green, orange, and red. Port Washington Harbor/Shore: Fishing in the harbor has been slow. The water temperature is 52 degrees. Port Washington Pier: On the pier in Port, shore anglers have been fishing mostly for perch using mini-mites or minnows, and success has varied day to day.
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 fishing in water depths of 75-150 feet of water, but the most productive depths have been 125 to 200 feet. Flashers and flies as well as glow spoons have been successful, although fishing has been generally slow for the past couple of weeks. The best colors have been white, green and blue, and most fish were caught from 30 to 70 feet down. Trollers have been catching a mixed bag of coho, Chinooks, and lake trout. Sheboygan Piers/Shore: The Sheboygan piers have produced a few coho. The water off the piers has been about 56 degrees, and most coho have been taken on spoons in green and white glow-in-the-dark or green and silver. Perch fishing in Sheboygan has been slow.

Northern Lake Michigan Fishing Report: July 25, 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.

  Hot, muggy weather throughout the week combined with westerly winds at 10-15 mph created good fishing conditions this week, but with little success. Temperatures in the mid to upper 80s during the week cooled down to the upper 70s for the weekend. Scattered showers and thunderstorms occurred throughout the week, but with no significant rainfall amounts. With the west winds Thursday and Friday, the water temperatures dropped as low as 45 degrees north of Two Rivers. But by the weekend, the coldest water temperatures were found off the Rawley Point Lighthouse at 59 degrees. Around the piers, temperatures rose to 60 degrees over the weekend, with 65 degree water scattered throughout the lakeshore area. Angler success out on Lake Michigan out of both ports continues to be slow and scattered this week. Over the weekend, boaters at the ramps came in with 0-2 fish consisting mostly of 2 pound chinook salmon and an occasional rainbow trout. Several of the rainbows landed have been 11-13 pounds using spoons on high lines. For chinook salmon, there has been such limited success that anything would be worth a try. The majority of the boats have been fishing 60-100 feet of water north and south of the trap nets. A few reports have come in of success in over 300 feet of water for chinooks, using dodger/fly combos on downriggers down 70-110 and running heavy pump handle balls 14 or 16 oz. down deep also using dodger/fly combos. Continue to experiment with different depths considering the fish appear to be scattered due to warmer water. Pier fishing remains slow for trout and salmon off both Two Rivers and Manitowoc. When the water cooled down Thursday and Friday, a few rainbow trout were landed off of the Two Rivers piers but shut off over the weekend when the water warmed up. Anglers used green/silver and orange/silver cleos.
Kewaunee Co.
  The week started with pleasant conditions and gradually increased in both temperature and humidity. By the week’s end weather was bordering on unsafe. Winds were light to moderate for most of the week. The number of anglers seemed to remain constant on the weekends, but increased during the week. In both Algoma and Kewaunee fishing remained dismal. Most trollers had 0-2 fish, with some higher. Fishing locations, depths, and lure choice remains constant. The water temperature has risen to the low to mid sixties. Pier fishing also remained almost nonexistent.
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: Bailey’s Harbor had an increase in fishing pressure this past week, but the average stayed around 2 fish per boat. The more successful boats were fishing in 110-140 feet of water. The fishing at Gill’s Rock and Ellison Bay continues to be slow with very few boats trying their luck, but the ones that launched have been struggling to catch even one fish per trip right now. The bass fishing up and down the peninsula continues to be hit or miss on the piers with the morning bite being more consistent than the day or night bites. The hot lures continue to be green tube baits and minnows for live bait. Sturgeon Bay: The fishing pressure for salmon and trout has increased dramatically from the boat launch in Sturgeon Bay this past weekend. This unfortunately did not improve the success out on the water as the fishing remained very slow with the average catch this week being only 2-3 fish per boat. A few boats did have success and brought in 6-8 fish a trip. These boats stayed away from the majority of the boats on the Bank Reef and caught the fish on green flasher/green fly combos. Anglers have been catching a few perch in Sawyer Harbor with the best luck in shallow water along the weed lines. Most of the perch however have been small in size with the average being about 4-5 inches. Anglers are also catching some bluegills with the perch, bobber rigs have been working the best. Walleye fisherman are having a hard time trying to find fish. Most are catching numbers of drum and catfish but very few walleye.

Green Bay Fishing Report: July 20, 2011

East Shore
  Little Sturgeon Bay: Walleye fishing has been slow with an occasional fish being caught. Most have been trolling the reefs along the shore line. Bass fishing has been slow but some smallmouth are still being caught. The best action is on live bait in 10 feet of water. A few anglers ventured out and went bowfishing this week and found good numbers of carp in the shallows. Chaudoir’s Dock: Closed for 30 days for repairs. Sugar Creek: Anglers have been using this landing as an alternate to Chaudoirs Dock. Most are finding the landing to be poor for launching boats. Perch fishing has been spotty with some fish being caught. Bayshore Park: Walleye fishing has been constant with numbers of fish being caught on crawler harnesses. The best returns of larger walleye have come through trolling in 15-20 feet of water. Anglers fishing shallower water trolling cranks are catching numbers of small walleye as well. Perch fishing has been slow but improving as the week went on. Most perch that are being caught have been 6-8 inches in size.
Oconto Co.
  With the extremely hot weather the number of pleasure boaters and rafters at the different landings were high. The Oconto River from Stiles down to Holtwood Park was the scene of tubers, rafters, kayakers, and canoeists all trying to beat the heat. Temperatures at the boat landings are in the mid 80’s. The fishing at Stiles Dam has slowed some with a few gills and smallies being caught using slip bobbers and live bait. Many walleye fishermen plying their trade from Pensaukee to Oconto Park in preparation of Thursday’s tournament. Some walleye are being caught along with lots of sheephead and catfish. Perch remain elusive.
Marinette Co.
  The Peshtigo Harbor area continues to treat the angler to some nice catches of catfish, sheephead, walleye, and smallies. Shore fishermen are fishing crawlers on bottom at the mouth of the river, boaters are using crawlers and jigs while floating the river. Smallmouth and panfish are also being caught by the dam in Peshtigo casting spoons and using slip bobbers. The Menominee River is producing some walleye and smallmouth action trolling the river proper and dead drifting crawlers. The salmon bite is slow.

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